Sunday, September 28, 2014

Napa Valley Quilt Show

Spending the weekend in Napa visiting our close friends Suzanne and Meredith. Yesterday we visited the Napa Valley Quilter's guild quilt show. This feathered star and the quilting is my fav...
close up of the quilting by Deb Covington
also a fav...
and a few more... enjoy

The next one was pretty amazing art quilt
by Cathryn Zeleny
close up

There were large lights with bulbs that cast a yellow glow over everyone a did effect the color of the quilts. I edited some of the pics to help a little. The vendors were not happy with the lighting. I passed out a few applications to new to our guild vendors. Visited with Jill of A Designing Woman, she does each of our ASQG show for years. We love to see her applique patterns, they are beautiful. 

This quilt made by Patti Glenn may have been made from on of Jill's patterns. It's just her style. I really liked how Patti quilted this piece. A few really little quilts and one that is made in little sections, nice! 

Enjoy your weekend
We have more of Napa to explore
Groetjes, Jo

Monday, September 22, 2014

Autumn is here!

My favorite season is on it's way. Happy for the cooler temps, especially in the mornings :0) Great weekend, spent Saturday with Beckie. She taught a table runner class at Honey Run Quilters at Cathys. She had enough people sign up that she did two sessions. I helped out with the first and then made a table runner during the second session. Really cute design, made out of 60 degree triangles and at least one diamond. More if you want to make it longer. 

Everyone purchased the pattern called Triangle Frenzy ~ Swirl by Bunnie Cleland. It was really fun to see how everyone's stripe fabric made a different design. Takado made a long one in Christmas fabric, several made runners for Holloween and two ladies in the afternoon session used a really pretty stripe fabric with Chickadees. Did I take pix, sadly, no :0( We were having way too much fun!  This is a link to a Artistically Engineered Designs for pix and of course, there are lots on Pinterest as well. Below is a picture from the web and the table runner on the cover of the pattern...

I pulled some 'vintage' fabric from my stash, anything with a border or stripe design will work. I found two, one an old Debbie Mumm fabric and this fabric with Angels...
Packed my big 60 degree triangle template, sewing machine, supplies and was off to have fun! Beckie even had a drawing for door prizes! If you ever get the chance to take her table runner classes, she has several different ones, do it, she is a hoot and very talented to boot.

Sunday I spent the day finishing my runner with the football games on the teli. Being a visual and symmetrical person, I actually cut my runner apart with the intent of keeping all of the outer borders in the blue stripe. So I started over, made it smaller, lost a little more of the blue stripe than I wanted but here it is finished...

Quilting is optional but of course, but that is what I do sew mine is quilted. A little FMQ around the prints, pillow cased with the backing fabric, turned, closed and then I added straight line quilting with a walking foot on my Juki thru all of the layers. It was really nice to get back to quilting on my Juki. I love the rhythm of doing free motion quilting (FMQ) sitting at a domestic. I used Hobbs for the loft but it made it a little wobbly on the edges. Next one I'll try Dream Blend.

The only disappointing part of the day was that my two favorite teams did not win their games! Altho Denver put up a good show at the end, tied the game with the Sea Hawks only to loose in overtime, it was far better than the Super Bowl game these two teams played at the end of last season! 

Enjoy your week
Groetjes, Jo

Saturday, September 13, 2014

More on glue pinning Amaretto Cottage

Getting back to the glue pinning on my Amaretto Cottage blocks.
Last 'layer' of triangles are added to these blocks by glue pinning...
(the scrap lining is there just in case to protect my worktable ;0)
As promised, wanted to let you know about glue pinning the bias edged triangles. These once cut triangles went great, just as well as the twice cut triangles with the straight of grain edge. Triangle is laid down and then a little heat. Easy Peasy!

This is a link to my first post with more pix about glue pinning these blocks. 

Also tested a piece of scrap fabric with the white school glue, washed it by hand and the glue washed out, no hard glue residue left behind. A blogger did this with Roxanne's Glue Baste It, also with success. Which makes sense and is probably a better choice if you have it on hand. I wanted to see if the inexpensive white school glue worked for this application and it does! Not a good idea to use Elmer's for applique! Mostly I am happy to finish these blocks! Plus, the next set of four are also finished as of this afternoon! 
This block was really easy! A pinwheel surrounded by HSTs Yea!

The first and possibly the only easy block in this quilt from &%## as Janie calls it ;0) Two more blocks are also cut. I love pulling Civil War fabrics for these blocks. One is Kansas Troubles and from what I remember making the same block for Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler quilt, a bit of a challenge :0) 
It's been a good day considering that I also finished quilting my friend Donna's quilt that I started yesterday. Really nice quilt, love the center! Will take better pix outside in the morning when the lighting is better and it's cooler. 
Hope you are enjoying the weekend as much as I am. Next I am headed over to spend the rest of the afternoon with my mom. Will see if she knows who I am today. Tomorrow's plan is more sewing while watching football. Life is good. Fall is coming, my favorite season! 

Enjoy your weekend!
Take the time to take a few stitches :0)
Groetjes, Jo

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Amaretto Cottage center progress

Yesterday Janie and I worked on the center of her Amaretto Cottage quilt. Janie had the center block with the finished 6 inch blocks pieced into what will be the center of this medallion quilt. We added the green border and here we are laying out the next floral border up on my design wall. 
We finished adding that border onto the center with mitered corners. 

 This is my finished center made with Civil War repros 
and other fabrics from my stash
We have some of the 10 inch blocks that will be added next finished along with lots of log cabin blocks with 12 more to finish, four of 3 more block designs. They will all be added with setting triangles and then we will be ready to finish our quilt tops! Yea!!!
It's been a long process and some very challenging blocks but after yesterday's progress, we are very happy! That's on my agenda for the weekend, to finish the blocks that I was glue pinning in my last post. btw, I tested some fabric and the generic white glue and it does wash out with water. Yea! I heard from other quilter's that tried this and were also happy with the results. Roxanne's Glue Baste It was also used and a very good choice. 
Enjoy your weekend
Groetjes, Jo