Sunday, May 31, 2009

It all started.............

This crazy busyness seemed to have started way back in April. I belong to North Coast Needlers, which happens to be the largest guild in Northeast Ohio. We held our quilt show the weekend of April 17-18. There were almost 300 quilts hung at the show, 26 of them were quilted by me. Two of them won ribbons. I was in charge of the kitchen. Establishing the menu, buying the food and drink, cooking the food, and pleading for bakery donations. Sixty pounds of sloppy joe's, and lots of shredded chicken sandwiches. I couldn't have done it without the help of my sidekick Judie. The show was a hit. The quilts were beautiful, and if anyone left there hungry it was their own fault.

These are the quilts of mine that were hung in the show:
Last year Frieda Anderson came to our guild to teach a workshop with her patterns and fabric. These are my version of her sunflowers. I machine quilted the flowers, and did some hand stitching in the background with hand-dyed floss. I have since added more stitching.This is the quilt I call summertime. It is NOT one of those cut up nine patches. (Only because at the time I made this quilt, I didn't know about that particular way!)

The inspiration for this quilt came from "You've Got Mail".Kathleen Kelly, (Meg Ryan), had a quilt similar to this on her bed in the movie. I have coveted it since the first time I saw the movie. One day early this spring while I was quilting, (I often put movies in my laptop while I'm working, and just listen), I lifted my head to watch, only to notice the quilt one more time. I immediately went to my stash, picked out a collection from Moda called Chelsea Boutique, and at 1:30am the morning before the show was to be hung, it was finished! I belive it ended up being 108 X 88, or something close.

This quilt is called "Kinetic Energy". I made it spring 2008, but didn't quilt it until the week before the quilt show. I freehand quilted it with feathers, and leaf vines.

After the show was closed on Sunday, I went home, had one day to tie up some loose ends around the house, and pack for my trip to the AQS show in Paducah, Kentucky.

To be continued.........

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!!

It feels like I've been gone forever. Time sure does fly when you're busy. I have lots of pictures from the quilt show in Paducah. If you've never been you've got a treat waiting for you when you get there. I've never seen such beautiful works of art. Off to have dinner with the peeps. I'll find you soon.


ps. thanks for hanging around!