BIG NEWS–This quilt was also accepted at AQS Daytona Beach!!

This is exciting news! The quilt is going to be competing at the AQS Show in Daytona Beach, Florida. Those girls get around more than I do!! Wish us luck.   Paducah, Kentucky, USA –” Slicing Seven” (Patt Anderson, Clara Gibson, Wendy Held, Pam Kay, Kay Laboda, Sally Parrish and Diana Price) from San Diego area are semifinalists for the 2017 AQS QuiltWeek® – Spring Paducah, Kentucky April 26 – 29, 2017, at the Schroeder Expo & Carroll Convention Center in Paducah, Kentucky. Slicing Seven have been chosen to display the quilt, BIRTH OF THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE, along with 403 others in the annual contest, now in its 33rd year. Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group in Paducah, awarding first‐, second‐, and third‐place prizes in 16 categories, along with nine overall awards. Winners will be announced at the 33rd AQS Awards Presentation, which takes place at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. Cash awards totaling $125,000 will be granted, including $20,000 for the Janome Best of Show; $12,000 for the BERNINA Stationary Machine Workmanship; $12,000 for the AQS Hand Workmanship; $12,000 for the APQS Movable Workmanship; and $5,000 for the Robert Kaufman Best Wall Quilt. Regardless of how BIRTH OF THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE places in the final judging, all semi‐finalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people. AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder says, “Extraordinary quilts are being made by today’s quilters, and the contest quilts represent an extensive variety of styles, sizes, and techniques. Each quilt in the show is an intricate, creative work of art to enjoy.” Quilts were entered in this international contest from 44 US states and 14 other countries. Come see a wide range of special exhibit quilts including: SAQA: Made in Europe; Kona Color of the Year 2016: Robert Kaufman Fabrics; Appliqué Quilts from the Collection of Pat and Arlan Christ; Cherrywood Challenge 2016: The Lion King; Focus & Fiber: Quilts by Melissa Sobotka; Double Wedding Ring Quilts: Traditions Made Modern by Victoria Findlay Wolfe; and the AQS Authors’ Showcase. The American Quilter’s Society hosts several shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. Besides the Paducah, Kentucky show, AQS hosts other prestigious shows in Daytona Beach, Florida; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Des Moines, Iowa.

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Another quilt top rescued

My friend and I went to a porch sale, and she scored this wonderful, although wonky, Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt. It was not rectangular, it was crazy wobbly at the edges, it was not symmetrical, it had a LOT of issuesDSC07562But it turned out to be a spectacular quilt. It took many hours, but it was a pure joy to bring it to life. custodia piquadro iphone 6 plus Don’t you wonder what the original maker would say (or think) now that it is done? I can imagine that she would be very proud and happy that it is now a useful item. DSC07563I recently saw an extensive display of antique quilt tops turned into quilts at Road to California Quilt Conference. custodia iphone 8 plus antiurto I was inspired to finish even more of the antique tops I own. custodia iphone 7 plus con anello Where to start though? DSC07564Here is a real close up of the quilting I did to put it into submission.

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Bow tie quilts

I received a garbage bag full of hand pieced blocks. I have machine pieced the blocks together and have made 5 prayer quilts with them. Here is a sample.dsc01127I LOVE bow tie quilts. It was one of the first quilts I ever made, and I had no idea what I was getting into. My first one had “y” seams and was a real challenge to make, so it was only 24″ square. This one is constructed of hand-pieced blocks that were made by the same person who did the bat blocks, the roman bars and the hourglass blocks. The same fabrics are used in all of them. custodia cuffie iphone These blocks finish up at 3 1/2″ and are amazingly well pieced. Notice how the points match perfectly? dsc01108Look at the crazy back I put on this one. It screams 1980, but so do the bow tie fabrics, so I think it’s a perfect fit! dsc01124This bow tie quilt is made from 4″ finished bow tie blocks given to me by my friend, Michele. custodia batteria iphone x The difference between this one and the previous one is that the backgrounds on the bow ties are all different on this one. I think they are both charming and will provide warmth and comfort to the recipients. That’s my show ‘n’ tell for the day. I have to get busy and finish a quilt for Christmas now.

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Orphans no more

dsc00946I think this is called the friendship star. My friend, Sally, gave me 19 of these. The challenge was to turn them into something wonderful. I made one more block so I could assemble them 4 across and 5 down.dsc00947Once I did that, I had to audition borders. custodia iphone 7 con brillantini The black is OK.dsc00946Half square triangles makes it too busy.dsc00951I kind of like the blue on the left, but maybe it’s too busy. custodia iphone 7 acqua The black on the right is too stark. I’m going to settle for the blue on topdsc01018I like the way it turned out. I quilted a moon and stars motif and called it Milkey Way. custodia iphone 6s spigen I know I spelled it wrong, but it’s too late now. custodia iphone 6 plus puro The label is on. I think it will make a very nice baby quilt.

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Can you stand me bragging one more time about our fabulous quilt? This link gives a little bet more background and some detail shots of the quilt. Check out Melissa’s blog: winner My friendship quilting group called the Bobbin Buddies WON at Paducah!

Watch the video link. custodia iphone 7 in vetro temperato CLICK HERE

Bobbin-Buddies-A-Slice-of-Beauty This is our Quilt Entry, the Balboa Park Conservatory. We won first place on it. custodia iphone 7 plus fenicottero I’m so excited I can hardly stand it. I’m flying out tomorrow and will see it in person on Thursday. custodia trasparente iphone 5s What an honor! What a blast! The Bobbin Buddies are Diana Price, Judi Shacklett, Clara Gibson, Joan Cunningham, Cece May, Marilyn Fingerman, Wendy Held and ME! Oops! My buttons are starting to pop off my shirt.

