Friday, May 15, 2015

Spools, Geese & Pineapple Patches

First of all, "Thank you!" to everyone who commented about my recent Paducah win! For some reason, I'm not able to "Publish" some of the comments but please know that I appreciate all of them and will reply as soon as I can. My week has been busy and tiring and the plans I had to get a lot done, didn't happen.

For not having much time, I made time to work on a few projects yesterday.

Our quilt guild's Birthday Block this year is a spool block. Yesterday, I decided to make a few to add to the drawing using some "selvage" fabric I purchased in Paducah. This is my favorite of the three I've made so far.

Every year, one of our guild members designs or selects a block pattern for our Birthday Block. Guild members make blocks which are then collected and sorted for a drawing in June. For each block you make, you get one chance to win enough blocks to make a wall hanging or quilt. I've never won any blocks in previous years which is fine because I have plenty of projects to work on!

Speaking of projects, this is the current UFO I'm working on. I've just finished picking out the terrible hand quilting job I did years ago and now plan to stitch in a ditch using my machine. My dilemma: what color thread to use? There are too many seams for me to do a good job hand quilting.

Can anyone tell me which Log Cabin variation this is? I remember naming it "Geese in my Pineapple Patch" because my small group could not agree on the pattern name.

Until next time,

Monday, May 11, 2015

Catch Up

Its been over a month since I posted, time to catch up.
My first visit to Quilt Week in Paducah!

My Phebe quilt, "The Cotheals at Home", won Honorable Mention in the First Time Paducah entry, Bed Quilts Longarm Quilted. This is what I look like after only 4 hours of sleep.

I had lunch with another quilter, Mona, who I met at Houston last fall and this is her quilt in the show, "Sunset over Lac Clara"! Nice to see you again, Mona!

Did you know I'm a calendar girl? Well, actually my "Selvage Star of Bethlehem" quilt is pictured in the 2016 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar! Here I am (in pink) at the calendar signing party on the first evening we were in Paducah. I must have had some coffee by then because I'm looking more awake.

Here it is, the very last quilt in the book! Lots more happened in Paducah - quilts, shopping, eating plus a few interesting experiences with our bus tour. I don't know that anyone from Paducah, KY reads my blog but "Thank You!" for being friendly and offering help when we needed it!

 Back home again, I needed a UFO finish for May so here it is, quilted by another guild member, Susan McMillan. I'm fairly sure that while I was working on it, I had a brown cloud hanging over me. I initially named it "Serengetti Oaks" because the border fabric reminded me of zebras and an African safari. I'm thinking of renaming it ...

"Second Spring" from a quote by Albert Camus.

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." 
Albert Camus

Until next time,