Tuesday, September 25, 2012

One Wedding Quilt Done....

I finished the wedding quilt for my daughter-in-law to give as a gift at a wedding she's going to at the end of October. I'm happy with the way it came out. She loves it too.

I used King Tut thread in Date Palm to quilt it - it's one of my staple colors. It blended in nicely with all of the fabrics.
This quilt was entirely from stash. Even the backing...
I hope the happy couple like it!
I'm setting this to auto-post, so hopefully we're sailing our way up to Canada right now and enjoying cocktails on the deck at night. I always like to take a little stitching along with me on vacation (even if half the time I never touch it). I loved this little Fall hexie mat I saw on the cover of Quilts and More and thought it would be the perfect take along project...
Last week, I cut out hexies from some Fall/Halloween prints. These hexies are pretty large at 2"...
It calls for three little embroideries and I got started on those before I left...
Any bets on if I actually work on this???

Friday, September 21, 2012

When is a Schnibble Not a Schnibble?

When it's a Little Bite! Sinta and Sherri's choice for our Another Year of Schnibbles this month is from designer Carrie Nelson's new line of patterns called Little Bites. They are designed to take advantage of Moda's new Candy - 2-1/2" squares. How can you resist?

This pattern is called Speck. I cheated a little, because I didn't have any candy. But I did have some leftovers from my Park Avenue Charm Pack and I made my own candy!

I love it!

The background and borders are from stash, but I think it all works well together.
Not sure how I'm going to quilt it yet...
This one was small, so I took the extra effort to miter the outer border. I should have mitered both borders, dang it!
Tomorrow you can see the parade of Little Bite Specks over at Sinta and Sherri's blogs - I'm sure there will be some gorgeous pieces!

Quilt Show Haul #2

Back to the Quilt Show!

We went to the show on Saturday.  I didn't think it was very crowded for a Saturday.  Which is good and bad.  Good because we didn't have to fight to get into booths or see quilts; but bad because I want this show to continue!  There definitely weren't as many vendors there this year as when I was at this show two years ago.  A friend said she was there on Friday and there was a pretty good crowd though.

One of the first booths we went to was Schoolhouse Quilts.  There were lovely repro fabrics and fabulous quilts all around the booth.  A row of miniatures lined the front of the booth.  My friend, Lindsay, and I started talking to one of the women in the booth and we were saying how striking the quilts were. She said they represented 25 years of work - all hand pieced and hand quilted.  As they are talking I'm looking at the woman's name tag.  It was Judie Rothermel herself!  Lindsay had no clue at this point and was just peppering her with questions.  Which she seemed more than happy to answer.  Then Judie started asking us about our quilting backgrounds.  We must have talked for 15 minutes.  She couldn't have been more lovely.   And I couldn't resist this gorgeous stack...
Moving on, I apprently couldn't resist this FQ bundle either...actually, I think it was from a booth of a vendor I know pretty well and I wanted to support her...
 And this stuff?  Oh my goodness. I don't even know how to describe how luscious this fabric is.  It's got a most wonderful sheen to it and it so incredibly soft.  It's by Northcott and called Cosmopolitan.  You've really got to see - and feel - this stuff to believe it.
 One of my missions at the show was to get fabrics to make four more of the striped purses like I made from Modern Mix.  The ladies in my family are getting them for Christmas.  I'm making two in neutrals...
And two in green/purples....
I'll start on these as soon as I get back from vacation.  Which we leaving on in the morning.  Better finish packing!!

So, that's the quilt show haul.  Good thing the next one is a year away!  o:)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Quilt Show Haul

Last weekend was one my most anticipated quilt events of the year - The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza.  And what an extravaganza it was!

I met up with my quilt-buddy-from-work Lindsay at 10am when the doors opened.  We hit the vendors while waiting for friend and fellow-guild member Becky to arrive around noon.  A good time was had by all!

Here's the loot:

I probably would have passed this pattern by if the vendor hadn't had a sample of this great little bag for your quilt notions.  It was so cute and looked very do-able.   Now to get my hands on some clear vinyl.
I'd heard a lot of good things about this Soft and Stable interfacing for bags and since the pattern called for it, I thought I'd give it a try...
I always love to stop by the Dover Booksellers at the show and I found this quilty novel to take on my upcoming vacation.  I'll let you know how it is!
 I couldn't resist these FQs of Bonnie & Camille's Vintage Modern....Yum!
I've been itching (pun intended) to try my hand at a wool project and finally picked one up.  They had a sample of this kit and the colors were just gorgeous...
I saw the 1-1/2" strips first and then saw the quilt....had to get both the strips and the pattern.  Looks fun and simple!  This is from the booth of one of my favorite quilt shops - Generations.
I can never resist a good polka dot and this set was so soft and sweet - it will make a nice baby quilt...
I'll show the rest in another post - this one's getting a little picture-heavy.  Yes, there's more.  Shhh...don't tell the hubby.

By the end of the day, Lindsay and I could barely make it out of the expo center our feets hurt so bad!  But, it was all worth it!  More soon!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Weekend Sewing

Last weekend, that is!  Our wi-fi has been out all week and we just got it fixed, so I can post again!

I had a fun few days of sewing last weekend I thought I'd share.

On Saturday, my friend/fellow-guild member/neighbor Cathy walked me through finishing up my striped purse from a pattern from Jessica Levitt's book Modern Mix.  I fell in love with this purse as soon as I saw it in Jessica's book, but never having made a purse before was very hesitant to go it alone.  I was thrilled when Cathy and another guild-member friend, Anna, wanted to make it too.  We got together a few months ago and got this far....

I knew that without some help, I'd never get any further and Cathy kindly offered to help me finish.  

Ta Da!
I put this glitzy pin on the flap until I can get a big button.

It's even got a couple of pockets inside.  This purse was actually pretty easy to make, so the girls in my life can expect one for Christmas!
I also got my September Sunday Morning Quilts Bee blocks finished last weekend.  Our color for September was red.  I've already sent them off to my swap-mate for the month.
And, I finally got around to making the hexagon flower for our newest LQS The Round Bobbin.  When the shop first opened, they had these little hexagon kits to make one flower.  They were asking customers to make one and sign it and will be made into a memory quilt.  I dropped mine off today during the Fall class preview event, which was a lot of fun.  The teachers previewed their classes and showed the quilts or items to be made in the class. It was hard to stop myself from signing up for everything!
On the agenda for this weekend is binding the wedding gift quilt for my DIL and finishing up the blocks for brother's wedding quilt.

I'm really looking forward to next weekend's big quilt show in Oaks, PA - the PA National Quilt Extravaganza. I'm getting my list together!