Thursday, December 31, 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Season's Greetings

Praying for Peace

during this holiday season. Wishing the best for you and yours as we prepare to spend time with family and friends. Enjoy the busy weeks ahead. I have a full schedule and don't see allot of time to spend working on my own projects so will have little to blog about. It's been a tough year for me with the loss of my mom and Crystal.

Looking forward to a new year with more time to spend quilting and finishing projects. Praying our world is able to find a path to a safe, kind and peaceful place to exist. 

Tot Ziens, Jo 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Donna Greenwald ~ ASQG Featured Quilter

Display and quilts by Donna Greenwald, pumpkins made by her sister
Donna Greenwald, our Featured Quilter
at Annie's Star Quilt Guild's 2015 quilt show

Donna's quilts displayed at the show...

Quite the artist, Donna makes and quilts all of her quilts
Plus she teaches classes.

 Love the detail Donna quilts into her quilts of art

 Donna also does a quilting retreat at Lake Tahoe

Annie's Star Quilt Guild is fortunate to have Donna as a member
This is a link to my post that has a video clip about Donna

Many of these photos were taken by Lynn Wilder of Sew'n Wild Oaks.
Thank you Lynn, and for coming to our show as a vendor.
There were many good comments from members at our quilt show wrap up meeting about how they liked your booth, patterns and fabric! Well done

Enjoy your weekend
Tot ziens, Jo

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Post Show Blues & Ribbons

A good thing! I love the Blues, my favorite music genre. Chairing Vendors with my quilt guild has been fun. My favorite part is meeting vendors and getting to know them. My paperwork is ready to turn in at our wrap up meeting and I am looking forward to spending more time improving my quilting skills and finishing my own quilts :0)

I love to see my customers quilts displayed and am quite proud to say that 5 of their quilts that were entered to be judged won ribbons! More deserved them, in fact all of them ;0) Showing off my customers quilts this morning... starting off with Pam's Swoon (not judged). I am amazed at the talent we have in our guild. Enjoy

Pam's Swoon (not judged)
Cannery Row by Bev (not judged)
Judy with her A to Z quilt
Kelly's Big Wedding
Sandra's Vintage Valentine

Kelly's Kaffe
Janie's Amaretto Cottage
Janie and I worked on this one together 

and one of Beckie's quilts received a Viewer's Choice
Beckie's Birds
altho I believe it should have been pinned to this quilt
also made by Beckie with birds
Beckie's Peacock
a few more (not judged)... 
Karen's ~ It's Finished!
love quilting feathers!
and texture
Sandra's Scrappy Balls
and I absolutely love this one my friend Sandy made! It's scrappy and fun :-) like her!

There are lots more to share. Quilts are posted on my longarm blog too.
and I will do another post, including quilts I did not quilt...
like this one made by Kathy Thomas
The Rose ~ by Kathy T
This is a combination of quilting and embroidery which Kathy is really good at. Kathy is on her way to becoming an accomplished longarmer with quilts displayed as well.

Barbara Michels has been longarming for a long time and is really good! One of her own quilts received two ribbons, a 1st place and Best in Show. Congratulations Barbara!

Lone Star by Barbara Michels
Well done ladies! It's an honor to be in your company 

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Today there are Tears in Heaven

Prayers and comfort for those who lost loved ones
and those injured, for the best recovery.
It's a sad world today

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

It ain't over until the fat lady sings

There were no fat ladies singing, the quilts have been taken down, the doors to the quilt show closed, however it's not over. Always those little things to wrap up. It was a grand event. Wonderful vendors, good food from Roots, family and friends came to see our quilts! Life is good!!! Where to start with pix... so will begin with my kids!
My son Chris, better known as Scribles, Kristy and Haley standing in front of Kelly's quilt at our guild's Harvest of Quilt's quilt show. Michael was a gigantic help and support for me. In fact, he was so helpful and quick on his feet, there are no pix of him! That's just how good he is! Love these wonderful people! 

I have the best customers too! with the nicest comments on their placards. Thank you! This week I am posting pix of quilts made by each of them on my longarm/customer blog Moonbear Designs and Quilting. Each day there will be a post featuring each of their quilts, today began with Judy's two quilts... here is the link :0) 

This is another link to Lynn Wilder's blog, Sew'n Wild Oaks with some really good pix of Donna Greenwald's (our featured quilter) quilts plus an even better pic of Amaretto Cottage. Thank you Lynn!

