Monday, March 25, 2013

Starting Something New

Is there anything as glorious as making a baby quilt for a much anticipate grandchild? I think not! My husband and I found out just recently that we will be having a new granddaughter towards the end of July. Of course, that calls for a baby quilt from Mimi. I got started yesterday; here are the first blocks. I have in mind what I'm going to make. I'll keep you updated with progress reports.

These are some wonky star blocks (ala Gwen Marston) on my design wall. I love the uniqueness of each block using all different blues and yellows. I'm making a night-time sky--not positive where I'll go from there. Stay tuned.

I've linked up with Nina-Marie's blog. Check out other links on her blog here.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Quilters Day Out 2013

This past Saturday (March 9, 2013), the Patoka Valley Quilt Guild hosted Quilters Day Out in Ferdinand, Indiana. All in all, the day was a great success. There were speakers (The Crafty Ol'Broads--Linda Johnson/Jane Wells--and Julie Lambert), quilts on display, vendors, Show and Tell, prize drawings, and a "Treasure Table."

The "Treasure Table" was a VERY popular place.

Members of the quilt guild brought in their "treasures" to sell. There were LOTS of great bargains to be had. Sewing machines, fabric, quilt tops, quilting books and magazines, quilting tools and gadgets, patterns, and much much more were available for purchase.

The Patoka Valley Quilt Guild displayed several quilts. These are a few of my favorites.

These two Diamond Log Cabin quilts are "small" (maybe 25" square). They were foundation pieced by Geri Lueken from a pattern by Cindi Edgerton.

This quilt, "Dancing Cranes," is hand appliquéd and machine quilted by Becky Fuller.

Becky also made this quilt called "Village Houses." It is a mystery quilt that was featured in "QuiltMania" magazine and is machine and hand appliquéd and machine quilted by Becky.

Pamela Catt made "Black and White."

Marge Hevron's original quilt uses the "Turning Twenty" pattern for its background. She calls her quilt "My Mother's Flower Garden." It is machine quilted by Melissa Raschau of Nuthatch Quilts.

Sherri Hilgeman adapted this quilt pattern from a ca1885 Double Nine Patch quilt in "The Quilters Resource Book." It is machine quilted by Kaye Freschley.

Cheryl Rust's quilt, "Safari," is also machine quilted by Kaye Freschley. The source of the pattern is the A. E. Nathan Co., Inc.

Joyce Beck made this Bargello variation.

I had an especially good time; I won the BIG prize drawing--a Janome Gold Plus Trim and Stitch machine. One can NEVER have too many machines!