Sunday, January 30, 2011

Quilt Show!

Two of the most exciting words in the world. lol. The last week of January each year the local MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) hosts the quilts for the years annual relief sale. The quilts are auctioned in April and the proceeds are used to help folks over seas. So Tasha and I braved the bad weather and went up to the show.

The first couple of years I went they just displayed the quilts. The last two years they have had a Quilter's Attic and voting for Viewer's Choice.

The problem they have is a small building - meaning most of the quilts are folded and hanging over rails. You can't look at the entire quilt and taking pictures is rather difficult - the racks they use are pretty close together. But I did manage to get a few pictures.

I was surprised by the number of quilts that had a large portion of embroidery or cross stitch as a main component. Here are a few:

Each group was asked to make a quilt representing peace and this was their offering:

This was my first runner up pick for viewer's choice:

I so love Sunbonnet Sue quilts and an Amish SBS? Oh my. lol.

But I really had to pick this one for viewer's choice:

And look at this close up - check out the quilting - all done by hand and it is stunning:

I couldn't resist snapping a picture of this cool weaving machine (do you like my technical terms? lol).:

So here are a few of the pieced and appliqued quilts:

What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Until next time, hugs and stitches. Jody

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Another baby quilt

Here lately I feel like I don't get much of anything accomplished other than baby quilts. We have been overly blessed with babies in the past year.

This one is such a labor of love though. I have made a number of quilts for my new grand-daughter. But they are all quilts her parents have. I wanted to have at least two quilts here at our house for her too.

When my Yahoo group presented the UFO Challenge I knew immediately that Shianne's quilt for here must be on the list. I had the first top ready and it just needed sandwiched and quilted. So on a rare two days in a row off work, I sandwiched it one day and quilted it the next.

This truly a quilt made by Shianne's Grammy - it's pink and green. lol.

It still needs all the little strings snipped - I really hate doing that. sigh.

Until next time, hugs and stitches. Jody

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The first finish of 2011

I got something finished today! Because I'm supposed to be working on my UFO Challenge - I'm finding all these other things I want to do. lol.

I finished my bag. First I have to thank my darling husband. Two days before Christmas we were having the yearly discussion of do we get each other something or not. I ended up saying that I wanted to make a new bag and some cash to get fabric, etc. would be great. So that's what he did. And here's what I made:

I did the front pocket on this one and decided to add a little bead embellishment.

And I did a bit of experimenting with the inside. I put a small pocket on one side and did a "divider" on the other side. It's called a divider but I think it works more like a big open pocket. I might adjust that a bit if I do another one.

One of the things on my "to do" list is a second quilt for our grand-daughter to use while she's here. So last night I was looking for a pattern - the first one I made for her is a patch quilt - I wanted to do something different for this one. I didn't find a pattern for her quilt but I did come across a pattern I had looked at this past Christmas.

I really don't care for scrappy quilts. Too busy for me. But every once in a while there's a scrappy pattern that I decide to try. I wanted to try this one for Christmas but I didn't have enough fabric (or time). But looking at it last night I realized how nice it would look for an Autumn quilt - and fall fabrics I have in abundance. lol.

So here's the pattern, fabric choices and a few completed blocks:

I'll probably try to do a few blocks each day until I get this one done.

Until next time, hugs and stitches. Jody

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

UFO Challenge

The Yahoo group I am a part of is having a UFO challenge from now until the end of March.

It has to be a project that is already started - not a new project. I have picked three that I think I can reasonably expect to complete by the end of March.

This top is ready to be sandwiched and quilted. It will be a quilt for my Grand-Daughter to use while she is at our house.

This top is ready to be sandwiched and quilted also. It will be for our niece Kathlene's daughter Makensie, due in May.

And this quilt that I started last December. It will be a lap quilt so I think I can get it finished in time.

I'm also working on my design for a table runner for on my treadle sewing machine.

I'm really trying to finish up some things and not add too many to my "have to do" list.

Until next time, hugs and stitches. Jody