Friday, March 15, 2013

What a Week.............

Starring the Waterlilies
Quilt Show Week...
It has been a week.  Busy, busy, busy.  It is quilt show week, and quilt week means lots to do.  I will skip the beginning of the week, and go to today.  Kathy, picked me up this morning about noon.  We went to Jason's.  For those of you who don't live near a Jason's, oh what you are missing.  It is a deli and the food is oh so good.  There was six of us for lunch.  After lunch five us went to the quilt show and the other gal went to work (she went to the show in the morning).  As we walked in,  I had a quilt hanging just as you enter.  It is ever so exciting to win a ribbon.  I was blessed this quilt won three ribbons.  As you can see a blue (1st place) and 2 golds (2 judges choice).

The show was held at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  They had several vendors there selling mostly quilting supplies.  It is always fun to shop.  I did keep myself under control and except for a few pieces of batik only bought what I needed, really needed. 

Pina Coladas Under the Flowering Trees
 I had two other quilts entered in the show.  Each one placed.  Pina Coladas took a 2nd place ribbon and Logs on the Square took a 3rd place ribbon.  There are a lot of beautiful quilts at the show. 

Thank you Connie for taking these pictures. 

What's in a Name..........
Logs on the Square
I love naming quilts.  I usually start thinking about a name when I start the quilt.  Sometimes I am up to putting on the label before I have finally decided what to name it.  There are times that I just cannot find that right name.  When I made Waterlilies, I did not want to name it the pattern name.  Afterall that is the designers name and no quilt is exactly like the designer's quilt and her name should be her name.  I did change the quilt design but the quilt is based on the designer's pattern.  So with a lot of thought , and computer searching, I found that the Waterlilies were the sychronized swimming team that starred with Esther Williams in her movies.  I thought the points on the quilt looked like legs, so thus it is named Starring the Waterlilies. 

Logs on the Square is my own design and it was named when I was going through brochures for log cabins.  I wanted to name it something to do with a log cabin without saying log cabin.  In one of the brochures there was a cabin named with something on the square.  Ah, ha,  light bulb goes on - Logs on the Square.

It took me a long time to come up with Pina Coladas and again this quilt was my design.  I thought about the fact that the blocks were pineapple blocks.  There is birds and flowers in trees.  Think, think, think.....I needed a fancier word for pineapple, so thus, Pina Coladas Under the Flowering Trees. 

Hope you all had a great day............

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cabin Fever & Take 5 or is it 6 & a Flying Saucer

Cabin Fever..........
Cabin Fever - fabric

In my last posting, I mentioned that I had ordered the pattern Cabin Fever by Judy Niemeyer.  It came........  To do a 72x72 inch quilt you need 72 fat quarters.  I went to the garage, it is where I keep most of my stash and all of my batiks.  I started pawing through the batiks.  Not to repeat any of the fabric and to have a big enough piece, I came up with nearly all of my 72 pieces.  Tomorrow, I may go to QB, I have a class to attend, so will take my list and see what I can find to round out all the fabric I will need to make the quilt.
 Take 5 or maybe it is 6.........

Take 5 or maybe it is 6
 The girls I quilt with (Cackle & Stitch Sewing Circle),  found a pattern that they thought we should all make.  It calls for 5 fabrics.  The fabrics I wanted to use were in my stash (see I am serious about using my stash).  I have had the fabric a long time and I am sure that I could not find them if I went looking and really did not want to.  So,  I picked another color from my stash and I am using 2 fabrics for my number 5.  Also instead of making five different squares I am making 6. 

On the large squares I am embroidering (machine) quilt patterns.  I am using "request" batting.  Then I am trimming that batting up to the embroidery.  When I quilt it it will have a double layer of batting under the embroidery.  I think this will work.  I am sure it has been done before.  This is suppose to be a quick quilt.  Of course it would be quicker if I didn't embroider it.

Flying Saucer
I have had a flag pole in my yard for many years.  The flag is suppose to be lit at night.  I have tried several different ways to light it.  I have tried electric lights - the yardman ( not the one I have now) somehow managed to mess them up.  Then, I decided solar is the way to go.  The trouble with solar ( although they have gotten better) they just don't throw light to a far enough distance.  Not long ago, I found this light.  It is placed under the ball of the flag.  The top has solar panels on it and underneath is a lot of lights (I didn't count).  A friend's husband put it up for me yesterday.  It has to charge.  I am hopeing  tonight that it will have charged enough.  Doesn't it look like a flying saucer?????  Click on picture, the top of the flag should be easier to see. 

Hope all is well.