Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Happy Halloween! Hope your day was full of cute ghosts and goblins and Batman. We never have trick or treaters but I'm always prepared!
I got the chance to do some ribbon dying last weekend! Yeah! I'm loving the new colors I got, really saturated and yummy! Thanks to the generous donation from Dana D. last year. It took me awhile but I finally got the chase to try them out! (I dyed so much ribbon last year, it took me a year to sell it all!) So much ribbon!!!
That's about it. Rich and Bethany have been really sick. Rich is very needy when he's sick. Petulant 5 year old comes to mind... but hopefully he'll be bouncing back soon. Talk to you soon!
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Hello Friends! Wowzers, what a month! I tell you what, it'll be awhile before I book my calendar that tight again! Sometimes you can't help it but, jeez, that was a rough one! Not to mention we've been crazy busy at my day job.
First, I'm super pleased to say that my first guild presentation seemed to go fairly well. Let me just say, it was a very near disaster. I didn't realize I needed to bring ALL my own equipment for the presentation. Luckily, Katie M and a random IT guy came to my rescue in the nick of time. Everything I do is a lesson in life. Everything. Next time, I'll know better!!! Anyways, I didn't make a complete fool of myself. Sales were wonderful! And, on Saturday I gave a Back Basting Applique class. We did the block for this pillow. That was much easier. It helps to be surrounded by friends! So, if you know any guilds interested in hiring me for a class/ presentation, let me know.
I had tons of fun and torment while traveling this summer to quilt shows. Again, everything is a learning experience. My most recent, Urbana, was almost a complete bust. I'm not sure if it was the weather (it rained the whole time), if it was the days of the show ( Friday and Saturday) or if they just didn't like what I had to offer. But, I learned some more stuff about traveling and how I want to present my shop. It's obvious that I need to diversify and I need more samples! Samples, samples, samples! So, now that I'm slowing down (pretending to), I got back to work on my Hungarian Heritage quilt. I do have this book for sale in the shop and I LOVE it! I got 2 more blocks done.
Here's the center block for my President's Challenge this year. I'm calling it Blue Danube. I'm loving it so far.
Then, randomly, I decided to start a whole new project that has nothing to do with anything other than I'd been planning it for awhile. I've got some grey fabric with pink flamingos on it that has been in my stash for a few years now. Naturally, I decide that it can't wait and I have to start it in the middle of my craziness.
The guild's BOM from last month. I didn't have it ready in time for the meeting but I treated myself to some embroidery afterwards, since I hadn't completely humiliated myself... I'm using some of the Wildflowers thread that I sell in the shop. So pretty up close!
And, that brings us mostly up to date! My next "event" will be at Frieden's Church here in Troy on 11/11. Right down the street! No hotel, no long road trips! Hope you can all stop by to see the shenanigans!
Thursday, September 7, 2017
This is a quilt I made a few months ago for a co-worker's baby. I may have shared already... not sure. Chad's a volunteer fireman so the piggy fireman was perfect! I love it!
I had made a bag for another co-worker several years ago for her to take on vacation to Hawaii. It lasted at least 5 years but she commissioned me to make a new one for her. She said it could be any fabric that I wanted. So, I made this cute red, green and blue bag.
What she meant to say was that she wanted purple and bigger. So, I made another one. She kept both and gave one as a gift to her sister. I really enjoyed making them! It's a pretty great bag if I do say so myself. I should have taken a close up of the button on the purple bag. It was fabulous!
This month we had 2 BOM from the guild. I love this deer but I may have to use a different thread for his antlers, they're pretty pale right now.
The second one might be my favorite so far. It's so delicate.
I've managed 1 more block for Hungarian Heritage. This quilt is stunning but I don't enjoy sitting at the machine, stitching around all those pieces. It's on my UFO list, so it's GOT to get done!!
Speaking of UFOs, 'Roberta Anne with an E' is quilted. It took FOREVER. The struggle to find thread that my Pfaff likes, other than Aurifil continues. On my way to Peoria, I stopped in at the Quilt Corner in Morton. It's a lovely shop, especially if you like primitives and wool. I bought some Presencia and King Tut quilting threads to test. They worked with the right needle. So, I may invest further. I'm not aware of a store locally that carries the Presencia, so that may be what I go with. I wasn't too keen on the idea of buying a case of every color I needed to quilt these blocks. My machine refuses to quilt with the transparent stuff...
But wait, there's more! While in Peoria, I started a family tree!
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Last but certainly not least, I made a bunch of these cuties.
Monday, July 31, 2017
I've been quilting up a storm lately! I hung this wall hanging in my bathroom to cut down on the glow from my insane aqua paint. It's Tisket A Tasket by Bunny Hill Designs. It was one of the very first applique projects I ever did by hand. I think #2, in fact. But, I never quilted it properly because I hadn't tackled that particular skill yet. So, having it in my throne room... made me realize it was past time to finish it properly.
I did flowers and loops in the outer border, fat loops in the inner border, ribbons for the sashing, hearts for the setting squares and swirls in the main block background.
I really enjoyed revisiting this old friend. At the same time it was nice to see how far I've come in my applique skills. Not that I'm admitting to anything but, dang, some of it's pretty rustic.Weekend before last, I was at our Mascoutah retreat again. Always a good time! My focus was to finish Bethany's graduation quilt Shoe Shop Girl. And, I did it! I'm either 2 years late for high school graduation or I'm 2 years early for college graduation. You decide, I know which one I'm claiming...There were still 3 blocks to make, then assemble and add borders on the first day.
I also made a money belt for my vendor booth. Didn't think to take a picture. I'll try to get one later, maybe. Talk to you soon!