New quilt clock

Well, since I’m updating my sewing room – slowly but surely – I decided I needed a new clock. Once I found this tutorial, I was off and running. I used the block supplied with the tutorial, but decided I wanted mine a little different – a little more me. Like Alton Brown, I believe the only “unitasker” in my sewing room should be the fire extinguisher that hangs on my wall. So my clock will serve several purposes.

clock2Not only will it tell me when I’m late, I’m using it for my quilt show pin collection and to hang blocks or pictures. The blocks were made from leftover charm squares I had, which I glued to poster board with a glue stick (no warping!). While the tutorial called for gluing the blocks together, I decided to hand-sew mine, even though there was poster board behind every block. Why? Two simple reasons: 1. I’m a quilter. 2. I’ve never completed anything hexagon-y before, so now I can say I’ve done it 🙂 The burlap canvas and clothespins were purchased at Hobby Lobby. That 40% off coupon sure does come in handy! I bought the clock hands through Amazon. The total cost of the clock? About $14. It only took a week to get everything sewn together, glued, and up on the wall.

And yes, that is a cow on my clock.

IMG_1409This quilt won 3rd prize in the quilt competition at the Ohio State Fair this year! We stopped in today so I could see it 🙂

PebbleSo glad DH talked me into entering it. Being a practice quilt, I didn’t think it had a chance of even being accepted! It certainly wasn’t perfect quilting, lol. But, I’m proud as punch, which you can see in that smile on my face. So, that’s why there’s a cow on my clock. My quilt was in the show there, and that means a pin must be purchased!

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A challenge, part 2

Yesterday I wrote about my different attempts at making a challenge quilt using this awful fabric.  The challenge was to make the best use of this fabric in a quilt that was less than 200″ around the perimeter.

challenge fabricSidebar – my husband read what I wrote yesterday and made an interesting comment.  He said that I’m unlike a lot of quilters who will start a project, decide they don’t like it, then either never finish it, or struggle to finish it because it’s awful, or it’s not turning out like they had imagined.  And I suddenly realized this is why I NEVER cut out all my fabric at the beginning of a project!  I used to think it was because I’m unorganized and impatient; I need to see what the block looks like when it’s sewn.  But now I realize it’s because I want to be able to change things as I go along, and if all the fabric is cut up already, I lose that flexibility.  Ha.  I’m smarter than I thought I was.  I think.  😀

 

Today I will show you all the challenge quilts that were made.  Go ahead and vote on which one(s) you like the best!  These are not in any kind of order, and if you can’t see the number posted on the quilt, then it’s at the bottom of the picture.

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quilt 9

s2b 5

quilt 7

s2b 6

quilt 1

s2b 7

quilt 5

s2b 8

close up of center block of quilt 5

s2b 9

quilt 6

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quilt 10

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quilt 10, different view

s2b 11

quilt 11

s2b 12

quilt 12

s2b 13

quilt 13

s2b 14

quilt 14

s2b 4

quilt 4

s2b 3

quilt 3

quilt 1

quilt 2

What a wide variety of quilts!  Isn’t it amazing, the different designs we each came up with?

I’ll be back tomorrow to announce which quilt won, and which quilt was mine.

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One more look at the Houston Quilt Festival

Cindi and I spent 6 days in Houston.  I was very glad we had that much time because there was SO much to look at.  The George R. Brown Convention Center is huge.  Somebody made the comment that if you stand at one end of the convention center and look towards the other end, you can see the curvature of the earth.  In my opinion, this is not overstating it!

Here is a little video I shot from the second story.  This section is JUST the vendor section.  It doesn’t include the part of the convention center where the quilts were being shown.

Click here for video:  vendor area, Houston Quilt Festival

After walking THAT several times, we had to rejuvenate ourselves with a refreshing beverage or four.

Great times!

 

Houston Quilt Festival

Warning!  Quilt porn ahead!

Okay, I’ve tried many times to get these pictures to post in order, but they don’t want to behave.  And I didn’t take pictures of all of the winning quilts, I took pictures of the ones I liked.  It’s easy enough to find pics of the winning quilts elsewhere on the internet, if that’s what you’re after.

Quilt Show

I took a break from The Great Triangle Piecing Marathon and went to the Northwest Quilters Show in Portland last weekend.  The Featured Quilter was Carol Brown, and one of the things I liked about her was the fact that she has a huge variety of quilts.

Miniature quilts have a hold on my heart, and she has several that are quite impressive!

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I’ll be back with more quilts from the show tomorrow!

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The most AMAZING Christmas present!

So, I open my extra-large Christmas squishy from Peggi, and I’m just going to tell you about the best present first.There’s a little package contains a map:

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…and I’m thinking, HUH? Houston? I don’t live in Houston, and neither does she. Then I open the map and I see this:

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….a fact sheet for the Embassy Suites Hotel. It took me a minute (yeah, I’m old) to figure out what the hell was going on. Then I looked at the dates. OCTOBER 31st -NOVEMBER 5th. AAAACK!!! Peggi got us hotel reservations for……

HOUSTON

THE HOUSTON INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL!!!!!!!!!!!! OH….MY….GAWD!!!!!

