Sunday, April 12, 2015

What's that in the Box ??

Happy Sunday to all...

Well, my linen quilt entitled "Sonoma Sunday" finally came home...  it had quite the journey...
(if you want to see it,(again:)  )  ,   click on "Lace and Linens " tab above, and you can see all my linen quilts.

Look what was in the box:

PARTY TIME !!!  TWO RIBBONS............

I sent Sonoma Sunday to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival... to my delight , it won a "Judges' Choice" ribbon - hooray ! 

Well, the winners from Mid-Atlantic were on display at the New Jersey show, which immediately follows - so Mancuso people took my quilt to New Jersey.

Then, I had entered it in Savannah, but there wasn't time to ship it to CA and back, so the very nice people at Mancuso (hi Claire) took it to Savannah ! 

And it won another ribbon - this time "Best Interpretation of Theme, Wall Quilt Division"......


To any of you reading this that are shy to enter the national shows - please do !!  If you are worried about being upset by reading judges comments - I have a tip for you - YOU DON'T HAVE TO READ THEM !!!!  But if you do, you could learn something about what they see when they look at your quilt...:)...

Meanwhile, I keep working and working on Bodega Bay, the piece I hope to finish this summer...

and I played with a little teapot panel I won in a giveaway.   Made a sweet baby quilt, I think.

There's a little weekend left  - - ENJOY !!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

It Really IS All About Value !

Good Easter weekend and Happy Final Four to you all !!

After a fabuous visit to the East Coast to see family, I'm at the machine again today, and finished up this top for Sarah's "Hands2Help"  charity initiative...

I just love, love this top - at heart its just another string quilt...  but I completely love the low value sashing, which served to quiet down the noise of all the color, and then the burgundy picked up the dark value so well... 

Love it, love it !!!!    Love when something turns out even better than expected !!!

I'm on a roll - I better go sew some more !!  It's early yet................

Happy quilting ...


Friday, April 3, 2015

Not Much Quilting

Hi all -

Not much sewing. 

Traveling to visit family on the east coast.

Watched grand-nieces play softball.

Fished in a lovely lake.

Took time to watch the sunset.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Update

Hello everyone - seems like I have gotten into a routine of posting on Sunday - the day I usually have the most flexible time at home.  This is an extremely busy time of year in the professorial business, so weekends at home are precious, and are made even more special due to the many evening engagements I must attend.

So - Friday I took the day off - and guess what I did - I had a three-day Quilty Retreat at my comfy home....  here's the travelogue of "what I did on my Quilty Retreat"  :

"Bodega Bay "  got a LOT of attention...  it's starting to look like a linen quilt !!

I started working on the grid work - the Cathedral Windows effect  is a favorite of mine, and will make the background seem to recede behind the stemwork embroidery...
 and two of the basket corners were all stitched now - my goal is to enhance the original embroidery - so I want the surrounding area to recede, so lots of stitching. 
Several charity quilts jumped up and demanded my attention: 
a little string kids top got quilted and bound

another quilt by a fellow quilter is halfway quilted.
 and these crumbs found their way into a top... 
and finally, although very much not 'least'  - -
I started assembling this "Sarah's Revival"  applique quilt (design by Sue Garman).

In the process of assembling, I realized I am two blocks short !!!  Actually I had suspected as much... 

So, I have to figure out how to solve that little problem...  (just make two more blocks, dummy)... but which two? 

Well, there's a little bit of Sunday left - let me go see what else I can get done - or - maybe I will try to FINISH something - now there's a novel idea !!!!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Progress on Big Projects

Hello everybody - I hope it's a nice spring day wherever you are .... 

I took a minute this afternoon to take some photos of big projects that are slowly moving forward, so here goes:

The quilt that one day will be called "Bodega Bay - is in the "thread sucking" phase.  I just sew and sew and sew and sew, and there's still a vast amount to do.................

This stage is not the most flattering - lots of bulging and bumping, but soon enough that will all be stitched down - just you wait and see !

onward !!!!

The next big project is this Bonnie Hunter Mystery from last year...  today it got all laid out for sandwiching and pinning....  I love pinning on these tables - but it will take a while to get it done. 

and this small linen piece is nearing completion - -
 I just have more beads to sew on, but don't they just sparkle????
Happy Sunday, everybody !!!! 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Time for the Guild Show

Well, it's time for my Guild's semi-annual show...  so I had to think long and hard about what to enter, and I finally decided on these three:

First up is the creatively named quilt:  RWB..................... This is a Joan Ford pattern - I love her two books of scrap patterns - this is from the Second volume - don't you love that inner border????  The outside border is stars, and my camera won't photo it well, but it looks great in real life.

this quilt belongs to my DH.  I gave it to him as a Quilt of Valor, for his service in Vietnam.  But I won't let him sleep under it until after the quilt show - LOL !  I couldn't find a name for it, so I called it, creatively :   RWB

Second is my little world traveler, home from her journeys to national quilt shows...

Elizabeth's Legacy
Since the next photo was taken, the binding is on, and the kitty is OFF -  this comes from Bonnie Hunter's pattern, and it was WAY FUN to make !

Pineapple Party

So - let's check:

PAPERWORK?     not finished

HANGING SLEEVES?  well, two out of three




Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Little of This, A Little of That..............

What would you do if THIS man showed up on your front step?  

Strange as it looks, that's my DH, just returned from a "Holi" party.  Holi is an Indian spring festival where the participants eat, drink, and put powdered color on each other to celebrate spring.   I was celebrating color in my sewing room , and let him go off along to the Holi party, which was down the street. 
I have been working on a few things, but really nothing earth-shattering to show you, so I will share some cute little charity quilts that I have finished up recently.  I didn't make them all - they come from friends.... for whom I did some quilting and binding... but they are fun...



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