Friday, October 5, 2012

Another fun weekend...

Today, I head over to MM's(as she is affectionately referred to) house for a weekend of quilting/crafting and fellowship. We have been getting together for decades for a weekend of crafting, renewal and friendship. The members in the group have changed somewhat due to deaths and relocations but it is the same core members that have brought us together through the years. It is a great time to get together, encourage one another, support one another through hard times and seeing the growth we have made in our crafting expertise. I am so excited to be a part of this group and to share my talents with them and to gain fresh insight also.

I spent most of yesterday packing for this weekend. Truth be told I spent most of the day looking for the legs that go on my extension table. These legs.
I looked in every drawer, every basket, every tin, every nook and cranny searching for these things. I had given up and texted Tina to see if I could borrow her legs from her extension table. Unfortunately, hers were not the same as mine so I borrowed her complete extension table, which also did not work with my machine. I was just about ready to give up again when I remembered that I had moved a set of Rubbermaid drawers into another room, so I went digging through all of those drawers. Finally, I found them in a plastic baggie, which I figured would be the case, in about the 5th drawer down. I am never going to lose those babies again.
Too much drama and work for 6 little peg like legs.
In the meantime this is what my studio looed like while trying to pack up enough of the right supplies for the weekend.
The large tote on the right is not going with me, it is my quilted items for the craft sale in December, the smaller tote holds all my fabrics and supplies. The plastic garbage bag in front are t-shirts that I am taking to do the prep work of fusing interfacing to and cutting out the logos for the last t-shirt quilt of the year, maybe. If I do anymore this year it will be for family.

Here are 2 photos of the last quilt I quilted. It is a t-shirt/sweatshirt quilt done with all Steeler's shirts. The background fabric was a mottled black and she used gold stripes occasionally to fill in some of the sashing areas. It was a very nice t-shirt style quilt. I used the "cathedral windows" motif that is on their helmet as the motif for the borders.

The customer was very pleased with this and so was I. I am going to remember that idea if I have another Steeler's quilt to do in the future.

Well, I need to go get my stuff packed into the car so I can get over to MM's after lunch.

Have a great weekend and remember to enjoy the beautiful fall days. It has been beautiful here. The trees are glorious shades of red, orange, gold and greens. Spectacular. I love fall.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Short post...

I am sorry that there was no post yesterday. I had appointments yesterday for my 6 week scans and dr. appt. after to review the scans. It was the shortest day down there so far. I did not expect to get home before 6PM and I made it home just after 3 PM and I stopped at Joann's in Cranberry to see if they had any cotton/bamboo fabric that we use to dye. The results of the scans were good. All clear, nothing to worry about. I have to go back on Tuesday for my treatment but between now and then I am going on another quilting weekend. Margaret Mary is hosting this at her house this time and I am so excited to get to play while surrounded by good friends. Today I have to pack up my projects and clothes so that I am ready tomorrow.

I will have lots of fun photos to share with you come Wednesday. I will be absent Monday and Tuesday. I will try to post some photos tomorrow morning before I head on out. Have a great day.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Chautauqua show photos

As promised here are photos of the Chautauqua Show. Did you notice that I checked the spelling for today's post. I had been spelling Chautauqua wrong all last week.

Here goes. We started off the day witnessing a rainbow. What a nice sign from heaven that we would have a nice day, and it was.

We stopped at Erie to have breakfast where I was going to get a picture of the group together but by that time I forgot all about photo ops. On to the show pictures.
This room was divided up into smaller themed displays. Check out the pink valance topper that unified all of the displays into one larger display.
Who invited the ants to the picnic? This quilt reminds me of one that I made years ago that had ants carrying away the food. Cute.
Who let the fox in the hen house? Tina has made this quilt before, and she even has another one of the fox blocks done to make another one. Let's see it Tina. Bring it on.
Are you crazy enough to make a miniture quilt like this one? The hexagons are only 1/4". Tiny. This was beautifully framed under glass.
This is a gorgeous floral applique wall hanging and quilted beautifully.
Lovely kimono quilt.
The oriental booth. Tea is served.
This is what the men do that get drug along to a quilt show. Male bonding.
Super effective thread painting. I want to do this someday.
The different birds in this quilt are uber cute.
This quilt was beautifully quilted. I studied it for a good long while.
I love the dog in this landscape. He belongs there.
Such a pretty tree on this pieced background.

That is it for photos. I hope you have a wonderful day and remember to enjoy the fall days. It will soon be snowing and this year I am looking forward to that as I have plans to do some snow dyeing. I did not take any photos at the vendors booths but we saw some beautiful snow/ice dyed fabrics at one booth and they were selling for $28-$30+ a yard depending on type of fabric was used. So until the snow flies enjoy the fall season.

Monday, October 1, 2012

A weekend of fun...

Today I will share photos of the quilt show that the IQ Quilter's hosted on Saturday. You know that I have been talking about this heavily for the last week. So without much further ado, here are some photos of our day.

Tina sitting down for a few seconds at our demonstration table enjoying a little down time.
We hung our "quilt as desired challenges" in this area also and the row below are items that we created using the blocks that were made using the techniques we were demonstrating.
Some of my quilts.
Tina's Gatehouse Quilt. It received best of show at Jamestown Fair.
Kelly did a great job along with many other's hands creating a beautiful If the Shoe Fits display on the stage.
Mary and Edith ready to greet and welcome the public and of course take their money.
Some cute wallhangings over by the Kid's Corner.
Our honored member, Kelly. She was enjoying a lull in the visitors to sit down for a minute and relax, and what do we do to relax but look at a quilting magazine.
Kelly's Creations Corner.
Tina being silly after a very long and busy day and Patty enjoying the moment too.
We follow this long and exhausting day with dinner out as a group. I think this might have been the largest group we have had in a long time.
But to top it off, God did not want our man made efforts to out shine His own and He gave us the most gorgeous of sunsets to enjoy on the way home. I am sorry that the colors in the photo don't do it justice.

Saturday was a great success and we had a wonderful time. I hope that we will see you next year at the show. Have a wonderful day. Tomorrow I will share more about our day at Chataqua and the quilt show there.