Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 24

Hope that everyone had a very Blessed

I am all caught up with Dawn's BOM - Folk Art Tribute

This is the first time that I have ever attempted
anything folk artsy. So I was a little out of my
comfort zone here. I was unsure what fabrics
would go well with Dawn's folk art designs. I was
frantically digging around in my stash to hopefully
make it work.

Here is the middle block which I'm hand

I'm using the quilt-as-you-go technique and also
hand quilting them. Here I'm echoing around the
applique piece - this is new to me also as I've never
done this before.

There is one more block for Dawn to publish.


I also just finished the binding on another
quilt that guild member Kim Loar quilted
for me.

Swirling flowers in variegated thread.


I went to Long Island to visit my daughter and son-in-law
for a week in their new home!
I haven't been there in 4 years because of my husband's
illness. It felt so good to be back!

The first place that we went to was Iavarone Bros.
They have the best Italian food!

Sausage bread

Stromboli to die for!
(is it any surprise that I've gained
5 lbs. !)

My daughter wanted to buy some plants for
her garden and so we went to Hicks Nursery.
I haven't been there in years.

And being a native Long Islander - I just had
to see the docks at Freeport.

My father's family has lived in Hempstead since
1644, being one of the original settlers here.


Look who I found while I was sitting in
the backyard.

Looks to me like she's getting ready
to build a nest somewhere!

Red breasted Robin
I haven't been able to get a photo
of them in my yard.

One of the biggest thrills for me was that
I found a quilt shop!
Gone Sewing

When I lived here there was not one quilt shop
in Nassau county! So when I visit my daughter again;
I'll have a quilt shop to hang out in!

Friday, April 8, 2011

I have managed to finish yet another
quilt! My closet is gradually emptying
out and that makes me feel like I'm
actually accomplishing the task that
I set out to do.

This quilt top below; I've blogged about
sometime last year. I had this fabric
for a couple of years (I think).

I had bought two packs of fat quarters and
forgot who the manufactured the fabric.
I know I bought it at The Old Country Store
in Intercourse; so I brought some scraps in
to see if they had more of it. The woman there
told me "oh that's old".
The reason that I wanted more of this fabric
is because I decided that I did want borders
on it. Previously, I didn't.

To me the colors in this quilt top
reminded me of Amy Butler colors.

So, now I'm thinking and thinking of what
to do and decided to go to The Sassy Tassel
in Lititz - they have bolts of her fabric.
I found one that "almost" matched and went
with that.

I took whatever scraps that I had left and
made a small border around. Then took
the Amy Butler fabric and made another
larger border. I wasn't happy with the way
it looked so I thought about making squares
of Amy's fabric and adding it to the center of
the bento-like boxes. Then adding more
scraps around the border. I liked the way
it worked and machine appliqued the squares

Now that it was finished; I gave it to Kim
to longarm.

Can you see the humming bird that she quilted on it!

There are also leaves and flowers but the
humming bird is my favorite!

Kim also quilted my Carpenter Wheel quilt top,
from Mimi and Norma's class.

I'm donating this one to Quilts of Valor.

Look at the stars and swirls that Kim quilted on
this top. Love this pattern and great for QOV!


Don't know which end is up?

Have a great week!

Friday, April 1, 2011

The American Quilter's Society Lancaster show
- Three ladies from my Guild were among the
Semi-finalists! If you missed the winning quilts
Click Here to see them.

Nancy Kerns - won
Best Hand Workmanship Award for her quilt
"Mary Simon Rediscovered".

The Lancaster Host - Vintage Revisited Exhibit

The curator of this exhibit was Mary Kerr.
You can read more about the challenge Here

I really enjoyed this show because I got to
see the quilts of quilt artists whose work
I had admired for a long time!

Here's an overall view.

I wish that I could have taken a photo of every
single quilt.

Linda Cooper - "A Quilter's Caravan"

Paula Golden "Riches"

Jeannie Roulet Minchak - "Two Friends"

Judy Gula - "Painted Ladies"

Paula Golden - “Women’s Lives”

Paula incorporated the backs of bras into her quilt!

Hope you enjoyed looking at the photos!