Wednesday, November 26, 2008

More Retreat Pictures

Sorry the font looks weird in this post..... Blogger is going haywire today.

Hello Everyone,

First I want to say that I am overwhelmed by the enthusiasm over my Black and White Challenge. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone's work over the next year and getting to know you all better. It is going to be a great project.

I have been really busy quilting customer quilts to return them prior to Christmas. You can see some new ones I added to my site by clicking here.

Anyway, in my last post prior to the challenge I was showing you photos of my yearly retreat with friend of mine. I shared with you everything that I accomplished, now I would like to show you some of what my friends did.

Here Joan is showing her beautiful Christmas stitchery.  She worked long and hard on this one.
Here Erica is showing her wonderful pink and green star quilt. I just love the colors.

Terry is showing an apron she worked on made from one Fat Quarter. I believe this is going to be a gift. I can't believe I just didn't get a picture of the quilts she was working on at the retreat. Darn!

Here is what Eileen was working on. Sorry I don't have a picture of Eileen with her 2 projects. The biggest one on the design wall was a hold over from last years retreat. She really made progress this year.

Maria made this wonderful snuggly flannel quilt among tons more projects. She is definitely an over achiever at these retreats.  We love her!

Justine is just plum tuckered out while she is modeling this quilt.  She is our pillow case queen. She just brought this quilt over to me to quilt. So this will be in my gallery soon.

Julie also accomplished quite a bit. Among them she was working on this Double Irish Chain for her son.

Patty made this beautiful spring batik quilt. She is going to use this on her table come spring time. 
Diane made this wonderful contemporary quilt.  I just love it and also quilted this one for her. This will be in my gallery soon as well.

So there was a little look into my retreat. Good times, friends and quilting! 

I am also going to put a post on the Black and White Quilt Blog today, be sure to check it out.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!



Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Black and White Quilt Challenge Project

.............Thank you to everyone who has joined in on this Challenge. It is now officially CLOSED. I think we have close to 60 members!! YAY!! Follow our yearlong journey by clicking the icon on my sidebar. The remaining invites will be e-mailed today! Welcome Everyone!.........

Hi Everyone,

In my last post I mentioned a wonderful yearlong challenge! Yes, I said yearlong. Well, I had stirred some interest and have some participants. So I thought I would make it official. I have created a new blog called The Black and White Quilt Challenge Project, this will be a place where all participants can post progress on their projects throughout the year and offer us all some inspiration.

So here is the deal....

1. You need to create something with black and white fabric and add only ONE color.

2. It can be a quilt, a wearable, a tote, really whatever you like.

3. You have a whole year to complete your project.

4. If you choose, you can make multiple projects over the year.

If you would like to join me as well as, Eileen, Stephanie, Jacquie, Annemarie, and Henny, just leave a comment on this post letting me know and I will send an invite to become a team member for the new blog and you can start posting at anytime.

Oh and I almost forgot that Jane has an offer on some Black and White fabric....
I have an offer for you in my eBay store I have a set of 30 black and white fat quarters on sale, if anyone from your challenges says they are in your challenge, I will take $5 off the price

Also, you can put the picture that is on my sidebar on your blog with a link back to the new blog. That way anyone can join in at any time during the next year. 

I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. Until next time, Happy Quilting!


Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quilt Tops Finished at Our Annual Quilt Retreat

Hello Everyone,

This past Sunday I arrived home from my annual quilting retreat with my friends and I wanted to share with you some of what I and my friends accomplished while there. This will be a 2 part post. So here come the pictures...

First we had a challenge to do for this year. We all had to use the mottled batik in the border of this SECOND quilt and had to incorporate it with up to 6 more fabrics. The project could be no bigger than 45 X 45 and no smaller than 25 X 25. Here are our interpretations...

Erica pieced this beauty.

Maria paper pieced this beauty.

I paper pieced this beauty.

Joan piece and appliqued this beauty.

Julie pieced this beauty.

Diane free form pieced this beauty.

Isn't it just amazing how they all came out so different from just using one focus fabric?? Next year's challenge is simple. We are to make a black and white project, but may only add one color. If any of you in cyber land would like to join in I would love to see what you make and you have a whole year to do it!! Just e-mail me your pictures and indicate in your comment that you will be participating.

Now onto the projects that I finished while at our retreat. My goal was to bring projects that I had already started. I had to complete the tops and the backings so that they would be ready to go onto my long arm when I arrived home.  So here is what I accomplished...

My Mary Englebreit top and backing.

Some of you will remember my mystery quilt. It is now done and the backing is as well!! Yay!

This one is my Ramblin Rose BOM that I taught at Gone Quilting when it was still open. It is for our bed and my hubby really likes this one. He is excited to get a new quilt on our bed.