I spent the next 10 minutes dancing around my living room. Mind you, it was 4:30 a.m., so I had to do it quietly, but it was a sight to see. THIS is my dream show. I’ve been to the Paducah show, which I absolutely love and is close to me. I never thought I’d ever get to the Houston show. And best of all, I get to spend it with the greatest friend to visit a quilt show with. Peggi and I had SO much fun in Paducah. I can’t imagine how much fun we’ll have in Houston. And the hotel is only TWO BLOCKS from the show – no buses to take, we can walk! I’m not buying another quilty thing in 2012 until I go to this show. I’m saving ALL my money for this baby.

Oh, and there was some other great stuff in there – a box of Wool & Needle flannels (this fabric is amazing!) for the quilt I’m finally going to make for our bed. Funny, I’m a quilter and don’t have a single quilt on a bed in this house! Now I have no excuses. There was also a great retractable mirror for my LA frame so I can see the stitches underneath (darned if I can find a picture of it to post!), and some great chocolate peanut butter:

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Chocolate and peanut butter – my absolute favorites!! Pegs, you are the absolute BESTEST!

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Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show

The Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show was held this weekend at the Oregon Garden in Silverton.  Flash photography was not allowed, and the venue was very poorly lit.  I was only able to take this picture because it was hanging near a window.

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Unfortunately, I neglected to get the quilter’s name.

This section of the show had different themes, and groups of 3 quilters were invited to interpret each theme into a miniature quilt.  The theme for this quilt was “America’s Cup”.   The Mariner’s Compass block that the quilter incorporated into the quilt gives a fabulous perspective, and I love how the sailboats look like they’re in motion.  I’m glad it was hanging in an area that was well lit, making it possible to take a picture – it’s my favorite quilt of the show!

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A lousy quilter but a great, er, binding-er.

This quilt is my entry for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

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zig zag quilted

After much struggling, my Zig Zag top is quilted.  I say “struggling” because I’m a lousy quilter.  I admit it.  I’ve made lots of quilts – quilt TOPS, that is.  I’ve gotten very good at piecing!  When I first started quilting, I sent my finished tops out to a longarmer to be quilted.   However, I quickly realized that THAT expense was unsustainable.  So I practiced a bit on scraps, then I quilted a simple 9 patch flannel quilt.  Quilting on scraps is a lot different than quilting a full-size quilt, especially on a small machine with a 5-inch harp!  I quickly became frustrated and discouraged, and simply stacked the rest of my finished tops in a colorful pile.

Last December I became the happy owner of a mid-arm sewing machine with a 9-inch harp.   I figured it was time to jump in and try quilting again, so I decided to quilt my Zig Zag top in simple, straight lines, parallel to the seams.  I thought the larger machine would make it easier.  Was I ever wrong!  There is no main speed control on the machine; the only way to regulate speed is my foot on the pedal, which proved to be very touchy and resulted in irregularly sized stitches.  The quilt kept catching on the edge of the table, and my inexperience in dealing with the bulk of a full-size quilt meant lots of uneven and crooked stops and starts.

It’s not perfect, in fact I’m pretty disappointed.  I think that I expected my quilting to improve along with my piecing, which, of course, didn’t happen.   I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, and I’ve realized I need to relax and let it go.  Am I just a quilter who prefers to piece tops only?  Or will I learn to love quilting if I keep at it and (hopefully) improve?  More practice is in order to know, I suppose.

Binding is another story.  I LOVE to bind quilts.

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binding front and back

I’m good at binding,  partially because I’m detail-oriented and partially because I really enjoy it.  My youngest son snuggled up next to me under the part of the quilt not being worked on, and we watched a Harry Potter movie while I stitched.  (“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”)

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quilt back

Maybe what I should do is join forces with a quilter who likes to quilt but hates to bind.  We could trade – she can quilt my tops and I can bind hers!
wpid-large-sig-2010-11-5-20-30.pngMy sweet friend, this is my most favorite quilt you’ve ever made!! Love the pattern, adore the colors.  I can only say it’s a good thing you live so far away or it wouldn’t be long in your house LOL! Your quilting looks wonderful, don’t be so hard on yourself. What is it you told me when I first got my new frame??……if it looks good from across the room you did a great job!! Just like your perfect binding, the perfect quilting will come.

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Northwest Quilting Expo 2010

I love this time of year.  Quilt shows galore!

The Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, Oregon, has to be the largest show in my region.  Here are a few of my very favorite quilts in the show this year.

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A gorgeous feathered star

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mosaic made with 1/8

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Miniature after my own heart.

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a Fons & Porter design. I had forgotten I'd put this on my bucket list!

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an incredible pineapple quilt, with 2 inch blocks

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an incredible log cabin/courthouse steps variation

For close-ups of these quilts and more show pictures, visit my Flikr photo stream here.   As you can tell from the photos above, I LOVE traditional and miniature quits, but I also took lots of photos of other styles, such as modern and art quilts.

There were over 50 different classes, lectures, demos, and “make-n-take” activities.  If you can go, the show continues today and Saturday!

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