Join Me at The Quilting Bee

June 24, 2014

I have a big, exciting announcement!!!!  I am going to be teaching at The Quilting Bee located in Fonthill, Ontario Canada!!  2 days of "filled to the brim" workshops on September 26 and 27 2014.  I am thrilled beyond words for this opportunity to share my knowledge with fellow quilters!!  The Quilting Bee is a wonderful quilt shop, as well as an Innova Longarm Dealer located in Ontario, Canada. 
I have so much I will be sharing, I cannot wait!  I asked Jamie Wallen to look over my class information and to give me constructive feedback.  His thoughts... A. He NEEDS to take my classes and B. Each class should be a book!!  That means a lot coming from my mentor, Jamie. 

I can hardly wait for September to get here!  You all know how I live for summer, but I have butterflies of excitement just thinking about this.  Fonthill is not far from Niagra Falls, so I definitely plan on taking a little sightseeing trip while I am there.  I would love for you all to join me!

All the details are on The Quilting Bee website here.  Please contact The Quilting Bee if you are interested.  I know Kelly (the owner and my gracious host) and staff would love to answer any of your questions.

Sunflower Gatherings - Primitive Gatherings SBOW 2014

June 18, 2014

In some aspects I feel way ahead of the game, in others I am overwhelming behind!! LOL!!!  In regards to this year's Summer Block of the Week and Freebie for Primitive Gatherings designed by Lisa Bongean, I am waaaaayyyyyy ahead compared to previous years!  Usually I do not get them until fall to quilt, so Lisa is way ahead too!!!  Sunflower Gatherings is the 2014 Summer Block of the Week available here and in my opinion the most beautiful (mine and Lisa's best work) one yet in the series!!!   I have plenty of photos to share, so I will let them do the talking. :-)

Gorgeous wool applique on cotton.  I quilted gorgeous feathers throughout the quilt.
Straight lines and curved cross hatching to create a beautiful frame around the quilt.  Each block is uniquely quilted as each block is different and unique.
 I quilted on the wool applique where necessary.  It adds a wonderful touch and dimension.

 A little cross hatching and quilting on the birds is a wonderful addition.

 Adding a little quilting to the watering can is an added detail, but also functional.  It helps keep the applique from puckering or puffing out too much.
Straight lines are quilted in the "chains" around the blocks with a new block created in the quilting between the blocks.
I cannot pick a favorite part of the quilt, however I do LOVE how the borders turned out!!
The top of the quilt, I added above the sunflowers a beautiful curved cross hatched design with feathers.
Lots of swirly pebbles, feathers and straight lines!!
I think it is always cool to see the quilt before quilting.
The back was gorgeous, but the lighting made it difficult to capture the quilting.  Now for specifics on the quilt....I used So Fine and Bottom Line by Superior.  I also tried a thread called Wonderfil for some stitch in the ditch and in the bobbin.  It is a VERY fine thread, 100wt.  It worked well!  I will experiment some more with it.  Batting is a double layer of Dream Orient by Quilters Dream Batting.

And one pretty photo in the sun. :-)

Tootsie Pops

June 6, 2014

I believe I had to dust off my blog before I could write this post it has been so long since I have posted.  First, THANK YOU a million times and then some for all the kind words regarding Paducah.  There are not of words in the English language describe my gratitude or how they made me feel.

Once again I have so much I want to share with you all, but (sigh) I would be writing until Christmas.  It is finally warmed up and actually feels like spring, although it is June.  LOL.  The weather has been delightful.  Perfect for planting and gardening.  I thought I would share a pretty, spring-ish project I made months ago evident by some Easter decor in my pics. :-) But this project is too sweet and pretty not to share.
 Tootsie Pops table runner.  Pattern is from Fig Tree & Co.
Pattern makes a large table runner, around 21" x 51".  I used two Moda Candy charms and yardage.
Front Porch by Jan Patek for Moda and yardage I picked up at my local quilt shop, Quilt Shop at the Marshall House.
Pattern went together easily!!!
Perfect for spring decorating.  Although, the pattern would be fabulous in other themes.  Red, white and blue for a little patriotic flair would be gorgeous.  Right JoAnne?? :-)
Putting cut flowers in Ball or Mason jars turned out to be a super cute idea!!  I am sure it was Pinterest inspired.  I love Daffodils!  Some I cut from my yard but a large bouquet was given to me by a dear old friend, my Science teacher (physics and chemistry) from high school.  I will probably never receive another flower if he knew I called him "old"!  lol
I opted to quilt a quick and easy allover freehand feather.  My favorite!!  Threads are So Fine by Superior.  Batting is a hodge podge of leftovers of a variety of Quilters Dream.
I like to see how close I can get to the quilt top for photos. :-)
The backing was leftover backing from the quilt I made my sister, Kristin here.  She recognized it right away.  Wasn't a perfect match color wise, but it was ready to go without piecing and I love using up leftover fabric!!!  Still made a beautiful backing!
So if you look closely you will see I made a little boo-boo.  I have one of my HSTs turned the wrong way.  He's flying off in another direction.  I noticed it right away, opted to leave it.  Yes, I DID!!!  I know hard to believe, but I actually liked it.  Gives it character. :-) 
I was just talking to LB on the phone and we were saying something like "yeah when we are not so busy..."  Then we both laughed out loud!!!!  I mean really??  There is always something going on!!! lol  Between family, work and life in general, I have stayed more than busy.  Not a dull moment.  Life is good!!!!!  The girls have one more week of school due to all the time they had off in the winter months.  They had their End of the Year Dance last month.
I cannot believe how they are growing so fast right before my very eyes.  I get a little ache in my heart every time I think about it. Their dance was the same weekend as Pittsburgh Spring Market.  I did not attend.  Being home to help them get ready...there was no other place I would rather be. :-)

