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34.8 March A Long 2014 – Report In for YOU

March 30, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the last full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March! It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

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DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES (*cough* camera-batteries *cough*) I am unable to get the video for this week recorded today. I do have off April 1st so I will have time on Tuesday to record & post a video for this blog.

I will wait & describe my fun I had with my FMQ in the blog post I will make on Tuesday. A large portion of it is already written.

But: Feel free to comment here about your week. I know it’s late in the game, but I am considering giving away a few items to one lucky person who has been generous enough to play along & report in their March-A-Long progress. Or maybe one item to 3 different people.

That will be revealed more on Tuesday.

For now, see a picture of my quilt backing for my card trick quilt. I pieced this together with sorta random fabrics from the quilt retreat I went to a month ago.

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Love to hear what you’re all up to. March-A-Long Post #1 & #2  & #3 & #4 & #5 for 2014

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34.7 March A Long 2014 – Week 3 Report in

March 23, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the third full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March. It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

Love to hear what you’re all up to. What am I up to??

Monday/Tuesday, I decided borders for this quilt, and then I got the top all sewn together Wednesday!

blue sunshine quilt top complete in sunshine

And then I decided to make a little “internal sunshine” (Kati’s input on the name) on the back.

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The quilt is basted and ready to be ‘ditch quilted’ (almost said ditched).

I called this: Mandy’s Blue Sunshine on Threadbias.

I also went vintage hat shopping. And some of you saw my hats on twitter.

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Just for fun, I blinged up one of the kinda boring hats.

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I recap with my sergeant & my marching ants in the video below.

For those of you who like the voice & the ants.

In the video, I share my scrap management system with you all, with many baggies & cubbies.

March-A-Long Post #1 & #2  & #3 & #4 for 2014

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34.6 March A Long 2014 – Week 2 Report in

March 16, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the second full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of March.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March. It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

Love to hear what you’re all up to. What am I up to??

I missed the first Monday of the week as I got in 14,000 steps by going on two very long walks during that day since the weather was so nice.

Then on Tuesday, I cut scraps, but also Angela Walters visited my guild for a talk since she’s pretty local.

Boy is she funny! Her quilting is amazing. Loved to hear about her husband’s grandpa and how she thought she was the best quilter ever and her adventures in getting the long arm.

Here is one of her quilts! She said we could take pictures. But only heavily photoshop ones of her (joking, but funny).

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Her daughter was there helping to hold the quilts. Our guild got a reminder about how heavy the quilts were and to rotate out help for holding quilts and here is this little 8 year old just helping out as many times as she could! How sweet! And Angela herself held several of them as well.

The main majority of the week I was finding any excuse to get back to Hulu to catch up with the soap opera to cut scraps. I have lots of little baby pieces and started a string bag.

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I am still working on my leaders & enders quilt seen below in blue & white.

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I have been showing all the pretty colors on my ‘Crazy Daisies’. Flowers for National Quilting Day held yesterday (third Saturday of March).

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I recap with my sergeant & my marching ants in the video below.

For those of you who like the voice & the ants.

I share pictures of my scraps, the technique I use for the 1/2 square triangles for this quilt, and a lighting solution from a fishing store.

March-A-Long Post #1 & #2  & #3 for 2014

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34.5 March A Long 2014 – Week 1 Report in

March 9, 2014

March A Long 2014

It’s after the first full week of March, and I wanted everyone to have a chance to check in for their March-A-Long progress.

March-A-Long (#marchalong on twitter) is a commitment & encouragement to sew or make some progress towards a quilting goal for 15 minutes a day during the month of march.

Great job to everyone sew far in getting their quilting goals to build discipline during the entire month of March. It’s all for fun and/or progress and/or skill building!

Love to hear what you’re all up to. What am I up to??

First I sat and watched a Korean drama and cut scraps for a large majority of the week. Every day I was able to get out & do at least that much.

I have switched projects mid-week to make my main focus my leaders & enders quilt seen below in blue & white.

mandys blue and white sunshine quilt

I found out that a grade school friend has breast cancer, and I wanted to make something large enough to comfort her & her family during this time.

My original thought was to gift my yellow butterfly sunshine quilt to her, but I decided against that in favor of the more snuggable blue & white quilt.

So now I have a purpose for my old leader & ender quilt and someday I need to make a new one (leader & ender quilt) with white thread.

Actually I already have a leader & ender quilt ready, but it is sewn with black as the neutral, so I like to only sew that quilt alternating with black thread projects.

