More quilt show………….

I thought this was a nice balanced collection of blocks around the perimeter of this quilt.  The colors were really nice too.

I was standing in the aisle so this isn’t a straight on shot.  I really liked this one.  There are a lot of brushed Moda plaids in it and I have a good collection of them.  I may just have to make one like this.  It was even richer looking than this photo shows.

The show is still on today if you happen to live in the area.
“Fall Splendor” Quilt Show
October 2, 2015 – 9:00 – 5:00
October 3, 2015 – 10:00 – 4:00

Chapin’s East
502 Twin Rail Drive
Minooka, IL. 60447
Easy I80 access

Quilt show…………

This is my favorite quilt from the quilt show today.  I love whimsical and also I was raised on a dairy farm so I was immediately attracted to this cow quilt.

Isn’t she cute?

I’ll show a couple more quilts tomorrow.

When I asked this lady for permission to post a photo of her quilt she in return asked me to mention the show, so if you are in northern IL the show is still on tomorrow.

 “Fall Splendor” Quilt Show
October 2, 2015 – 9:00 – 5:00
October 3, 2015 – 10:00 – 4:00

Chapin’s East
502 Twin Rail Drive
Minooka, IL. 60447

More bags………..

Today is church sewing circle so I checked yesterday at church to see how many more school bags we needed for World Church Services.  This is pieces and parts for 6.

First one almost done, just one more row of stitching needed at the top edge.  I have stitching on the top edges of 3 to do this morning and then I’m done.

It was bath time in the backyard again yesterday afternoon.

A Trip to the Fair………………….

 A friend gave me a ride to the Sandwich Fairgrounds yesterday morning and I walked around for 2 hours and saw everything I was interested in and then I walked home.

 You can click on these photos and they will enlarge so you can see the quilts better.  I was so excited that one of my friends won 3 purple ribbons for the best in a category.

 I didn’t know anybody was still painting saw blades. 

The wallhanging in the center and the one on the right were made by my friend Sarah, 2 of her blue ribbons.

 The poppy quilt and the Trip Around the World are also Sarah’s.

Same pattern, 2 versions…………

I finished going through the big stack of 20 year old quilting magazines.  I thought this was interesting, both made from the same pattern.  Click to enlarge the photos to see the detail in the second one.

It was still steaming hot here in IL yesterday so I went out early to cut more volunteer trees and drastically trimmed one of my bushes.  Free brush pick up is next week

A visitor…………..

Kevin the Quilter was in my area yesterday morning and he took time out of his drive home to stop and meet me.  He had his famous quilt “Radar” with him so I got to see it.  I have to say that it is SO MUCH more beautiful in person than in a photo.  The color are rich and intense and he did a beautiful job of piecing it.  His friend Ann did a spectacular job quilting it.  What a treat it was to meet Kevin and “Radar”.

Would you believe this is my first selfie?  Luckily Kevin has long arms.  I don’t think I could hold the phone far enough away.

Behind us is one of my shelf units of fabric. I had fun giving him the grand tour through my 2 studio areas. 

Happy Easter!……..

Happy Easter!!!

Yesterday I did laundry and tried to clean out a closet.  This is the kind of things I have saved, sentimental items.  In the late 1960s one of the paper towel companies made paper placemats with designs printed on them.  I liked the design on one so well that I traced it and used it for an embroidery design and did it with wool yarn (crewel embroidery).  The top one was done in 1970 and the bottom one in 1973 – I had so much fun the first time that I had to do second one but I changed a few of the flowers the second time.  I did a lot of crewel embroidery in the 1970s.  One of the other things in the closet was stretcher bars like artists stretched canvas on.  We also used them to mount the larger crewel embroideries.


I have chosen the last 8 fabrics for the Hunter Star project and cut a strip the size I need to cut them with the GO! die on my Studio die cutter.

Last night I finished sewing six size medium preemie outfits. (For the pattern, see yesterday’s post for the link).  If we don’t get too much snow I will be taking them to sewing circle this afternoon where they will get their ribbon ties inserted through the neckbands.

I also worked on the border around the fruit basket insert on the snowball quilt but wasn’t quite finished so no photo.

Preemie sewing………..

My fabric order with the other basket fabric in it is being held hostage by a Postal sorting center (they are notorious for holding up delivery) so I couldn’t continue working on the snowball quilt.  I was planning on basting one of my quilts but when I looked at the calendar I realized I needed to cut the preemie layettes for our church project.  The table I cut the long pieces of flannel on is the same one where I baste quilts.

(the pattern for the preemie gowns at the bottom of this post) 

Another non-sewing day……….

I only had the last 100 pages in this book to read so I finished it yesterday.  It was every bit as good as his first book “The Kite Runner”.  Now I have to find the second book and read it.  I’ll check my library today.

Now that I’m down to the last three days of the month I have to get serious about the binding on the flannel quilt and a possible 4th finish for the month.