Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter Sewing


Yesterday and today I finally made it upstairs into my studio to do a few things.  But first, this……


had to be turned into this…


AAHHHHHH….much better!!!!

The first thing that I wanted to do was get a few pieces ready to send to my Mother so that she has stuff to work on.   She had previously embroidered 4 blocks and wanted some more to do, so I got out the light box and started tracing designs……


I cant remember if I have already mentioned this tip, but I was told to use a blue Prisma Color pencil to draw the patterns.  It seems to have worked well with the first set of designs so I used it again today.

Next was something fun…..I finished the Valentines mug rug that I started back in February….see the original post HERE.  The bright red color in the photo on that page dried to a much softer and nicer pink and I added a few quilting lines to the background.


I searched high and low for a fabric to use on the binding and my eye settled on a small piece of Japanese silk that was given to me years ago.  I think that it made a nice frame for this small piece.

So, with one project completed, I can enjoy a cup of tea and some kicking back  time for Easter…….


Hope you enjoyed your holiday too!!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Quilt Show Magic

Last week my guild held its biennial show “A Journey in Quilts – 2013”.  It was a bittersweet time for me since I missed most of the show because of my impromptu trip to Texas, but I was excited to learn that I had won THREE blue ribbons……

“Flower Pot, Flower Pot…..SO Many Flower Pots”…..


“Lines Should Be Straight”……



and “Complements Under the Canopy”…….


The show was beautifully laid out and hung and it was such fun to spend two hours enjoying the wonderful quilts.

This one was made by my friend Deb and was part of the “Two Block” challenge…..


…..I love the neutral colors!!!

This one by Sylvia is called “The Ooze Primordial”….such great colors….


Sylvia is a Marine Biologist and many of her quilts express her love of all things scientific!!

Terri stole the show, winning numerous ribbons for her wonderful scrappy quilts.  This is one of my favorites…..


A group of women, calling themselves “Artful Hands” put together this fun piece….


But the show stopper was a quilt made by Cleo….hand appliqued, hand quilted and beaded….


Look at the detailed quilting  (remember that it is done by hand)…..


All in all, it was a fantastic show and I cant wait for 2015 to enjoy the next one…..guess I should get started on my entries!!!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Slight change of plans

Instead of spending this past week getting ready for our guild quilt show, I have been in Texas helping to get my mother moved into an assisted living center. These are pictures of her new apartment. I return home tomorrow and will try to get caught up again!!!!
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