Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Good Show

The Southwest Florida Quilt Festival was a great show! Lots of fabulous quilts from a lot of very talented quilters.

I actually did very well. The 3 client quilts I quilted all took awards. (yes, I quit a while ago, but the rules allowed older quilts in as long as they were not entered in Florida before)

Client quilts took a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and best long arm quilting.

My quilt " Seasons of the Moon" took 1st in large art, and Best of Show !!!

No pics tonight....I had a major computer crash, but tomorrow I'll retrieve some photos from Dropbox and post them.

For now, back to the last bit of quilting on the last quilt and more packing for the move.

Later gators!

Friday, February 18, 2011

There's a Quilt Show Coming to Town!!

Have been sick all week, but I'm slowly getting back to what passes for normal around here these days.  Still going full tilt getting ready for the big move.

BUT........ starting tomorrow through next Saturday a new focus demands my attention.  A quilt show! It is the Peace River Quilters Guild biennial show.  Prep for our big show starts tomorrow with the quilt take in.   Then on to judging Monday- Wednesday with Scott Murkin.  The show opens to the public on Friday and Saturday, February 25 & 26.

So if you're going to be anywhere near southwest Florida next Friday and Saturday, come on down to the Charlotte County Event Center and see over 250 beautiful quilts and shop tons of vendors!

If you come, be sure to look me up and introduce yourself, I'd love to chat with you!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thank You!

I am a member of the best guild!  Thank you all!

I'm going to miss you.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Impression" Preview

Since I will be travelling and arriving at my new home in New Orleans on reveal day, I figured I better get busy on my challenge piece.  As the title of this post implies our word this time is "Impression". It was my turn to choose the word, so I guess I'd better not be late with my piece :)

So here is a tiny peek



My quilt top is done, now to get it quilted! So remember to check in on March 15th to see the finished product.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

I Had Some Questions...

About how the mini bolts would make things easier and neater.  I think the confusion comes from the way I photographed them yesterday. They will be stored  standing up like this



Make more sense now? And just because the colors are so pretty, here's more



These are a small sampling of my collection of Vicki's fabrics.  Don't you want some of your own?? Head over to her shop, just don't drool on the fabrics!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Stash Organization

I have been thinking about trying a new way of organizing my fabric stash.  Right now I store it in drawers by color. The drawers stay messy though, and it is hard to see what I have without dumping all the contents out.

So I've been considering trying out those mini bolts that you see advertised in the quilt magazines.  It would make it easier to see at a glance what I have when I go to pull fabrics for a project....assuming I was to keep them neat :)  But I think it would be easier to keep neat...maybe....

After checking a few websites with different brands, I was lamenting to a friend that it's looks like a great idea but they are a little pricey....especially if I don't follow through keeping up with it.  She suggested  these



which are coated cardboard, archival quality,and pretty cheap.  I found them at Amazon. Now they aren't are nice or as sturdy as the real mini bolts, but for the price it's a good way for me to try this system out and see if I like it and will stick with keeping it up.



I got started, but I know I won't get it all done before it's time to move. I do like it so far though...might even go for glass door cabinets for fabric storage in the new studio! Wouldn't these be pretty standing up on shelves behind glass doors to keep them nice and clean?



I've found that these are sturdy enough to hold up to a 6 yard piece of fabric easily. Of course it's going to take LOTS of time to get all my  fabric ironed and folded onto the boards, but if this works out, I may eventually invest in the "real ones".  But for now, this is going to suit my needs just fine!  I ordered 2 packages to start, and  I've used them all, so I'll be ordering more this evening.

Oh, and I finished the SID in all the blocks today,Yeah!



Now on to the fun part!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

In The Ditch

I can hear all of you in all those snowy places groan when you hear that phrase.  For me though, here in South Florida it means something totally different...though still somewhat tedious.

I'm talking about stitching in the ditch.  Very boring,eye crossing work; especially when it's a huge quilt and there is tons of it to do.  Certainly not the fun part of quilting, but oh so necessary  in my view.  I think of it as the "bones" of a good quilting plan.  Once it is done, then I can go back and do the other stuff...the fun stuff.

Here's a before shot..and yes, there is a tad bit of extra fullness in this top. With this much piecing, it's hard not to end up with a little fullness.



And then after stitching in the ditch...



Huge difference! And it helps me contain that extra fullness rather than pushing it around to another area that ends up making things worse.

Tedious, but necessary.  Two more days of it to do too...but then it'll be time for the fun stuff!