Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hand quilting away...and some quilt show pictures...





Where does the time go?  I've been quilting on "Folk Art Applique"...I can tell I'm getting older...I quilt the black on black parts when the light is good, and the white on brights part the other 99% of the time...LOL!



As this quilt is smallish, I've been taking it with me as I wait while having the car serviced, sitting in meetings, spending time in the car waiting for my daughter.  It is interesting fielding the questions that arise from total strangers.  My favorite, to date, came Monday while waiting in the Subaru dealership during an oil change..."is that crocheting?"  Wow...



I entered two quilts in the AQS - Grand Rapids Quilt Show that will be in August... "All Around the Town" and "Life of Riley" (my version of the Civil War Bride quilt).  This is my first try at entering a juried, big show.  I spent a whole day trying to get good pictures of them for the required entry photo CD.  They recommend taking the pictures outside on a cloudy day for best results.  Are they nuts?  I live in the midwest...the wind is ALWAYS blowing...hence the whole day, waiting for tiny still moments in between the big puffs, to take four pictures.  



I anticipate how hard it is to have quilts accepted, but I'm still glad I went through the motions of applying.  I think it will make me a better quilt archiver for my own benefit, for one thing.  I have not been taking the time to photograph finished quilts as I should be.  As I try and gather pictures of quilts I've made, they are either TERRIBLE, non-existent, on 35mm film negatives, blurry, or the color is not true.  I am really spoiled by the digital world...now I need to learn to do it properly.



I've been working hard on my new original project I've been drafting.  I hope I can share it with you soon.  I can't share it here until I get a copyright for the designs, as I'm hoping to publish it.  As slow as I am getting things done right now, someone else with more free time might take my images and run with them, and that would make me quite sad...sorry to be such a tease about things.



Well, at least the white quilting thread shows up for pictures...I need to spend more time learning how to photograph the black on black quilting.  Maybe I should make my chalk quilting marking thicker...at least THAT would show up!  The diagonal crosshatching and outline quilting will probably show up better when I photograph the finished quilt outside.


Very slowly, I am processing quilt show pictures from Sauder Village.  Going to the show is one of my favorite yearly traditions.  I will share the pictures as I get them cropped and cleaned up.  I will start with the quilts from me and my friends.


















I'm not sure I like it when they hang things on point, around corners...I can assure you that this quilt of Cheryl's is perfectly square.   :o)








Sorry some of these tags are fuzzy...there was a crowd around Cheryl's lovely quilt for her granddaughter...I had to be quick snapping pictures!

 






It would have been fun to have finished the hand quilting on "Folk Art Applique" in time to enter it in this show, but I must say I am enjoying taking time to do it without a deadline. My husband is so proud that his boxer shorts have now been seen by hundreds, maybe thousands, more women in the midwest.  "Boxer Rebellion" is back on the wall at his work place now...he insisted on having the ribbon displayed with it for a while.  I would wager that there aren't many men that have gotten second place ribbons on their 5+ year old undies...


In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

28 comments:

  1. Your work is just lovely - yes take the joyous journey with that one. And love all your friends' quilts - just beautiful! And the humor in the 'undies' makes me giggle.

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  2. All so lovely--what talented people....I am anxious to see your own designed quilt...Julierose

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  3. lovely - lovely! it will be beautiful.
    Karen

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  4. I love your Folk Art Applique, the colours are gorgeous. Lovely to see your quilts along with other beauties from the show. The judges must be laughing still at the Boxer Rebellion description!

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  5. Congratulations on your red ribbon!

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  6. Are you going to the Grand Rapids show?

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  7. Really enjoyed this show and tell! Love "Boxer Rebellion"...pretty cool idea!

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  8. Thanks for sharing the pictures from the quilt show and congrats on the Boxer Rebellion 2nd place win. I am looking forward to seeing your design.

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  9. I like that you took pictures of the quilt tags with the information on them.

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  10. What lovely quilts! my favorite is the first one by Margit McPhee. Her quilting is amazing. And I absolutely love your "Boxer Rebellion" and it's back story. It's so cute that your husband is so proud. :)

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  11. Beautiful quilts! I'm still laughing at the boxers. Have been for months. Thanks for sharing the quilt show and your continuing adventures. My favorite, after giving someone a quilt I've made for them is to have them say, "Thank you for the blanket."

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  12. Congrats on the boxer's ribbon! What a great story!
    The quilts are all gorgeous. It's hard to pick a favorite but that lime green border on the string quilt sure makes my heart beat faster :-) Love them all! Thanks for the great post!

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  13. I missed your last post - congratulations on the red ribbon!! I admire your patience with the hand quilting - love the 'crochet' story!!! (A little information is a dangerous thing!). Neat to see all the quilt photos and good luck with your photos for the juried show in Aug.

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  14. Oh, I love the red/white(cream)/blue quilt called Victory Garden!!! I've collected a bunch of fabrics that would certainly look fabulous in this pattern.

    Your current quilt is looking fabulous. Can't wait til you get it all finished.

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  15. Congratulations!! I loved watching you create Boxer Rebellion! Such a great idea and fabulous quilt. mdmontalvo@yahoo.com

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  16. Isn't it wonderful your Husband is so proud of your work!

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  17. your quilting looks lovely as usual! I love those chicken legs.
    Great show pics, thanks for posting.
    I really was drawn to the patriotic quilt - what a stunner!

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  18. Thanks for sharing. Your quilt is really beautiful. Good luck on the show. I am sure you will come home with ribbons. Enjoy.

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  19. Your folk art quilt is amazing!! I love appliqué on black. Never tried it. So glad to hear you're going to offer a pattern for something. I'm sure it will be a big hit.

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  20. Is that crochet, priceless! My dad is very talented at crochet, and in a wool shop this lady once asked him if he was gay because his work was so good! Crafting attracts the most poorly considered and amusing comments. And on that note I'll be careful what I say next....er, your applique is stunning and I am very impressed!

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  21. SO glad that I get a front row seat to this beautiful quilts. Your Boxer Rebellion jumped out at me, it's my favorite. Congratulations on the ribbon.
    Beckie

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  22. Thank you for sharing photos from your quilt show. Those quilts are wonderful. Glad to see your Boxer Rebellion won a ribbon! LOL!

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  23. Thanks for the photos. So inspiring. I just finished the X quilt and was wonderding what color thread the quilter used on your quilt.
    Thanks

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  24. Teresa, what camera do you use? How old is it? Your quilt show photos turned out consistently WHITER than mine!

    My point-and-shoot dates from 2005. I try to set the ISO just right. I get a reddish cast in low-light situations without the flash, and sometimes when I use the flash, it just makes things look washed out. I wonder if your camera uses newer technology.

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  25. Such beautiful quilts, thanks for sharing. My 2 favorites are the Nancy Halvorsen calendar quilt and the Jo Morton patriotic. It's almost like I was at the show! Mary in VA

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  26. I am loving the close up pictures, its fun for me to see your fabric choices and how you chose to quilt the motifs....
    thanks for sharing
    always inspired after I visit your blog
    Kathie

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  27. Very interesting... I really like it... Thank you so much...

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  28. Thank you for all the beautiful quilt pictures. Best wishes on your entry.
    I love your hand quilting, very nice project.

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