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Saturday, March 19, 2011

It's National Quilting Day!

Have a great quilty day! I'm going to do some machine quilting. What about you?

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's been a while!

I hadn't realized how much time had gone by since my last post! I guess time really does fly when we're having fun. ;) Let's see — does that include having a blood test? LOL! Probably not. But Sunday I spent the day with two quilting friends, and that was definitely fun. Yesterday my local group had an all-day meeting, and that was also fun. In between, I've been doing the free-motion work on my latest quilt. I've only finished about a quarter of the blocks, but it's coming along. Here's a preview:

I'm using a variegated King Tut thread in shades of purples and magentas, and of course I'm still in my feathers "rut". ;)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Our sleepyhead

Last night and the night before, my husband pointed out Bisou soundly sleeping on our couch. She spends quite a bit of each evening dozing, then comes to find me when she decides it's really bedtime. Then she settles herself on the foot of the bed, where she remains until morning brings wild "zoomies" and ecstatic bouncing at the thought of another day. What a character! But isn't she just adorable?

Today I finished sewing all of my Drunkard's Path blocks together, so now they're ready for me to sandwich and quilt. I thought about adding a border, but I really think borders might detract from the pattern and even stop the movement I get from it. What do you think? 

I still need to decide what color binding to use, too, though I think I've decided on thread color and — mostly — quilt motifs.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Almost" circles

I do like curves! Not on me so much, but on my quilts. ;) I've been making some Drunkard's Path blocks in two sizes, and this is what they looked like on my cool design wall this morning. Since then, I've rearranged them a little to distribute the colors a bit more evenly, but I forgot to take another picture after I'd done that. Now I'm happily sewing them together! :) I'll post more photos as I finish piecing and then quilting.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A nice touch

Our local guild began doing something new at last year's show. Each person who has a quilt that earned a ribbon is also given a little badge to wear. It's really nice to look at your friends and immediately know what they've won. These are samples of those badges, though there are also special ones for Best of Show and some other special awards.

I think it's a nice touch, don't you?

Friday, March 4, 2011

I'm so excited!

Our local quilt show opened today and will be open through Sunday. This year's show judge was really good to me, as I won three ribbons! Wow! I'm thrilled! Here are my "babies" with their fancy additions:

Some time ago I made a Baravelle Spiral quilt from a pattern designed by a very good online friend, Pat Storey. Her book is Geometrical Quilts. I used her pattern to make a quilt for our guild challenge that year; we had to use specific black and white prints, as well as any other blacks and whites and only one other color. We also had to add beading. This is what I made, and it took a third place ribbon in our show! :)

My miniature Trip Around the World (about 21" square) is next on the list. I made this one after a very good friend gave me a set of strips of batiks. I love the colors in it, and apparently the judge didn't hate them, as she awarded it a second place ribbon. :)

Last, but best of all, is my Winding Ways quilt. I've been waiting for the show so as to hope for the chance to take a photo of the whole finished quilt (remember this post?). I certainly had my chance today, as one of our members who was acting as a white-glove lady kindly held some other quilts out of the way while I snapped a quick photo. You can just barely see the edge of the first-place ribbon that's hanging with this one! I'm so pleased, especially since my friend Gerda did such a great job of quilting this big quilt for me. :D 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

New blocks

I've always liked curved blocks: Drunkard's Path, New York Beauty, Winding Ways, etc. In fact, I've already made two projects from the Drunkard's Path block, I've done some NY Beauties, and I recently finished my Winding Ways quilt (photo coming soon, I hope!). When I saw my sister's recent work, I decided I had to make yet another Drunkard's Path quilt, so now I've begun work on that. :)

What's really great about this one is that the quilter who came out with the templates I'm using this time also put up some online videos for her technique — a technique that uses no pins! Yay! I've never liked what happens with pins in curves, especially if the blocks are very small, so this is great. I've made the first 20 blocks for this quilt; these measure 3.75" unfinished. They're all cut from FQs with virtually no waste at all. Even better, the FQs were all in my stash!