Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2014

Fall 2014 BQF ButtonWelcome to the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

I always enjoy this on-line quilt show.  and give big thanks to Amy at Amy's Creative Side for hosting this.

   My entry has been sitting around unfinished for a couple of months, so the quilt festival was just the motivation I needed to get it completed.  At the end of August, this is where it was.....did I need more blocks, or borders, or not?   I was so undecided that it got pushed aside as other things in life intervened.

 About 2 weeks ago, I saw that the Blogger's Quilt Festival was quickly out it came again.   Decision made----I was keeping this one. A perfect small throw size, just for me.

   The pattern is Scrappy Trips from Bonnie Hunter's tutorial.  When 4 blocks are joined, a Trip Around the World style unit appears.  I used 2" strips to make these.
   There are  six floral fabrics in each block, blended by  the value of the fabric  in each block---either light to dark or dark to light.   I can say that each one is different.....repeated fabrics, yes.....but in different combinations.

   What could be better than viewing the last of the garden blooms sitting under a lapful  of favorite floral fabrics!
And a wonderful reminder of a perfect fall day.

   For the quilting,  I used an overall pattern of swirls and a few leaves thrown in.  I kept the quilting open and not too dense.  A softer effect to blend it all together.

     Finished off with a label.

Category is Small Quilt.
Tripping through the Flowers
is 56 " by 56 ".
Machine quilted by me on Tiara.

 Time to grab a cup of coffee, settle in under your favorite throw, and view some quilts in the festival.

 Here is the link to the main festival page.   Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the festival! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A little dye info

Color Perfect - Amethyst Purple  Every year I say I am going to try some  fabric dying....snow dying, ice dying, etc.  And the snow comes and I don't have the supplies.  With the big jump/increases in the cost of backing fabric, I think it is time to give this thing a try.
   So, to my shopping list I am adding a bolt of extra wide white muslin, and RIT dye.   Dana at Stormy Days has been dying fabric (and hands) such lovely shades of colors for her backings for a while.  And over at the Quilt Rat, Jill just showed her experiment using RIT dyes.  And I love the crinkled effect she achieved.
    According to the RIT website, the liquid is more concentrated and pre-dissolved.  It can be used the same way as the powder.
Comments.....blogger is acting so strange.   Comments are not arriving in my inbox from many.   I have to remember to check each day to respond.   So if I don't reply, that is why.   If you have a question, please use email.  

Monday, October 20, 2014


   Remember the Quilt of Valor I quilted a couple of months ago?  Suzanne, one of our state coordinators,  posted the photos from this weekend.  Mr. Whitt was "covered" by his great-grandson.  Just wonderful!  Thanks, Suzanne for sharing this moment. 

Mr. Robert Whitt received his Quilt of Valor today. He served in WW II and earned a bronze star and purple heart. Attending his presentation is his Great Grandson Adam. He's a member of the Marine Corp band and his great-grandfather is extremely special to him. Greer, SC.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Some prepping

    I began prepping this week for the trunk show.......that means sorting through the quilts scattered around the house.  Some are in use, or on the walls and need to be washed.  Hanging replacements also required!   So I am in the process of that.  The rest are stacked/thrown in the guest room to be sorted properly.    Someone kick me the next time I agree to do this!

   To appease the creative urge, I began a small project for fall.  When that bug bites, you must do something to ease it.
   I found this wonderful little wall hanging at Jill's blog, The Quilt Rat, here for the pattern.
 She designed it for thread painting---which I love---but it could be adapted for traditional applique.  I am just beginning the thread painting and hope to spend a wonderful afternoon with thread!   That should help brighten my day.......have a great weekend.   Happy stitching.   

Friday, October 10, 2014

A visit to the Woodworker's Toy Shop

   Every year the Greenville Woodworkers Guild makes toys, and more toys.  They make lots of wooden toys.....all year long.   About 4 years ago, the quilters of Get Your Mrs. Claus On came along side to "dress up" the beds and cradles that were being made.  Mrs. Claus keeps stitching and quilting, and the doll quilts keep arriving!    So before the deliveries start, I wanted to share  what goes on in the woodworking shop.


The toy makers have out grown their room at the guild two very busy elves were painting parts for wooden tractors outside.  Note the John Deere green!

  We found more elves sanding pieces by hand!  There will be no rough corners on these toys.

  More sanding by Elf Jim on yet another section.

  Every Tuesday morning is Toy Day....the elves arrive and get right to work.   And this year they have added a night shift crew!   These adorable carousels were made by the night crew.....with rabbits and dinosaurs, gators, and hippos, and trucks!  You can turn the red knob and the base spins around.

  I found boxes of wooden dump trucks......

A table full of small cradles.

   Stacks of chairs waiting for finishing,  line the front wall....and a couple more cradles.

