Friday, June 28, 2013

Chicago International Quiltfest 2013

I am so very excited! for 2 reasons....this weekend me and 3 of my very close friends are having a Girls Weekend!!! Getting us all together has gotten to be challenging over the past few years so I am excited this is really happening.  We are going to Spring Green's Art Fair, then the American Players Outdoor Theatre to see Hamlet and then tent camping! Now 2 of my friends are princess's, so tent camping may be a stretch for them, but enough wine should help them adjust :)  The only questionable part is the fact Wisconsin has become a rain forest this year and there is a 50% chance of thunderstorms, ughhh! but enough wine should help us all adjust! :)

The second reason for my excitement; I attended the Chicago International Quiltfest last Friday.  Now this was no cow-town quilt show! I felt like I was walking into an art museum! Spectacular quilts! I could have taken a picture of each and every one! here's a few I captured....Enjoy!

hand painted and thread embellished tropical bird I believe made by Helen Godden (?)

Fractured vintage pickup - Mabel 1952 REO by Susan Crane. 

Fantasy Seedpods by Elizabeth Camping

Natural Wonders by Kathy McNeil

Make You Happy - Birgit Aubeso Bell-Lloch

The General - again I failed to note the maker (sorry)

 Gathering of Geckos by Sherry Driver

Hula Hibiscus by Lisa Calle

Have a great weekend! Coming Soon - many more quilt pictures from the Chicago Quilt-fest!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WIP - Arkansas Crossroads

Just wanted to share the progress on my current projects.  I pieced together an Arkansas Crossroads quilt as a stash buster and finally got it on the LA machine.  I was going to do an E2E pantograph, but instead decided to quilt free-motion feathers in the squared areas, which was a lot of feathers! (but they quilt so quickly! making it fun!)  Then I doodled lots of possibilities for the white "crossroad" sections however I wasn't completely satisfied with any of them.  I wanted something fast, (after all it's a comfort quilt) but I didn't want a quilt-full of only feathers. Then I remembered seeing a tutorial on #Jenny's Doodling Needle blogsite back in January (?) so I revisited the tutorial and was amazed that it is the Same! quilt pattern!  Now I love what Jenny does with her quilting and decided I'd give it a go. 

Also, I've decided to drive down to Chicago for the international quilt show this Friday! yay! I'm very excited!  I'm sure I'll have tons of pictures to post!  Thanks for looking, have a great week.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Roygbiv win

Yay! Its always exciting getting packages in the mail but getting a prize package is even more fun!! Marble head global brights are absolutely stunning. A big thank you to Jackie at Canton village Quilt Works! Sponsor of the roygbiv category of Amy's creative side quiltfest. Thank you thank you thank you

Monday, June 3, 2013

Winner! Amy's Creative Side Blogger's Quilt Fest

I am so excited to find out that I won with Journey to the Stars in the roygbiv category! This was the first time to participate in the quilt fest and I was absolutely blown away by the talent and gorgeous quilts out there.  I really liked visiting other blogger's sites and viewing all their works and reading their stories.  Thank you to everyone who voted and a huge thank you to Amy for organizing this event (I can't believe she does this twice a year! but glad she does :) -- and thanks to all the sponsors for their contributions.  Especially to the sponsor in this particular category- Jackie from Canton Village Quilt Works for the fat quarter pack of 20 Marblehead global brights!! (squeal!) It was crazy fun! and here's a few parting shots of Journey to the Stars....

Canton Village Quilt Works