Sunday, April 25, 2010

Paducah show!

A couple of weeks ago I showed Mr. Dotty this post from Judi’s blog at Green Fairy Quilts. He was impressed to say the least and started asking questions like “How is this done?” and “What kind of machine does this?”. So I found a couple of web pages that would explain better than I could and we decided to check into this as a possible small business opportunity for me.  As luck would have it, the quilt show was coming up and many long arm dealers were going to be there. So we made the 3 hour drive on Thursday and spent the morning test driving machines. Actually, I played and he asked the technical questions like a tech guy does. His software engineer eyes really lit up when he found out the machines can be automated with a computer. At the end of the morning I had a bag full of brochures and a brain full of mush. Complete information overload! Did we come home with a long arm? Nope. Will we buy one? Maybe. We narrowed it down to 2 choices and we’ll do some more homework. Any advice from long arm quilters out there would be more than welcome!

I met Pat Sloan and Dawn Cavanaugh at the APQS booth. I’ve been reading Pat’s blog and listening to her radio show for a while and she’s every bit as nice in person as I’d imagined. There’s Pat and the back of my head!Pat SloanAfter a yummy Philly cheese steak for lunch, we went back in to walk and look. This is my first quilt show aside from county fairs and I was just blown away! I wish I could share some photos, but according to the rules, pictures may not be shown on the internet without the consent of the quilt maker and AQS so I will honor that. Here’s the link to the winners and I think there’s a DVD available of all the entries.There was a Kaffe Fassett display that was awesome!

The show was in two buildings including the 2nd floor of the main building and we saw it all. I was pooped by 3 o’clock! Next time, I’ll stay longer and take in some classes and lectures.  Eleanor Burns has a shop in Paducah that would be fun to stop at. We’re going to stop at Hancock’s when we go on vacation. Yay! There’s also a “hurt” book sale at another location and the Quilt Museum.

Eleanor Burns shop

There was just no time to check out the vendors so I didn’t buy a thing except food. This was the tastiest part of the day! Strawberry SC

It was a great day and I’d encourage everyone who appreciates the art of quilting to attend one of these shows.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Paducah bag

This is a quick post to share with Sew & Tell Fridays at amylouwho’s blog. A girl needs a new bag to hold her stash when she goes to the AQS at Paducah, right? Here’s mine!

Paducah bag3 Paducah tote

This is McCall’s pattern 5722. It’s 15 inches tall by 16 inches wide which is a very generous size. I can carry it over my shoulder or hold it down without dragging on the ground. It’s kept sturdy with buckram and fusible fleece. I just happened to have buckram hanging around from some caps I made a few years ago.

Paducah tote2 

I started this on Wednesday to use Thursday so by the end of the day, I wasn’t concerned how the inside of the binding looked and it’s a little sloppy.  I found that when you put some weight in it (my wallet and camera) the top edges curl in and look very bad!  I’m going to redo a couple of things to see if I can correct that. Otherwise, I like it very much.

I’ll post more about our quick trip to Paducah over the weekend. My jaw is still dragging on the floor from the awesomeness!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wonky boxes

I finished piecing the top of Wonky Boxes. Does it need an additional border or is it finished? I’m leaning in the direction of adding something. Opinions are welcome!

wonky boxes

My portrait from the Say Cheese! challenge now has pink lips, a neck and some clothes. Now I need to add some thread details for dimension. It’s coming along!

portrait (2)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Say Cheese!

When V at Bumble Beans came up with a challenge to make a portrait quilt I was intrigued with the idea. Say Cheese I had a few reservations about my ability to accomplish this, but what’s the worst thing that could happen? So I chose a picture with a cheesy grin, enlarged it and printed it. I did play with a few effects in a photo editing program, but came back to the original.

me (2)

I covered it with freezer paper and traced the basics. Looks a little freaky with no eyes!

portait sketch

I didn’t want to get too overwhelmed with decisions, so I pulled some dotted fabrics and this is what I have so far. No worries about shadows and light. I just wanted to go through the process, come up with something that looked like a person and it does. But, does it look like me?  A little helmet-headed, but it’s a start!


You can see the progress of some very talented contributors at Say Cheese!. There’s always room for more if you want to join!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Wonky boxes

I’ve been hoarding a Pretty Please charm pack (Jennifer Paganelli) for a while and finally decided to cut into it. I had started to make another whirligig quilt, decided against that and wanted to find something else to do with the pieces. The wonky style was calling me and this is what resulted. I hope you enjoy my little picture sequence. (This is not meant to be a proper tutorial as there are many steps missing!)

wonky box 1  wonky box 3

wonky box 4
wonky box 5
  wonky box 8
wonky box 9
 wonky box 13
wonky box 14
wonky box 15
wonky box 16
 wonky box 17
 wonky box 19

wonky box last
wonky box 20
 wonky box 22

wonky box 23
 wonky box 24
 wonky box 25
I like it! It’s very gratifying to wing it:)

Friday, April 02, 2010


I finished a string table runner/mat for the quilt-along at Loft Creations. This is my first try at foundation piecing and it’s very fun! And I used up some stash:)

string table runner

See you over at amylouwho’s for Sew & Tell Fridays!

Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Looking out my back door

Before I get to the outdoor shots, I’ll show you a couple things I’ve been working on. When this grows up it will be a clergy stole. A lot of stoles are one long piece, but I wanted this to lay flat around the neck. The sides are pieced and I’ll continue to work my way around the back.
stole stole 2

I finally got some blocks done for Stephanie’s quilt along at Loft Creations. (See the link in my sidebar.) These are addicting little critters!
string blocks
Now for some “back door” pictures.

Grape Hyacinths
grape hyacinths

Bradford pear tree
Bradford pear
This is pretty all by itself, but to see them in rows is incredible!
I couldn’t get any birds to cooperate this week so I’ll share a winter cardinal.
I hope you have a productive day! I wonder if I’ll have a finish for Sew & Tell Fridays tomorrow….