Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm Back in My Sewing Room

Well, what a good feeling. I am finally upstairs again working on several things. I completed a block for our outgoing guild president today and am also working on some really cute towels I bought at our quilt show last weekend.

Kay and I sewed together today - the first time in at least three weeks. We always get a lot accomplished and today was no different. I'll post some pictures when I remember to bring my camera upstairs.

Tomorrow will probably be another good day to sew as they are predicting rain all day. What else is there to do on a rainy day?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

What A Success!

The quilt show is over and I am awake but not doing much today. This has been a really busy week since I returned from Houston late Monday and had judging, set up, hanging and vendors and then two days of the show. Take down went very smoothly and the pipe and drape have returned to their home not to be seen again for two years.

And, what a show it was! No numbers yet but we had a lot of people attend and lots of compliments from them and the vendors. The quilts were absolutely beautiful. We have so many talented members in our guild. Congratulations to all of our winners!

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Quilt Show

Well, the first day of the show is over and it went well. We had people waiting to get in at 10:00 a.m. and still had a couple of stragglers looking at quilts at 6:00 p.m.

The quilts are beautiful - so much eye candy it is almost overwhelming. Here are pictures of Jen's prize winning quilt and my lighthouse quilt that I finally finished after working on it for 2+ years - the delay came after I fell but it was still a lot of work.

You may notice that there is a ribbon on it - here is a closeup - sorry to brag but I am pleased.

Here are pictures of the Peony Shop (items for sale by the guild that were made by members) and the raffle baskets (Terry did a fabulous job on them).

Tomorrow is the final day - we are hoping for a good turnout again. Hope you can come by if you are in the area.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

One Show Is Over; The Next One Begins

Well, I'm back from Houston. Quilt Festival was as good as ever. The quilts were outstanding (I will post pictures as soon as I get my laptop back from the repair shop - hopefully today) and there were 900 vendors. Talk about visual overload!!

Today I am off to assist with judging for our guild quilt show which is this weekend. Tomorrow is pipe and drape assembly, Thursday is hanging and then the show for two days. We have ~350 quilts to display plus the small quilt auction, guild Peony Shop, two featured artists, bed turning and more. If you are in the area, please try to stop by. The location is Westfield Middle School at the intersection of State Highways 31 & 32 north of Indianapolis.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

We Went on a Shop Hop

Yesterday was a lot of fun - three of my fellow bee members and I went on a shop hop to three local shops. None of them had ever been to Shiisa Quilts in Bloomington so that was our first stop. The shop is normally closed on Monday but Jan said "Come ahead!" So, off we went. The weather was cool and the leaves are starting to turn so it was a pretty ride. Jan was waiting for us and, as it turned out, members of her bee were there working on projects. We had a great time (and I sold more raffle tickets for our guild quilt - see picture below) and Jan, Kathy and Pat went to lunch with us. Lennie's is really good and a definite place to try if you are in Bloomington.

After lunch we headed over to Ady's in Morgantown. We didn't stay as long but still managed to buy a few things and leave them smiling.

On to Greenwood where we stopped in at The Back Door. Loralei loves batiks so she was in heaven. It is hard to choose when there are so many beautiful fabrics.

On the whole I was pretty good yesterday as I am leaving for Quilt Festival in Houston tomorrow. Today I am finishing up my last of three quilts that will be hung in our guild show in two weeks. Have to get them done and in to Jen as dropoff day is this Saturday and I will be looking at lots of other quilts. :)

If anyone is interested in tickets for the raffle quilt (it's all batiks - the background is navy batik), just let me know and we can work something out. The tickets are $1 each or 6/$5. It is a queen sized quilt.

More later - I'm off to finish sewing down my sleeve and adding the requisite label. I'll post pictures of the quilts going in the show when they are hung. The lighting is better and they show up better.

Here is the raffle quilt:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

I'm Having Fun!!!

Yesterday and today I took workshops with Debbie Bowles. She is a really neat lady and a good teacher. I don't have yesterday's project sewed together enough to show yet but I do have today's fairly far along. Here it is:
Cutting free form curves was really neat. You have to take a deep breath when you do your first one but once you do it goes pretty easily. Sewing them together is a breeze as long as you don't get your pieces flipped (which I didn't do!).

I want to get the strips sewn together so that I can take it on our field trip on Monday to Shiisa. Jan has some great contemporary fabrics that I want to audition for the border. Debbie suggested black which I am seriously considering with a scrappy binding made up of the fabrics in the body of the quilt. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

No Pictures

It's been a while since I have posted but I have completed a few things. Unfortunately my laptop is in the shop with plug problems and I can't post any pictures. I'll definitely catch up with them. I'm hoping to get my laptop back by the end of the week or early next week.

I finished my block of the month top - it is so bright and cheery. I can't wait to get it quilted and the binding done so that I can put it out.

Last Saturday Jen and I spent the day together and got in some good sewing time while the kids were napping. I pulled out a winter pillow pattern and fabric that I discovered while looking for something else - imagine that! I really like the pattern and the fabric so I whipped it out in no time. I think you will like it too.

I basted a neat Christmas wallhanging at workday yesterday and just have to quilt it quickly in my best style - stitch in the ditch! :)

I am getting my quilts ready for the quilt show on the 23rd and 24th. The pillowcases are ready so I should be able to bag them tomorrow. I have to get them done early as I leave for Houston next Wednesday to go to Quilt Festival. I am actually going alone this year (one of my friends wanted to go but has conflicts) for the first time since I have lived in Indiana. I am looking forward to seeing all of my friends and fellow bee members. We will get together on Thursday night for dinner and show and tell. A fun night for all.

That's about it for now. I am off to my sewing room - I have Jack and Jenna here overnight but they asked to go to bed! How good is that!