Thursday, August 31, 2017

Can You Guess??

Can you guess what I am working on?? I don't think I could even guess from this picture, but I bet someone will guess correctly.  We'll see!  Tomorrow I'll show you a picture of the finished product.  I think it's turning out super cute - if I say so myself :)

In the meantime, here are some more pictures that I took at The Quilt Show taping last Saturday.  These quilts were all made by Alex Anderson.

This one was actually made for a movie, but the movie ended up not getting made - beautiful hand quilted quilt!

John said a lot of quilts she makes are teaching tools for her books.  She had about four quilts for sale and this was one of them.  The colors reminded me of my daughter Megan - she likes yellow and gray.

She took a class at Asilomar and made this quilt, which is based on a picture of her first pair of tennis shoes.

Megan also really likes these colors.  She and Alex must have similar tastes!  This one is super cute and not for sale (otherwise I might have come home with it :)

The quilt below is a fresh take on a Christmas quilt.  I love the borders!

Well, back to the sewing room for me!  I am getting super motivated to clean out and organize my sewing room.  I should have done it before the guild's white elephant sale....

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Katie Pasquini Masopust

During the afternoon of The Quilt Show taping we got to watch them film Katie Pasquini Masopust talking about and demonstrating techniques from her new book Artful Logcabin.  These are very abstract quilts based on photographs she's taken.  Can you tell what this one is? (Hint: It's a pretty flower that smells really good :)

She demonstrated how to make the more circular shaped log cabin blocks which she calls Cabbage Roses.  You can see them in these two quilt really well - the green blocks in the quilt above - and on the left side of this quilt.

She is very fun and entertaining.  I've never taken a class from her but I imagine it would be a blast.

You can learn more about Katie at:

Yesterday I finished my Binder Purse in a class I took from Angela at Hi Fashion.  I'll share some pictures soon!

Today I'm plotting and planning how to organize my thread.  It may involve purchasing a small cabinet....

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lauren Vlcek

There was a second guest at the morning taping of The Quilt Show.  Lauren Vlcek did a short segment on screen printing which was really interesting.  I didn't get a chance to take any pictures of her work but I did win her book during the give aways!  I thought I already had it, but couldn't remember exactly .... When I got home I discovered that yes, I already own this book - my friend Michelle gave it to me (it's a wonderful book!)  So I'm planning on using this one as a door prize when I teach the embellishing class in November :)

You can learn more about Lauren at:

Like I mentioned we were treated to quite a quilt show and tell by Captain John (Anderson) throughout the day.  The quilt above (and to the right is the back) is The Quilt Show's block of the month this year, pattern designed by Sue Garmin.  It's a beautiful quilt - looks even better in person!

They also have some sort of classes or tutorials on The Quilt Show website for this quilt.  I'm sorry I don't know too much about it.  I remember seeing it on the website but since I have so many UFO's already, I passed it up!  If you're interested though, I bet you can find it at:

Monday, August 28, 2017

Cheryl Lynch

The first guest I was able to see being taped for The Quilt Show Saturday was Cheryl Lynch. She shared her mosaic technique of creating pictorial quilts and also showed her Curvalicious Ruler, which was used to make the baby quilts in this picture.

All of these quilts were made mosaic style. She cuts bits of fabric into 3/8 inch squares!  She created a special ruler to make cutting these tiny squares easier. They are carefully placed on the design and covered with tule before quilting.  I'll have to watch the show to remember how she got the pattern on the fusible web!  It's an interesting technique!

Every bit on the front of these mosaic quilts is a 3/8 inch square, even the grid work on the bicycle quilt. And you can see she used her Curvalicious ruler to make some interesting borders.

You can read more about Cheryl Lynch at:

Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Quilt Show Taping

Yesterday I spent the whole day in Denver at The Quilt Show taping and what a treat! I had such a good time.  I arrived at 8:00 in the morning and one of the first people I saw was Connie from Arizona, who my friends and I had met when we went to the taping last August!  This year Wendy and Marion couldn't go with me, so it was nice to see a familiar face right away.  I also met Ginger from CO Springs, who was also at the same show we were at last August, and  I met a nice couple from Missouri who had flown out just for the taping.  We had a lot of fun catching up and getting to know one another before we ever went into the studio! (Connie also gave me some great tips on English Paper Piecing!)

 I have to say that Alex Anderson and her husband John, and Ricky Tims and Justin go out of their way to make the whole experience fun for the audience.  John Anderson especially works hard all day to keep us entertained.  He tells stories and shows quilts (which I got pictures of!) and tells us when to clap and how to clap and when to stop :). It's all great fun.  We had a really nice audience yesterday too - fun people to get to know and interact with.

They also give a way a lot of prizes, and freebies from their sponsors, keep us supplied with cookies and water, and yesterday a few lucky audience members were able to go into the control room to watch them taping segments from that viewpoint.
At lunch time I went out to eat with all of my new best friends who I felt like I'd know forever - isn't that how it is with quilters?  It doesn't matter where you're from, there is just an instant friendship and connection.
I will be sharing more pictures and stories this week!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Embroidery at the Library

I forgot to mention yesterday that a couple of the gals in the Embroidery Guild did an embroidery activity with children in the children's center and apparently that was a LOT of fun :)

Can you believe this piece is all made with teeny tiny French Knots using one strand of embroidery floss??

Cecelia makes miniature bears.  When she showed them to me, I thought she just dressed and decorated the bears but no - she makes the bears.  These little tiny critters are adorable!  She will be teaching a class on how to make them about a year from now in the Embroidery Guild.  (It's amazing how far in advance you have to book speakers and teachers!)

The beadwork table was totally foreign to me, but was filled with beautiful beaded items.

The jacket above is embellished with Brazilian Embroidery.

Here is information if you're interested in visiting or joining the Embroidery Guild!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Embroidery Guild

The Embroidery Guild event at the library yesterday was amazing! Laura and her crew set up a beautiful display in the community room and one could walk around and enjoy all different types of embroidery.  In the evening there were three mini lectures, on history, needles and beadwork - also very interesting!

I snapped a few photos which I'll share today and tomorrow.  I wish I'd taken a picture of the whole room so you could see how wonderful it looked but I just ended up with close-ups.

This Brazilian Embroidery quilt was made by Laura.  It give me great ideas on how to put my Brazilian Embroidery blocks together.

Another quilt by Laura, with a lot of dimensional appliqué and embroidery.

There was a display of Japanese Sashiko work...

And wool appliqué....

And many other types of embroidery - some I hadn't even heard of!

I'll share some more pictures tomorrow!

Do these fabrics look good together?  If not - which one/ones should go?
Thanks for your help!!