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Many Hands Make…

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Many quilt blocks! At each retreat, each person receives pieces of fabric and a block pattern and has the opportunity to make a block that will go int0 a charity quilt. This year the fabric and pattern made two hourglass blocks. This activity is totally optional, but since there is a drawing for a great prize, everyone participates. I truly believe that even if there wasn’t the possibility of a prize, they would all sew a block. The generosity of quilters has no bounds!! There was enough of one color to make a child quilt. This top will go to our guild’s fearless charity quilt leader who will quilt it, return it to me, and I will bind it.

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And there’s more – enough for a lap quilt! I’m attending a workshop for a few days and during my free time will piece these blocks together.

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I love that while we are treating ourselves to time away, concentrated sewing time, and so much fun, we are doing something special for others. What a great way to share our talents! And this year there is a second opportunity to join in on the fun at the Quilt & Sew-In, November 10-13, 2016. Sign-ups have begun, so secure your place for fun today!

Although the list has grown, I do continue to make progress on my projects. Hopefully my next project update will be reduced in numbers. But…I’m still having fun!

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Hospice Quilt Finish

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Yeah! A finish of the best kind because it is a charity quilt for Hospice. I am part of a small group of 6 women who meet at a nearby church and we make quilts for Hospice. Our fearless leader and extremely talented quilter, Jean N., started the group and even taught several of the ladies to quilt. A couple of fabric companies sent us some great samples. I grabbed this group and did a simple HST quilt.

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Sue C. from my quilt guild generously machine quilted – and not on a long arm, but on her domestic! See how she cleverly mimicked the flower design from the fabric onto the white triangles? And the border – wow! The flowers go all the way around.

All the quilts we make this year will be donated to the local Hospice office in December and they will in turn gift them to patients for us. Except for making a quilt for a dear loved one, I think I enjoy doing this the most.

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Winning is F-u-n!

Houses (Large)I entered five quilts in our guild’s recent quilt show and was tickled to receive a First place and Third place ribbon. The third place was for my “Tweet Village.”  Our guild had a workshop with Ellen Guerrant and used her pattern “Tartan Town.” It was such fun grabbing scraps from each others’ scrap piles! I named it because there is a bird with each house – even one owl. Someone special to me rather fancy’s this quilt, so I’ve already set chosen fabrics in a project box and hope to get to it in the next year.

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My first place was the “Pohutukawa” (New Zealand Christmas Tree) that gave me fits in the process, but am so glad I persevered, finished and entered it!

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One of our members made our winning ribbons. Wish I had gotten a pic of all the different ones – each place was so unique! Along with our ribbons to pin on our quilts, we get a corresponding little yo-yo ribbon to pin to our name tags – Don’t we just love bragging rights! Two years ’til the next show – WHEW!!

Sail Into Quilting!

The Lake Norman Quilt Guild presents Sail Into Quilting 2015 quilt show this Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Talbert Recreation Center, Talbert Road, Mooresville, NC.


Come see 200 quilts! I am always amazed and impressed by the high quality of work the members of this guild produce. You will not be disappointed. And there is a style for everyone: Contemporary, Art, and Traditional and a Log Cabin challenge display.. There will also be a gift shop with hand made creations, books and too many goodies to list.  Vendors will also be at the show so that you may get all your creative shopping done! Bringing a significant other and don’t want him/her to get bored?  A Girl Scout troop will host a café with beverages and snacks. What better way to spend a day!

Stashbuster Sunday – STACKED

This pattern, Stacked Squares by Moda, has been in my “want-to que” for some time. The pattern calls for 23 fabrics. I began pulling fabrics and no problem – I found 27! There are fabrics from three different designers in this quilt – Anna Marie Horner, Tula Pink and Amy Butler. No way I could go wrong with these! As I laid them out and began to pair the prints, eliminating some was no problem. I sewed the log cabins at the April Quilt & Sew-In Retreat. I waited until I was home to cut those blocks into fours (and yes, it did hurt a bit to do that!), play with them on the design wall, and piece them once more. I love this look! As I sewed each original block, it would become my favorite.

This pic taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway -  couldn't resist this boulder!

This pic taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway – couldn’t resist this boulder!

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There were a few left over blocks so I incorporated them into the back of the quilt. I love all the loops of the machine quilting.

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I am also entering this quilt in my guild’s Log Cabin Challenge, which was to make any log cabin quilt, any size. I’m keeping this one and it will be so warm and cozy to curl up under this winter!


Full on line

This quilt is aptly named – not only for it’s looks, but for the difficulties I experienced while piecing it.  This is the Red Onion quilt pattern by Karla Alexander in her book Stack A New Deck. I resized the pattern pieces to make smaller blocks which is probably what lent to the difficulty in piecing.  The first three pieces went together rather smoothly, and I really do enjoy piecing curves. The last piece (green stripes), however, caused me great difficulty.


I had to resort to stretching, stomping, steaming, and more stomping! In the end however, it was worth it. I think it was the perfect pattern to use for this jazzy fabric. I love how the red, green, black, brown and white work together. I also chose a backing that seemed to go with it naturally.

