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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Peek-a-boo!

Bisou makes me smile almost all of the time! She usually keeps me company in the mornings as I'm getting dressed or making the bed, etc. Like many dogs, she also likes to have certain "caves" to lie in, and this is one of them.

Yup, that's one of her favorite spots — underneath the quilts on two quilt racks that are side by side. If the quilts are beginning to drag a bit lower, she's even happier about it! LOL!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Quilt Show, part 2

Whew! I'm tired! Last Thursday, two friends and I went to the convention center and set up my display. It was fun, and I'd never have been able to get it done without them. Here's a photo of part of the finished display; I also had quilts hanging on two end walls, but they don't show in this picture.

There was also a beautiful banner — added later by the guild — that explained that the display was for the featured quilter. Over the course of the next three days I spoke with so many people that I lost count! LOL! But everyone was very kind about my quilts, and it was especially heart-warming to see friends stop by to talk and keep me company. 

I'd entered four quilts into the competition portion of the show, and I managed to snap photos of those. Here is the Swap Baskets quilt that was the result of two exchanges in my circle:

Sakura, my Japanese-themed quilt was also there:

And the other two quilts that I entered actually won ribbons! On the left is my third-place Curvy Stars (hung sideways, for some reason ), and on the right is my Coneflower quilt, which took second place.

Now it's back to normal! :)


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Quilt Show!

Above is the logo of our local quilt show, set to open on Friday, April 26! I must say that our show is always a very good one; we have over 300 quilts on display, and there's a good number of vendors, too. Something for everyone! The show takes a lot of work by a huge number of our members over the course of the year, and it's always such fun to see the finished product and visit with everyone who is there to enjoy the quilts, the fashion show, the shopping, the silent auction, the laughter, and more. 

Yesterday was check-in day, so all who entered quilts for judging or display took them in to be placed in the show. The judging began today, though of course that's something that very few people will actually witness. The prize ribbons will be in place by Friday morning, and the excitement of the winners will be all the greater for having had to wait. 

I entered a few quilts yesterday, too, but today has been a bit different for me. The guild awarded me the very great honor of being this year's Featured Quilter, so I've spent the day sorting out quilts and packing them into suitcases to take over on Thursday, when I'll set up my display with the much-needed and much-appreciated help of two friends. 

If you're going to be in the Las Vegas area this weekend, please come check out our show! It will be open from 9:00AM-5:00PM on Friday and Saturday, as well as from 10:00AM-4:00PM on Sunday. I think you'll be glad you did!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Bargello Flag Quilt

My local quilt circle met last week, and one of our members — a good friend -- showed us how to make a bargello quilt that looks like a US flag. I'd made a small flag quilt a few years ago, but I hung it on our front door, facing due west, where the sun eventually faded and rotted it. Sad. At any rate, this new quilt will hang indoors, and it will look very good on a small wall later this summer. :) It's about 27" wide by 21.5" tall.
Bargello Flag

I'm quite happy with the fabrics and piecing, but I'm not so happy with the quilting. Oh well. I can't like all of them as much as some, right? I did a spiral of feathers in the blue section; yes, I know you can't see it because the fabric is so busy, but it was very good practice. ;) In the stripes I did wavy intersecting lines, which didn't turn out quite as I'd imagined them; I should have done wavy almost-parallel lines instead. 

Other than finishing this today, I've also made a lovely chocolate amaretto cheesecake for our younger daughter's birthday. This really should be served with amaretto-flavored whipped cream, but we'll settle for ice cream, given the birthday situation. LOL! Can you say, "decadent"? I found this recipe years ago in a newsletter, and it's been a favorite ever since. Sadly, the newsletter no longer exists, so I can't even give the reference.
Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake



Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Plumeria

I did say this quilt was almost finished a few days ago, didn't I? And it is! I used a new-to-me appliqué technique that I will have to practice more — I have a few "jaggies" that I wish I'd been able to avoid. But this is a souvenir or memento of a trip DH and I took last summer to the Hawaiian Islands. I bought a pattern there, as well as the batik I used in the borders and for the binding. The pattern turned out to be not quite what I wanted, though I did use the leaves from that.

However, the flowers are taken from a photo I found online, making templates from that to come up with this. I did a bit of free-motion stitching to make the stamens after fussy cutting my fabric to give the impression of darker centers on the flowers.

The quilting is all done by machine, too, as I usually do these days. As I explained in my previous post, I did pebbles to represent the earth where the plants grow, with swirls further out and in the borders to represent the ocean around the islands.

You may have noticed in previous quilts that I love corded piping ;), so I added some here next to the binding.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday ...

Today is Monday, and it isn't starting out as well as I could have hoped. :( I periodically do a random online check of our credit card account, and today's check showed two purchases neither my DH nor I had made. Ack! Not again! This is the third or maybe fourth -- I've lost count — time, and I'm royally tired of having to cancel the card, dispute the charges, and change automatic payments from the old number to a new one. To make matters more complicated this time, I have two payments that were due to be processed today or tomorrow, necessitating frantic phone calls to those people to explain the problem and promise another call as soon as I have a new account number. Such fun. I've already spent an hour and a half dealing with this, and I'll have another couple of hours to put in when the new card arrives. Why do people think they're entitled to someone else's money? Yes, I know the bank won't make me pay these fraudulent charges, but all of our costs and fees go up to offset losses from this kind of theft.

Enough gloom and doom! On a more positive note, I'm making very good progress on my plumeria quilt, so I should have a completed photo to show very soon. :)

What? No photo yet on this blog post? That's ridiculous! So here's a photo and a little explanation of what you're seeing. Our closet isn't large enough for a clothes hamper, so we just use the laundry basket for that instead. The pile of clothes in there apparently was irresistible to our little Bisou last night, and she curled up on top of them. I couldn't help laughing and snapping this picture! It helped that no clothes or dogs were harmed in the process. ;)
Bisou gets comfy.