Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival entry!

September

I am excited to join in the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy at her blog! I meant to get this up yesterday but alas, more internet connection issues. We had a horrible wind storm and I think that might have had something to do with the problems.

This is my entry into the Home Machine Quilted division.  I named it "September" because I made in September.  It is made by a quilt as you go method. I have wanted to try out this technique and so I had a wild couple of extremely wonderful sewing days and this quilt just flew together!  Except for the 1/2 yard of black for the binding, it was "free" from my stash.  Including the batting and backing.  I used strips from my 2-1/2 inch strip scrap bag to piece the blocks.


Check out all the wonderful quilts that have been entered into this category at the festival!


Close up of the quilting

Friday, October 25, 2013

Quilt Show at the Utah Quilt Fest in Midway

My ISP has had a lot of problems since I got back from the Quilt Fest.  So I was not able to get a post up last week about the quilt show.  So I am posting it this week.


Helen with her five year + project.
My friend, Helen, has been working on this Cathedral Window quilt for many years. She started off with a plainer black, didn't like it, so then spearheaded that project with the quilt group for an Auction Quilt for charity. She restarted her own project using a gold embossed black print. The edge triangles are done with a green/gold oriental print. This is a charm quilt, other than the border, all of the squares she used for the windows are different. This was the first time she has entered a quilt in any quilt show. Unfortunately she did not find out until she picked up her quilt that the committee had decided that it did not qualify as a real "quilt" and then moved it out of the judging and into exhibition only. She was very disappointed that it was not judged.  I am appalled that the committee would do this.  It is a traditional pattern done in an updated way.  I sure hope that they refunded her entry fee, since the exhibition only category was no charge.  They had her entry form ahead of the drop off date, they should have said something at that time that they would not accept it for judging. Or even when she turned it in and the chairperson of the event insisted on seeing the quilt, that would have been another good time to graciously say something.  Not a note in the pick up bag. And they wonder why people are reluctant to enter this show.  What do you all think?  Should it have been accepted for judging? And if not, shouldn't she have been told right from the get go that it would not be accepted?


Florence with her "Egyptian quilt"
Florence started this quilt in a week long class with Louisa Smith several years ago. Florence wasn't happy with the quilting that she did and ended up picking out a lot of it and then quilting it again.  It really turned out lovely!


Lisa with her "Penny" quilt
I just love this piece!  Lisa's dog, Penny, was such a sweet girl.  My older daughter used to house/dog sit for them.  It was sad when Penny died.  I think that Lisa did a wonderful tribute to her companion.



Lisa with her medallion quilt
Another wonderful piece by Lisa!  All of that colorwork is machine quilted!  I really think that this should have won the machine quilting award.

Florence and Lisa by their award winning quilts!
My two close friends won First Place and Second place in the same category. Florence's Firebird won the First place ribbon and Lisa's Penny won the Second place ribbon. I am torn, I love both of these pieces, I can't decide which I would give first and which I would give second.  It was nice to get a photograph of two close friends with their quilts in the same shot.

Anna's medallion
Another award winning quilt!  I taught a "Choose your own adventure Medallion" class at a quilt group up in Utah Valley a couple of years ago. Anna had chosen to make a wedding quilt using brown and beige (which the happy couple selected). The photograph doesn't show it very well, but the quilt really sparkles! One of the prints has a metallic sheen to it. This is the fourth quilt from that class that I have seen in shows. I know that at least one other received a ribbon. Each quilt turned out differently, every one chose their own blocks for the center and the outer border and there were also many options to the other rounds, so each project is very different. Well done Anna!




The hotel had a Scarecrow walk featuring various entries from local groups.  Two of my faves.




                          

My classes went well!  Above are some of the student's blocks from the Road to California class! I love how all of the various color schemes look so wonderful it this design!

This is my Off the Wall post for the week.  Check out what everyone else is up to at Nina-Marie's blog.






Tuesday, October 22, 2013

what is craftsy

What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.

Why should I take a class online?
Online education isn’t just for schools and universities anymore. Craftsy courses provide you the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for a number of reasons.