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This is the only rollercoaster ride I was willing to go on and am so glad it is complete.  It is also my 19th out of 20 finishes for my guild’s UFO challenge. The 20th has it’s own messy story – more on that in another post!

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Going for the Gold

IMG_0363 (Large) A young lady in our community who has also been a part of my quilt guild, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. This award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Having been adopted at 14 months old from Russia, she has a keen awareness of those in need of adoption or in the foster care system. Her project is to make and donate 16 twin size quilts for teens who age out of the Foster care program, and also raising community awareness about the needs for Foster Care. She is also putting together baby quilts for her orphanage. She shares her project and it’s progress on Diana’s Golden Needle,  and all are encouraged to lend to this worthy project. IMG_0362 (Large) Diana’s is using Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Trip Around the World pattern. Each year at the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat blocks are constructed for a charity quilt and this year all helped in the construction of blocks for Diana’s quilts. The blocks are pretty and fun to put together.

I am excited for this fine young woman and for her project. You can follow this excellent project and see some great pics on Diana’s Facebook page, Diana’s Golden Needle. You can also join in the fun to assist her in this project – please message her first to see what her present needs are.

Retreat – Part II

Ruth's pretty pink creation.

Ruth’s pretty pink creation.

It always amazes me how much is accomplished at a 3 day retreat.  Lots of sewing without all the distractions of home! Here are some of the creations from the past weekend – and..there were more!!

Haven’t ever been to a retreat? You are really missing out! Not only do we have a lot of fun, we get a lot accomplished!!

We also worked on a charity project that I will fill you in on next time.

Linda's applique snowmen - so cute!

Linda’s applique snowmen – so cute!

Renee was a star!

Rene was a star!

Renee was the scrap queen!

Rene was the scrap queen!

Marsha's very bright quilt - reminded us of "going to the circus."

Marsha’s very bright quilt – reminded us of “going to the circus.”

Carol added several more rows and finished this huge, bright chevron!

Carol added several more rows and finished this huge, bright chevron!

Cathy's amazing batik quilt with lots and lots of flying geese.

Cathy’s amazing batik quilt with lots and lots of flying geese.

Jean L. knows how to work with wood!

Jean L. knows how to work with wood!

Jean's flag quilt - her own design.

Jean’s flag quilt – her own design.

Cathy's wild log cabin mini-quilt for her guild's show challenge.

Cathy’s wild log cabin mini-quilt for her guild’s show challenge.

Karen was the queen of half square triangles - this is only one block of  her quilt.

Karen was the queen of half square triangles – this is only one block of her quilt.

Dale is the baby bonnet gal!

Dale is the baby bonnet gal!

Janice's first quilt! Wow!
Janice’s first quilt! Wow!
Beverly's colored with crayons quilt. Clever!

Beverly’s colored with crayons quilt. Clever!

Polka Dot Village

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I am so excited that my Polka Dot Village is done! About 3 years ago Ellen Guerrant did a workshop for our guild using her “Tartan Town” pattern. It is a fun and whimsical design. There were about 20 of us and we all brought our piles of small stash pieces – colorful and whimsical. We shared mightily – as though none of us had ever seen so many different fabrics! In true quilter fashion the project got put away when I got home. Finally, about 2 year’s later, it once again saw daylight. I had more fabric choosing to do – who knew I would spend so much time for little windows and doors?

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Now it is done and is hanging above our stairs leading down to our family room and my sewing studio. (Not a good place to get pics, but I wasn’t about to have us get the extension ladder to get it down.) I love how cheerful it is. Each house block has a bird – even an owl on the one rooftop! This is also another one of my UFO finishes for our guild’s challenge.  Only 3 more to go!

Charity Quilt Workshop Day

CharityBaby (Large)Yesterday several of us gathered to work on charity quilts.  It’s fun to get together to sew, chat, and share. We even had a nice big basket of fabric to go through that a former guild member donated for our charity quilts. Of course, we all acted as though we needed more fabric. Our guild donates quilts to the local hospitals to be given to children and teens admitted there.  Everyone does their own thing.  There are baby quilts and lap quilts. Last year several quilts were donated to the women’s abuse home nearby. I had my baby quilt all cut out.  I had bought a panel designed for a soft baby book, but decided to cut some of the blocks to make quilts instead.  I was able to piece the whole quilt at the workshop and get it sandwiched together.  I was lacking the quilting thread I wanted, so I quilted it when I got home, machine stitched the binding and yeah – done!! And there is an extra bonus – it it one of my UFO’s for our guild’s challenge!

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Another UFO that I posted about earlier is now quilted and bound. I just finished it this week and am so happy that my daughter wants this one.  That makes nine of my 20 UFO’s complete. I am really itching to start a new quilt but am holding to the challenges. How long can I hold out???

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The Hydrangeas and Astilbes are the big treats in the garden this week. My one and only Calla Lilly is lavender. Lots of rain has made all the flowers very happy.

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