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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lazy days are here again

Three things to be happy about:
(1) padded envelopes
(2) learning a new exercise
(3) Spring

Spring is just around the corner, what does Punxsutawney Phil know, anyhow?

I'm in my lazy stage again!



Remember this string quilt that I was puzzling over ... add a border, don't add a border, what kind of border ...

Thanks everyone for your input!






I grabbed some light colored strings - not necessarily neutral, but lighter than darkish medium - and made a few of these ...




... which I cut into these 3-1/2 x 8-1/2" strips, to test as a border.




I tried out a few and I admit I wasn't too impressed at first.


I was thinking if I went that route I'd need to add a narrow inner border to separate the main quilt from the 3" border strips ...




But now, looking at it through the camera's lens from a different angle ... it doesn't look half bad!

Maybe I'll make enough string units to finish up that left side and a few for the top, and see what it looks like.

Decisions, decisions ...

Sew forth and sew on

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

Here we are in March already!  Mr. Groundhog doesn't know everything, does he??

I'm sharing more photos from the quilt show last week.  It was such a nice show that I wish I could bundle up the entire thing in my arms and share it with you!

Hexies, anyone?  I'm not a hexie person but I can appreciate the skill that went into these...
What would a quilt show be without Baltimore album quilts...
Making a statement ...
The label reads: "Only when the LAST TREE HAS DIED and the LAST RIVER BEEN 
POISONED and the LAST FISH BEEN CAUGHT will we realize 
WE CANNOT EAT MONEY - Native American saying
AND WE CANNOT DRINK OIL - Quiltmaker"

I love the background texture on this one ...
And the back has a pleasant surprise:
Diva and ... diva?
This one is a favorite, I love scrappy...
... and houses, of course!
Quilted phrases ... "liar liar, pants on fire!"
ABC challenge - I can relate to this one... 

A member of my guild, Adrienne R., made this one!

These were fascinating - leather!

Is that enough for now?  Yeah!  Sew forth and sew on...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Good intentions


Here we go!

My friend Renea and I made an overnight trip to the Mid-Atlantic quilt show on Thursday; it was my intention to upload some of the pictures to be shared on Saturday but that didn't happen.  It was a great show but I was wiped out when I got home Friday evening!

Oh my, there were so many great guild challenges this year!  Themes such as Living on the edge (designing with selvages); Lovely as a tree; Take a shot [at expressing yourself]; Color squared (one-color, 12-inch mini-quilts); Dream big - stretching art and tradition; and of course the Hoffman challenge.

Here are just a few that I liked:
Color, color everywhere!


Lovely as a tree...


There were fractured quilts:

And you'll like this one, Gayle:
Pigs in a Blanket, by Sally Trude from The Objects of Design! Her tag reads "I inevitably end up making comical quilts because I love to design animal blocks and then dress them in bright colors. The piglet is a favorite pattern that is available for free on my blog..."

Check out this 3-D design:
viewed from the left...

viewed straight on...

and from the right side...
such talented cleverness!

Anabeth Dollins of Pittsburg named this one "Around Town."  365 days, 365 blocks...

Lady of the House was clever; "house" represented in humorous ways:

Mary Kerr of Woodbridge set 9 Dresden Plate blocks from the 1940s in a sea of white...

The pictorials were awesome:



I hope you can biggie size these to see details!

I hope you enjoyed seeing these as much as I enjoyed the Mid-Atlantic show!  I have more to share, so come back tomorrow.  Sew forth and sew on

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Showing and sharing at the guild

Three things to be happy about:
(1) mint-flavored dental floss
(2) calendar pictures
(3) candy hearts




On Valentine's Day someone at Deb's school gifted her with candy hearts.  Since it was waaaaay too much chocolate for one person, she shared them with us at guild meeting on Saturday.

There's just something about quilters and chocolate that naturally goes together!



And what would a guild meeting be without show and share ...




Cynthia shared a free form quilt she made as part of a challenge.  This piece includes stamped art and beading ...




... while Adrienne shared her paint chip challenge quilt.


Several of our members also belong to other guilds, bees, and art groups, so we have the advantage of seeing things made as an activity or challenge in their other group!



A Turning Twenty quilt ... or was it Turning Twenty-one?

In either case, I like it!




Angela finished a UFO ... gotta love the end of a UFO!



Charley has done it again - she makes the most amazing fractured quilts!



This one is still in the floppy stage - she turned it around to show the seams.

In my opinion, the back looks as great as the front!



A child's quilt by Cynthia.

She chose an alphabet panel, then fussy cut the alphabets to hang them in their own individual frames.


And last but not least, take a look at this one ... twelve blocks, right?

Nope!

It's all the same block done in different color ways.  She took a workshop in color contrast and made this quilt based on what she learned.

I was intrigued!


So another great guild meeting goes down in history, a good time was had by all.

Sew forth and sew on

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Just puttering

Three things to be happy about:
(1) stuffed chops
(2) line dancing
(3) a good deal

Sometimes I'm still amazed at the good stuff you can find at the Dollar Tree!

Udderly Smooth hand cream, love it!

I mention again, all dollar stores are not created equal - I call them "brand x" dollar stores. Names like 'Dollar Ocean' or 'Dollar and More' or 'Dollar Plus' - they just aren't the genuine article.  IMHO, it has to be Dollar Tree, or nothing!


While I was puttering around not sewing, I dug up this top yet again.  I keep taking it out and putting it back.

The issue is, should I add a border, or just have it quilted without one.  It measures 72" square and it would look great as a borderless quilt.

If I add on a border, what kind??

The entire thing is made of 6" string blocks, so I don't think it would look good with a solid border.

I could make a string border in 6" blocks, I guess.

hmmm ...




If I go borderless, will I lose any of the important parts when it's trimmed after quilting??

Decisions, decisions.




Sew forth and sew on and on....