This one is from the Laurie Shifrin class Mango Tango that I took not too long ago. Gee looks like next years challenge is already complete... LOL... not!

This is an oldie but a goodie. I had started this pineapple quilt about 7 -8 years ago. I had all the pineapple blocks done and sewn together, but no borders. So I brought it with me and everyone helped me to plan the border and get it done with the backing complete!!

So I finished all the projects that I set out to complete and started a new one. This one is a strata quilt and I absolutely love it!! I have exactly half of the quilt complete.  These are truly my colors. I just love the bright fuchsia, yellow, and purple. This is from a pattern called Fabulous by 4th and 6th Designs. They also have a book out called Strata Various. Great book!

Let's see how long to finish this one.

One last note, you can see some more beautiful eye candy here. I just posted some new customer quilts and they can be seen on my website in the gallery or on any page under Recent Additions. Also, my November Newsletter is online and there are some interesting things you may be interested in. So what are you waiting for.... go check it out here.

Until next time, Happy Quilting!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Last Quilt Market Photos

Hello Everyone,

I am sorry I am getting this last market post out a little late, but I just returned from a wonderful quilt retreat. More on that in my next post. But first onto my photos.

This first photo is of me and Pat Sloan. A funny story we had been e-mailing each other that we would meet up at market. As of the second night had yet to find one another. Then my friend Pam and I were at dinner and I went to the ladies room. As I was coming out of the stall, there she was with Heidi Kaisand! How funny is that? The picture is from the next day. Where she was doing a book signing.  Go over and visit her blog and check out her new book.

The next picture is my friend Pam and RaNae Merrill. We attended her schoolhouse and then went to get a signed copy of her gorgeous new book Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts. She was really a very spirited person and a bright and cheerful personality. Please check out her site here.

This is of course RaNae and me.

Then we had to stay and visit with the lovely Darlene Zimmerman. If you are a fan of 30's repro fabrics, which I am, then she is the queen. She gave a little demo and then gave away some signed copies of her books.  

So that is my wrap up! If you haven't checked out the beautiful slideshow of the quilts from Houston, just click here and turn on your volume.

Until next time, Happy Quilting!!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Feast for The Eyes!!

Hello Everyone,

Well, here is my next installment of Quilt Market Pictures. This one is truly a delight. It is pictures of many of the beautiful quilts on display... A true feast for the eyes. 

I made a wonderful slide show, with music and everything wonderful. You MUST click on this link right here to view them. This display took us hours to walk through and you will be able to see them all in the matter of minutes.

So sit back, grab a cuppa, and enjoy!! Please let me know what you think and invite your friends to view it. I would love to know what everyone thinks.

But remember you MUST go HERE.

Don't forget to turn on your volume. All the music is Simon Webbe.

Until next time, Happy Quilting!!


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Quilt Market Photos Part 2

Hello Everyone,

As promised, more market photos .... Yay!! Let's get started!

This first pick is a hold over from last post. It is the lovely Glenna Hailey from Holly Hock Quilts signing her book for my friend Pam.

For those of you who are fans, the next photo needs no explaining. But for those of you who are not sure, yes this is Kaffe Fassett signing his new book for me!! 

Now I know that if you didn't know who that was in the last pic, all of you in blogging land will surely know some of the faces in the next picture.  From left to right... my friend Pam, me, Elizabeth from Late Bloomer Quilts, the ever popular Pam aka PKM aka Pam Kitty Morning, Kim Gillilan and Nan Smith of Nan and Kim Designs.  Kim and Nan shared with us the new line of fabric they will have with Wilmington prints in the spring. It is really a pretty line, I am sure you will all love!!

The next one is of myself and Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs. She had a wonderful booth soooo beautiful. She was just one of the nicest people, loved her and her work.

For those of you who know the Noah's Ark BOM, well this is her. The infamous Lynette Anderson. I can't begin to tell you what a lovely person she truly was. Her son Ed was such a doll too. We had a wonderful conversation with her and her work was also to die for. Lovely!!

We took a little break and went to the park across the street from the convention center and spied this.... What a fantastically designed dragon golf cart. I want one. So cool click on it to check out the detail.

Then back in and we saw lovely Brenda from Little Acorns. She was also wonderful to meet and speak too!! Her booth and work were just wonderful. Such eye candy.

As I was leaving and taking a picture of her whole booth, Kimberly Jolly from the Fat Quarter Shop walked in to place an order with Brenda.

This next photo is of Quilt Soup's owner Barbara and her husband Mr. Soup.... tee hee! They were such a nice couple. I have to say her work was just stunning up close and personal. 

So that is it for Part 2, stay tuned for more to come, believe it or not.

Oh and I updated my site with some new customer quilt pictures. Just click here.

Until next time, Happy Quilting,

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