Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Thru the Woods

Have you seen the BOM quilt at Project House 360?  I fell in love with it when I saw it. This past weekend I was able to get the first 4 months of blocks put together. Yeah OK, so I am not actually doing it monthly like I am supposed to, but now that I am caught it, I am hoping that changes.  :-)

It's paper piecing, and it goes together very nicely. This is what the 4 month point looks like. It's perfect as it is for a wall quilt, but I am going for the King size myself.  Your not to late to start. Click HERE to find the web site. There is just a $3 fee a month for the missed blocks, so get it while you can!   This promises to be a beauty!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Scrappy Happy Finish

Gumdrops from Possibilities

Yep, I got one done. My first post retirement quilt!
It's pretty bright, but what a great way to bust thru scraps. I chose to use my hand dyes for most of it, but nothing would keep you from using up any extra "stuff" you might have laying around from other projects. Scrappy is the name of the game.

Ole Paddington Bear was from my teddy bear era. I made him many many years ago. He keeps a constant watch over my sewing area. Probably in dismay!
I am sure he can't imagine just why I have to have so much stuff!

Having just got home from HMQS, (Home Machine Quilters Expo) in Salt Lake City, my head is full if inspiration. Especially after the show that was in town the weekend before. This years show was incredible as usual. I think it is probably my most favorite show that I have attended. They never seem to amaze me with the quality of quilts they have to share with us.

My quilting sister and I made an extra long trip this year and took advantage of our wonderful suite at Country Inns and Suites to have an extended sew in. There were lots of threads a thrown, and plenty of wine a-goin! What better combo than that! 
I've got lots more to share, but that's for another day!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A bit O Inspiration

I went for a visit with a friend to the Denver National Quilt Festival today. We both were in need of some great inspiration, and we were not disappointed.

As I was getting the photos together for this post, I was thinking...

Now this is my favorite. A little play on words. Actually a big play on words. A people jar for bugs, instead of a bug jar for people. It was about 4 foot tall, and absolutely hysterical!
Then I saw this, and I love Dr Seuss!
And then
A Zebra in my favorite colors!! My heart swoons!
Would this not be perfect for all those hand dyes I am hoarding?

Overall Sam is soooooo cute, but check out the fabulous quilting!

Now this one floor'd me. It's her very first attempt at fusible applique.

Just look at that incredible detail

You won't be finding any treasures like this in my first attempts!

Now this one just screams Ahhhhhhhhh doesn't it?

This could be a painting!


Crime Scene...
oh yeah!
With all these great saying on the fence!

Now you gotta admit, that's just darn funny!
And soooooo true!
This one was hand painted and shellac'd to look like ceramic.

Can you even imagine? The details are spectacular!

I love this!!  :-)
And this makes me want to start something new! So simple and captivating!
Here she used up stuff. Even the directions on how to make something from a printed panel. It's soooooo cool looking! I've got tons of stuff!
I love how the light dances on this one.
Thread painting you say? I thought so too, until I read about it.
Cheesecloth...  did I really read this right?
Better yet, and you imagine having the vision?

These are just darn fun!
I'm a trying to get my quilting sister to do this on our quilt retreat, but she's not to keen on it. You have to admit, it's funny! And about 6 foot tall!
:-)  :-)

I am leaving you with my favorite, I think, yep, I am pretty sure, although they all really are!

I want one just like it!!!

I knew I would find more I have to share. Remember all those half square triangles we all seem to have to save?  Well, forget piecing them together to make pinwheels. You can use each half and just stitch them down. This is pretty darn cool isn't it?

I think I am on my way to find some scraps, and start my own little art quilt.

Oh yeah... it was a good day.

Thanks to all who were so generous, in showing their quilts to us. I know my mind is on overload now!  And that's what quiltin' is all about!