Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Blogger's Quilt Festival

I can't believe it's that time of year again, the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  It seems to always sneak up on me, maybe because of my local quilt guild show. Thanks for joining me - I've got a fun quilt to share this year.  I'm going to show you the quilt that I just entered at my local show.  I don't really have a name for this quilt.  I've just been calling it my Retro Wild quilt because the fabrics look retro to me and they are definitely wild.
This is what happens when you take a crazy wild bunch of fabric that you purchased at a super cheap red tag clearance sale and make it into a sample quilt because you are teaching a class and need something to show your students as examples of the techniques!  They all loved the colors and blocks so much, that I decided to go ahead and make the whole quilt.   I wasn't sure about using that crazy wriggly stripe in the sashing, but it worked.  And another stripe in the border just to finish it off.

I've had the top pieced for several years, and even had the backing picked out.  I got it basted earlier this year, but it just ended up sitting and waiting for it's turn to be finished.  I decided to enter it in my guild show so that I would finally quilt it, but when I got sick with that nasty bug in August I forgot about it again.  Then, I got my registration card for the quilt show two weeks ago and realized that I needed to quilt this NOW.
First I did a stitch in the ditch around all the blocks and sashing, then I just got started quilting.  I picked out a range of Aurifil thread in colors to match, and quilted each block whatever design came to mind at the time.
I spotted an OOPS after I got started, but decided to leave it in.  Can you spot it?

I got the quilt finished in time to hang in the show, so I was really happy.  Next year I am only entering quilts that are 100% finished!

Love the polka dot back!  It was fun to try a bunch of different free motion designs.  I have two more tops made from the same pattern (Quilter's Primer).  One I plan to hand quilt.  The last one I will probably machine quilt, but I will have to think about how I want to quilt it. Maybe I can get that one done for next year!

Thanks for taking a look at my quilt - I didn't win a blue ribbon, but I am still super happy with how it came out.

Make sure you go visit Amy's Creative Side to see lots of fun quilts!  Enter a quilt of your own, too - the more the merrier!  Plus that, she's got lots of prizes and you could win one - that's always fun!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Crossing the Finish Line!

I am very happy to report a couple of finishes!  I got my queen size quilt finished and ready for the quilt show.  I don't have the room right now to get a good picture of it, so I'll share that later, when I can get a picture of it hanging at the quilt show.  I am hoping for a ribbon on it, but we will see.  I am very happy with the quilting and it's good to have this one done! 

The second finish is a big one for me - it's the most complicated pattern I've written, and I am very happy with the results. 

This is Fancy Feathers.  I've made this quilt several times in a different color scheme for a customer who gave them as retirement gifts and submitted it to Island batik last year as a possible pattern and display for their catalog.  I was very happy to have it accepted, and even got to visit it in their booth at quilt market in Portland!

  Making the sample quilt was definitely the easy part.  The next step was to get it written up as a pattern.  That has taken me longer than I thought it would, but I am very happy with the results!

My pattern can be purchased wholesale through Island Batik, or directly through me.  It can also be purchased as a pdf download in my Etsy shop, or through Craftsy.  If making a feathered star quilt is on your bucket list, this is a great way to do it.  No inset pieces to deal with for my version, instead my instructions use an easy partial seam technique.  You will be amazed at how well it works!

Now, it's time to jet into the busy weekend - tomorrow we set up for our annual guild quilt show.  Saturday I work at the shop booth all day, then Sunday I do a demo on miniature quilts.  I have a feeling that I'll need a day or two to recover from all this fun!  I'll try to take lots of pictures, and who knows, I might even go live on my facebook page to show you some of the excitement :)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Monday Motivation - Integrity

I was reading today that who we are in our everyday lives will be who we are when pressure is put to bear on us.  Our character is not going to change when our circumstances change and if we want to build a certain characteristic in our lives it has to be a daily choice, not just something we think about and wish for.

It was difficult to find a quote to express this thought, and when I saw this one, I thought it was just perfect! 

I hope that through this blog I express myself as I really am.  I hope that you see me not as a person who feels like she knows it all, but as a person who loves what she does and wants to share what she has learned with others. 

I don't want to be braggy.  I want to share my successes and joys because I want all of you to know that YOU can do this!  It makes me feel great to encourage you to work and practice and succeed.  I love it when you can get those points to match up when you want them to.  Or when you get brave and try a different color scheme.  And most of all when you just connect with my random thoughts and are encouraged by my words, and take time to encourage me as well!  Blessings to you all!

Congrats to Melody, Lisa, and Linda for winning one of the sets of 5 inch squares I gave away for the Great Outdoors Blog Hop!  You will love these beautiful Island Batik fabrics!

 This week I am working away finishing up that quilt for the guild show.  I think I have the blocks mostly finished and spent my evening last night burying threads!  I also have most of the sashing and border quilted and hope to get those finished up today.  Then I just need to bind it and add a hanging sleeve.  I have a couple of smaller quilts that need sleeves as well, so I think I am in good shape to get these projects delivered on Friday morning. 

