Friday, April 17, 2015

Local Quilt Show Review

 Starting this post out on a bragging note!  WD won a third place ribbon in his youth category.  The judge's comment on his Focal Point Frog Fabric made me laugh.  There was no plan to this quilt.  I'll give it a solo post soon.

Next: I don't have quilt maker's names listed for these quilts.  I figure they agreed to have their quilts photographed by putting in the show, but not necessarily their names splashed on the internet.

On to the show - and my opinions. 

I think everyone should be entering their local quilt shows.  I totally understand the argument on not wanting to have your quilt judged, but I have never received a comment that made me cry, or that I completely disagreed with.  The judges aren't there to criticize you.  (also, there are a few shows that will have an unjudged category)
 The above quilt is the first place winner that beat my Feathered Trees Quilt (I won a third place ribbon)
 There was a gypsy wife quilt in the bunch.  Bright, vivid, scrappy, wonderful, simple vertical straight line quilting.   Guess what?  Modern quilts are slowly becoming more mainstream. 
And they are winning ribbons!  Another reason to enter local quilt shows:  Remember the hoopla about how many quilts were submitted to Quilt Con and how few made it in?  Local shows generally aren't juried, and entries are usually limited to how many they can fit in a space, first come, first entered.
(Ignore the girl - she's mine, and a ham)  This Tula Pink pattern was in the show.  It's done in batiks.  Love this soooo much. 
A classic Grandmother's Flower Garden.  I took this picture to see the quilting.  I will have to quilt mine someday....
A fun table runner/wall hanging. 
 Another modern ribbon winner. 

 This one was given a Judge's Fancy ribbon.  One of those black and white fabrics are skulls!
 Front and back of a stunningly quilted one.
 Another reason to enter a local quilt show?  Usually only $5 (around here) for the first quilt and less for subsequent quilts.  That usually comes with a ticket to then get in the show.  If you were going to go anyway, you should enter a quilt.  No money lost!
 A close up of the Machine Workmanship Award.  This was quilted by Karen McTavish.  I'll be honest (and maybe step on toes), I think that a quilt like this should be entered in the major shows, not the little ones.  The maker was not local, and I can't help but wonder if they enter it in all the shows they can to win the $$$.  Snark over.
 This was the Best of Show Quilt, Best Hand Quilting, too. 

 Ok, ribbons and comments.
 Feathered Christmas got a third place ribbon.  Yay!
 These are the comments with the quilts.  It is apparent that what I thought was a good way of binding isn't what the judges are looking for.  I will have to do some research on this as these are the same judges doing our Guild's show this fall.  The irony?  The good comment about binding on the table runner?  I did that one completely by machine!  And here I thought that was poo-pooed.

I am going to try to get a couple more blog posts written.  I've been lax lately and now that Spring is actually here, it is so hard to sit and type.  And the baby constantly yells Shoes, Coat, Outside.  Who can say no to that?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday 4.15.15

 Tax Day in the USA.  (ours have been done for a while...)

Not much in the way of quilting this week.  Instead, garment sewing.  Sometimes I really appreciate the satisfaction of a quicker finished product. 

First, sewing for the girls. 
 I've had the purple fabric for a while.  I think I may have bought it for myself.  Anyway, decided to sew for E and then as I was cutting, realized there was quite a bit extra, so then decided to go Matchy-Matchy for the girls.
 They are both finished, I'll have to get them to model this weekend.
 I've got PJs cut out for me.  I haven't sewn for myself in quite a while.  This should be a nice quick project that I can get done today.
My current hand project is outlining the petals on my Wisteria quilt.  Good thing I have until July!

 Tomorrow I will share quilts from a local show that I went to and entered.  I'll share pictures and explain why you should enter shows, too. As a teaser, here are the four comment cards for the four quilts entered.  I'll let you try to match the comment with the quilt.  BTW, two of them are Third Place Winners.

