Sunday, September 25, 2016

I'm Going to Do It!

I mentioned that we drove further north on Thursday to visit my husband's mother.  Well, we also stopped by My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe in Logan and picked up my ..... TUFFET KIT!!  Yes, I finally decided to make one!!  My sister-in-law bought her kit from them and it turned out so cute that I decided to buy one there and use their method.  I'm even signed up for the second half of the class, if I can piece the top and get back up there in time, then I can get help putting it together.  I am very excited :)  Now, I need to decide on the fabric because I'm only going to make one, so I don't want to mess it up!

And most importantly we were able to visit a lot of family while in Utah, especially this little cutie :)  What a lucky grandma I am!!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Quilters are Resourceful

Utah's Quilt Fest was a blast! I'll be sharing more photos over the next few days 😊 This first photo is their opportunity quilt - very beautiful.

In these two photos we are eating our sandwiches in semi darkness after the tornado swept through. The show was at the Davis Conference Center connected to the Hilton Garden Inn. The hotel staff and conference center staff were amazing and helpful in every way. As we were heading back to our rooms there were friendly people everywhere with flashlights helping guide us back to our rooms in the dark hallways. The hotel staff also commented on how nice and easy going the quilters were, as we just "rolled with it". I read on my iPad until I went to sleep and then heard the power come back on at 5:25 AM. It was nice to hear that sound! Oh and somehow we lucked out with a room on the first floor. My sister-in-law was on the the third floor and yep, no functioning elevators for 14 1/2 hours!
The photo below was taken in my Color Theory class which went on in the darkness. The teacher was from Idaho State University and she was fantastic. She couldn't use her projector but we could see her computer just fine! She is actually standing there holding it. We couldn't see her too well either. We used flashlights for the fabric portion of the class. The quote below refers to the color wheel 😊
More later! Fun time! Oh and I have something fun to share tomorrow!!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tornado at the Quilt Show!

I came up to Utah to attend the Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest and look what blew our way! This picture was on the local news Thankfully I didn't take it.
We had actually driven further north yesterday to visit my mother-in-law and got caught in the bad weather on our way back to Quilt Fest. Luckily we missed the worst of it here, but driving back into town we saw power lines down, trees uprooted, emergency vehicles keeping people away from the downed power lines etc.
This poor tree was in the parking lot of our hotel. The power went out at Quilt Fest around 3:00 PM. We got back around 4:30 PM and the power just came on at 5:25 this morning. I had a class at 7:00 last night, mostly in the dark with flashlights. I'm looking forward to a class at 8:00 this morning.
No restaurants in the area were open because the whole town was without power, so some nice people in charge of Quilt Fest went somewhere and bought rolls and lunch meat and fruit and most quilters convened in the lobby for dinner. Here I am with my sister-in-law Cathie, enjoying ourselves in spite of the weather 😊 That said, I do hope the worst of this storm has passed through! Today I am looking forward to seeing the QUILTS! In the LIGHT! Oh I've also bumped into several people from Grand Junction! Fun!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ready to Quilt

My Mom wants to make a fleece blanket for a friend for Christmas.  My daughter and I picked out this pretty fleece fabric and I got it ready for my Mom to tie.  Arthritis has done mean things to her hands!  She still loves to make pretty things though - she's always been so talented at so many crafts.  We definitely need to use and appreciate what we have while we can.  A friend told me yesterday that she'd never felt so grateful to be able to mow her lawn.  She fell a few months ago and had a long recovery, but is now doing better and enjoying mowing her lawn more than ever before!

I have three quilts that are now ready to quilt.  I have a couple of other projects to work on before I get to them though!
Have a happy day!  Be creative!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fat Quarter or Quarter Yard?

I pieced another quilt back for a twin size quilt I'm making for my granddaughter.  I loved the pink castle fabric (top) but the store didn't have enough so I bought the pink floral fabric (bottom) with plans to piece a back, but I still didn't have enough.  I really wanted to use all pink fabrics, but didn't want to go buy any.  I pulled out my pink tub of fabric and pretty much everything in there are fat quarters.  I needed 24 inches!  I've kind of decided for me, I'm better off buying quarter yards of fabric versus fat quarters.  With the projects I make it gives me a little more versatility.  I ended up using some of the green fabric, that does appear on the front of the quilt quite a bit, so it won't be terribly out of place, but I wouldn't have liked pink to blend better :) Ah well....

Monday, September 19, 2016

Piecing 101

Inspired by Sharon Wright's lecture/class when she visited CO West Quilt Guild in March, I pieced a back for my Mom's Amish quilt.  I had a lot of black fabric left over since I didn't do the appliqué borders, but not enough for the whole back, so I used pieces of the solid colors on the edge and pieced this back. I like how it turned out!

Normally I do not like to piece backs.  By the time I get the top all pieced, the last thing I want to do is piece a back, even if it's just sewing a seam down the middle to piece two large pieces together! I just don't want to do it, but of course I almost always have to at least sew two large pieces together.  It makes sense however to piece backs if you have a lot of fabric left over from the quilt top, because 1. You're putting it to good use and 2. You don't have to go out and buy more fabric (even though it is fun to buy fabric - it's not as much fun to buy backing fabric :)
This pieced back took a little planning.  I figured out how big it needed to be and cut the colored rectangles on the edges accordingly.  Then I made a huge mistake.  One of the first things we learn in quilting is to MEASURE your borders and MEASURE the center of your quilt and MATCH those measurements and sew careful, so you don't end up with WAVY borders.  Well, I was essentially just adding borders to the black middle and I just sewed them on the black fabric WITHOUT MEASURING and ended up with a LOT of wavy black fabric in the middle.  You can tell how bad it is in the photo above, but I knew if I left it, I would end up with puckers when I quilted it....

So, here I am unpicking both sides of the quilt back, MEASURING and resewing carefully.  I don't know why I am smiling in this picture because it was NOT fun.

Just as you cannot see all the waviness in the top photo, you can't really tell how much better it looks in this photo, but trust me - it does!  And when I quilt it, I will be so glad I took the time to "un-sew".  Where is my youngest son when I need him?  He is very handy with a seam ripper :)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Top Complete

I completed the Amish quilt top!  I really like it!  The pattern calls for an appliqué border, but if I make that border, the quilt will be too big for my Mom's bed, so I'm stopping here.
It is very colorful and cheery and the black background really sets off the colorful solids.  The black fabric also shows every piece of lint.  I guess that is to be expected.
Feeling inspired by Sharon Wright's class and lecture at our guild meeting last March, I pieced the back.  More on that tomorrow :)