Monday, May 13, 2019

Another Photo Shoot!

We spent another few hours this morning taking more pictures of quilts in the finished quilt stash.
If you can believe it, we had fun!

Here are some of today's pictures.

A scrap quilt from a pattern called "Catherin's Wheels"

"Fireworks" pattern from a Fons and Porter magazine from a few years ago.

"Trails End", a Candlelite Quilts pattern, is quilted in an A,B,C  pattern and uses fabrics which make it suitable for a younger child.

"Ice Cream Rails" uses one package of 2.5 inch strips in soft batiks and measures about 45" x 60"

"Baby Kisses" was made from 5 inch squares and is a Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern.

Quilt made from the "Turning Twenty" pattern utilizes 20 fat quarters.
We photographed several more quilts that will show up in future blog posts.
Look for those here in the future or in my Etsy shop next month.
Enjoy your afternoon!
Louise, on the island, sorting through pictures from this morning's photo shoot

Monday, May 6, 2019

Photo Shoot!

My sister, the photographer, came to the classroom this morning. She was assisted by my husband.  Here is a sampling of some of her images of my quilts.

Thirties fabrics in a 16 Patch Quilt

Using the "Grunge" line from Moda fabrics

An oldie, but goodie!
Another rendition of "Trails End", a Candlelite Quilts pattern

Another old favorite

The front of the "Grunge" Quilt

All will soon be for sale in my Etsy shop. Stay tuned for more images and details on each quilt.

Louise, on the island, playing with photos

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Catching up or ...

getting used to using blogger in a new way!

I have been struggling with posting these last few months since the blogger app is no longer working.
I now have to post using the web page format! If any one has had this difficulty and resolved it with an app friendly solution, please let me know!

But on to the latest...

I worked furiously in the past few weeks to finish tops and quilts for the trunk show I had last night with the Nimble Thimblers. This awesome group of ladies made us feel welcome and seemed to enjoy the presentation.

Thank you for inviting me to your guild!

Here are pictures of some of the quilts shown last night.

Mexican Star is only a top at this point.  It may be the next quilt on to the quilting frame.

Here is a crib sized quilt made from the leftovers of the kit purchased for the full sized "Fabulous 40" quilt. I just love sampler quilts and log cabins.

A five star sampler made with the  tool. 

A small fabric sampler made with half rectangle tool.

A wall hanging made using the on point ruler and a charm pack from Tula Pink's "tabby" line.

"birdhouse" is a personal favorite of mine.  This version was made with fabrics from Moda's "Watercolor" line.

Milky Way made with "Grunge" for the background off white and the grey for the borders and four patches. The Stars were made from a ten square, layer cake of fabrics from a line called "Rustic Weave" from Moda Fabrics.

Working this way on my iPad is proving to be difficult.
So I will sign off now...

Louise, on the island, trying to figure out this new way (for me!) of posting!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

A Visit to Florida

The winter has been dragging since the last quilt retreat ended on Super Bowl Sunday at the beginning of February.

But I had a trip to look forward to!

A quick jaunt to Florida took place last week as I attended the AQS Quilt Show in Daytona Beach Florida. Just what the body needed in terms of warmth and sunshine!

While there I took classes with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts and Pepper Cory.

And had an awesome time!

Friday Sunrise

Dresden Star with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts

"Big Hexie Goes Modern" with Pepper Cory

"Little Butterflies" with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts

Saturday Sunrise

"Little Butterflies" with Edyta Sitar

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy New Year and the first Quilter's Retreat of 2019

My how time flies!

It seems that no sooner than the year had switched to 2019 than we were headed off to the first Quilter's Retreat of 2019!

And what a weekend it was!

Here are some pictures of projects that were started, completed or simply worked on over the weekend.

Friday saw....

A top completed by?...
I forgot who did this one! Beautiful isn't it?

Here is Linnea's on-going retreat quilt, which is now almost completely quilted.  I believe she might only have the outside borders to finish quilting. She free motion quilted around all of the butterflies over the weekend. Wonderful quilt!

Sharon made these blocks for the NBQA January Block of the Month. Well she made two and I made one at her insistence to check the pattern. The pattern tutorial claims that the unfinished blocks will measure 8 inches and neither of us could come close to that measurement!  We concur that the tutorial writer had some hidden secret to make the blocks come out that large! Or maybe she used one eighth inch seams!

Tina worked on this top for Quilts of Valor.

And completed it late Friday night or was it early Saturday morning?
She vowed not to sleep until it was a finished top!

Audrey began to assemble blocks for this quilt.  All of her nine patches were completed prior to the weekend.  The print squares are each one and a half inches and so the little nine patches finish at three inches in the block.

By Sunday morning Audrey had completed enough blocks to begin to sew the rows together.
I will have to show you a picture when she completes the top.

May said she has been carrying these block pieces with her each year to retreat as her back up project.
So after three years she decided this year to make this Christmas "Yellow Brick Road" her main project.

May completed all of the blocks I am told.  I guess we will have to wait until next year to see the finished top.

Another awesome project was completed during retreat.  Barbara's "Uncle Sam" Twister wall hanging was finally sewn together.  This uses the small "twister" template. I didn't count the squares but can you imagine how many squares went into this gorgeous piece!

Two for the price of one!
Chris used denim squares recycled from her family's jeans to make these two matching, yet different quilts.
The sashings are from the same piece of fabric but are fussy cut from different sections and applied in different directions to make each top similar but different.
What a wonderful way to accomplish two sister/brother quilts!

At this point Earleen had lost, or it turns out just misplaced, the final block in this lap quilt. Turns out the last block pieces were hiding waiting for Sunday morning to be found.
Sometimes even the fabric pieces want to play games!

Sue finished this top early on Saturday. She was delighted, as we all were, with how it turned out.
This top was a UFO for awhile in her UFO stash. Finally completed! Always a good feeling!

Sharon continued to be busy this weekend.  Gifted blocks from a guild exchange were made into a lovely top. 

Saturday afternoon saw our chocolate "party".
Where is the chocolate, you say?
Melting elsewhere! A picture of melting chocolate is not that appealing.
But some of it did make it on to this strawberry ...

And the rest was quickly spirited away by our retreaters.

A midnight madness project was completed by Carol.
It came out great!

Insert picture here....

But those pictures will have to wait until all retreats are completed so that the remaining groups will have a bit of a surprise on their weekend.

Check back in February for those photos!

And finally, yours truly plugged along on her "Good Fortune" Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter.
The final clue came out Friday morning just before I headed to the hotel.  Just enough time for me to print my clue and pack up all of the previous clue pieces so I could begin to assemble the final blocks while on retreat.

I still have many chevrons to be completed, but I have decided that this is my Winter of 2019 Quilter's Weekend Retreat project. Let's see how far I get!

Well a few days of recouping and then we do it all again next weekend.
There are still a few spaces left in our last weekend if you are interested.
These retreats are a great way to while away the winter.

Looking forward to it!
Can't wait!

Louise, on the island, relaxing a bit, and doing laundry, before our next Quilter's Weekend Retreat