Saturday, June 27, 2015

This Week & Last Week

 Here's what I've been working on this week - my Jubilee+5 plus a few more years UFO! I've big stitched all the octagon blocks with orange perle cotton and done some embroidery. Now I'm trying to decide what to do for the narrow border. I hope to finish this in time to show at our next guild meeting. Yes, the bird is still there!

While I've been working on this, I've been thinking of the quilts at last weekend's Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. Previously I showed you photos of my two quilts which won ribbons. Here are photos of other the judged winners. My apologies if I missed anyone.

 Heralds of Spring by Joann Webb

Cats!! Just Garden Variety by Jane Anderson

Civil War Bride by Nancy Swanwick

A Letter Bit of Baltimore by Janet Stone
She also received an NQA Award of Merit!

Baltimore Album by Miriam Reed

Celebration of Love and Life by Kim Cawthon

Radiating Millefiori by Nancy Swanwick

Modern Grandmothers Flower Garden by Norma Bates
Rebirth by Mary Atchinson

 Finding Peace Among the Trees by Mary Strege

Remake by Jane Anderson

 Sixteen Years and Here's What You Get by Susan Gandy

Waterfall by Sandra Morgan Cockrum

 A Little Off Balance by Sandra Morgan Cockrum
 C'mon Get Happy by Jenifer Dick

 Passionate Rhapsody by Cindi Johnson

Affair of the Heart by Kathleen Gregory

No L by Janet Stone

Hexie Love by Kay Lea

Afternoon Delight by Judy R. Williams

Until next time,

Monday, June 22, 2015

Phebe has done it again!

"The Cotheals at Home" (Phebe) won Best of Show at the first ever Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival held in Overland Park, Kansas this past weekend!

I don't live in the Kansas City area and don't belong to any of the guilds which organized the show. However, anyone was allowed to enter a quilt in the Judged Quilts section and I'm glad I did!

Here I am at the Award Ceremony with show sponsor Myron Shwery from the Windmill Sewing Center who presented me with my prize, a special edition Bernina 350 sewing machine.

I've sewn on my Pfaff Synchromatic 1215 for about 33 years so it seems like an old friend. Now I'll need to learn the Bernina way of doing things. I plan to finish the projects I'm working on now with my Pfaff and eventually switch to the Bernina. I'll keep the Pfaff as a backup machine.

When I got to the show, I was surprised to see that I had a second win. My "Selvage Star of Bethlehem" won first place in the Pieced category!

Julie Gier, a fellow guild member, entered her quilt "Just Around the Corner" in the show. We were the only two Prairie Quilt Guild members to enter quilts in the KCRQF. If they allow non local guild members to enter judged quilts in their show in 2017, I think there will be a few more!

"Remake" by Jane Anderson, First place Mixed Technique
My favorite quilt in the show (other than mine lol), I just kept coming back to it!

A UFO finish before my next guild meeting is looking doubtful. My life has been a bit busy lately and I'm not making the progress I'd like. However if nothing unexpected comes up in the next 3 weeks and I don't get distracted, I just might be able to finish my Jubilee+5 (a few years late) quilt!

Until next time,

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Happy 33rd Birthday PQG!

Yesterday was Prairie Quilt Guild's 33rd. birthday! You might remember that I'm serving as guild president this year. We're a large group with nearly 700 members.

 There was a little craziness. Yes, I wore it. Thankfully, I don't think there are pictures.

Our Birthday Block giveaway - I won 36 blocks! This is the loot that came along with my blocks. I wore the tiara for part of the meeting. Those buttons on the left are actually rings which were decorations on the birthday cupcakes we ate during break. Delicious but wow, did the frosting ever send me on a sugar high!

Here's my stack of spool Birthday Blocks. I'm not sure how I'll put them together yet.

My June UFO finish - "Geese in my Pineapple Patch"

I cringe when I see my straight binding, definitely prefer bias binding. This will probably be used as a table topper so I'm not too concerned about everything being just so.

I know this isn't a pineapple block but the small group I attended years ago when this project was begun, couldn't decide if it was a pineapple block or something to do with flying geese. So, to keep everyone happy, I named it "Geese in my Pineapple Patch"!

This past month has been stressful for me so I took time off from writing on this blog. Whenever I'm stressed out, I begin a new project and even though I hadn't planned to start anything new until I'd finished more of my UFO's, I started what I'm calling my "Presidential Stress Reliever" project. I'll be blogging more about it in the future plus I still plan to finish a UFO each month. July's UFO finish will, hopefully, be my own Jubilee+5 birthday (a few years late) project!

Until next time,