Paducah 2014

April 27, 2014

Boy, do I have a story for you all!!!  Oh where to start???  I am so excited and can barely sit still long enough to write this post.  I will try not to be too wordy.  :-)  I will try to start from the beginning. :-) Last week was Quilt Week at AQS Paducah.  I made the last minute decision last month to attend the show.  I have never been, but this year turned out to be extra special.  I submitted the quilt, Portland Rose on behalf of Lisa Bongean and myself and it was accepted.  In addition, my friend Thelma also submitted her quilt, Done Pick'n, (pattern Door County Cherry Baskets by Lisa Bongean), which I quilted AND it was accepted!!  I thought "what are the chances I will ever have TWO quilts that I quilted in Paducah at the same time ever again??"  So I made the decision to make the 8 hour drive to attend the show for the experience of it all. I mean doesn't every quilter have Paducah on their Bucket List??

I headed down Monday. I made plans to meet up with Thelma on Tuesday. Hang out all day together Tuesday visiting all the attractions, attend the awards ceremony that night and then the preview of all the quilts.  I figured that since I would probably see and do everything I ever wanted in Paducah on Tuesday, I would take a trip on Wednesday to Graceland and visit Elvis...needless to say I never did get down to see Elvis.  I was in store for a BIG surprise instead. :-)

This year was the 30th Anniversary of the Paducah Show.
 This was the entry into the Award Ceremony.  So Cool!!!  30 years of all the Best of Show Winners.  Let me be clear, Thelma, (Lisa although she did not attend) and I went to the awards thinking we had NOT won.  We were going for fun and to enjoy the awards, which makes this that much sweeter.  We even joked that neither one of us had received a winning call. LOL!!!  So imagine our surprise when they read through the Honorable Mentions and Thelma's quilt won!!!!!  We were both squealing and crying!!!! How exciting!!!!  The awards then move through the categories.   Bed quilts were last before the BIG awards.  Neither one of us were prepared for the next photo.
PORTLAND ROSE WON FIRST PLACE in the bed quilts Longarm/midarm category!!!!!!  I never heard mine and Lisa's names called because we were screaming sooooo loud!!!  Shock, surprise and crying all in one as I walked on stage to receive the "Oscar"!!
Pretty sure I shook all night!!!  I cannot even tell you what an amazing surprise this was!!!!  I texted Lisa and she didn't believe me either!!  LOL!!!  I told her she better meet me over at the convention center for the preview!!
I cannot tell how wonderful it is to share this with my friend and my creative other half!!!
Portland Rose in all its glory!!
 The coveted dogwood ribbon Paducah is known for.

And Done Pick'n... Thelma's impeccable work.
What a night for the 3 of us!!!!!!  It was magical.  A night I will never ever forget.  A winning combination.
How cool is it that both quilts were designed by Lisa!!??!!  And quilted by me. :-)  We could not have been happier that our VERY traditional quilts ribboned!!!  Who would have thought!?!

I swear when I woke up the next day, I had to look on the table in the hotel to make sure it wasn't all just a dream. :-)
Wednesday I spent the majority of the day hanging out in front of our quilts.  Quilters from all over the world loved to take photos with us and ask questions.  I have to say EVERYONE in Paducah whether it was the other quilters in the show, visitors, AQS staff or residents, they were all wonderful!!!!  It was one giant admiration fest!!!  How nice is that???  You can see a complete list of the winners by clicking here.  Lisa and I did some interviews as well.  You can see the AQS youtube interview here shortly after we won. (listening and watching Honestly, this was OUR version of the Academy Awards.  To be surrounded by all this talent, and to win is very humbling.  First time submitting a quilt to Paducah and winning First Place, seriously leaves me with a lump in my throat. :-)  I feel like Cinderella.

Naturally, it wasn't all tears of joy.  There was a little celebrating too. :-)
Can you believe Paducah was the first time Thelma and I met in person??  With some people, it is as if you've been friends with them for years. :-) 

This was a trip of a lifetime!  Memories to last me a lifetime.  I was fortunate to share this with Lisa and Thelma.  I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. :-)