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Thursday, June 18, 2015

California State Fair win!

I submitted the Patriotic quilt from a couple of posts ago to the CA State Fair and......  First Place in Pieced quilts, Best of Division, and a River City Quilters Award!!!   Wow, was I surprised!!! 

I opened the PDF attachment to the email and very slowly scrolled down through the listing of winners in tons of different categories at the fair, scared to see if mine was there or not.  When I got to the Quilts category I went even slower and read every one carefully.  I actually covered my mouth with both hands and screamed when I saw my name/quilt marked First Place.  Then saw Special Awards and the River City Quilters.  THEN saw at the end the Best of Division!!

OMGosh!  You can bet that I will be at the fair this year and get pictures of it hanging there.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Coming along

Finished the beige in the blocks and then the first border at the bottom.  I couldn't decide what to do so didn't do the border at the top.  I do that a lot... actually I think I do that on every quilt.  Can't remember if I stitched between the blue and the beige at the top or not, I didn't on the sides.  If I did, it will have to come out.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Been a long time

Haven't been here in awhile and see that I need to take some things off the side bar!

Just been living life, working, quilting.  The usual.  One of my last posts was about 4 quilts and they're all done.  They should be, it's been long enough!  My favorite is the Agave Garden in Patriotic colors.  The inspiration for the quilting design was that I realized there were 13 stars on the quilt:  the center star and the 12 stars that I added.  So, I thought to do 13 stripes waving across it like a flag.  You know, 13 stars and stripes.  Every stripe has a different fill and took me weeks to complete.  I need to get better pictures of the entire quilt that will show all the stripes.


Right now I'm working on one for my friend and his wife.  It's a simple pattern, can't think of the name, maybe Jewel Box.  The quilting inspiration was that it reminds me of water and sand.  I did ripples coming out from the water and pebbles on the shore.  Haven't decided about the borders yet but just 5 out of 11 rows are done so I have time to think about it.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

So excited!!

I bought a new longarm!!  Been going over and over in my mind about wanting a better machine for a long time.  My current machine has been doing pretty good since I started using Magna-Glide thread and pre-wound bobbins and I've finished several quilts recently.  Not my "good" quilts since I really need more skill to do what I envision.

The new machine is an Innova 22" with Lightning Stitch and it should be delivered in early February.  :)  I've taken down the old one to sell and got my sewing room all organized again.

In other news... I'm almost done with the Patriotic wall hanging.  I know, it's taken a long time but I had other things come up like quilts for Christmas.  Finished two of the quilts for my niece and nephew, all bound and done with matching pillow cases even.  One more strip to sew the butterflies on for the other quilt and that can be sewn together.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sewing Room

My sewing room has been moved to the Master Bedroom.  It's only me in a 5-bedroom house so I moved my bed to the next largest room.  This room is about 15'x16' so the longarm fits nicely on one wall.  Why not?  It's my house and can use the rooms however I want to! :-)

The cubbies are Ikea Expedit shelves that were in the old sewing room and the boxes are by Semikolon and come in lots of colors.  I have the larger 5x5 cubbie shelves, dark brown, in my home office that I'll use for the rest of the fabric.  I hardly ever go in that room except to get something off the printer. It doesn't get a lot of sunlight so that will be good for the fabric too.

Feels good to get things organized in here though it probably won't stay this clean for long!

The front of the boxes have a space to slip a picture or something into so used fabric in a brown and blue stripe.  Also made a hanging holder for patterns.

Now to get to work on the projects that are in the boxes...

Friday, July 5, 2013

Putting together the Dresden Plate quilt

All of the "flowers" are done and the two strips between them with the leaves and stems are done.  I am waiting on a delivery of more Bella Solids in bright white for the rest of the flower backgrounds.

The butterflies are fussy-cut out of the grey background fabric, a dozen of them or more, and sewing them on with a small satin stitch.  I would like to quilt it in white, pink, black, and burgundy thread but don't know if my skills or my machine are up to that!

There is a motif in the fabric that I really like so I took a piece of it, scanned it, then outlined it using MS Paint.  Will pay around with how much to enlarge it and make a quilting template out of it.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Big Red Tractor quilt top is done!  It was a really easy and fast one to make.  This is the second time I've used a panel and found that it is not straight to the grain of the fabric.  Is that common with panels?  I had a heck of a time with the large pieces as they were really wonky just trying to cut them out.

Don't know how I'm going to quilt it other than outlining the pictures in the large blocks, just need a simple fill in the red areas.