Monday, September 28, 2015

Catching Up

       I did so many fun things this summer. 

      One was going to sell my patterns at a quilt show in Maryville Tennessee that was sponsored by The Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee. Oh my gosh-that was way back in May! Anyway, I think I have said enough lately about how the passage of time has been kicking my butt .

        My friend, Eleanor went with me to help me in my booth. We had a great time. Can you say ROAD TRIP! While I was working in the booth, she took my camera, and took some photos of my favorite quilts in the show, and some of hers too. I hope you enjoy seeing some of these lovely quilts.

 Made in GSR26 by Emily Doane of Knoxville, Tennessee

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes, by Sylvia Schafer of Athens, Georgia -the quilting on this was amazing!

Graphic Mix by Patricia Anderson, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee 

Out Foxed Forest by Patricia Anderson, of Oak Ridge, TN

Wilderness Walk, by Sandra Black of Tellico Plains, TN

Memories, by Sylvia Wyrick of Clinton, Tennessee

My Summer Vacation, by Phaye Geiger, of Clinton, TN

Pineapple Obsession, by Rose Remund of Louden, TN
Another Bonnie Hunter fan

Found Treasure, by Marian Sykes, of Knoxville, TN 

 Charming Chintz, by Linda Roy, of Knoxville, Tennessee- Hand quilted!

Radiant Summer Wedding by Doyleen Taylor of Knoxville, TN-I especially liked this one. I liked the was she varied the pattern with a smattering of gray. 

My Majestical Sunflower, by Katheryn Gostola, of Chardon, Ohio

Heavy Metal, by Cathy Bullman Stines, of Marshall, NC

Who's Looking at Whom? by Diane Powers-Harris of Monroe, New Hampshire

Houston Raindrop Blues, by Gloria Felter, of Oak Ridge, TN

      What have I been up to? I have been sending my information quilt guilds to let them know about my programs and classes.  If you would like me to do a program, or class at your guild, ask me to send you my information. My friend Zuzana, was very generous to build a website for me this year. You can see some of the class info online at:  though, I am still adding to it.  

      I will be doing a program at the Altoona Quilter's Guild in Acworth, GA on November 3rd, so come and see me if you are in the area.

     That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Busy Summer, and Design Wall Monday

     It sure has been a fast paced, busy summer! Quilt shows, classes, rugs to weave, seems like I have been chasing deadlines all summer long. I am way behind on things I have to share with you all.

     Up first, 2 weeks ago I went to a lovely wedding in Charleston, South Carolina. Susan, the mother of the beautiful bride was someone I have been friends with since we were in high school. Needless to say, I have know her for her whole life. 

     So, you know a wedding quilt was in order. I have been working on it for months and months, but was reluctant to blog about it much, because I didn't want to take a chance on spoiling the surprise. I did show it in a couple of blog posts in unit form, I think. It was made entirely out of HST, and 4 patches.This made it a wonderful quilt for working on away from home, and to use for leaders and enders, (a la Bonnie Hunter), at least until I had the blocks made. Then I had to get it on the design wall, and keep my thinking cap on to get the layout right.  Even then my seam ripper still got a work out.

      Susan said her daughter was planning to do her bedroom in blues and browns. I named this quilt: Long Live Love, to reflect my wishes for the bride and groom to have a  long happy life together.


      As it happens, the brides brother graduated from college this year as well. He got a quilt too. He is planning to start his working life in Chicago, so he will REALLY need an extra quilt. But, wedding quilts get professionally long arm quilted by my fabulous long arm quilting friend, Regina Carter. Graduation quilts get quilted by me on the regular sewing machine. Not my strong suit, don't look too close, but I keep trying. These lap quilts though are a bit large for me to quilt comfortably. I know others do it. My hat's off to them.

     The name of this quilt is: Lightening Strikes.

     I think I have shown this quilt in progress at Design Wall Monday, before. Well, I actually finished it!

     So that is one thing, of many I have been up to lately. I hope you had a productive, or at least enjoyable summer.

     There are lots of other interesting projects to see at Design Wall Monday, at
Take a look, and see if you get some inspiration!

     Thanks for stopping by!