Sunday, July 20, 2014

Quilter interrupted...

I am having a hard time getting back into the swing of things since my parents' accident...which is really beginning to irk me.  I decided to hang up my "Contentment" blocks this week so I could think about finalizing the latest two block designs. This is a project I started last fall in celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary.  The blocks are 10 inches square.   

I am going to finish these two blocks I have doodled on paper, then decide if I want to come up with another 3 blocks so that the little quilt would be 3 blocks x 4 blocks.  I'm not back to feeling very creative is definitely going to need some sort of sashing.

I am working on a block with a DNA double helix as a nod to my science background and a SIMPLE music block to represent our combined interest in music.

I am hanging them in place on the design wall as I finish stitching them, soak the glue out, and do any embroidery required.  They seem a little dark to me, but I suppose these repro fabrics will brighten a bit when set with a bright red repro sashing.  I will probably wait until they are all stitched to trim them all down to size.

I just love Lori's patterns...

I've been a wandering road warrior quite a bit lately, and Riley and I head off again this evening for a 2-day college visit trip to Pennsylvania and Ohio. Maybe I will finish a couple more of the Miss Emilie blocks on our wanderings.

I am having a hard time concentrating on anything.  I keep pulling out project boxes containing UFO's in hopes of something, ANYTHING sparking some interest in me.  I have been wasting quite a bit of time on Pinterest lately...shameful, really.  I got an iPhone and it makes Pinterest WAY too easy an escape in moments when I just want to disappear.  Does anyone else out there have a Pinterest addiction??

In stitches,

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Shipshewana Quilt Festival...Part Two THAT'S blurry...the following quilt is called "Rainbow Nouveau," it was entered in the "Mixed Techniques-Large" group, and it was made by Margaret Solomon Gunn.

And Best of Show (and $3500 prize money) went to "Eureka" by Marilyn Badger.

The following quilt won first place "Mixed Techniques-Small."

The following quilt won "Best Hand Quilting."  It is called "Symphony of Roses" and was entered by Barbara Clem.

The ribbon for "Best Machine Quilting" went to the following quilt, "Fern Rising" by Claudia Pfeil.

The following quilt won first place "Applique-Small."  It is called "Springtime in the Geisha's Garden" by Margaret Solomon Gunn (she also won first place with the next quilt...).

Here is Margaret Solomon Gunn with another first place win in the "Pieced-Small" group, "Kaleidoscopic Calamity."

The following quilt won first place "Applique-Large."  

The following quilt won first place "Pieced-Large."

The following quilt won first place "Mixed Techniques-Large," is called "Red Feathers," and was made by Claudia Clark Myers.

I loved this next quilt...look at all the tiny scraps sewn into "made fabric."

There's just no way to read the following at all, LOL!  It won second place "Applique-Small."  It was made by Pat Kuhns and was called "Timeless Moments" (from a pattern by Lori Smith).

I think this quilt was made in panels, then sewn together.  The front-of-the-quilt appliques were painted on the quilt backing...really unusual and pretty.  This quilt kept a "white glove lady" really busy, showing the back.

Yahoo!  Nice hand quilting...

The following quilt won third place "Pieced-Small."

The following quilt won second place "Pieced-Small," it is called "Buggy Wheels," and was made by Barbara Clem.

A musical KNOW I liked this one...

This one was hand quilted...

The following quilt won third place "Pieced-Large."

The following quilt won third place "Applique-Small," was made by Marilyn Craig, and was called "Audubon's American Robin."

(Oops!  This picture goes with he previous entry...)

The following quilt won second place "Mixed Technique-Large."

Somehow, I missed the second place "Mixed Techniques-Small" and the third place "Applique-Large."  I was lucky to get almost half of the quilts in the small amount of time I had.  Again, I am sorry the photography is not better...a dark hall and no flash made things really difficult.

I was disappointed in the number of quilts that were hand quilted. The machine quilting was lovely, but it definitely gives the show a lopsided feel in my view...much more artsy and less traditional.  I am finding that I am a quilting dinosaur.

The AQS Grand Rapids Quilt Show is in August, and that is the next place my "Baltimore Rhapsody-Symphony" will make an appearance.

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)