Friday, September 25, 2015

Better Photographs

Recently I posted about a commissioned quit that I made for my friend Karen. She sent me some photographs of the quilt. She has a much better camera than I do, so these turned out much better than my photographs. Her husband does wonderful woodworking and made a wonderful hanging rod for this piece!

Maple Leaves

Close up

another close up

I finished this quilt in the summer, but since it hadn't been received yet, I couldn't post photographs. For my nephew, a going away to college quilt.  All plaids using my sourdough starter fabrics.

This is my off the wall post for this week and finished Friday post for this week.

I just loaded more quilt patterns and books to my Etsy shop!  I am still working on downsizing my studio for a move to a smaller space. Use the coupon code BBLOG10 for a 10% discount on any purchase over $10.  Thanks for looking!

Books, magazines, patterns
Vintage books, magazines, patterns

Friday, September 18, 2015

Quilt Fest in Layton

The Purple Twin quilt
I was able to get the second twin quilt finished before leaving for Quilt Fest in Layton (about a 3 hour drive from my house) For some reason the purples photograph as more of a blue than purple. Check out the Pink Twin Quilt in last week's post.

From last year's class

Good girl Brenda!
It is so rewarding to see quilts in the show from a class that you taught in previous years. First up on the agenda, Brenda Sommers entered a quilt that she started in a class I taught last year. It is so wonderful when a student names you as the teacher of the class, not just saying that it was from a class. Well done Brenda! It is a wonderful quilt!

This evening I helped hold quilts for a friend's lecture on scrap quilts. What a wonderful surprise to hold up another of Brenda's quilts that she made in another class of mine that she took a few years ago! Always a thrill!

Florence and her Sheltering on the Forest Floor

One of my best friends, Florence, entered her Mushroom quilt into the show. She won a Judge's Choice ribbon!

Shirley Olson's quilt

Another thrill (this has been a thrilling fest for me) I taught a "Choose your own adventure Mystery quilt class to a group in Utah County about 5 years ago.  Since then several of the quilts that came out of that class have won ribbons at Quilt Fest and at the Springville shows. And this year Shirley Olsen also won a ribbon!  And as another bonus, one of the quilts that I helped hold in the scrappy lecture was from this class!

Classic quilter's camp gear
This year's Quilt Fest theme is "Quilt Camp". I love it!  They had a Jamboree last night and a good turn out of outfits. This gal really packed well for the camp theme!


I love quilt "jewelry"!
And then another thrill, I won a ribbon! I have only won once before at this show, 12 years ago. So I was amazed when my friend let me know that my name was announced at the luncheon!  "Bark" is a piece that I made for a Quiltart challenge earlier this year. It won second place in the Art/Innovative category.

This is my Off the Wall post for this week. And since I also finished a quilt, I am linking to Finished Friday.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Not what I expected of today

Today hasn't quite worked out as I expected. I offered to come in and work the shop, the owners have had a family emergency. The store is in the process of closing.  Sad for the quilting community in this rural area. But that is how things work out sometimes. I was going to do a post earlier today, but with the sale going on, it was busy today. They let me use the wifi here, I have a useless data plan at home and I am almost out for the month, so cannot upload files or photos.

Pink Twin Quilt
I have been working on two similar quilts for my cousin's twin daughters. They graduated High School in June and I wanted to make them some cuddle quilts. Yeah, I am a bit behind.  I finished the first one yesterday, aka the Pink Twin Quilt. The second, aka the Purple Twin Quilt is ready to pin baste. They are similar, but I used a different color scheme and value placement in each. So hopefully they will feel different enough to make each girl feel special. The quilts are 60"x 72".

First Campsite

Second Campsite

Last weekend we went down to Capitol Reef National Park. Even though it is only about a hundred miles from where we live now, we haven't been there since our kids were in elementary school. I made an art quilt for a National Park challenge. I cannot show it until after the book is released. I love the red rock parks in Southern Utah! I hope to do more pieces using the parks for inspiration. 

About Time
I did get my garden in late, so it is no surprise that it took forever to finally get a couple of ripe tomatoes. I am sure that in a week or two we won't be able to keep up with the crop.

This is my Off the wall post for this week. Next week I will be at a quilt festival and hope to have a lot of inspiration.
I am also linking to Finish it up Friday.