Saturday, May 22, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2010

I sure had hoped to get this up a little sooner. It's just the story of my life at the moment. So here it is:

This is called In Santa's Workshop. I just loved making it. This was the first time that I did shading and coloring on a quilt. I took a class to get some of the basics down. All the faces on the elves were done with the same fabric. I just used different colors for them. I used fabrico markers and crayons. Some of the elves had more work to them than others. If you look close up at the boots those also have shading done to them.

On this one below the wood and the sawhorse are one piece of fabric, but with some coloring it looks like different pieces. I loved how this came out.

My husband calls this the Target elf.

On this one the stool was shaded and the fabric he's holding is all one piece of fabric. The shading and coloring really make a difference.

I'm by far not an artist, but for my first time I don't think it turned out to bad. Hope every enjoys. Have a great Blogger's Quilt Festival. Don't forget to check all the other beautiful quilts over at Park City Girl. Amy does such a great job. TaTa for now.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A new found focus.... & Stash Report

I'm sure that I'm not the only one the has lost focus. The only thing is that it's not just quilting. These last few months I've found that I'm just not feeling anything. I truly believe that this is all from what happened to me last August. All is well today, I went threw something that has and will change my out look on life now and forever. I've done the self reflecting and have found my way back. While on the journey of self discovery. I fell of the wagon and bought some fabric. It always gives makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. My last count for my two and a half months of soul searching brought in a whopping 116.5 yards of fabric. This would include but not limited to fabric buy the yard, jelly rolls, fat quarter bundles, charm packs, layer cakes, & backing fabrics. I also bought a few kits at Quilt Festival in Chicago, last year for that and it was so close to my house, so bye bye Chi Town hello Cincinnati. Back to the focus, see how I stray it's so hard to stay focused. I need to stay on track because our guilds quilt show is in September and I always try to make a quilt that I could win a ribbon with. I've been able to win a ribbon at the last 4 quilt shows for our guild. I have 4 quilts done, but none of them say "I would look good with a ribbon pinned to me". So it's time to get focus on the quilt show. For the next few months I'm going to try to keep everyone up to date on the progress. I'm making my list and things are going to start rolling. I sure hope it won't be my head, because of all the things going on in there. So tonight's the night for it to start lists will be made, stacks will be sorted and the machine will be cleaned and ready to go. Sorry this has gotten so long.

So as far as the stash report goes I'm in the red by 70.5 yards. I think it's time to get that number back to the black, so off I go. Tata for now

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ugly Quilt Contest

Natalia Bonner at piecenquilt has announced that she is having an Ugly Quilt contest. If you get a chance go over and put a picture of yours up. What a great chance to win a prize.

Well here it is:

I think it wouldn't be bad if it was made with different fabrics. The pattern is called Bamboo & Pinwheels and you can make two quilts with the fabric. Which is always a great thing to use up every bit of fabric. I however tossed the left overs in a box that may or may not see the light of day. Maybe one day down the road I will pull it out and make the other half. This was a kit that I bought at Houston's Quilt Festival. There is a funny story behind the madness. My friend and I had just got to the show after catching a plane from Chicago at the butt crack of dawn. I'm by far not an early riser, but when I want to go some where I will get up. My friend is worse than me as far as getting up early. We walked it the doors at 10:51 AM, that should give you some clue of how early we were up. This time also includes the shuttle to the convention center and checking our bags up stairs at the show. If you ever want to check a bag at this show go upstairs to do that, other wise your taking a chance of getting a package lost in the ones on the show floor. Back to the ugly quilt. We went to our first booth and found a sale on 3000 yard spools of thread. For $6.00 bucks how can you pass up that and variegated ones too. We each bought a few maybe like 10. After that we both looked at each other and wondered what we had that would go with these threads we had just bought. Just then we both looked up and saw this quilt and instantly we picked the kits up and bought them.

Well we went on our merry way the rest of the weekend. When I got home unpacked the bags and placed all my new purchase in the quilt room. I few months went by and I got the kit out and started to put it together(I'm sure I'm not the only one that buys things and doesn't get back to them for sometime). I called my friend and asked what the H@#! were we thinking when we bought this kit. I was told to look at the threads we bought, it all came back to me. After that we both promised each other that we will try to stay away from buying things when we are sleep deprived or had a few drinks to many the night before. Sorry to go on so long, I guess you had to be there. So her it is in all it's glory, enjoy. Tata for know