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Basket weaving in Old Town

DSC07406It is such fun to work in Old Town, San Diego. custodia iphone 7plus con batteria There is a small basket guild that meets monthly. They invited me to teach a small market basket class. custodia iphone 6 mirror It is the one pictured in the front left of the table.DSC07408The requirement here is that we wear period appropriate attire. That was easy for me (second to the left) because I was an intern there in 2009. custodia iphone 7 trasparente ultrasottile The dress is really comfortable, too. custodia iphone x ikalula We’ll meet one more time to finish the basket, but you can see the students are off to a great start! They meet the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00.

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Hand pieced bat blocks

I didn’t know the name of these blocks, so I went to my Encyclopedia by Barbara Brackman, and sure enough, there it was! Then I did a Google search and found many, many variations on them. There were a few settings to choose from, but I settled on this one. custodia silicone iphone 6s originale dsc00989These little blocks were hand pieced with brightly colored thread. custodia iphone 6 rosa antico They finish out at 3 1/2″ I grouped them in 4s by color, then joined them together. custodia astuccio iphone x Here I am auditioning borders, and I felt this one was too busy.dsc00997Then I started auditioning more borders. . .no. . . no. . . no dsc00996No, too busy dsc00992dsc00990No. reminds me of Wonder Bread. dsc00993No. this doesn’t work either. I finally settled on a solid red corduroy border with corduroy binding on the bias. It is positively charming, but I failed to get a picture. custodia anti acqua iphone 8 It was donated to Prayers and Squares. custodia a specchio iphone 6 I promise to show completed pictures in the next quilts created from hand pieced blocks.

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More orphan block wonders

dsc00934This was one of 17 blocks of it’s kind that were gifted to me by my friend, Sally. custodia iphone x unicorno The 4-patches in the corners are not so good. custodia ricarica iphone x The 9-patch in the center is not so good. custodia militare iphone 7 plus But someone took the time to assemble them all together, so my challenge was to make them look as pretty as I could.dsc00933I auditioned all different colors and styles of fabric, but the only ones that really played well were shirtings. custodia iphone 7 pelosa So I paired up each of the blocks with a different shirting.dsc00932I added a little pink framer border and a brown outer border. custodia brillante iphone 6s But I didn’t have enough brown border fabric, so I made two 9-patch blocks to go in opposite corners (Lyn Mann says repeat a motif from the main quilt in the border, so I did!). custodia iphone x anti gravita I used all kinds of flannel scraps for the back of the quilt and some left-over wool batting that I had to piece in 3 places to make it work.

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Make a primitive heart!

Don’t you just LOVE hearts? I especially like primitive ones. custodia mimetica iphone 7 I have many heart quilts, so this one is more of a table runner or banner type. This is an original design that I made up to teach my quilt guild how to do a primitive heart. Pretty fun and pretty scrappy.DSC07615Let’s make a primitive heart!Remember: Primitive is not sloppy, just naive or untrained or child like. I still want it to lay flat and hold together well. To begin with, draw an 8 1/2″ square. Divide it into quarters-more or less-Draw your primitive heart lines, points aren’t necessary and curves aren’t necessary. (Refer to picture above.) Label the pieces sequentially, 1B (background) 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B; and 1H (heart) 2H, 3H, 4H. Cut the pieces apart, place on top of freezer paper and add 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around. Label the pieces.DSC07484Iron the freezer paper templates to the background fabric and cut on the lines. custodia iphone running Grain line is not critical, but I like to keep at least one of the outside edges on the grain. custodia iphone 6 joyguard DSC07485Iron your freezer paper heart template to red fabric and cut around it. Sometimes I layer 4-5 fabric pieces and cut them all at once. DSC07486 Now I lay out all the background and heart pieces in the order they will be sewn. DSC07491Sew 1B to 1H, then 2B to 1H, then 3B to 2H, then 4B to 2H, then 5B to 3H, then 6B to 4H. Now sew the two bottom half pieces together in the center, then the two top half pieces together in the center. Now sew the top half of the heart to the bottom half of the heart. It does not matter if the seams match. In fact, I think it is more charming if they are “casually off.” DSC07492The pieces look pretty rough here, but I don’t mind. You can clean them up in order to have a nice flat straight seam on the back side. custodia iphone 6 leathlux DSC07494I have “cleaned up” the center sewing seam for this section. DSC07495I sprayed starch on the heart and gave it a good press. Then play around with ruler placement and get a nice 8 1/2″ square block. Don’t worry about chopping off points. DSC07496 I wanted the heart to have more definition, so I cut off the tips of the heart and added a background strip so the heart would float.DSC07501 See how the plaid is casually off grain? I think that adds more interest to the block. DSC07502 Now I added the oversized background stripDSC07504And cut off the excess once I sewed it to the block DSC07505I made 5 blocks, arranged them to please my eye, set one on it’s side and sewed the runner together. I added 1/2″ red sashing and a 2″ black border, quilted and bound it.

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Last of the orphans

dsc01100The final installment of my orphan blocks included these four corner stars which were in a straight line. I joined them in a square, added four scrappy borders and a final scalloped border. custodia iphone 7 plus brillantini It turned into a fine table topper. custodia iphone 7 plus specchio My challenge is complete! I finished up four projects in a short amount of time, used up batting scraps that I had on hand, used backing fabric that was donated, and had a fantastic time with various quilting motifs. custodia iphone 7 rosa oro Since finishing these quilts, I was given a garbage bag full of hand pieced blocks 4″ or less in size. I got Roman bars, bat blocks, bow ties, spools, and quarter square triangles. custodia in pelle iphone 6 plus It is quite amazing how fast a quilt can be pulled together as long as the blocks are done.

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