And when we peeked into the Hand Tool Room.....we found more production going on by the lady Elves!

  Lana is the Head Quality Control Elf. She fills all the nail holes and does any touch up sanding on the doll beds and cradles.   She insists that it all be done right.

   And what is this?  The cradles will be very soft and comfy this year....because Miss Rosie Elf  is making mattresses ( and pillows) for them.   I love how this project just grows and grows.

  And then there was The Head Elfess......Louise Elf, the painter of beds and cradles......and probably anything else.  ( I would be covered in pink doing this!)     Her husband, John is the official Head Elf this year, and has done a great job keeping everything on track. His first deliveries are scheduled,  and soon the hundreds of  toys will be arriving at various organizations  for the children they help.
   To all the Mrs. Clauses .....thank you.  Thank you for your time, effort, and giving hearts.   You will never know how important and motivating your efforts are.   Once again, hugs and thanks.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Favorites from the Quilt Show--part 2

   Sometimes the simplest settings speak volumes.  That is the case with this quilt made by Pat Bush.  A wonderful mix of small 9 patch blocks only needs the border set off with beautiful applique to become a favorite.  The machine quilting in the border mimics the applique all the way around.  I loved it.....I think I need to be making 9 patch blocks in my spare time.

   This is the second wall hanging Donna Zellmer  has made with block of the month blocks she won last year.  I like the 4 patch on point in place of traditional sashing......wonder if she will make one for me?  Nah, guess not.  I will put it on my someday list!

   It is October and what is a fall show without autumn leaves.  Jaylyn made this quilt from blocks made by friends.  She put a little twist on the setting for each block and the leaves really do look like they are falling!  And as always.....her husband does the quilting!   And that border fabric was so perfect for this quilt.

   Every year I look to see what this quilter has made.  Edna is an applique  expert---yes, she is---and does wonderful hand quilting.  This year she worked with  friends on English paper piecing and they came up with the idea of hexagon flowers.  Believe me it is just beautiful.

     One more red and white......and hearts!  Fannie Wengerd  is a marvelous long arm quilter in our area.  Check out her feathers and tiny hearts in the border.....and all those tiny triangles for the inner border.   So pretty!

   Fannie is one of my favorite people.  She just lights up a room with her smile.   Could it be that she loves purple too?
   This is her quilt made in memory of her father.  Pappy raised blueberries on his farm.  What could be more natural than to use the barn patterns from Eleanor Burn's Barn Quilts.  She was telling me about the patterns....did you know that barn styles have names?  The Barn Quilt book is full of history on them.....I think I need to check it out.

   And that's the show for another year.  Thanks for stopping by, and hope you found some inspiration for a new project.  Now I am off to visit the elves at the Woodworker's Guild and see what is going on in the toy shop!
Happy stitching.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Quilt Show 2014

 Long weekend sitting at the Admission Table.....this was a last minute takeover position for me.  The good thing about it was getting to meet a lot of new people, and seeing almost everyone at least once, and seeing old friends too.  I managed a break to zip through the show and take a few photos of my favorites to share.

     This was Best of Show....a wonderful applique quilt composed of block of the month blocks.  And it was huge!  she did a great job fitting these blocks of various sizes together to make a cohesive quilt.

   A detail photo shows her setting detail.  Using that floral print was a great choice to bring it all together.   I love the rectangular blocks too....especially the bird on the branch. The flying geese are a perfect fill in.

   This was a blue and white quilt that was so pretty.  Her mother embroidered the center.  I liked the variety of blocks used in the border, too.


    This blue and white Star Flake was made by Ann Sevcik.....and is much prettier than my fuzzy photo!   I am so proud of her quilting on this.....she took my beginner's class last year.  Each piece of the star flake stands out because she did outline quilting and then a close stipple in the white areas.  Great job, Ann.

  I love quilts with a story.  Susan said there are happy and sad memories hidden in the baskets.  She began this as a busy project when her Dad got sick, and carried it on car trips and vacations.   We know she would not trade it for anything.

  And continuing in the Susan-vein......this is her Disco Snowflakes.  Big, bold, and all batiks.  The galaxy star block does look like it is dancing!

    Wow....I loved the impact of this quilt.   I love the barn raising setting used for this.  Then I got closer and almost fell was made by Jill Van Harlingen, an old friend I have lost contact with.

    I actually took my first machine quilting class from her many years ago.  I am so glad she has returned to our area and hope to see her soon.
Here is a detail photo of the block she referred to as Mary's Triangle Block.
I think I will be pinning this for future reference.

  One more today.  This was made by Sharon Larson for the guild's Not so Round Robin this year.  The applique is beautiful and the off set design is always a favorite with me.

I need to get caught up on a few things and I will finish up sharing photos tomorrow......happy stitching.

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