Still recovering along with my longarm. Today I spent the day fine tuning my longarm, Helena. She has been working hard this year and deserves a little TLC. I am changing out her check spring and getting her tuned up for the holidays and ready to frost some quilts. 

Hard to pic a fav but... this one I have to share because I worked on it with my friend Janie for more than a year. Amaretto Cottage... finished and hanging at ASQG's Harvest of Quilts 2015 in Chico, CA... with a first place ribbon in our category... Well done Janie!!!
 Tot ziens, Jo

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sew'n Wild Oaks

 This is Lynn Wilder's Sew'n Wild Oaks booth set up 
at Annie's Star Quilt guild in Chico CA
Our guild was very fortunate to have Lynn and Gail join us as a vendor
plus earlier this year Lynn was our guest speaker at our guild meeting 
followed by a great workshop. I learned allot from Lynn's Patchwork Math book! 

These are pix from Lynn's blog. Lynn also posted some pix of our member's quilts along with quilts made by Donna Greenwald, our featured quilter. Check it out here!

I have yet to download all the pix I took at the show. I was so tiered following the show, I was asleep really early, as soon as I got home and my head rested on my pillow. Of course, now I'm up early thinking about what a wonderful weekend we all enjoyed! Stay tuned for pix later this morning! First, back for a few more ;~zzzzzzzs tot ziens, Jo

Monday, November 2, 2015

Harvest of Quilts

5 more days!
It's countdown time until our guild's quilt show coming up this coming weekend! Lots to do with a full schedule this week. Quilts will be judged on Thursday. I volunteer as vendor committee chair along with Brandie and Jill. Throughout the year we contacted several vendors. 15 will be vending our show this year. Thursday afternoon we will be taping off vendor spaces and set up is on Friday, both for quilts and vendors. The quilt show is Saturday and Sunday. 

***forgot to mention that Lynn Wilder of Sew'n Wild Oaks is one of our vendors!***
It's going to be four very busy, long and fun filled days!

My longarm studio will only be open today thru Wednesday of this week. I will keep my business cell with me for phone calls throughout the week. Quilts for the show are finished, labeled and ready. I am having one quilt judged so that will be a learning experience! A few customer quilts will also be judged.

Stay tuned... there will be pix posted soon! 
Better yet, come to the show.
You are all invited! 

Tot ziens, Jo

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!
Love this quilt made by Brandie
Shown here at our guild's 2013 quilt show

as well as this quilt made by Jill
 with blocks guild members made for Jill when she was guild president.
Halloween is a favorite holiday for both quilters! 

 Brandie, Jill and I are the vendor chairs
for the our 2015 quilt show coming up !!!

Busy, busy! don't forget....

Monday, October 12, 2015

Seasonal Block Challenge at HRQ

 Leaves are falling on this 12 inch block

 I made this block yesterday for Honey Run Quilters'
Seasonal Block Challenge
making the most of the oak leaf fabric that was supplied and will be in each block.
Looking forward to stopping by the store and seeing more of the blocks.

Perfect Sunday project to get in the mood for Autumn while watching football.
Ronda is getting ready packing sample quilts and goodies to go to PIQF this week. 
A few more quilts to finish for the quilt show
Weather is perfect
It's Autumn, life is good!

Enjoy your week
Tot ziens, Jo
Happy Birthday Sandy :0)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Country Roads Mystery

Last week was busy and it didn't leave me much time to work on Calypso. So instead I worked on a little project that Lori's posted on her Humble Quilts blog mid September ~ Country Roads Mystery Quilt along

Lori based her quilt on an inspiration quilt and reproduced it with red, blue and black blocks. Here is a link to Part One if you are interested in joining in or go to this link for Part Three to see the inspiration quilt and Lori's finished quilt.  

My blocks are scrappy, made from the fabric scraps from Amaretto Cottage, a quilt top finished recently. Despite working over the weekend, I made a little time to get 16 ~ five inch blocks finished. The QAL's quilt has 9 blocks, my plan is to keep going until I run out of scraps!

I have two ideas for setting the blocks, both have the blocks set on point. Will save that for another day. 

When I took Lynn Wilder's Patchwork Math workshop in August, Lynn had the nicest turntable cutting mat that she used for the workshop. I found one online a couple of weeks ago and it arrived over the weekend. Other than it's still stinky, I love it.
It also has a second circle for pressing which will be great for workshops :0)

Enjoy your week
Tot Ziens

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ASQG Quilt show

Donna Greenwald, our Featured Quilter at Annie's Star Quilt Guild
November 7 & 8, 2015 at Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico, CA.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Design Wall Monday with Calypso

Quick post with a busy day ahead today...
Complete layout with completed blocks of the first quadrant 
up on the design wall with the center medallion (folded)
completely pieced now with it's new yellow corner blocks.

