Sunday, June 30, 2013

A job well done!

Our quilt show has now come and gone.  I admit that I wasn't sold on the idea of another quilt show, but oh, it was worth it in the end!  It was an amazing success.  It is great to hear from more than a few people that our quilt show is their favorite to attend.  We have a few ladies in our group that rival Martha Stewart and they know how to entertain and host very well.  Our quilt show is special because of the extra special touches like our dessert corner


with real tea cups and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

This is what we started with



And some after shots



Migrating Geese







 Two quilts in our show that I want to make


We also had three terrific vendors at our show

Thanks to Shirley, Arlyse and Heather for coming down to our show.

Only one thing was missing from our show...our wonderfully talented feature quilter, Irene, who had some health issues and couldn't make it.  We still got to enjoy her art.


Scrap Apple
Thanks to all of you who traveled from outside of our community to come to our show.  We really appreciated it.  And for those of you who are wondering how many buttons were on the button display in the entry, there were 1056 in total.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Finishing Touches...

My last quilt is quilted


Thanks, Terry!  Gorgeous as usual.  And bound


 Ready for our guild quilt show that's coming up in five days!


My labels are made and my quilts are gathered and stacked.  Our last quilt show is literally a blur...we were building our house, moving out, hosting our farm centennial and having a family reunion all at the same time as the show.  This one isn't quite as bad. 

Our show is this weekend, June 29 & 30 at the Torquay Community Centre.  The hours are Saturday 10:00-4:00 and Sunday 12:00-4:00.  We'd love to show you our work from the past three years.  We also have a local restaurant that will be open both days and serves really good food.


This is my daughter, Emma.  We have three older boys and then seven years later we had her.  She's off to school today for her orientation and I know that this is how it is supposed to go, but still, a hard day for Momma!  :-(

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Fourteen days...

until our Guild quilt show.  It seems like I got done what I wanted to get done for the show and then had somewhat of a crash.  I lost my direction and my drive for a bit, but I've started a new project and I'm back on track.  I just want to talk about a couple of things before I get to my new project.

On our last trip to Glendive, I purchased Clover Wonder Clips.  Other bloggers have raved about these pretty little red clips and I wanted to give them a try.
They really were super.  I'm guessing that they saved me about 2 hours of binding time and I found that they took the pressure off of my left hand.  Without the clips, I would curl my left hand around the unsewn binding fabric and typically I kept a pretty tight hold of the fabric with my thumb and index finger and I would slide my hand along the binding as I sewed with my right hand.  So, a very good purchase for me and I'll use them on every quilt that I bind.

I
Irene introduced me to this book a couple years ago when I wanted to make Bears Need Homes, Too.  It was originally printed in 2002 and used copies of this book were selling for around $200. Ouch!  Martingale has now re-released this book and I have a hard copy of it.  Evelyn has really good instructions as well as really beautiful patterns.  I hope Irene will bring a few of these quilts to our quilt show as I know she has made some of these patterns.

Terran
I know this isn't about quilting, but the above photo shows my youngest son Terran at his track meet.  He did so well at high jump, jumping 8 cm higher than the second place boy.  He jumped higher than the bar shows here, but the photo was really cool.

And this is the quilt pattern that I started this past week.
and here are the fabrics that my mom, my aunt and myself picked out at Quilts and More in Sidney, MT.  This quilt is for my Aunt and Uncle in lieu of them making us stained glass for our house.
Beautiful batiks in purples and blues with a gorgeous floral border.
Here is a star that I have partially cut out and sewed.  The crappy thing about this pattern is that its all cut on the bias, so that means a lot of Best Press.  The pattern actually calls for Best Press in the instruction...something that I fell in love with a couple years ago.

Last thing...
A big wind blew through our neck of the woods yesterday and took with it one of our bins that was only six months old.  Not quite as bad as Oklahoma, though!

Monday, June 03, 2013

Unveiling...

So this post is dedicated to those in my guild who have mercilessly teased me about our Nickel Quilt adventure.  The story starts twelve years ago, even before I had a sewing maching, I had bought a quilt book by Pat Speth called Nickel Quilts.  I simply loved the cover quilt and bought the book at Chapters even before I could sew.  I had no idea about patterns or what this particular book was about, it was pure "eye candy" for me.

Ten years later, I still hadn't made a quilt from this book, so I told the girls at guild, "Lets all make a nickel quilt for our quilt show!"  They all agreed and off we go on our Nickel Quilt Adventure...until my book goes missing for a year or two and I can't make my Nickel Quilt.  Then the teasing begins..."Tracey, where's YOUR Nickel Quilt?" and "Who's idea was this, anyway?"!!

Charming Stars

Now, I can say, "Right here, Thank You, very much!"  Its all in good fun!  Granted, it isn't the cover quilt that I loved, but I had fallen in love with Colleen's Nickel Quilt and decided I would make it instead and bought the background fabric.

I started with 5 different Kansas Troubles charm packs and the pattern from Moda Bake Shop.  I started this quilt last Tuesday and finished it this morning...so one week of sewing.  This will be my new "GoTo" quilt for when I get myself into a time crunch.  I love how this quilt turned out.
Pattern and charm squares

Construction using the Angler 2

A finished block
The layout

The pattern calls for a four by four block setting, but I increased it to four by five blocks.  I also increased the outside border to finish at 5 inches instead of 3.  It finishes at 74 by 90.  And the good news is that my book showed up at guild last month!  Now its off to Terry for her to do her magic on her long arm machine.

Emma giving her opinions on how it should be quilted
Here is a bit of Terry's magic on my Stars for a New Day quilt.  It is glorious!  Thank you, Terry!







 And the real kicker
Good Gracious Glorious is all I have to say about Terry's quilting.  And of course, it is way, way better in person.  Come see all of Terry's stunning work at our quilt show at the Torquay Community Centre on June 29 & 30.  She will have a quilt or two there with her work on it!