Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I am leaving tomorrow to help set up for the show, and will not be back until Saturday night. My sister lives in Kernersville, NC, which is about 30 minutes away from Clemmons, and I will be staying at her house. We are hoping this show will be a success, since it is our first Machine Quilting show. In fact, there are large machine quilting shows in other parts of the country, but none in the southeast. Perhaps this will become our own MQS or MQX someday! This year, we will have vendors, but no classes at this event.
After my guild's quilt show in March, I vowed not to enter any more unfinished quilts in shows. It is kind of stressful if things do not go well, or if life intervenes before the quilt is finished. So, I entered only finished projects this time. Except...I signed up to do the challenge quilt, which is only 24 inches square, a blue star on a white background. How long could that take? So, I drew up my designs, auditioned them with members of my bee, and got started...on Monday! I got it quilted and finished, but not as perfect as I would have liked. Oh, well, it's just a piece of cloth. After my son's apartment fire last week, the importance of something like this went way down on my list of priorities. Anyway, here is my little guy. I used a garden theme since I enjoy quilting leaves and flowers so much. The blue areas have a variegated thread in jewel tones, and I used Aurifil and Bottom Line in the white. Introducing..."Star of the Garden."
Star of the Garden
24 x 24
Fiber shawl made on longarm , now named "Luscious"
12 x 12
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I did not finish the binding on the quilt during her visit, so will have to get that to her later.
Monday, September 24, 2007
While we were in Laurel Springs, Miranda and I took off for a few hours to visit a Quilt Fair in West Jefferson, NC, presented by the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild. It was held in beautiful Jefferson Station, which the county artists have decorated with fantastic paintings, murals, ceramic art, you name it. Here are a few pictures:
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
We stopped at a store along the highway between Blowing Rock and Boone to check out these very unique benches, plant stands, and tables. They are made from trees that are from Indonesia. I believe they are called gembol trees. The trees have a long life of about one hundred years, and after they die they harden into a kind of petrified wood. If you find just the right spot to sit, they are quite comfortable.
I finished making a couple of coasters for our cabin from the improvisational quilt blocks I made this summer to try out some of Vikki Pignatelli's techniques. I did not think I would ever make a whole quilt out of these little "improvisational log cabin" blocks, but they are just right for coasters for a cup of coffee in the cabin. I finished these with Vikki's envelope-type backing.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Of course, I am not known for the organization and neatness of my sewing room. I envy all those who take pictures of their workspace. Not me- I can barely walk in the room sometimes with all the projects heaped about. Oh, well, it works for me- usually!
Anyway, I think that the grandkids are coming up next week for a few days- so I will try to get the binding finished on the quilt by then. Off to the mountains either tonight or tomorrow where the air is supposed to be much cooler this weekend!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
I stocked up on some needles for DSM and for burying knots (chenille needles- big eyes!)
Some possibilities for a future mountain landscape quilt. Ashe County, the location of our little cabin, is probably where your Christmas tree comes from if you are in the USA! My husband thought the fabric on the right depicts a certain illegal plant. I was thinking of the laurel leaves...
And here is a neat picture of a much smaller bird who visited the pots of petunias on the back deck Sunday morning.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Now I am off to get ready for our trip to the western area of the state today...which means I better make my list for Mary Jo's Cloth Store! Will blog again on Monday.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Here is another little trapunto quilt that I finished painting, "bejeweling," and binding yesterday. I made three of these little twelve-inch quilts to audition the appearance of different colors of felt beneath a white batiste top. This one had a purple felt layer, which really came out looking drab and gray as a shadow trapunto. The white feather circle is white Quilters' Dream Poly batting that has been cut away after quilting with water-soluble thread. I never intended this project to be a keeper, but after painting with Tsukineko inks and adding some Swarovski crystals, this little guy really came to life! I just ordered fifteen more brush-tip markers for applying the inks, since some of mine are getting a little frayed.
I originally called this piece "Lavender Blue," but that no longer seems right for this riot of color. It sort of reminds me of the hippie designs of the sixties and seventies, so I decided to re-name it "Color Me Happy."
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
If you click on the picture of the wild turkeys, you may be able to see a flock of birds climbing up the hill that my brother-in-law cleared with a backhoe.
The only bad part of the weekend happened just as we were getting ready to leave. I never brag about my housekeeping skills, but I am trying to keep the new cabin spotless to avoid coming back to mice or insects. Anyway, I was sweeping the steps and missed my footing on the landing. I fell hard to the concrete garage floor, but landed on my most padded part of my anatomy. All I got were a couple bruises and little soreness.
Next weekend we are supposed to go to a McBrayer family gathering, Richard's annual pool party. I am looking forward to seeing my brother-in-law, who has been called "The Silver Fox" for decades, with his hair and mustache dyed black (courtesy of his new girlfriend.) I also have my husband pretty well-trained to stop at Mary Jo's Cloth Store in Gastonia on the way. If you have never been there, this is what I call Mecca. It is a former grocery store that has been turned into a huge fabric and notions store. There are quilting fabrics of every description, sorted by color and also by theme. Additionally, they have a large home dec section and lots of trims, bridal lace, you name it. And all at a discount price. If you are ever in the vicinity of Charlotte, NC, go a little farther on I-85 and plan to spend a few hours here. And don't forget your credit card!