Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Phillipa Naylor at Superior Threads in Utah!

What a week last week.  A friend and I signed up for four techniques classes at Superior Threads in St. George, Utah with Phillipa Naylor.  If you ever have a chance to take a class by her, I highly recommend it.  Not only is she a good teacher, she's very funny and fun.  You learn so much and she's so generous with her knowledge.

My friend Janice (on right) and Phillipa in the middle.  
We learned precision piecing, curved piecing, machine applique (all her tips and helps) and finishing techniques.   Even though it was technique classes, I was able to finish my precision piecing and mitered border piece with the spare time to use on the finishing technique classes (piping and binding two of those finishing technique's she taught).

Here's the curved class piece.  Mine is the bell pepper one and Janice's is the other.

We stayed in St. George two extra days to visit Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon.  So amazing.

Weeping rocks at Zion

Canyon at Zion

Court of the Patriarchs at Zion
It was pretty warm that day.  We did a couple hikes and were pretty exhausted at the end of the day.  (Blistered feet too.)

And the next day we went a little higher and cooler to Bryce Canyon.

Natural Bridge

Who knew they were called hoodoos?
Both so different but so close to each other.

On the way home from Bryce, the lady from a Hurricane Quilt shop told us this story about a quilt walk in Panguitch.  So we made a point to stop there to see the statue.

We also stopped at several quilt shops when we could  We stopped at one in Las Vegas (the only one open on a Sunday) and about 4 stores in St. George  and in Hurricane Utah.  We tried to stop at one in Cedar City Utah but it was Pioneer Days and the store was closed.

Here's my loot.  Oh and because we signed up for the class at Superior Threads we got to go shopping there too.

Picked up some license plates along the way.
What a trip.  I would do it all again.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Finally a few finishes

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I posted.  I have been sewing.  Here's what I've done since the last time I posted.

First I finished the half-square triangle quilt I started on my Cambria retreat last month.

Triangle Swirl pattern by Laundry Basket Quilts
I think this also uses all Laundry Basket fabrics.  It was a kit.

Then my little sister asked me to make her a new 4th of July table topper.  The one I made her years ago was 12" square and it looked so sad on her big table so she asked me to make her a bigger one.

Scrap Jar Stars by Gigis Thimble
I also worked on some our guild's boutique items.

All those from panels.

I also signed up for Fig Tree Quilts Little Box of Fig quarterly treats.  This was the quilt from the very first box.  There was also a pattern for a towel but I haven't done that one yet.

I also took some cute pictures of my puppies.  Our Jack Russel Guy is very scared of fireworks and for the week before the 4th, people were popping them off every night.  He must be held when he's scared.

Scaredy Dog
And this one just sleeps.  She did get a little freaked out on the 4th.

I'm in the middle of quilting my 2015 Fat Quarter Shop mystery quilt.  Not sure how I want to quilt the sashing, etc.

My 750 was having some issues the last year, where it would stop in the middle of stitching for a second and then it would go again.  I've brought it to 2 service techs who couldn't figure it out and FINALLY this new kid around here went to Bernina school a couple weeks ago and will be starting a sewing machine service shop and he fixed it!  So happy.  That's why I'm able to quilt the bigger quilt.  Didn't want to battle quilting a big quilt on my 150.  

Anyway, thanks for looking.  I'm heading to St. George, Utah next week to take Phillipa Naylor at Superior Threads.  4 technique classes in 4 days.  Looking forward to it.