Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday was spent at the doctor's with our mom who, hopefully, is finally rid of the last prickly offender in her kidney. Fingers crossed. We know the staff at the surgery center very well now. In fact, I'll be knitting all of them washcloths because that is what I worked on while I was waiting. Nothing peaks curiosity and brings a few subtle hints like a pair of knitting needles and some yummy yarn.
Saturday arrived and we left home at 8:30 AM to drive to Watkinsville, leaving snoozing children behind. Not to worry, they had their own adventure in Little Five Points, shopping and people-watching! We arrived at the Dragonfly Quilt Shop right at 10:00. Perfect. (I kept wanting to call it the Dragonfly Inn. Oh, Gilmore Girls, why did you have to end?)
It's a darling shop, filled with beautiful sights for your eyes and the nicest people working there.
The Georgia (UGA) corner. We were a hop, skip and a jump from Athens, so you know there just had to be one! My husband would love this nod to his alma mater.
Part of the reason we went was so I could meet someone I had spoken to on the phone but had never met in person. Tina is a MaryJane's farmgirl and we have been trying to get together for a while now but life, as it does, prevented that from happening. Until Saturday!
I walked into the shop not knowing anyone but my sister and left having made a new friend. Actually, a whole room full of new friends! It never fails that when you get a group of women together, sewing machines humming, the result is a fun-filled, friendship-forming day. It happens everywhere. Every woman in that classroom was funny, bright, happy and helpful. I wish I had taken photos of the quilts being made because each one spoke to the beauty of its creator.
This adventure in quilting was my sister's first. We made Gift Boxes by Cozy Quilt Designs, which happens to be the very first quilt I made! Fun to sew, with just enough challenge to make you feel as though you have really accomplished something. Dayna is giving this quilt to Mom for Christmas.
Here is Dayna's very first quilt on my design wall. She used Fig and Plum for the blocks and chose a pretty pale mauve for the background and a green floral for the border. Not exactly her favorite colors, but they are Mom's. She's coming back in three weeks to run a 5K with me and she will finish the top then. That is if she can find a happy placement for the blocks! In know how she feels.
Here's mine, after the cat decided it would look better with a more casual appearance. I turned my blocks for a different look because I already have one done like the pattern. One of the other quilters had her block arranged this way and I really liked how it changed the whole quilt. I used Charisma by Chez Moi for Moda, along with a beautiful gold polka dot from Bee's Knees for the background. It gives this quilt a lot of energy without overpowering it, I think.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
I used Moda's Hello, Betty! for this quilt. My sister has a closet full of Fiesta Ware in every color imaginable. This colorway just happens to match some of her vintage pieces perfectly. What a stroke of luck.
The pattern is the Disappearing Nine Patch. So cute. I used the easy-peasy way of making the block that Rachel shared in her Moda Bake Shop tutorial. I omitted the sashing because the quilt was so small, but you can bet I will be making a big one using her pattern!! It's just adorable.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
But, what I love about this, is that she kept it for all those years. From 1964 to now even though it's purpose had long passed. I have a feeling that she and I shared the same dilemma- this fabric is so darn cute that I cannot cut into it. At all.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Can I just tell you how much fun we had? Oh, my goodness! There were approximately 20 women who stayed and we had a ball. What is it about when women gather together to work on projects? There was such a spirit of camaraderie in that room as we helped each other sort out pattern directions, chose color combinations and began stitching.
These white gloves do more than make you look like Minnie Mouse. They will prevent you from cutting off parts of yourself with the rotary cutter. Yep, a very handy thing to keep with your quilting tools. Handy! Get it? Ahahahaha. Okay.
I loved watching the thoughtful ways that our group approached their color combinations.
The world is a very small place. Trust me. I discovered that my sewing neighbors knew me from when I worked at a local elementary school! It's been 11 years since I worked there. My goodness, time flies.
The key to being able to assemble your quilt project quickly and with only minor errors is to be organized, organized, organized. Repeat after me, "Sort, stack, label."
See how happy you will be if you follow that simple rule?