With a few more components to make for one of the stars
and a basket of HSTs to square to size.
I'll do that tonight during Monday night football,
I'm on the home stretch to a flimsy finish! 

Brandie will see it today
 as she and Jill are coming over this morning
for our vendor meeting for our guild's quilt show
coming up in November...

You are all invited!
Enjoy the week
Take the time to make some stitches
Tot Ziens, Jo

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Calypso progress

Over the weekend and a little more progress last night I have a design that is working for me. Calypso Kaleidoscope is a 2015 BOM with the last block scheduled for December. Long story short, I went off on my own :0) with a goal for a flimsy this Fall. Brandie challenged me to have it ready for our guild's upcoming quilt show. Wow, stress... no thank you! There are too many quilts here in my studio that are scheduled to be quilted for the show already including one of my own. So I am taking a breath and enjoying the process of the design. 

This is my favorite block and will be the corners of the quilt. 

This is where I'm headed with three different star patterns plus the corner pinwheel.

To see the original quilt layout, it's pictured in the two previous posts. Thank you to Stephanie of Quilt Addicts Anonymous for hosting the 2015 Calypso Kaleidoscope BOM that got me hooked on this quilt and to Lynn Wilder of Sew'n Wild Oaks for a great workshop, Patchwork Math that took me on my own path :0) Last night I worked on the corners for the inner border (that I had already changed from a picket fence to a zig zag design) that goes around the center medallion. Fun!

For now it is up on my design wall to ponder as I longarm quilts for the show as well as samples for PIQF that is coming up very very soon. Loving this change in the weather! Makes working on quilts allot more comfortable these daze.  Also helping with the terrible fires here in California. Thoughts and prayers going out to allot of people as well as the firefighters.

Jim, Nicky and Sandy at the Sew So Shop in Yuba City have put out an email asking for quilts to be given to families of the Lake County fires to let them know we care. Here is a link to the Sew So Shop's web site if you would like to donate. Anyone from the Chico area,  you may contact me, I will be going to the shop. Tot Ziens, Jo 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Calypso Kaleidoscope

Progress, I think or should I say... 
Still a work in progress... Yep that's it!
Every time I walk up to the design wall it changes ;0) 

Quite a change right now from the original BOM I started at the beginning of the year. Here is a link to my last blog post with the center and below a graphic of the original pattern. 
2015 Calypso Kaleidoscope BOM by Quilt Addicts Anonymous
Not sure where mine will go from here but Lynn Wilder and her Patchwork Math workshop has allot to do with the changes!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Spent time working on my Calypso Kaleidoscope yesterday and Saturday attended a maintenance workshop for my Innova at the Sew So Shop in Yuba City. I learned many things from Jim and Nicky. Looking forward to another workshop with Karen on using Rulers on a longarm. Karen is a very good longarm quilter. I saw some of her work earlier this year at the Yuba City Quilt Show. Wow! Looking forward to spending a day with her! 

Enjoy your week
Tot Ziens, Jo

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Calypso Kaleidoscope

Made progress on my 2015 Kaleidoscope BOM! Over the weekend I finished the borders surrounding the center medallion. Changed from the original pattern with a picket fence border, I added triangles to both ends to add a little more interest and fun! 

Next is to design new corners as well. Here is a line drawing I am playing with...

Last night I finished squaring lots of HSTs prepping for the setting triangles that will be added next. My Patchwork Math book came in handy to make them 8 at a time! That was a breeze and they went together so much faster. Yea! Now to sew them together, this evening if I find the energy. Below is a graphic of the original pattern...

2015 Calypso Kaleidoscope BOM by Quilt Addicts Anonymous 
It was another hot summer day in Chico, triple digits again. Without air conditioning in my studio, it makes for some early mornings, starting between 5 and 6 am to take advantage of the cool morning temps. Looking forward to some cooler temps with schools beginning this week. It's been hazy with smoke while Cal Fire planes taking off frequently throughout the day from the Chico airport and banking over our house on their way to area fires. So scary. 

Enjoy what's left of your summer
or winter, depending on your location on the planet! 
Tot ziens, Jo

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