 Linking with Lee

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Finishes and Preperations

 Blogging in real time.  Crazy!
 I finished two sample projects this morning.  I can only show you the backs.  Part of the deal with the store that I make them for. 
 I'll share them in their entirety when I get them back.  Eventually.
 Prepping quilts for the show this weekend.  Why do I choose black backing fabric???? Shows every fuzz and hair!
 I'm entering three, and WD is entering one.  I'll share his finish sometime next week.
 This is the card he filled out to hang with his quilt.  I love it.  Going to save it forever.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Really Random Thursday

A little of the goings on around here over the past few weeks.

 This is actually a phone picture of the full moon a few nights ago.  So amazingly bright.
 I'm adding to my library and knowledge.
 Took the kids to see the Peeps Exhibit at the Racine Art Museum
 Signed up for a new swap.  Couldn't resist this one.  (see above picture on beekeeping)

 We also took a trip during spring break to the Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee.  A breath of summer in the midst of a looooong and cold spring.  Each dome is an indoor garden.  One is tropical, one is desert (they do not change), and one is a Show Dome, where the features and flowers change 4-5 times a year.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WIP Wednesday 4.8.15

 Lots of WIPs right now.  Three, you'll have to take my word for.  Two I can't show you and one, I will share soon:
 WD is finishing up a quilt for a show this weekend.  I couldn't be more proud that he's done this start to finish.

 I mentioned yesterday that I had other hand work projects.  This is one of them.  I have learned the Stem Stitch and am loving it!  So the back stitching will be taken out, and I'm going around them all with the stem stitch. 

 I have started the quilting of E's quilt, but it has been put aside in favor of other things that need to be finished first. 
 I've also realized that I need to start on my next Four-In-Art Mini quilt.  Fortunately I've known what I will do for months.  I just need to execute it. 
Let's look at the list, originally from January.

1. Sample Project  DONE
2. 4-in-Art DONE
3. Temperature Quilt DONE
4. D's Quilt
5. Tree Quilt  DONE
6. Wreath Quilt DONE
7. Red/White Mini DONE
8. DA Quilt
9. Hexie Baby - BASTED
10. Guild Challenge Quilt - Thirteen
11. Central Park
12. Charm Parade
13. Wisteria Crayon Challenge
14. Flip Flop Quilt - QUILTING IN PROGRESS
15. Two More Samples - READY TO QUILT
16. Four-In-Art Round 2

Linking up with Lee

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Let's Talk Hexies

A real life friend was chastising me for not blogging lately.  I guess its been nearly 4 weeks.  Yikes.
So let's talk hexies today.  I finished sewing all the hexagons into groups of eight.  And then I did a total count.
 Those cards separate groups of 20.
 Total?  1,672.  What happened to the other 431?
 Well, 408 are in the above quilt.  If you've been around for a while, you may remember that I had cut out a large chunk of papers that were the wrong size.  Off by about 1/8" of an inch.  When English Paper Piecing, that might as well be a mile.  So I pieced all those larger hexies into the above quilt.  It is on the "quilt sooner than later" list. :)  In a way its good, though, because it will give me a chance to try a faced binding to preserve the hexie edges. 
 There are also a few random ones floating around of both sizes. 

The moral of today's story?  I'm back to basting hexies.  I will pull the scrap box in a while.  I have some other hand projects that I want to work on first.  This is, after all, The Ten Year Project.  I've got Five years left!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Really Random Thursday???

When I saw Cindy did a RRT post today, I raced to my computer and pulled a bunch of my Instagram pictures to share.  My life is full of random.  All day, every day.

 I am in love with this girl.  And this picture.
 I painted my nails to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  I sew hexies while watching the two older kids during diving lessons.  And I'm in shorts because I ran my first mile in over 2 years.  I think I could have gone farther, but my class was starting.
 In case you missed it, March 14, 2015 was Ultimate Pi Day. (pie day, get it?)
 This boy turned 5 yesterday.  He is about 48 pounds.  The cat is about 20 pounds.
 Absolutely gorgeous sunset the other night.  Just kept changing into more beautiful scenes.
 And I'm working on Wisteria 2.0 today while fighting a cold and recognizing that I've got some quilt deadlines coming up.  I still think I'm going to finish this up before moving on to more "pressing" items.

Linking up with Cindy!