Then the fun and work of setting up the show, as well as a booth for Threads That Bind will begin!  For the shop, we decided to focus on brand new items and samples, so we are all busy as beavers getting those done as well.  I have a couple of samples that are in progress for that.  So another busy week, as usual!  I had better get to it!

Friday, September 07, 2018

Quilt Guild Night!

Last night was our first meeting of the year - our new president had to deal with quite the glitch.  We meet in a local church, and are usually able to hold our meetings in their fellowship room.  Well, last night night someone goofed and we had to meet in the sanctuary!  We weren't able to use our sound system so everyone had to talk good and loud, so it was difficult for our new president.  I made it through Quilt Block of the Month, and had a good response, so I hope lots of people will do the blocks!

I'm still working on getting my quilt finished - only one week till the show!
I am close to halfway done with the blocks, so hope to get those all done by the end of the weekend.  I've had this basted for a while, so I really am glad to be getting it done finally.  I'm getting excited about the quit show next weekend.  It will be a lot of work, but always is so much fun.

Linking up with Myra for Finished or Not Friday!  Come join in and show us what you are working on this week!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Beginnings and Endings...

This must be the season for blog hops!  As the Island Batik Great Outdoors blog hop ends, the My Happy Place Row Along begins - so the fun continues with more blog posts, more giveaways, and free row patterns.

First of all, The Great Outdoors Blog Hop from Island Batik.  Here is the list of participants one more time - some of the giveaways are already over, but some are still ongoing, so make sure to enter where you can!  Ask for your favorite fabrics at your local quilt shop, too!

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter

Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts

Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts

And now for the My Happy Place Row Along!

This Row Along is on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next several weeks. There are lots of wonderful prizes, and each blogger has designed a row pattern for you to download for free! Some are for a limited time, so make sure to download them right away.
My day isn't till October 4, but I'll make sure to remind you on the Tuesdays and Thursdays to check out the links - you might find some new blogging friends to add to your reading list.

Tuesday September 4, 2018

Thursday September 6, 2018

Tuesday September 11, 2018

Thursday September 13, 2018

Tuesday September 18, 2018

Thursday September 20, 2018

Tuesday September 25, 2018

Thursday September 27, 2018

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Show and Tell Day

Now I am off to do some quilting, hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, September 03, 2018

Monday Motivation - Perfection

Ah yes, the continual struggle for perfection!  I know that in my quilting it is often something that I think can be achieved.  Accurate cutting, accurate sewing, careful choice of color and pattern, and just maybe I can reach perfection...or maybe not!
There is an old "tradition" among quilters that those wonderful Amish quilters would purposely add a mistake in their quilts (a humility block), because only God can be perfect.  Of course, what does that say if you need to add a mistake on purpose?  No one is really sure where this notion originally came from, but it appears to have begun sometime around 1948.
Isn't it funny how a small mistake, like turning a unit in a block the wrong direction, can go unnoticed until late in the process?  I was working on quilting this top, laid it out to see how I liked what I had done, and what do I see?  A blue and white four patch turned cattywampus!  I've looked at it, thought about it, and pretty much decided that I am just going to leave it that way.  Call it an original quirk, a humility block, or just a plain old mistake.  It's a fun way to get people to stop and look a little longer at the quilt!  Here's a block that turned out just fine:

This quilt was made using my Quilter's Primer pattern.  I've taught this as a beginner class several times, and this is the version I made for my very first class.  The fabrics are so fun and vibrant, but I wasn't sure whether it would come out ugly or fabulous when I started.  I actually ended up loving the results, especially that crazy sashing fabric.  It will be displayed at my quilt guild's show in two weeks, and I need to get the quilting done, so am working at that this week, along with several other projects.  At least there are no wedding dresses at the moment to interfere with my quilting!

We are winding down the Great Outdoors blog hop, but it's not too late to enter my giveaway!  Here are today's posts:

Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Happy Monday!  Don't worry too much about being perfect, just enjoy the process! 

Saturday, September 01, 2018

September begins - a Change of Seasons

August flew by, so I'm hoping to slow down a bit and savor September!  The Quiltsy team on Etsy is taking some time to enjoy this month and focus on the colors of the season.  This week we are concentrating on yellow - the color my grass is right now, it's been a dry summer on the Oregon Coast!  I thought I would start things off and share a few items from my team-mates shops for your enjoyment.

I think this table runner is perfect for these late summer days:

This is by PeggyGaylerDesigns.  Very pretty and you could definitely use it year round as well!

How about this cute mug rug:

What a fun little camper!  Labor day weekend is the perfect time to take advantage of great weather and get out of town - Susan's Passion made this, it would be a great gift for your favorite camper enthusiast!

Here is a gorgeous quilt by a team member who is actually going into spring right now - Steph is a Tassie!
Such pretty colors in this one - perfect for this time of year no matter where you are!  StephsQuilts are always so pretty.

Here is one of my items that features yellow - this was one of our Island Batik Ambassador challenges from a previous year.

I love how yellow makes any project shine!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!