Tuesday, December 12, 2017

More Quilts from the Judged Show

I took a lot of pictures in Houston, so here are some more!
The Twisted Sister
By Margaret Solomon Gunn
(Hand pieced hexagons - and look at the machine quilting!!!!)

Direction Optional
By Stephanie Ruyle (and several other members of the Bee Sewcial group, Denver, Colorado)

Anne’s Favorite Cherry Tree Road in Avonlea
By Mutsuko Shinzo and 9 friends (Japan)

Service for 12
By Tracy Back and the Rambling River Art Quilters (Missouri)
I really like this one!

By Junko Fujiwara (Japan)
Won the Founders Award and $7500

Hadlock Bridge
By Barbara Binotto (Maine)

Colorado Country: Lake Dillon
By Sharon Schlotzhauer (Colorado)

Caught in a Storm
By Patt Blair (California)

By Diane Ruskin Doran (Maryland)

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Little Reaaranging

Someone has been rearranging the nativity!

And she is so proud of herself! 😁

I think she thought the manger looked more like a nest for Penguin!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s that time of year! We are busy baking ....

And shopping....

And of course we have to make time to do some fun things, like horseback riding....

And going to parties and church ....

Grandma can hardly wait to spend Christmas with this little cutie pie!!

I had to share this gift I received from Annie. Years ago we started making Dear Jane blocks together in our Little Bits group. Some of the gals stopped after awhile and made a smaller quilt with their blocks and I went on to finish the whole quilt (it took me eight years!)  Annie this year decided she didn’t want to make a quilt with her blocks, one of those things that just “wasn’t going to happen”, so she used her Dear Jane blocks and made us all mug rugs! So now I have a Dear Jane mug rug and I love it! What a great idea and a good use for some wonderful blocks 😊 Have a great day baking or shopping or whatever you’re doing!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Brown Bag Challenge Revealed

Yesterday was our Christmas luncheon for my miniature quilt group The Little Bits.  Great company, lots of fun and delicious food!

Some crazy footwear, worn by Annie - she kept asking if her seams were straight :)

A little bit of Show and Tell - these adorable tea towels made by Sherida!

And then we opened our brown bag challenge gifts! If you remember, we each put something (fabric, trims, embellishments etc.) into a brown bag marked with a number, then traded bags and made something with the materials we got for the person whose bag it was (but we didn’t know whose bag we had.) It was so fun yesterday opening our gifts and seeing what another member of the group had made for us.  It was also fun to see if we had guessed correctly on whose bag we had (I did guess correctly by the way, and most of us had narrowed it down to at least two people).
Annie made this bookcase quilt for Kathy.  Kathy had put in a jelly roll, which Annie used for the books - the titles on the books are cut from old neck ties. Lots of different types of fabrics were used - SO creative!

I was correct in thinking that I had Annie’s bag :). She loved her mouse and zippered bag and mug mat!

Sherida made a beautiful landscape mini art quilt for Leota, and even framed it!

Bobbi made a bag for Eleanor out of all the fabrics in her brown bag!

June made this beautiful quilt for Sherida, whose bag had all of the colorful fabrics and the cording -June added the black and white fabric. The label she put on the quilt is pictured below.

Eleanor made this cute little table topper for June. With the fabric from June’s bag, this almost looks Christmassy!  She made Log Cabin blocks (corners) and Courthouse Steps blocks. The back of the quilt is shown below.

Kathy made Bobbi this table topper - Cathedral Windows style - so beautiful!

Leota told a funny story about losing the fabric from my bag and later finding it in the glove compartment of her car. She made me this adorable bag!
It was a great party and put us all in the Christmas Spirit!  I hope you’re all enjoying the holidays and finding fun things to do with family and friends!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Remembering Sue Garman

There was a wonderful exhibit of Sue Garman quilts in Houston. She was such a great talent and passed away far too young after battling cancer. I’ve made two of her patterns: Mama Said and my Monster Quilt. I am planning to make her Omigosh pattern someday! The exhibit was huge because she was a prolific quilter, but here are photos of a few!

                                                                            The Barrel Racer

Washington Medallion

A Baltimore Album style quilt (I didn’t get the name of this one!)

Afternoon Delight (Detail above)
This is an adaptation of her Omigosh quilt.

Twirly Balls and Pinwheels
I hope you enjoy these beautiful quilts and have a great day!!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

In the American Tradition - Pieced

Here are two pictures of traditional quilts I took at the Houston show.  I LOVE both of these quilts. This first one is called North + South by Diana Sharkey. Her design source was an 1880’s quilt. She used Civil War reproduction fabrics and contemporary fabrics together.

Patchwork of the Crosses!! I was so excited to see this quilt!! (I’m still working on mine!) It is appropriately called “I Love Lucy” and was made by Pam Thomas and quilted by Jeff Prince. It is all hand pieced and hand appliquéd. Both of these quilts are stunning. Someday.... I’m going to finish my Patchwork of the Crosses quilt!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Busy But Fun Day!

Wow! What a fun, busy day!  It started out with a lovely Christmas brunch with the embroidery guild!  We were all given these wonderful thread keepers etched with the guild’s logo.  We were also treated to a delicious brunch and the entertainment was provided by the Palisade High School show choir.

Completed UFO projects were displayed and a prize (next year’s membership free) was given to one member whose name was drawn from a hat (this person had to have completed her UFO project). 

The winner was Laura and this is her completed UFO quilt!

We also had an ornament exchange and this is the beautiful ornament I ended up with - made by Barb!  I LOVE it and it looks so good on my tree :)

Then on to a birthday lunch with friends, a baptism at church and finally to Barnes and Noble where CO West Quilt Guild was holding their fundraiser today.  We saw some beautiful quilts on display from the Art Quilt Association and did a little Christmas shopping to help out with the fundraiser.

All in all a fun and productive day! It helped put me in the Christmas Spirit!  How about you?  Are your stockings all hung by the chimney with care?