Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Machine Quilting Today

I went to the Machine Quilting Today Upper Mid-West Show in Oconomowoc yesterday.  It was difficult getting there as I worked the previous night, had a mere 4 hours of sleep with an hour drive to get to a 8 am class.  But it was all worth it! because my first class (2 hours) was Custom Heirloom Quilting with Karen McTavish!! :)  Honestly, I was 10 minutes late for class, but I admire Karen's quilting and there's nothing like taking a class from a quilting legend!  And in my excitement in signing up for classes I failed to realize the actual quilt show and exhibits didn't start until I had 6 hours to fill before my next class, ugh! I met with a fellow quilter, Terri, who also had a few hours between classes, so she and I had lunch together and talked all things quilty.  I took a 30 minute nap in my car, got too hot and decided to drive around downtown Oconomowoc with the AC on, then finally attended my last class (3 hours) with Sue Heinz in her Drawn to Mastery- Sashings that Sizzle.  She did not disappoint, what a great teacher! humorous, engaging, and helpful.  You know some people just have the gift of teaching and some don't, if you ever get an opportunity to take one of her classes I would highly recommend doing so.  She currently has 4 books published and I would love to own a couple of them, unfortunately she did not have them for sale in her class :(  The show continues until Aug 3 (Saturday) I may be able to sneak away one day this week and go see the quilt exhibits, but for now all my grown up responsibilities are demanding my attention.

And it just wouldn't be a quilty blog if I didn't post a few WIP pictures...
I have had this fabric for over a year and was waiting to beta test a pattern for a wonderfully talented lady, but haven't heard from her in over 4 months...tired of waiting so I am attempting to recreate one of her designs with a few twists of my own.  Unfortunately, having waited so long I'm afraid I may not have enough fabric and of course it is now out of "print" (so to speak)  Anyway, here it is....

Another WIP, ready for quilting... is my Quilt Diva! Ain't she cute???!! It's an Amy Butler pattern and I think it turned out adorable! She'll be hanging in my work space soon!

On another completely unrelated note.... my son and his girlfriend (Cary and Stephanie) created this cute little watermelon and fruit salad in the shape of a grill! (so pinterest does work sometimes), they filled the bottom of the "grill" with cherries to look like charcoal and there were ~20 skewers of fruit kabobs in addition to the ones placed on the "grill".  Very cute! and delicious!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

WIP - Quilt Guild Challenge

Just a sneak peak at the quilting on my challenge quilt.....

Monday, July 15, 2013

deforest quilt guild fabric challenge

A few months back I received a floral print fat quarter with the challenge to make a quilt.  While I appreciate a beautifully pieced quilt with floral fabric, it's not a fabric that I'm naturally drawn toward, so this is definitely a "challenge"

I looked into my stash and was able to come up with a few fabric choices to compliment the fat quarter.  Here they are....

And this is the outcome...
Honestly, this was so cobbled together! I barely had enough fabric to complete this 60x60 top.  I have long admired Rhianon Taylor's fabric flowers and I had just enough of the floral fat quarter to make one.  It turned out rather nicely and will now find it's place in the center of this quilt.  You can check out Rhianon's blog #The Nifty Sticher at

Pictures from Chicago International Quilt Show

Just a few more pictures from the Chicago Quilt Show.... (apologies for lack of quilt maker names, if you recognize any quilt and know the maker, let me know and I'll add their names) ...thanks to Sandi from a few have now been correctly identified! :)

The colors in this quilt were incredibly striking and the piecing was so precise....gorgeous..
Bedazzled by Lois Sprague 
It's hard to see in this picture, but this quilt has tons! of beads and crystals and was so sparkly under the lights
At Sunset/At Sunrise by Gabrielle Paquin 
This one is actually two pieces, I love the design
Wrath by Diane Firth 
Very eye catching, the colors just drew me in....
The flowers are three dimensional and stand out beautifully
Zinnias Three by Jean Smith
50th Anniversary Quilt made by Cindy Ladig