Thursday, April 17, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
I put the boarders on my Maine vacation quilt and am pleased with the result!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Tonight I decided to finally use this beautiful piece of fabric I have been holding on to forever. It is girly and my very dear friend is having a baby girl in a few weeks. I had some light green minky for the back. After looking at the front fabric for a few years, I never could bring myself to cut it up for a typical quilt. I think it is perfect for a baby blanket. One I would have been thrilled to receive had someone given it to me. I hope my friend enjoys it. I need to decide on the binding fabric..... Likely a solid green. It is my first no cut quilt, so I guess my first regular blanket (with a quilt sandwich).
Sunday, April 6, 2014
We moved my sewing machine to a different room farther from our daughters room so I can be a whole lot noisier while she is napping on the weekends. I am extremely excited about this!!
So I am just about to put my daughter down for a nap. I do have to run to the store for a few things but hoping I will have enough time to sew something today too!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
This morning I checked out of the lovely "The Lancaster Bed and Breakfast" ( for some reason on my phone I can't hyperlink so here is their website http://m.thelancasterbnb.com). I had such a nice stay. The two owners are terrific and they go out of their way to make sure you have a good time. The breakfasts were amazing. If you are ever in Lancaster city, this is THE place to stay!!!
I had another early morning class, today on invisible appliqué by Ami Simms. I am not a hand quilter but it was interesting to learn the method. It makes a beautiful product. Her teaching style is excellent, she won't let anyone fall behind. Not even the sweet woman who say next to me that must of had narcolepsy. She had extreme patience and was crystal clear on instruction.
On my way home (I was quilted out and excited to go see my family) I did stop in bird-in-hand at a nice quilt shop called the log cabin. I didn't but anything because i started so many projects this week already. But fun to look.
I had so much fun at quilt week. It is reinvigorating to spend three days with so many talented people who appreciate and understand the passion of quilting. I will share all of the things I bought very soon. For now I am happy to be home and have so much to tell my husband about the weekend, he is sure to indulge me in my excitement.
Friday, March 14, 2014
I spent most of today in a class with the delightful Sally Schneider making this quilt (but in my own fabrics). She is a great teacher who comes with a lifetime of travel and experience. I enjoyed learning about her family, travels, and quilts. A truly sweet woman who goes out of her way to make her classes fun, achievable, and useful.
If you are in Lancaster city, you MUST stop in!!!! I had strawberry shortcake donut and fluffernutter donut. Luckily it is a few blocks from the convention center so I walked a bit off to make me feel better about it.
This is how far I got. Almost there!! I am excited to get this assembled! Then I was off to enjoy even more quilts. Here are again just a few.
I was having so much fun looking at them that I was almost late to my night lecture by Ami Simms, a terrific speaker. She gave a two hour lecture and I laughter often and enjoyed every moment!! She has a great perspective and makes fun of herself even though she is an extremely talented quilter! She still pokes fun of her mistakes. I ended up going out with some of the ladies I met in the class and got to talk about one of my favorite things, the fun of quilting. And finding balance in your life to make time for my creative outlet. And to gush over how thoughtful my husband is to have given me this amazing gift. I am so lucky that he loves me. As I headed back to my B&b I noticed my trunk is running out of room. There are many many things I almost bought but refrained, although I know it doesn't look like it by looking at my trunk right now.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
That was a long terrific day.
It started with a class to make a king sized quilt. It was only a three hour class with no advance cutting instructions. So unfortunately much of the time was spent trying to cut. I did get a bunch of tiny half square triangles together so that was progress.
The quilt is going to be terrific but after three hours I do not even have a single block assembled. I had a big pile of components and a bit of confusion.
One day soon I hope to have a quilt made that is inspired by this one. I did manage to snap a picture with my talented (and famous on YouTube) teacher Charlote Angotti.
This is a quilt I would love to own but will never have the courage to try making an art type quilt.
I think this was my favorite!!! I loved the concept and everything about the excision. I sent this picture to my husband because it reminded me of him. Such a great idea!!
There were so many more worth showing but I had to stop for a snack.
Lucky for me i was picked for the piecing. They gave us strip pacjages and away we went. Mine turned out like this:
So rewarding to finish a quilt in one night. I also met the nicest woman while quilting, she owns a fabric store in Lancaster in the 300 block building. She was just lovely. I met so many great people today.
Can't wait for tomorrow!!!!