Wednesday, August 26, 2015

State Fair Quilt Display


We took my grandson to the fair last week to see the sights.  While we were there we sampled some of the fair food and rode the tractor shuttle a few times.  He also got to ride on a real pony.  

I stopped off awhile to take a look at the quilts.  I asked the ladies at the desk for the names of the entrants, but they no longer provide a list.  So here are the quilts that I saw.  Most of them are behind glass, so the photos aren't great.

In most cases, the quilts are folded so only a small portion of them is visible.

This Sunbonnet Sue was very well done.


The cathedral window quilt won second place.  



The baby quilt in this case was hand embroidered.  

I really like this medallion quilt.





This quilt has some of the license plates that were given out during the Row by Row Experience.


This quilt won for hand quilting.  The photo does not do it justice.



This one was hand quilted as well.

Farmer's wife quilt (I think).


Beautiful applique.  









I believe this quilt was the only hexagon quilt.  


I've noticed more and more hexagon quilts are quilted like the one below:  pebbles in the center with a feather quilted around the hexagon rows followed by pebbles in the path between the hexagons.  I think this would be faster than quilting each individual hexagon.  


I thought it was interesting how this quilt used the quarter Dresden plates.  


This was an oil painting that won a 4th place ribbon.  I couldn't stop looking at it.  That lion looked so realistic.

I should have taken more photos of the fair.  I hadn't been there for over 10 years.  There was a lot to see, and I when it was time to leave I realized my camera had been in my purse almost the entire time.

I've been working on some projects that I've committed to for a couple of functions and others that are on my list of UFOs.  I'll have more to show you next time.   

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

I hope you are finding some time to do some stitching today.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Brinton Hall, Retreating and Hexagons

Hello Everyone    I didn't intend to take a blog break, but I guess it happened anyway.   I've had a busy two weeks and have been enjoying summer.  I have pieced the scrappy 1" hexagons that surround the center medallions of my Brinton Hall quilt.  The quilt pattern for Brinton Hall is published in two parts in Quiltmania magazine #107 and #108.  My next step is to sew the scrappy hexagons onto the center and then add the border.


My nephew was married in a beautiful garden ceremony a couple of weeks ago.  We were able to spend several days with family from out of town.  


Then a quilting friend, Nancy M., had a group of us over to her beautiful home for 3 days of sewing, talking, and eating (and not necessarily in that order).  Here is one of the porches where we spent time during our retreat.



Here is another porch where we had dinner our first evening.



Nancy's home was filled with quilts - both antique and ones that she has made.  Here are just a very few of them.  This one is a Piece O' Cake design.



Here are two quilts in one of the upstairs bedrooms.


This was where I slept.  I don't know the pattern, but I love the quilt.



This is Nancy's version of the Happy Village done in a Halloween theme.  This technique looks like fun.  When I get caught up (whenever that is), I would like to try making one of these.


Nancy also makes postcards to send to her friends and family.  She was working on these Valentine postcards at our retreat.  She gave me a tutorial and after looking at her supplies, I've started collecting things to make a few postcards of my own.



I can't tell you how inspired I am after spending time with this group of quilters.  



Somewhere in the last couple of weeks I pulled some Christmas yarn out of my stash and started to crochet another Granny Stripe Afghan.  You can find my pattern on my crochet blog here.  




Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

I hope you are finding some time to do some stitching today.  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Brinton Hall Center Hexagons


I've finished sewing the off white hexagons to join the 7 medallions that will make up the center of my  Brinton Hall quilt.  The pattern by Leigh Latimore can be found in Quiltmania Magazine #107 and #108.  It's published in just two parts, and my second part just arrived in my mailbox last week.   I love taking floral prints and surrounding them with hexagons.


Here is part of the process I will go through to decide what fabric to use for my center background.  They say, "The camera doesn't lie."  So I take photos and study them on my computer screen.  I can fit all of my choices on the screen and stand back to see just how the values read both from far away and close up and how the colors blend with each other.

The corners and the top and bottom sections will be filled with scrappy hexagons.  I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, but I wanted to see how the center would look against a batik fabric.  In Leigh's quilt, she used a mix of reproduction fabrics and large Kaffe Fassett prints.  So I figured why not mix in a batik.  When it comes time to actually sew the center to the background, I may change my mind.
You are welcome to leave a comment and let me know which one you like.

This batik is a teal color.


This one is a brighter blue.


And going a different direction, here's a rust batik.


I thought I knew which one I would use until I saw the photos.

Here are close up photos of the blocks.  The center of this fabric is a Kaye England fabric.






The center fabric above and below came from Bella Quilts in Hamilton, Ohio.  It's on the outskirts of Cincinnati.  When I'm in the area, I always make a point to stop there.



The next two centers are from my stash.  


I think the one below may be a Kaye England fabric.



The one below is from a Windham line called Wharton.



Another fabric from my stash is used in this center.



There are several versions of this Anne Brereton quilt that you can find by doing a Google search or by looking on Pinterest.  The quilt below is from the book Feathering the Nest with Vintage Inspired Quilts by Brigitte Giblin.  Her center is the same as the one I'm doing.  She finished the outside using large hexagons.  There are several quilts with hexagons in this book.  





The quilt below is Turkish Tiles by Kim McLean.  On the Glorious Applique' blog, Kim wrote that the pattern for this quilt went to a few people she had in a class about 10 years ago.  To date, I don't think the pattern has been published.
Turkish Tiles - Kim McLean (QNM Cover)

This quilt is made by Annemieke at Colours and Fabrics blog.  You can see more photos of this quilt by clicking the link.


I'm headed out to the porch to baste more of the scrappy hexagons for my center.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Small Scrap Quilt Finish

I've finished machine quilting and binding this small scrap quilt.  I'm on a roll.  I have one more to small quilt to bind,  and then I will pick something else from my UFO pile to quilt.


The quilt above is made from the leftover blocks from the Little Bits quilt from the book Friendship Strips & Scraps by Edyta Sitar.

Here is the full sized quilt.  It is still in the UFO pile to be quilted.  



I'm kind of at the point where I've decided that these quilt tops and bags of blocks aren't doing anyone any good in stacks or baggies.  We put a lot of work into the selection of fabric, careful cutting and piecing, not to mention the cost of the materials.  In a lot of cases I've done several hours of hand work on some of these quilts.  So I'm beginning to put some of these blocks together and do some quilting on others so that they can be enjoyed.  At least that's the plan for now.

I hope you are finding some time to do some stitching today!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Timing is Everything I Guess

This post isn't quilt related or even craft related, but I went into Hobby Lobby yesterday to look around.   I love their store.  There are a lot of one of a kind items plus a lot of craft supplies.  This is what I saw.  I could hardly believe it, so I snapped a few photos with my phone.

Notice the pumpkins next to the Christmas trees.  Yesterday was July 21!
















It looks like they had just finished stocking the shelves.  I guess this is truly one stop shopping.  You can get your Halloween and Christmas decorations all at once, and be ready for both way ahead of time.

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