With many online learning opportunities being on-demand, you are able to learn at your own pace, anytime. Online learning is a fantastic alternative to in-store craft classes for people with busy schedules or who have difficulty leaving the house. It also allows you to watch a troubling section over-and-over again, so you can see exactly how a technique is carried out, or refer back to your class for relevant concepts before beginning any new projects.



Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fun Times with Good Friends


My good friend Lisa Chin volunteered to hold a mini class for me and a couple of friends on how to screen print and how to cut rubber stamps since we were all going to be at the Utah Quilt Guild Quilt Fest.  She had covered her hotel room with plastic garbage bags to contain the mess!





Lisa's demo print


The "Shroud"
She had brought along a piece of fabric she had previously dyed that did not turn out to be what she wanted, so we could have something to work with.  When she held it up we saw a face in the fabric!  After that, it was then known as the "shroud". We contemplated making a shrine, but chose to play instead.


Me giving it a try

Cool piece done with some sparkly paint

Helen's piece.

Lisa cutting a stamp

Lisa showing how to apply the paint


Anne's stamped fabric

Look what we did!


 Helen did a lovely piece!  My piece is the small skinny one, along with Lisa's demo piece.  Anne was prepared and brought some of her hand dyed fabric to work with.  A good time was had by all!

This is my off the wall post for this week.  Check back, I will have some more posts from the Festival in the next week.




Tuesday, October 1, 2013

My Family Quilt Blog Hop

I am excited to participate in Cheryl Slebota's  "My Family Quilt Blog Hop"!


 I don't come from a long line of quilters. I am the first in my family to make quilts. I started quilting in about 1994.  My younger daughter, Kim, loves to sew and has also made some quilts over the years.  My older daughter, Vicky, does not do much machine sewing  but does some hand sewing and is a wonderful cross stitcher.  When they would sew clothing together, Vicky would cut out the pieces and then head to the kitchen to bake cookies while Kim stitched the project together.
Vicky made this cross stitched picture for me.

Kim's latest quilt. She designed the blocks.


This is the story of their collaboration quilt.

In 2005 my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. We were living in Sacramento, CA at the time.  For reasons too long to go into, instead of going to Hawaii (my choice) or Alaska (his choice) we decided to head back to Garden City, UT and have a family party at the lake with all of our friends and family.  There was a wonderful turn out, and we also had some family that happened to be there visiting from Germany.  My brother scored some awesome sausages and we had a wonderful potluck and BBQ.

Our Daughters surprised us with a Memory quilt that they made together.
Our daughters had us come up to the deck to make the presentation.

We were so surprised!


Kim designed the blocks.  Vicky did the photo transfers.
Vicky, me and Kim.  One of my favorite photographs!
The quilting stitches are rather large, but even.
I don't know what photo transfer method was used, but there is some peeling of the images going on. And for a long time I was puzzled by the photographs.  I have them all, I know them all, but the people looked wrong somehow. Well, the images are reversed!

Me and my husband.
Tim (our son) me and Kim

My three adorable children! 

Kim did the piecing of the blocks.  They hit up some of my Salt Lake quilting friends for help and raided their fabric stashes.   Vicky did the hand quilting and the binding.




This is one of my most treasured quilts!  I love that the girls worked together to make it happen. They did a wonderful job selecting special family photographs for the quilt.

This is my story for the "My Family Quilt Blog Hop".  Please check out the other blog posts in this hop, the links and dates are below.


The "My Family Quilt" Blog Hop!
Oct 1. - Sylvia Lewis http://bunchberrystudio.blogspot.com/  .....ME!

Oct 2. - Judi Hurwitt http://approachable-art.blogspot.com/
Oct 3. - Deborah Massie Boschert http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com/
Oct 4. - Sheila Frampton-Cooper http://zoombaby.com/blog/
Oct 5. - Pokey Bolton http://pokeysponderings.com/
Oct 6. - Frieda Anderson http://www.friestyle.com/
Oct 7. - Lisa Chin http://somethingcleveraboutnothing.blogspot.com
Oct 8. - Cheryl Sleboda http://muppin.com/wordpress/index.php/blog/



I am linking up to Nina-Marie's blog for Off the Wall Friday.