Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hands 2 Help Quilts Moving Forward !




Hands 2 Help Update !

I'm so tickled to post this update on my Hands 2 Help quilts for this year... I'm linking to Confessions of a fabric addict - - you can go there and see updates on many quilters who are participating.

Life has been busy, and I was getting a little worried, but all of a sudden a couple of quilts came to a finish, or to a flimsy - so I'm gonna make the deadline !

 This first quilt is just finished -  I never make BROWN quilts  - - but I ended up loving this - it almost got stolen by my DH...  The star blocks started out two years ago as parts for the Bonnie Hunter mystery "Celtic Solstice" - somehow they didn't work there, so I put them aside, changed the centers and the corners, and put lots of white around them, and they were much better... Then add a little chain block, and boom!  there it is................... 

Next is a bright one

I do love yellow, although this does sort of scream at you !  But its a happy scream...

Just a flimsy - so better get moving on quilting this up !

In 'more serious ' quilting, I am very close to having a photo of my show quilt that will be entered in the Houston show...........  I'm working on the last parts - doing and re-doing, to get things just right... 

happy weekend to all,

Kathleen



















Friday, April 15, 2016

Scribing for the Judge

my friends - last week I went to a wonderful quilt show............

but there were no quilts hanging;
no vendors vending;
no people paying to enter - well, not yet - they came a couple of days later;

cause it was Judging Day................at the "Best of the Valley"  quilt show in Lindsay, CA.

Let me introduce you to the ladies who run the quilt show... they do not belong to a single guild, rather the show is produced as a non-profit organization, with a very hard-working steering committee..





and here is the judging.... hard at work.  That is Jody Ohrt, a California judge.  She is very positive, finding good things to note about every single quilt.  She judged around 100 quilts, while another judge judged the other 100.  Then they worked together to award Best of Show, Best Quilting, and the other big awards...


I worked as a scribe... if you look at the table, I am the only person dressed in red - you can see me in the reflection in the mirror on the wall........... I learned a lot, and it was fabulous seeing all the quilts... there are some terrific quilters around Lindsay, CA

THANK YOU LADIES of the Best of the Valley Quilt Show !!  Well done.

Kate


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Just Gorgeous

No words today, just photos of the camellias in my yard...



 
and one tiny, out-of-focus plum  :)

 
Kate

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Monterey Bay !!!!


Well - you'll just have to excuse me if I go on a bit about the lovely town of Monterey, CA.  DH and I spent a few days there this week - it's one of our favorite places, and only about 90 minutes drive -  far enough but not too far...........

On the way, we always stop here - GARLIC WORLD.  It's in Gilroy, the garlic capital of the world.  They grow most of the country's Garlic in Gilroy... smells fabulous !  Garlic World is a trip - lots of garlic, plus veggies and stuff...

STRAWBERRIES - that will soon be on their way across the US.  The area north of Monterey is known for huge vegetable farms...  feeds the entire country the produce you eat.........


and then - - Monterey Bay.................  a fabulous Bay, home of the world-famous Monterey Bay Acquarium..............................  just too gorgeous...

 


 
 
and down by the water, the famous Cannery Row, memorialized by John Steinbeck, who lived here before it became rebuilt.  When it was just a row of Sardine factories, going out of business...  a slum.
 
 Now it's all too trendy - perfect little restaurants, inns, and shops.

A shop for everything........ a whole store for olive oil - - lots of different flavors of olive oil........ all to be tasted, like wine-tastings.............this whole wall is just balsamic vinegars............

 
 
 
   We saw a very fancy car -  a McLaren P1...............  a british supercar...........  only 350 of them made worldwide.........it looks like something  a British Batman would drive....... quite spectacular - 12 cylinders...  it can almost fly...........  I read in a book it has a "ticket window" for the driver...........  yikes !!!  I guess one doesn't have to lower the entire window just to get that pesky speeding ticket.
I also read the average cost for a P1 is $1.5 Million...............  yikes........ drive carefully honey, we don't have enough insurance to run into that !  Can you hear the insurance man now - YOU HIT WHAT?????????????? 
 
It was a great little adventure - time to walk and hold hands, to play Miniature Golf, to listen to seagulls...............   a little treasure...............
 
Kate

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sewing Charity Quilts


Well, my wonderful spring break will soon be over - but I feel so productive... lots of finishes, either finished quilts or finished tops................many of these were already under way or finished just before the break............ but here they are...

A little ISpy, top made by a friend:

A crumby block top - I love using up those crumbs !!!
2.5 inch squares - all cut by my DH:

A top, made from leftover pieces from a group retreat last summer:
Orphan blocks ! - Made for a boy:
and more crumbs........ this top made at last summer's retreat - I love this color combination.
 
 
surely I did some more - - let me think - perhaps there's at least one more finish that can be made this weekend during watching basketball games  (go goo Carolina)
 
 
Kate
 
 
 
 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

SPRING BREAK

oh mercy me................ it's SPRING BREAK

let's see - I could go to Daytona Beach, wear a bikini, drink a lot, and listen to loud music.........

or go to the Sierras, where there is snow up to my navel..................


or I could STAYCATION AND cut up fabric and sew it back together...........


and I picked............ STAYCATION !!!!

Day 1 -  got up rarin to go:  and finished this little kid's donation quilt :


and it's only lunchtime !!!! 

Let me go see what else I can do...........

While binge-watching the free episode of The Quilt Show - check it out !

Happy Saturday,

Kate

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Hear Ye, Hear Ye - the Lady Doth Complete Something !


Well, hooray !!!

This piece is FINISHED !

 
 
This is a piece of shadow trapunto, a technique I have been working with for a couple of years.  That black fiber is black quilt batting, behind a layer of tulle fabric.........  It's oh so fun to do, but yes, it does take a while !

Here are some close-ups




































More typically, I do this technique in white, with a look like this:


pattern by Greta Gamma

Next I want to try some simple pieces, perhaps some Christmas pieces, or whimsicals, to see if I can find some cute, simple things that might be good to teach in a class..........  Although this looks difficult, it's really not !  But it does take some time, so I do need to try some small pieces and see how they work ....

Stay tuned for more on Shadow Trapunto

Kate












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