Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quilt Retreat

We had a plan to have a long quilt retreat here in NC. Some people I knew and some that I was looking forward to meet. Quilters are always very nice people, so I knew we would have fun. We started well on Friday afternoon; but Irene the Hurricane, decided we did not need electricity for our fun. So one day into it, the lights went out.
What were we to do? Find out if the nearest quilt shop had power; and if they were opened, of course.
The lady at the shop told us that she had power; and would stay open for an extra half hour.
The photo above is us ready to hit the road to shop. And shop we did.
Unfortunately, power did not return and we had to pack and come home half a day earlier.
The UFO's had to be repacked :-(     Oh, well!
We did have fun! I was right, these are great people.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Quilts of valor

This red and white quilt was made with blocks that I won at our Guild meeting in July. Every month, we make a designated block; and one person win them at the meeting. I was so happy that I won these ones. I wanted to make a red and white quilt since the show in NYC. The picture was taken on the floor because my design wall is way too busy right now. But the quilt is a twin size rectangle. I have donated to the "Quilts of Valor" program and I hope the soldier that gets it feels the love we send that way.

The block below is the block we made for the August raffle. It was fun to sew it since I had the 2 inches square almost all cut in my stash. The half square triangle was made using 3 1/2" strips and cut using the "easy angle" rule. The block is 12 inches finished.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Love of Chickens



If  you know me, you know that I love chickens. The little clay ones are from Brazil. Some are gifts from DH and DS. (Love you guys.)
When I saw this fabric on a local shop, I had to buy it. Have not sewn garments for a while; but here it is a very short skirt (oops) in chicken fabric.
But since this is about quilting too. Here it is: I made a "mug rug" to give to a friend who loves chickens like me. This rug is 6" by 10". Enough to hold her cup of coffee and a cookie or 2. I just cut strips about 2" by 6.5" and a wider one for the featured chickens. The back is all chicken fabric. I quilted with a stitch from my Pffaf that looks like chicken foot prints. I cut the binding at 1.75", so it is more in proportion with the little rug.

SBS blocks (Sylvia's Bridal Sampler


This is my progress so far on this quilt. The blue and gold star is the block for this week at the SBS site. The other ones is just that I had some time to make more. It is really fun to make this 6.5" blocks. 8 done and way too many to go. But no worries, I'll get there. My goal is to enjoy the process and maybe make 10 a month. This will give me a year to finish.:-)