Thursday, September 18, 2014

PLAYFUL!!!


Suzie sent me an image of her quilt made inspired by my Making Me Crazy quilt, in 15 Minutes of Play. Isn't it FABULOUS!!! Way to go Suzie!!

My version below: ( I Love seeing your interpretations! Please send them to me in emails!)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WIN a free ticket to a sold out QTM!! (and one to my home!!)


Quilters Take Manhattan Ticket Giveaway by Aurifil!!!!!


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Quilters Take Manhattan, the once a year extravaganza hosted by the Quilt Alliance, has grown every year adding classes, tours and special contests to the delight of the quilting community.  Although all of this is fun, the Alliance has a very important purpose in the preservation and education of the quilting arts.
The Quilt Alliance 
Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.
In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:
to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form
to make information about quilts available to a broad public
to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.
This year’s event speakers include  the very talented designer Amy Butler and the president and owner of Moda Fabrics, snazzy dresser, and Quilt Alliance board member Mark Dunn, a beautiful quilt exhibit and a goody bag that will make you drool!  Everyone that attends  this event is inspired to go home and create!
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The Quilters Take Manhattan 2014  has completely sold out ( you can still buy tickets for the at home option) but Aurifil has a wonderful surprise!  Two people will win one ticket for the SOLD OUT day event at FIT in NYC and one ticket for the After Hours party at the loft of Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

To enter this giveaway is made easy with many options on Rafflecopter!  This giveaway will close on September 8, 2014 and  the winner will be announced on or about September 6 on Aurifil blog

To enter for this giveaway please visit


(Do not enter for drawing here.. Please go to the Aurifil link.)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Mary's Garden

My nieces, Mary and Rachel love to come and sew with me.  Mary is 6 and is pretty handy with a needle and thread.  I let her play in my scraps.  She likes to make little pockets and pillows.  Rachel plays in my same bin of scraps on the design wall.  Like their aunt they like bright colors.  So when I began playing in the bin of scraps it seemed fitting that the quilt should hold one of their names.
 As it grow I felt it reflected Mary's playful personality.
 So Mary's Garden was born.
I have ideas of one for Rachel forming.  Gotta honor both of my budding sewing buddies.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My New Toy

 
I  have a new toy - a Juki sewing machine and swiftquilter quilting frame.   I chose one of my many UFO's to be the first quilt on this frame.  This one has been waiting for awhile now - it was made for a low value challenge although I have only recently added the 4" blocks in the border. 

My quilting is not perfect but I an happy with it as a first attempt.  It is certainly a step up from my stitch in the ditch and straight line quilting.  I still have to add the binding which I am pretty certain will be white.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Anita's finish

Anita took my workshop in Naperviille, Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild. She sent along an image of her finished quilt! Isn't it wonderful? Love that red!! So much fun!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Lynn's quilt


The quilt has been donated to a 'quilt sale' here in Wolfeboro, NH. The proceeds go to support the Carroll County Childrens' Advocacy Center located here in our town. They do such important work, and on a shoestring budget. Our guild has adopted them, and will continue to support them.

Thank you Lynn for sharing this with us! A good deed! I love it! 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hearts Challenge Finish

When you last saw this quilt, it didn't have borders. Now its done.


I won the box of Victoria's Collection of Aurifil 12 wt threads from last year's Quilter's Take Manhattan where I attended on a "home ticket." I used those threads to quilt this mini with Aurifil 50 wt white in the bobbin and in the background. Everything was done free motion except the "wiggle stitch" in the borders. That was done using my walking foot on my Bernina.

I also really love the back of this quilt. I had some home dec fabric from a sample book with little cherubs on it and combined several different colors of the same print to make the back. 
And I labeled it!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A New Bathroom Quilt

I have made a few small quilts to hang in the bathroom at church. I rotate them occasionally. About a year ago one was stolen on a rummage sale day. I should say, it disappeared. In theory, someone could be "borrowing" it for an extended time. But I really don't expect to ever see it again. It was a word quilt with three words: Faith, Hope, Love. (I should have included "honesty.") Anyway, I finally made a replacement quilt. It's not as elaborate as the other one was, but it looks fine in the bathroom. It's about 12" x 16".


-Carol E.

Sally's Made fabric Hexies!


Sally took my class last year at Canton Village Quilt Works. She sent me a photo of her made fabric hexagon quilt which she has gotten together!  
Nice finish Sally!

Please send me an email showing meYOUR finishes in 15 Minutes of Play!

Happy Summer!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Use it up!


Donalee showing her Made Fabric sampler quilt! Love those polka dots, and scrappy border!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Color Challenge Quilt - finished!


My color challenge quilt top, started two years ago, is finally finished! Shown below are just the blocks on my design wall - not sewn together yet.

Each block is a challenge (given by Victoria of 15 Minutes Play blog) to work with a certain "difficult to love" color - like mauve, dusty blue, and rust. Here are my finished blocks. Love that X-pattern block.
The next challenge - how to set them into a top. Simply, in 4 rows? With sashing? Or?

After trying several layouts, I was happy with this arrangement. Then I decided to add some - lots of - triangles - and had to plan something for all that empty space, and the corner blocks.

I auditioned several solid fabrics for these large areas, but they just "sat there". I used a number of different beiges and grays, with little inserts of my colors, and voila!

Love how this is coming along. But now - the corner blocks, what there? I decided on a New York Beauty block, which I drafted to be the correct size. I thought I knew exactly how I was going to make them! But plans can change.

I paper pieced the arcs, which worked great.

This is my failed plan - I thought I would use all of my "ugly" colors for the arcs of the block, but was not feeling the love.  So, I made fabric to fill each arc.

Much better. Each corner block has a different colored arc.


Finished quilt top! Sorry it is a little dark, it is a lovely day today, but overcast.  On the right is my favorite hydrangea plant, called Incrediball.
I was able to show this at a nearby quilt guild meeting where Victoria was lecturing! Wish I had pictures from that event.

Dora had to get into the last picture.  I love how this turned out - lots of fun, learned a lot. Next step - sending it out for machine quilting!


Class play

 Student work from Prairie Quilt Guild in Naperville, IL.  Thanks ladies for a fun class!
Stars oh my! Love that batik setting fabric!

Mini's being made on a Featherweight, with matching table! Isn't that just the cutest thing you've seen?

 Hexagon Love...

 Repro mini's! Love these! Make more! Make more!

 Y seams, and Hallowen made fabric with itty bitty pieces....

 Super adorable repro's... that aqua and brown is just so yummy!

Chris Surprised me and brought in her BEE quilt from this site! Do you see your block in there? adorable!!