Saturday, April 4, 2009

Organization and Progress

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the weekend! It has been a busy week for me. I have been working on several projects at one time. Also working on customer quilts! You can see the newest ones here, they are from a husband and wife quilting "team". See them in my gallery under the Recent Addition right sidebar.

Now onto my work. Well I have to say that I was channeling both Wanda and Karen. They both have wonderful organizational skills.

So here is my find... a $5.00 find at Wal-Mart in the fishing department. Yes, it is a tackle box.


But it is perfect for those little hexagons. You can close it and it has a space for everything and a handle for easy carrying. Pretty cool!

So it seems that the little hexies have become my night time project. I have been doing them while watching T.V. with hubby. Good busy work and addicting too! So I was able to finish 2 more flowers for my grandmother's flower garden quilt. Here is a peek....




I just love them! During the day, I have been working on a Judy Niemeyer paper piecing project that I started about 2 years ago and really want to finish. More on this in my next post.

Then a friend of mine, Leslie (no blog), was reading my last post and saw my hexies. She called me and said she wanted to come by to show me something. Later on she came by with this beauty.

Isn't it just gorgeous!! She said she has had this top for a while, not sure of the maker, but would love to have it hand quilted. I'll tell you, the pictures don't do this justice, it is a real beauty, just breathtaking and vintage to boot!!

So, of course, we did a photo shoot so that we could so this loveliness to all my bloggy friends. Don't you just love the close up?

Here is the back side. All hand sewn. Great workmanship. Thank you so much for sharing this treasure with me, Leslie! Don't forget to click on all the pictures for a closer look.

One other special item, if you would like to see some really good quilting inspiration, go here. I went, with my friend Pam, to the Empire Quilter's Guild show 2 weekends ago and I put a little slideshow together. I'll tell you they have some talented quilters there. There is also a few hexagon quilts you won't want to miss in this slideshow. We also had a chance to go into the fashion district, there are a few pictures of that too. A great trim place! So click on the link, turn on your volume and enjoy!!

Until Next Time,

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38 comments:

Simone de Klerk said...

I love the fabrics you use for your hexagons! ANd so organized in the box. Great (O:
Have a lovely weekend

Vicki W said...

That GFG is beautiful! Love your organization for your own project too.

Rumi said...

Wow! You have been a busy girl! I agree that a tackle box is a wonderful home for your hexies! By keeping them cozy in their home, thay won't be here, there and everywhere in yours. LOL!

Purple and Paisley said...

swoon! this is the most gorgeous post i've ever seen! love your hexagons...the colors are fabulous - and what a gorgeous quilt that your friend shared!

Dandelion Quilts said...

BEAUTIFUL...it really is something special. BTW, love that someone is organized! LOL Maybe it will rub off.

Thimbleanna said...

Ooooh, you're tugging at my gfg heart -- how I'd love to make one! I LOVE the quilt top your friend brought by -- thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I love hand work and your hexagons are just the thing, love the colors and of course the quilt your friend shared with us. Happy weekend!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your fabrics for your hexagons are awesome - my quilt on our bed are out of some of those same fabrics. Your friends flimsy is incredible - I would be so thrilled to own something that beautiful.
Thank you for the slide show with music of the quilt show. So fun.

imquilternity said...

Soooo much inspiration in one post! Where do I begin? I checked out your gallery and am very impressed with the lovely quilting you have done on your customer's quilts. Especially Eunice's Flower quilt! And, that vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden is really a beauty...wish I could see it in person. Will you show it to us again when it's been quilted?

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Wow - that old quilt is wonderful!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

WOW so beautiful! I have a tackle box full of beads, they are great for organization :) Neat slide show too!

Teresa said...

So true - a magnificant quilt. I have a hexagon quilt my mom made by hand and would not trade it for anything in the world.

I have come across some neat tackle boxes for my projects too - and they are so much cheaper than the similar boxes I find in the craft or fabric departments.

Andi said...

Your hexagon blocks are looking great.
And that vintage top ...... what an amazing find!!
Will you offer to hand quilt it yourself?
It's a stunner!!!
Andi :-)

Sherri said...

The tackle box is such a great idea...I've just started working on hexagons...and just this morning was worrying about how to keep them organized!!! So thank you! And your friend's vintage hexagon quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for the show and tell!

Christine said...

