Wednesday, October 30, 2013

more market fun

Here are some more beautiful finds at market.  The colors in this quilt in the "Timeless Treasures" booth are magnificent.  

 When you leave the center of your quilting design open, it gives you this great texture.

I am always amazed at the skills that our grandmother's had.

Pieced by hand, with no rulers or rotary cutters.  

than, quilted by hand.  Here's a familiar design.  I love the organic look it has.

My friend Benay from Beanie Girl quilts is a designer for Willow Leaf Studio.  Aren't these beautiful quilting designs?  I will be making a stencil from this pantograph.

This adorable pattern is called "The Chicken and the Egg", available here, is by Riley Blake.

 I rounded a corner, and look who I happened to run into . . . Jenny from the Missouri Quilt Star Company . . . you know, the one with all the tutorial videos?

I will definitely be making up this pattern called "Northern Exposure" by Lunden Designs.

This mannequin reminded me of those commercials of those blue guys advertising Pentium.

Andover Fabrics offers a Downton Abbey line of fabric.

 Some quilt market excitement . . .

Camille Roskelley had a beautiful booth showing off her lovely fabrics and designs.   She and her husband posed for me.

This basket was probably my greatest find at market.  I bought 2!

 They are available from this webstite.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

skyfall - Blogger's Quilt Festival

This quilt has a great story.

A little history:

I hope you got to watch Skyfall with 007  . . . 

The movie takes you back to Scotland where James Bond grew up.

Though they didn't bother to tell you that it was the ugliest time of the year there.

This is what it looks like in the summer (yip, I took this picture), after lots of rain. . .

Glencoe Scotland . . . it's gorgeous, absolutely breathtaking, a bit eery, spiritual and very historic, with some tragic stories you can read about here.

ANYWAYS . . .  That's where this quilt gets it's name from because the person whom I made it for has taken me to this beautiful part of the world twice now.

You can read about it's making here and here

 and about it's quilting here.

I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try some feathers.  I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

The pattern came from Carrie Nelson's "Spice of Life Quilts" book.  You can see the inside of those pages here.

It's for a kingsize bed.  It's not easy getting the sizing right, you have to adjust for shrinkage due to washing, and quilting. 

Thank you once again, Amy making this Blog Festival available to us.

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Teakwood - Blogger's Quilt Festival

When I saw this quilt on a Moda bake shop post I just had to make one.

While I was piecing this quilt, I thought about the street I grew up on.  There was the house down on the corner where we waited for the bus . . . that lady didn't like us in her yard, but she did have the neighborhood's mailbox on the edge of her property.

The house with the steep drive-way was cool, we roller skated down it regularly.   On another corner, a boy came out of his house each morning with a hot pop-tart on a napkin.  It smelled so good.  We didn't have that sugar stuff at our house, so I didn't taste one until many years later.

We labeled one house "the scary one".  They had some creative stuff going on for Halloween and the image stayed all year.

Each house on the block had a different story.  So, I had to quilt each house a little different then the one next to it.

There were empty lots here and there.  And I knew each back yard fence like the back of my hand, I'm sure the neighbors really appreciated us going over them all the time.  That would never fly these days.  Those were different times.

I remember the year our street was re-paved.  You could have put a "Roller Skating Rink" sign out.  That summer, we skated way past dark each night.   We invented all sorts of games, like the one that if a car's lights of the on-coming car touched out, you were out.  There were many roller skates under the Christmas trees on our block that year.

I had this brilliant idea while laying in bed one night, to quilt our street addresses in the borders.  Each side has a different street name and number.  It's great fun and I think it will mean a lot to which ever child this quilt gets passed down to.

I found the only way to make the letters and numbers look like I wanted was to fish back in A LOT of strings.

I love the fact that besides the back ground, this quilt has 2 colors.  With just red and black, so many stories are told.

This Olivia fabric was in my "give away" pile,  and got pulled when I realized it was the perfect backing fabric.  The second 1/2 of the back is flannel, a nice touch when it's cold.

Thank you, Amy, for sharing your talents with us.

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