Thursday, July 31, 2014

End of July, where did the summer go?

Sherre's version 

Marcia's version
I asked a couple of friends to help me test a pattern for my Quilt Fest class. They each chose a different color scheme and also a different size of blocks. Then we spent a couple of days working together to get the quilt tops sewn together. It was fun! And I was able to see my design in a couple of different variations and it worked! We decided that from now on our sew days would be spent working on each other's projects and taking turns providing a project.

My sample fabrics
I had also cut out a set of fabrics, I had intended to sew on them but decided to save them for demo purposes in the class.

And while I was cutting I found this wonderful fabric in my stash! I joined a challenge group and the first theme is "off to the races". It just so happened that weekend my daughter was swimming her first open water race across a lake! (she kicked butt, big time!) This fabric is the perfect color of the lake! 

And then I was clearing out some stuff and found these swimmer silhouettes! Perfect timing! Which in my world rarely happens. I will try to photograph my progress, although when I am excited about a piece sometimes I get so involved I forget to pull out the camera. 

Lovely flower
As I was walking down the hill from my friend's house after sew day today I spotted this beautiful flower in a neighbor's yard.

September's Little Bro
And I finally finished the last 12" or so of binding on this guy! Score another FO!

This is my Off the Wall post for the week.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Design Wall Monday

I have 2 projects on my agenda this week. I had all kinds of weird shapes leftover from my boat project. I just couldn't resist putting them together! I still have a few sections that I am not sure about, so they are auditioning on the wall for a bit.
Leftovers from the Boat
Also up is a wall hanging for my nephew. When I made a t-shirt quilt for him last year he had included with his t-shirts a Boy Scout uniform shirt. I was unable to make it work in the t-shirt quilt, so I had set it aside to make a wall hanging for him. I removed all the badges and patches. I have carefully removed the back of the shirt, I am going to use that as the background.  Not sure exactly how this piece will go together, will have to work on it later today after sew day.

Scout uniform
This is my Design Wall Monday post.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Springville Quilt Show

Last Friday we stopped at the Springville Art Museum on our way to the lake. I had entered 2 quilts in the show and was not able to attend the opening. I did not win a ribbon, but two of my friends did win ribbons!
Florence's Egypt quilt!
I have known Florence for a lot of years! She is a wonderful friend and mentor! We are teaching together in September.

Nan's Quilt
I have only known Nan for a couple years now. She is in my former Salt Lake Quilt group. She does fabulous applique! I am looking forward to getting to know her better.

Anne's Agave Landscape
 Anne and I have know each other for a long time, way before either of us got into quilting. We met at the pool where our daughters were swimming on the same team.
Canyon Breezes by Anne
This is the piece that Anne made from our challenge fabrics! I love it! I wrote about the challenge in this recent post

Green Valleys By Lisa Chin
Odin my challenge piece
Here is my challenge piece. I had this idea of a boat. I am really not happy with the burlap border and that will come off when the show is over. I named the piece "Odin" because that is the name my Dad always used to name all his sailboats.

Accidental Star by Lisa

I met Lisa  when I was still in California. She was the newsletter editor for my Salt Lake group at the time and emailed me the newsletters. I had emailed her to tell her she was doing a great job and we started up an email conversation. It was a couple of years before I actually met her in person. She has become one of my dearest friends! She started the Star quilt at a retreat we both taught at in March. I knew she had altered it from the original configuration and I loved seeing it in person!

Rainbow Utah

Me with my quilt
I was pleased that this piece was accepted into the show. We were going through the show quickly and almost couldn't find it in the museum. I did not go into that hallway at first.  Please note, all the quilts have this top flop over thing going on (except for those small quilts on rods) because of the way they hang the quilts in this show. You have to put on a strip on the back that has a loose edge and they thumbtack the loose edge to the wall.

This is my Off the Wall post for this week!