My First Blue Ribbons!

I am beyond excited!  Last week at the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show I was awarded my first two blue ribbons ever!  The show was fabulous with hundreds beautiful quilts.

Ele-funky was a quilt of pure joy to make!  Every elephant was different and I added special embellishments to each one. I had more fun making this quilt!

In addition to the first place blue ribbon, this quilt was also awarded an NACQJ Award of Merit.  That’s the extra blue and yellow ribbon you see.  Wow!  I was blown away! Such an honor.

ele-funky The pattern is “Elephant Walk” by Peggy & Laura at Fiberworks, Inc. The quilting was done by Susan Corbett and she added so many extraordinary touches, such as the quilted elephants behind the baby elephants.  I hope you can see them in these close-ups

e-close-up-2 e-close-up-1This year the theme of the show was “Life’s a Beach.” The show chair had a special category based on that theme and Aloha won first!  I picked up this pattern on a vacation in Maui – it is called “Sunshine Pineapple” by Vicki Stratton and Barbara Jones.  It is also quilted by Susan Corbett.

qs-pineapple-2When I made these quilts, I did so because they were fun; they made me happy; they were bright and warm and engaging.  The ribbons are like icing on an already wonderful cake!  I am tremendously honored!

Now, what fun, happy quilt should I work on?  Probably one of the dozen or so I’ve already started!

Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild – It’s Quilt Show Time!

A quick post to let y’all know that the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild quilt show is this Friday and Saturday – Sept. 18th and 19th.  It is at Will Rogers Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Quilt Show ImageWe will have over 200 judged quilts and dozens of wonderful vendors selling everything from jewelry to baskets to quilt supplies, fabrics and notions!  We have a silent auction which goes live at 2pm on Saturday.

We also have the most gorgeous donation quilt ever!  Don’t you want to buy some tickets to win this beauty?

Donation quiltHope to see y’all there!

Finished Projects and WIP Projects

I actually finished a project this week!  Yay!!!  It is a little wool Pumpkin Candle Mat from a pattern published by Primitive Gatherings:

pumpkin-table-matThe size is about 18″ across.  It looks great on my big leather ottoman in the living room adorned with a candle and, yes, that is a lizard climbing through the pumpkin vines:

pumpkin-candle-mat-with-lizI loved working with the wool and I am ready to start on another one!

And I took this Christmas quilt to the long arm quilter last week!  Can you believe that?  I hope to have this pretty plaid quilt on my bed by the holidays!

Mad-About-Plaid-Christmas-QIt came from a book called Mad about Plaid by Teri Christopherson.

Another almost completed project is the Carol Doak Scrap Scramble:

Scrap-ScrambleI want to add some borders – a small red inner border and then a piano key outer border made up of all the fabrics used in this scrappy paper pieced project.  I don’t have enough of the red Aunt Grace 1930’s reproduction fabric for the inner border, so I’m stuck until I find that.

While I’m at the keyboard (computer keyboard, not piano keyboard) I may as well update you with my blocks of the months and weeks.

The Austen Family Album block of the week from Barbara Brackman’s blog is up to week 23 so I have three I haven’t shared yet.  Here is week 21, called West Wind:

Block-21-West-WindWeek 22 is Friendship.  This was a good block to use my red swirly stripe – I don’t have much left!

block-22-FriendshipAnd finally, block 23 is Old Maid’s Puzzle.  If you look at the layout of this block on the blog and on the Flickr group web site there were several different interpretations of this block.  You can see that I took it in a whole different direction than everyone else!

Block-23---Old-Maid's-PuzzlThreads of Memory block of the month.  This is block 8 called Jacksonville Star:

Threads-of-Memory-8---JacksI tried real hard to line up all that background fabric!

Last but not least is Le Jardin block of the month.  This is block 5 – this block was one of the reasons I signed up for this block of the month!


Eventually I will embroider a red clothes line across the top, but it continues on into the next block with little birds holding the line. How cute is that!?!

I’ve mention this before, but next week is the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild show (September 19th and 20th) at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.  Y’all need to come!  I’ll see you there!

More From the TVQG 2013 Quilt Show

The Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild 2013 show was just a couple of weeks ago and I still have like sixty billion pictures to share!  Here we go…

Let’s start with the Large Applique/Machine Quilted Category:

Midnight Garden – 1st place (Maker: Peggy Sympson and Quilter: Dawn Smith)

Midnight-GardenHow about a close up of Peggy’s beautiful applique?  I love the little touch of bling!

