Monday, March 27, 2017

Section #3 Complete!

Last week I had a lovely time, doing a trunk show at the York County Quilter's Guild, in SC. It is always so much fun going out into the world and making new friends. I really appreciated how welcoming they were. Shout out to Jane in particular for putting up with me in her home, and entertaining me in such fine style. She even MADE me some scones which were TO DIE FOR!

Since I wrote last I finished the rug I was weaving, I am getting a new one this week. We had a workday in the community garden this past weekend. It was a good feeling, to start getting ready for summer planting season, and getting the first mowing out of the way. I won my tennis match (by default, but I'll take it).

So more to the quilty point: I finished section #3 of my rose garden quilt. Here are the 3 finished sections on the design wall:

Section #4 is laid out, and I have started sewing on it.

This will go in the blank space to the left, on the bottom. So that puts me at more than a third of the way on this quilt.

I have half of Julie's quilt sewn together:

A dear friend of mine bought a house last week, so a special house warming/wedding gift is in order. I didn't really meet her until after she got married. She married the son of a good friend of mine, and I am just now getting around to their gift. I thought a set of place mats, table runner, and potholder set might be nice. Here is a photo of a "prototype" place mat:

I am not sure if I want to leave the side borders so dark like that, or if I will make them narrower, and add another, lighter border. 

Hope all of your projects are going well.

I am linking up with Design Wall Monday 
Oh Scrap!, Moving it Forward Monday
Main Crush Monday 

Lots of fun projects to see!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Quilt Con

A couple of weeks ago I had the extremely good fortune to give a program for a fun and hospitable group of ladies at the Staying in Stitches Quilt Guild in Statesboro, GA, and then teaching a class to another wonderful group of ladies at a quilt shop called Quarterdeck Quilts in Springfield, GA. What more could a girl ask for? How about being 45 minutes from Savannah the day before Quilt Con was scheduled to start there? You know what they say-timing is everything! I hadn't really thought about going to Quilt Con, but how could I pass up THAT opportunity when I was so close by?!!! I am so glad I took advantage of that situation. Sandy from Quarterdeck Quilts was kind enough to set me up with some perfect directions from Springfield, and off I went!

Here are my favorite quilts from Quilt Con.
Please forgive me if my photography is not the best. I was trying to photograph around  many people, and also trying to stay out of their way as they also enjoyed the show. 

I don't usually think of myself as being particularly modern. I love some of the brighter, designer prints, and I often like to see how I can tweak tradition; but though I loved seeing these quilts, I just don't have the soul of a minimalist. These quilts just seemed to be made from a different point of view somehow.

Bling, by Katherine Jones
I was amazed by how much this quilt looked like a faceted jewel,even before I read the name. I love the subtle use of neutrals.

Lawn Diamonds, by Sarah Schraw
I am a sucker for solid quilts, always have been, and this one is so graphic and beautiful. There is just something about those narrow diamond, and all of those fine points.

The Northern Flicker, A Quilt and a Bird, by Sarah Lowry
I love the palette, texture, a movement on this quilt.

Going Rogue, by Julie Elliott
I am always love a pineapple quilt, but it is even better to see  someone move the colors around in unusual ways.

Organic Mid Century Mod, by Laura Bennet,
also, Jessica Levitt, Jessie Aller, Neva Asinari, Ashley Bander, Tracy Baird, Ruth Bass, Nicole Folino, Michelle Kachan, Janet Schoenfeld, Robin Tillsworth, Colleen Wiest

I love the colors in this quilt too, and they did such a great job of evoking the designs of the mid century. It reminds me of my childhood. (Ooops! I am dating myself!)

I hope you have enjoyed seeing a few of my favorite quilts from Quilt Con!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Progress and a New Start

Actually, I am supposed to be weaving today, but the yarn color needed to be adjusted, so I get a free day of play! It's like found money-you hardly know what to do with it first!

Anyway, I have made a bit of progress sewing together the section of my Rose Garden quilt that I laid out last week.

My washing machine bit the dust, and through a series of moving, and other flukes my across the street neighbor ended up with an extra washing machine, and she gave it to me-so I had to make her a quilt. Since she was in the process of moving at the time it took a little while to see what colors the quilt should be. I happened to have this quilt out.

She liked this quilt, and the colors in my Rose Garden quilt, so I took those ideas, plus my memory of what her house had looked like before she had packed it up. The last month I have been gathering fabrics, and cutting/sewing/pressing strip sets for her quilt. I have been looking forward to laying a portion of the quilt out to see what it will look like.

So that is what I have been up to lately, plus a little bit of getting ready for spring gardening. Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with Patchwork Times , Oh Scrap!Monday Making and Move it Forward Monday Lots of fun inspiration!