Oh, I love your 1930's hexagons. You will have a beautiful quilt. Thanks for showing your friends hexagaon quilt too ... simply stunning. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Christine

Sew Many Ways... said...

Hi Jackie,
Your tackle box is the best idea...I'm going to use that for our trip to Disney for my hexies. I absolutely love the fabrics in your flowers. I'm happy to see that you used a different color for each center too. When I started mine a long time ago, I didn't realize that alot of them had yellow for the centers. Now I can see how different centers looks in full bloom on a vintage quilt. That flimsy is spectacular. It will be a treasure when it's quilted. Thanks for the great slide show.
~Karen~
thanks for the link to my blog too!

CabbageQuilts said...

What amazingly beautiful hexagons. They are so timeless. Thanks for sharing these with us all, Cathy

Karen said...

Loving the hexagons and the tackle box is a great idea.

another amy said...

Love all the hexagons and your new blocks. That vintage quilt it wonderful! I'm so glad you shared. The only quilt my grandma ever made was a grandmother's flower garden before her wedding in 1934. It is a treasure!

henny said...

thanks for sharing the picture of the vintage quilt, so wonderful!
I also use a tackle box, but made of fabric to carry all my fabrics. Love your hexagons..pretty!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Great idea Jackie with the tackle box...love all your hexagons, this is going to be an awesome quilt...and Leslies quilt, amazing..

angelabe said...

Lo stò facendo anche io ma questo è molto più bello!!!

Lisa said...

Great ideal for the tackle box. I love 1930 fabric and any thing old fasion. Very cute! Lisa

Annemariesquilt said...

tidy , tidy and tidy very nice...
Your new quilt looks so nice and I know it is a lot of work. Your friends quilt is unbelievabel. Are you going to quilt it it?
I wish you a great easter Jackie, I will soon be of on a holliday so have fun..

julieQ said...

WOW! That is all I can think...WOW again!

jacquie said...

whoa baby...that vintage hexie is amazing! yours is coming along pretty fine too...i wish i had the patience for something like that.

Dawn said...

Your GFG blocks are so beautiful. So vivid and sooooooo much work.

And that beauty of Leslie's -- oh. my. That could just make me weep it is so incredibly gorgeous. Just to be able to see it in person, and touch the stitches & fabric....ahhhhhh.

Victoria said...

I've never done a Grandmothers Flower Garden, but of all the traditional quilt patterns, it is visually my favorite, (and your flowers are lovely)!

Cheryl said...

That is the best looking tackle box I have ever seen!!! I started a GFG 5 years ago. Sadly I have only done 10 blocks :-(! Was so nice to come home from vacation and have my wonderful table topper you made me greeting me as we walked in the front door. It looks great on my Singer table.

Eileen said...

What a great idea for a quilt patch caddy! Clever girl. That is really coming along wonderfully. It is going to be so pretty set together with white. Are you going to make those little solid pathways in between.. like the vintage quilt I wonder? :-)
Your freind's quilt is very inspiring!
And wonderful slideshow again. So much color!

julia said...

Hi Jackie,
thank your for this post full of inspiring eye candy. Leslie is a lucky girl to have such a beautiful quilt top ~ and your hexagon quilt is going to be GORGEOUS. I love the soft 1930's colors & if I hadn't too much WIPs going on I would jump right into my own hexagon project ;o).
Thanks for sharing,
Julia

Rose Marie said...

What a treasure that GFG is! Absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

ohmigosh the hex quilt is amazing. Smart idea with the tackle box to organize your stuff. Love your hexagons and the fabric.

Mal* said...

That quilt top is incredible. I'm going to be spending quite a bit of time sitting with the photos and studying them. I am totally into hexagons right now. I even blogged about my own on-the-go traveling hexagon setup a few days ago. Lots of inspiration out there!

Annette said...

I really like your idea of the fishing tackle box. Your hexagons flowers are very pretty!

Hanne said...

What a lovely lovely GFG quilt !
Have you ever tried Inklingo for hexes ?
I think you would enjoy it as much as I do :-)

Love your organized box too :-)

Zonnah said...

Your quilt is going to be so pretty!

Arlette said...

Wonderful to see your Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt in progress. You've chosen such pretty vibrant prints. Mine looks terribly drab compared to yours.
Your friends quilt is just beautiful. I love the mix of hexagons and diamonds. Just stunning!
Aloha!

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