Midnight-Garden-Up-CloseBella Garden – 2nd place (Maker: Pam Gantz and Quilter: Susan Corbett)

Bella-GardenKaffe Flower Pots – 3rd Place (Maker: Madelyn Norville and Quilter: Dawn Smith)

Kaffe-Flower-PotsHere are a few from the One Person/Machine Quilted Category:

Fireworks — 1st place (Maker and Quilter: Mark Schilling)

FireworksRick-Rack Red and Black – 2nd place (Maker and Quilter: Miriam Hink)


A few Large Hand Quilted:

Geometry-Geometry – 1st place (Maker and Quilter: Lola Mae Fant)

Geometry---GeometryThe hand quilting here deserves a close up:

Geometry-Up-CloseBear Paw – 2nd place (Maker and Quilter: Kay Scheffer)

Bear-PawHere are some from the Large Pieced/Machine Quilted category:

Stars for a New Day – 2nd place (Maker: Carol Upchurch and Quilter: Susan Corbett)

Stars-for-a-New-DayKaffe Fassett Sampler – Honorable Mention (Maker: Madelyn Norville and Quilter: Dawn Smith)


Long and Winding Road – Honorable Mention (Maker: Carolyn Bowden and Quilter: Susan Corbett)

Long-&-Winding-RoadAnother Wow!

And one more from the Mixed Techniques category:

Prairie Flowers – 3rd place (Maker: Peggy Sympson and Quilter: Shelly Hilton-Pace)

Prairie-Flowers-PeggyHow about a closer look:

Prairie-Flowers-Up-Close Someone asked me the other day what type of quilts I like.  What a question!  I like them all!  I love how we can see and appreciate all types of techniques in one awesome quilt show. Scrappy, traditional, pieced, appliqued, modern art quilts; using fabrics ranging from civil war reproductions to Kaffe’s brights to gorgeous wools.  Aren’t we lucky?!?

Have a great weekend, y’all!  And go TCU Horned Frogs!!!

Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild – Quilt Show 2013

I’m a bad blogger!  I am not only incredibly late in sharing pictures from the TVQG 2013 Quilt Show, BUT I did not take one single picture of the Best of Show!  I can’t believe that of my 2343 pictures from the show that there is not one of Carolyn Bowden’s Millefiori quilt. I know why … there was always a crowd in front of it – I could never get a picture.  But if you go to TVQG’s Facebook page, scroll down a bit, you can see a picture of this incredibly beautiful quilt.

However I do have a bunch of other pictures to share – not all at once but over the next few days…

Here are the winners of our Bright, Bold and Beautiful Member Challenge:

Kaffe’s Plates (Maker: Kay Valentine, Quilter: Dawn Smith)

Kaffe's-PlatesFlower Power (Maker and Quilter: Sally Brown)

Flower-PowerGarden Rendezvous (Maker and Quilter: Pam Gantz)

Garden-RondezvousB B & B for Me (Maker and Quilter: Linda Sue Johnson)

BB&B-for-MeI love horned frogs, so I had to get a close up:

BB&B-Up-CloseThe 4 B’s (Maker and Quilter: Pat Wycoff)

The-4-B'sOf course I have to share a few quilts from the Medium Pieced/ Machine Quilted category (because… I have two quilts with ribbons!!!).

Solar Flair – 3rd Place (Maker: me 🙂 and Quilter: Susan Corbett)

Solar-FlairTranquility Blue – Honorable Mention (Maker: me 🙂 and Quilter: Susan Corbett)

Tranquility-BlueAlso in this category…

Desert Star – 2nd place (Maker: Jolene Mershon, Quilter: Susan Corbett)

Desert-StarAnother category I want to share in today’s post is Other Techniques.  Such gorgeous techniques and deserving lots of close ups!

My Mini Baltimore Album – 1st place (Maker and Quilter: Sally Brown)

My-Mini-Baltimore-AlbumMy-Mini-Up-CloeBrazilian Embroidered Applique Garden – 2nd place (Maker and Quilter: Mona Levingston)

Brazillion-Embroidered-ApplBrazillion-up-closeFolk Art Angels – 3rd place (Maker and Quilter: Susan Corbett)

Folk-Art-AngelsFolk-Art-Angels-Up-CloseVintage Tin – Honorable Mention (Maker: Rachael Morgeson and Quilter: Traci Richter)

Vintage-TinVintage-Tin-Up-CloseI will end today’s post with the winner of the Viewer’s Choice Award:

Civil War Crisscross (Maker: Dianna Carter-Hinz and Quilter: JoLynn O’Neil)

Civil-War-CrisscrossCome back in a day or so and I will bring you more beautiful quilts from the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild 2013 show!


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