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!

Block-5

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!

Angels and Demons Join Our August Bee Day

The JSS August Bee Day was held at Pam’s house – no, not her Alaska house (wouldn’t that have been fun!), but her Texas house – which is now occupied by our hostess with the most-est – Dede and co-hosted by Patti.  Thanks to all!

We were greeted by Dede and the two most adorable kittens ever – Angel and Demon.  Angel was pretty shy, but not Demon. He decided that Sally would be petting him, not stitching for most of the day:

Sally-with-catSo as Nancy and Judy stitch away in the background, Sally played with Demon (that sounds kind of scary, huh?).  Demon eventually found a place in her bag:

Cat-in-a-bagAs always, show and tell was awesome!  These ladies are so talented!  LaNelle started us off with her Judy Niemeyer masterpiece:

LaNelle-with-show-and-tellThis is so incredibly beautiful!

Barb shared some of her new Inklingo blocks.  Barb has already blogged about this new project – so be sure to check our her Just Sayin’ Sew blog.  But here’s a few pics from our bee show and tell:

Barb's-Inklingo-blockI thought the back was cool too:

the-back-of-Barb's-InklingoAnd here’s Barb showing another beauty:

Barb-with-another-Inklingo-I can’t wait to see the whole quilt!  Well, wait, these are hand pieced – I’d better not hold my breath! 😉

Cindy has a wool Christmas project she’s working on:

Cindy's-wool-projectI love working with wool applique!  It feels so good, looks fabulous and goes quickly!

Suz has this pretty hand dyed quilt almost all ready for the quilt show – a little binding to go:

Suz's-quilt-ready-for-showSuz also shared this quilt – I think she’s calling it Butterflies in My Irish Coffee:

Suz's-Butterflies-in-my-IriIrish Chain with coffee cups and, yes, there are butterflies:

Close-up-of-butterfly-fabriPatti’s been making Eye Spy quilts:

Patti's-Eye-Spy-quiltAnd she’s found the perfect fabric for the back!

Patti-found-the-perfect-fabHow fun is that!?!

Peggy’s show and tell was a sling and a happy smile:

Peggy's-show-and-tellWe are all glad to know that she’s well on the road to recovery!

Judy has been very productive and brought some gorgeous quilts to show.  How about this pretty star quilt:

Judy's-pretty-star-quiltAnd this awesome Cowgirl Cinema quilt:

Judy's-Cowgirl-Movie-quiltThis is simply stunning!  How about a cowgirl closeup:

Cowgirl-closeupAnd finally, Judy has this super cute Under the Deep Blue Sea Quilt (I just made up that name, I really don’t know what she’s calling it 🙂 ).

Judy's-Fishy-quiltI couldn’t resist the purple octopus with the pink ric-rac tentacles:

Judy's-purple-octopusSally has been working on her P3  Forever Blooming Block of the Month:

Sally's-applique-block-1Sally's-applique-block-2Sally's-applique-block-3Aren’t they all just simply gorgeous?  And… Sally has her Lone Star Christmas quilt ready for the show:

Sally's-Lone-Star-ChristmasI’ve mentioned the quilt show several times – that is the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild show and it will be held September 19th and 20th at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall in the Will Rogers Complex in Fort Worth, Texas.  If you live anywhere in North Texas, you should hop in the car and come to the show – it will be great!!!

Bee day continued with a super fun Facetime session with Pam up in Alaska!  We got a tour of the house and the beautiful view out her door! That was followed by more stitching, more eating, more playing with the kitties and lots of love and laughter.  I love Bee Day!

 

 

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)

Rick-Rack-Red-&-Black

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)

Kaffe-Fassett-SamplerWow!

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!!!

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