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!


New Scrap Scramble Block of the Month

Well, the inimitable and amazing foundation piecing queen Carol Doak is at it again!  Woohoo – another mystery block of the month called Scrap Scramble.  You can get the instructions on her Yahoo Group.

Here is my September block:

SeptemberI’m using bright 1940’s reproduction fabrics of which I have lots of scraps so it seemed quite appropriate!

The last mystery block of the month was great and my quilt will be in the Trinity Valley Quilt Show THIS WEEKEND!!!!

Ready-for-ShowIf you are in the North Texas area, please drop by the show!  I’ll be there!

Done, Done, Done and Almost Done!!!

I’ve been finishing up on projects right and left in the last few days!

I have a couple of quilts that will be in the Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show (August 20-22).  The quilting, binding, sleeves and labels are done!

Here is Tranquility Blue:

Ready-for-ShowThe quilting was done by Susan Corbett.  I think it’s gorgeous!  I did have to wash the quilt to get rid of the special thread used in the Trapunto.  This really made me nervous but it all just poofed up fine:

Quilting DoneI will also have my TCU Retirement Quilt in the show.  This quilt has such special meaning to me.  My quilting friends and co-workers made all these blocks for me and surprised me big time at my retirement party!

Ready-for-ShowThis week I also got out a half done frustrating project: The Jelly Roll Basket.  I took a great class in July with Pam Barr at TVQG. You take a jelly roll, add some long strips of batting and make these really cool looking baskets.

Show-and-Tell---Pam's-baskeEveryone’s basket was so cute, except mine.  It was a total flop.  Literally, a flop.  I could never get the darn thing to turn the corner and go up.  The more I stitched the bigger and floppier it got.

So I put it away for a few weeks (months maybe).  Then I had the idea that I would start from the other end of the cording I had created and try it again from the beginning.  If it turned the corner and went up like a basket should, then great.  If not, then I’d trash the whole thing.

Well, it worked the second time around.  Floppy basket on the right was disassembled as the good basket rose upward as it should.  Believe me, all those zigzag stitches made quite a mess as I ripped them out.

undoing-flat-basketBut I’m so pleased with the final product!

Finished-BasketNow I can move onward and work on finishing up a few more lingering projects.

Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week is up on the design wall:

GMC-on-Design-WallI will arrange and rearrange for a few days.  Then sashing and borders.

Sashing-and-border-fabricThe purple dragon fly fabric will be sashing.  The turquoise with orange dragon flies will be the inner border and the purple big flowers will be a larger outer boarder.  The blocks are so bright and crazy, I’m trying to use the sashing and borders to calm it down a bit.  Hope it works!

So I’m done, done, done and almost done!  Have a great Labor Day y’all!

BOWs, BOMs and a Mini

A quick update on my BOWs and BOMs – that is my Block of the Week and Block of the Month projects.

Barbara Brackman’s Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week treats us each week to a bit of history on Women’s Rights movement and a quilt block pattern. Last week we had the block Nameless Star and the history touched upon The Lucy Stone League.  My Nameless Star:

37-Nameless-StarThis week the block highlighted the many misconceptions about women’s anatomy – including the historical (hysterical) view that we should not ride bicycles or sit astride horses.  I’m sure all the ladies in my cycle class would heartily disagree.  Nonsense!  Thus the block this week is named Nonsense!  My Nonsense:

38-NonsenseThe Dixie Diary Block of the Month (also written by Barbara Brackman) includes Civil War history and a monthly block.  The May block is called Token of Dried Roses – here is mine:

DD5-Tokens-of-Dried-RosesWhen I first started the Dixie Diary blocks we were given an option to applique a star or a heart on the block.  My first block I appliqued a star, but the rest have been hearts.  So I’ve gone back and replaced that first star with a heart – I think this will give the quilt a nice consistent look.  Next month will the the 6th month – I’ll play with laying the blocks out and show them to you as a group.

I’ve also been working on a miniature quilt for the TVQG Quilt Show Auction in September.  I was inspired by my friend Suz’s work on the log cabin row houses during our retreat but decided I wanted to make houses out of our favorite (ok, one of our favorite) fabric designers – Kaffe Fassett.  So here is a miniature – 13.5″ by 18″ – called “Kaffe’s Crazy Neighborhood.”

Kaffe's-Crazy-NeighborhoodI still need to quilt, bind and label it, but had to share the bright and cheery little quilt.  And, if you want to bid on it, be sure to come to the TVQG Quilt Show in September!

Have a happy weekend, y’all!

TVQG Puts on the BEST Quilt Show EVER!!!

The Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild 2012 quilt show was this past weekend and it was awesome!  We had some of the most amazing, inspiring, beautiful quilts!  I was busy busy busy working the cookbook sales table with these lovely ladies:

I was so busy I sadly did not get around to photographing all the quilts that I wanted to!  I did get a picture of the Best of Show – Baltimore Snowflakes (maker Sunisa Cote, quilter Dawn Smith):

Isn’t it pretty?  Makes me want to work on my applique a lot more!

Of course, I did take some time to photograph my quilts.  I had four quilts in the show and I was lucky enough to win two ribbons!  I was one of the Memory Challenge winners with this little quilt made from my mother’s cross-stitched tablecloth.  It is called Something on the Table Begins With…

And I got an Honorable Mention in the Block of the Month/Kits category for Something to Crow About:

I also put my Civil War Sampler (from last year’s Barbara Brackman Civil War Block on the Week) in the show:

And a quilt I made as a housewarming gift for my brother and his wife called Back Home in Texas to Stay:

It was finished just in time!  They moved into their new home yesterday.  Welcome home, Jeff and Jamy!

It was really a wonderful quilt show and I was so happy to be a part of it.  The Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild is a great guild and I hope that many of you also belong to a guild.  The sense of community shared by the ladies (and gentlemen) in our guild is amazing!  As the great Sally Brown, the quilt show chair, says “Our Guild ROCKS!”


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