Saturday, May 28, 2011

Quilt Show! (part deux)

We had a wonderful Featured Artist from our guild for the show.  This is Barb Frazier and she is a talented quilter and a funny lady.  Her wonderful booth was so cozy with so much eye candy. 

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She had some antique quilts that her two grandmothers had made.  Those two women were so important in her life and taught her to quilt.  I’m so sad I didn’t get a picture of her display of their quilts and their pictures. 

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Barb is known for being a scrap quilter.  She makes wonderful scrap quilts.  Here is a quilt she entered in the show made from blocks we all made for her as a thank you for being a wonderful president of our guild years ago.  I love how she set all those little kitty blocks.

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Here is another quilt Barb had in the show.  It is from a pattern called Fire Escape.

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And this fun one Barb made is called Kitty City.

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Here are the rest of the quilts that I took pictures of from the show. 

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I hope you enjoyed seeing all these wonderful quilts and that they have inspired you.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Quilt Show!

Thanks for all your nice comments and ideas to make my quilting life a little easier while we are trying to sell our house.  I have put all my must have notions in a box.  And made project boxes so all I have to carry in from the garage is a couple boxes.  I slipped my cutting board and ruler under my couch and left my sewing machine on a chair in the corner of my dining room.  So no more excuses or whining.  It is time to make it work!

 

My guild, Evergreen Piecemakers, had a quilt show last weekend and it was wonderful.  Such a nice variety of quilting styles, there was something for everybody.  The week before I was free-motion quilting like mad to finish one of my entries into the show.  I had the top done a year ago.  I will have to do a post on just this quilt but for now here are some pics.

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This is the largest quilt I have ever free-motion quilted.  And I used a Faux Piped Binding on this quilt and it was the perfect touch.

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I also entered this one…

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And this one…

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Enough about me.  I want to show you all the gorgeous quilts my friends have made. 

 

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I’ll be back tomorrow with more!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dropped the ball

I have seriously felt lately like I have dropped the ball in regards to my blog and my two loves, quilting and knitting.  We put our house on the market and to make the house more appealing we had to move my beautiful sewing center out to the garage to open up the dining room more.  So instead of having everything at my fingertips in the dining room where I have always sewn, it is put away.  I do love how clean and spacious my dining room is now but my quilting has taken a serious hit.  If I want to sew now I have to take a dozen trips out to the garage to bring my supplies inside to the kitchen table.  And if I get a call that someone wants to see the house I have to pack it up quickly so everything looks perfect again.  So most days even though I would love to sew, I don’t have the energy to get all set up for it.  It is really bumming me out that I am not quilting every day and that has also spilled over into my knitting too, which shouldn’t be affected by it because I can knit anywhere and it takes no set up.  Even though it makes no sense and I can tell myself reasons why I shouldn’t let my circumstances stop me, I am not making it work very well.  I think mentally I have already moved and have my own sewing room where I can steal away for a few minutes with a current project that I didn’t have to clean up so we could eat dinner.  I think because of that, I am less satisfied with what I am currently dealing with.  I just keep telling myself that with the way houses aren’t selling right now, I need to figure out how to make my situation work now.  I even said to my 12 year old daughter and 10 year old son, “Wouldn’t you love to share a room with each other?”   In which my daughter replied, “I really don’t think that’s appropriate, Mom.”  Oh well, it was worth a try.  Maybe someday I will have a sewing room and it won’t be because I stole it from one of my kids.

 

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I did promise you some pictures from the retreat I felt so lucky to be able to go to.  I think I enjoyed it more than usual because I got to sew all weekend.  It was heaven!  One of the projects I worked on was this quilt designed by Anita called Bloomin’ Pinwheels.  This is an almost an all stash quilt.  I need to put another border on it and then it will be ready for quilting.          

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One of the things I love about retreats is getting to know the women in my guild and being inspired by them and the projects they are working on.  I sat across the table from Roseann and really enjoyed talking with her and seeing what she was working on.   She was working on a quilt that absolutely fascinated me.  She took this fabric…

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Cut it up within the repeat of the pattern, sewed it back together and got this… IMG_1760

It was a class she had taken and I just love the concept and look of it.

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Here is another quilt that Roseann worked on that weekend…

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Cindy made this fun quilt…

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Lucy played with some black and white fabric.  I love how she added the pop of color.

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Ruth made this fun kid’s quilt.

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Here’s Barb modeling one of her wallet purses that she makes.  She cracks me up!

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Barb made this very cool quilt.  I think she said it was called Chinese Puzzle. 

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Isn’t it pretty?  I love how she quilted it.

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By the way… Barb is the Featured Artist at our quilt show coming up this weekend.  So if you live in the Seattle area come meet Barb and see some incredible quilts (and mine too, haha) at the Kent Commons in Kent, Washington on Saturday May 21st and Sunday May 22nd.  You won’t want to miss it! 

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