Sunday, January 24, 2016

Road to California Quilt show and one little Block of the Month

This past week I was able to attend the Road to California Quilt Show in Ontario, California with 2 dear friends and always meet up with other friends while there.  This year I took a class from Helen from Sew Kind of Wonderful - the Quick Curve Ruler people.

Here's what I accomplished in the class.
Pay close attention now.  Here is what my friend Debbie and Kathy finished in class.

You notice it?  Someone didn't pay attention to the placement of her blocks or even the name of the pattern/class - Metro Rings.  Easy fix though.  Just have to be more careful when I get around to finishing the quilt which won't be for a while.  I have some other items that need to get finished first.  More on that later.

While at this lovely quilt show I saw many a beautiful quilt for inspiration.  Did I take a picture of any of them?  Well no, I forgot my camera and I didn't want to use all my memory on my phone for the photos.  I hope someone took pictures and posted them on their blogs.  You can see them there.  I've already seen both of the big winners on Facebook.  My friend Debbie (the one with the pink block above) entered a quilt at Road and got an Honorable Mention.  Pretty impressive.

I also did some damage to my pocketbook while there.
Some tools and other stuff that I bought.  The red bag was this years Road To California giveaway if you signed up for classes.

Here are the fabrics I picked up.  And some threads.  
And in one of the towns we stopped at on the way down to the show had a great little kitchen shop so I picked up a new frying pan.  We really needed another one.  I'm calling this my anniversary gift to my husband.  
When trying to find a place to put all my fabrics last night I realized that I will need to find a new method of organization.  I've gotten lazy and I've gotten more fabrics from when I first started this crazy hobby.  So in a week or so I'm going to take a whole weekend to re-organize my stash.  Then I'm going to prioritize the quilts that I have started that need to get finished.  I will not start another quilt until this is done.  (Except for the quilt that I have to start because I signed up for a class at guild.)  This is the only time I have had so many quilts started and unfinished that it's kind of giving me anxiety.

My mother-in-law is still in rehab.  The therapist and doctors will be meeting with my hubby and his dad on Monday or Tuesday to figure out the next step.  Her dementia is getting worse and I'm afraid she won't be able to come home.  We shall see.  Visiting her is always interesting.  What comes out of her mouth is either confusing or funny.  (However don't laugh out loud in front of her - she does not like that.)  I brought her a coloring book and some coloring pencils to see if she'd like to do that since she was an artist.  I don't know if she did anything on it yet.  I also read on a blog this morning and I pinned it but they are fidgit quilts made especially for alzheimer or dementia patients.  It wouldn't hurt since she is always playing with the blankets or her shirt when you talk to her.

Well that's all for now.  I've pinned my Easter quilt.  Once I finish my consignment quilt I've got under the needle I'll start on it.  

Oops, almost forgot.  Before I left for the show, I finished the January Fat Quarter Shop Designer Mystery block.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Finally - I've finished a couple quilts and another year-end list

The tops have been done for quite a while and they have been pinned since before Thanksgiving.  But I finally finished these 3 quilts.

The first one is my Farm Girl Vintage.  I participated in the Farm Girl Vintage sew along last year through Fat Quarter Shop and decided to use fabrics I already had.  These blocks are made from mostly some older Fig Tree fabric lines.

I also participated in a Twisted Blossom sew along through Sew Kind of Wonderful.  I used some Alison Glass Sun print fabrics I was hoarding.

And last but not least, it's the Christmas quilt.  The one I made for our guilds boutique (that was last October) that a lady requested the year before.  She contacted me before the boutique and I sent her a picture of the top - she said it was too pink and too small.  It covered my king sized bed.  I won't make one bigger. So this one will be on sale at the next boutique for anyone who wants it.

I'm currently machine quilting a quilt for a friend.  It's a blue work embroidery piece and I LOVE IT.  I hope I do her beautiful handwork justice.

I have been coming home late the last week because I stop at the hospital every day to visit my mother-in-law.  Last week Tuesday she fell and broke her hip.  She had surgery Thursday night and was moved to a rehabilitation center today.  She's 86 year old and is not very physically strong and hasn't been for a while.  Her mind has gone poor thing.  I hope this rehab can get her at least up to take care of herself.  My dear father-in-law spends the night with her at the hospital and my husband takes over in the morning so Al can go home and get some much needed rest.  I tried to take a few hours off their schedule this weekend but since I work full time, I just can't help more during the week.  But they seem to have worked it out.

I leave Wednesday morning for my annual trip with some buddies to the Road to California quilt show in Ontario, CA.  We stop at a couple stores on our way down and then two glorious days at the show.  We are all taking a Sew Kind of Wonderful class on Friday.  I have my stuff sort of packed.  At least some stuff is out and ready to be packed.  They luckily supply sewing machines so that is one less thing I need to worry about.

I'll check in when I get back and show you what I got and my class work.

Edited my post to add my list of quilts I want to make.  I updated it for 2016 but this was my final list of 2015.  There were some finishes there.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, January 8, 2016

2015 Year In Review

When I started thinking about this years 'year in review' quilts, I was worried I didn't make that many.  I guess it's because I started thinking about what I want to enter in our local quilt show and I couldn't think of anything that I still owned that was show worthy.   But I was a busy girl this year I guess.

And most of the boutique items I made.  A couple I forgot to take pictures.

I had a great new years weekend sewing at a friends house.  I machine quilted 2 more quilts but am still sewing the binding down.  I'm almost done with the Christmas one too.  Maybe have that done by the end of this weekend.  However, I have been gone for the last couple weekends and my poor house has been neglected.  My Christmas decorations are still up.  Must get busy.  Tomorrow.

Thank you for looking and sticking with me another year.