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Below are the finished quilts (or tops) made by the Scarlet Strippers. They are just beautiful.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
The Missouri Star Quilt Company offers a deal-a-day on their website and there are some sweet deals indeed!
Just last week I got a Louisa charm pack by Terry Clothier Thompson for Moda and an Easy Dresden ruler by Darlene Zimmerman for $6.95 plus shipping. Seriously! And shipping is a flat rate of $5, no matter what you order!
Go visit them now and see what deal they have for today. But be warned- they usually sell out quickly!
Pop by tomorrow for the latest quilts by the Scarlet Strippers and a peek into the S.A.G.A. class. We had a blast!
Friday, July 10, 2009
It has taken me a while to go through these magazines, mostly because they bring back a ton of memories. Remember the Ford Pinto? It's advertised in one of the issues along with the Chevy Chevette. How about the Ivory Liquid "Who's the mother and who's the daughter? Can you tell by their hands?" advertisement?
The February 1976 issue proved to be a gem, full of beautiful photographs of quilts and chronicling the work of seven amazing quilters. I've photographed some of the pages for you to see.
The woman in the photo below is Mary Kyle of New Mexico. Her pinwheel quilt consists of 500 blocks and more than 7,000 pieces. Her work is beautiful. I hope that her family treasures that quilt and the time that went into making it.
Each of the quilts shown could have been made today, perhaps with a little color change. The patterns are still being used by present day quilters- the classic Log Cabin, Star of Bethlehem, simple but lovely nine patches.
How is this for incredible?
Erma Wink made the quilts below, a scrappy Log Cabin and her blue and white Storm of the Sea quilt. As she stated, " The land out here is brown enough! I add the color."
I am totally in love with this scrappy Sunflower quilt, made by Mabel Metcalf. At 82, she had made 34 quilts in the previous year. Thirty-four!
You just cannot imagine how thrilled I was when I opened the pages of this issue and found these beautiful treasures from the past. The women who made them may no longer be on this earth, but they are entwined with the threads in their quilts, a lasting legacy of their talent and devotion to their craft. These women live on in the tiny stitches and colorful patches.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
A white wholecloth quilt adorns this bed inviting you to tuck in and take a nap. Do you see those pillows? They are a lovely touch. No detail has been left out here.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Quite a few people picked it up and looked it over and, consequently, passed it by probably because of its $120 price tag and tatty appearance. At the end of the sale it had been deeply discounted, but still no one wanted to take it home. My mom called me and I went over to see it and I ended up buying it for $20. Lucky me!
It is hand-appliqued and machine quilted. I have never seen a pattern like this before and I am having trouble finding it anywhere. My research has come to a screeching halt.
Can you imagine the time this quilt took to create? All of those tiny stitches done thousands of times, it boggles the mind.
I would love to know the name of this pattern, if it has one at all. Maybe it came straight from the imagination of the quilter or was printed up in a long-ago newspaper. Whichever it was, it is beautiful, a treasure that was almost lost.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Twilight Holiday Magic by Studio E
And a fun, funky Christmas at that! Don't you just love the retro look and colors of this fabric?
How cute are these? And you can make six little stockings from the two honey buns and the pattern that are in the box! Now that is a sweet deal. Can't you see these clipped along some chunky white rick rack and strung across a mantel piece? I sure can. Now I wish I still had a fireplace.
Mary made this quilt using the width of three different Holiday Magic fabrics as the body of the quilt and trimmed it out with beautiful borders.
If you're not quite in the mood for Christmas, well there are some extraordinary quilts for you to try your hand at. This beauty made with batiks is just stunning. Shall I add it to my list of quilts to make? Why, yes, I think I shall.
It reminds me a bit of Japanese paper lanterns. My grandmother had those hanging in her restaurant when I was a little girl. The restaurant was no longer in operation but the decorations were still there. It was located between my grandparent's house and barn and was called Rita's Luncheonette. But that's a story for another day.
I have to say that my one trip to the shop has me wishing for completion of all the projects I have lined up so I may begin to sew on something red and green.
Who knows, maybe this year I'll even decorate!