I recap with my sergeant & my marching ants in the video below. For those of you who like the voice & the ants. Not a lot there that isn’t already shown here, but you get the idea, personal contact is fun, albeit very scary to record.

March-A-Long Post #1 & #2 for 2014

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33.6 Completed Fans & Bows Quilt

January 4, 2014

I completed this quilt ON New Year’s Day. So technically I have a finish for 2014.

According to someone … other people … what you do on New Years will be what you do the rest of the year.

So I guess this year is the year of the quilt finish. LOL.

Well, you’ve already seen some of the in progress pictures for this quilt. Here’s the completed thing.

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And now you can see why it’s called Fans & Bows.

The red corners mimic bows, but I did hand tie some bows to go in the middle of the quilt at each border.

The lace is really pretty, I stretched it to get around the corners and with the bow & lace embellishment, this will be more of a ‘look at me’ quilt than a “let’s sit under me” quilt. But that’s ok.

The evolution of this quilt from the VERY start – March 15 2009, the second weekend of my quilting journey, I designed & pieced this top.

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And I saw all the white, and thought, cool – quilting space. But not yet.

So the following National Quilting day 2010 I made up some fans I had in the back of the butterfly book I bought back then.

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Well the design was from a month earlier. Here are the fan pieces.

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And after I first stitched them down, this was my first fusible applique project.  That I used a ‘decorative stitch’ to sew with my brother.

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All four fans changed the look of the quilt quite a bit.

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The next few months in 2010, I decided on the blank corners that now needed something.

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I spent some time making the back out of pieced fabrics. Strange, but I was excited about the back. This was Feb of 2011.

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And then I fused the quilt and set the whole thing aside.

With the exception of finding some lace that I thought would compliment the quilt perfectly. Bought the lace in 2012, when going embellishment crazy for my periodic table quilt.

And once settling down on my cabinet machine Aquata, I decided to quilt her – finally. In early December of 2013.

The momentum gathered by free motion quilting her, lead me to sew the lace once I had time.

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Here is a better picture of the center quilting (before I attached the lace)

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Another picture of the corners quilting pre-lace.

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And the back side of the quilt with the quilting and a few thread nests that I decided not to pick out.

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And the quilting showing up on the corner design on the back.

back of quilt after quilting corner

And a few more quilting with lace pictures. center.

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Corner with lace

corner quilting of quilt after lace applied

Hope you enjoy. Most of the quilting was done with similar colors to the top, but not all. I know I could have done a steadier job if I had sketched out beforehand a little bit on the FMQ, but I was excited with how it was flowing.

I was really glad to finally not do a pantograph or an overall design. Currently, I am thinking I need to work on custom work more, but when using the long arm, I don’t – because my time there is limited.

I can’t believe how old of a UFO this quilt was, and I am so glad to get it finished!

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32.9 Driving to and from SkyVue Lodge in Winslow, Arkansas

November 17, 2013

A week ago I was getting home from a relaxing retreat in Arkansas.

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We were there about a week or two after the peak leaf-viewing season or so.

Some retreat experiences out of the norm.

On the way, we went to a quilt shop with consignment – Village Quilting in Bentonville, AR.

village quilting consignment area

The ladies had cards they were sending out to the service men & women. So I signed one.

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And they had a completed small version of the quilt I was SO SURE I wanted to work on at retreat when it turned out that I didn’t have enough fabric (haven’t posted it yet).

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And those of you who know me know I would love making that quilt, and I will some day.

The quilt shop lead us to a great local Bentonville cafe, The Station. Yum!

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Yummy sandwiches & they serve kolaches (didn’t get one, but kolaches are from my past) & pies. And license plates.

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And then we were in Winslow Arkansas at a wonderful bed & breakfast called the Sky-Vue Lodge. Where they go out of their way to be nice, help with bags, feed us well every day & night, love on us, & let us love on them back!

We have our normal sewing room.

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With lots of natural light, where we have to play with the window shades in the morning.

We had show & tell somewhere in the middle when I was still awake!! And I was very happy!

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And we heard about Moore, OK & El Reno, OK tornadoes a week apart from Kaye (who brought the minibar/shop)

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Saw this quilt being put together all weekend.

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And this one “sew stinkin’ cute!”

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… using a fabric called “cuddle” which is a softer, lighter less textured version of minke fabric. So it was “sew stinkin soft” too.

And there were a few off/road adventures which I readily welcomed as part of my “vacation”.

The arts museum across the street had different items on display.

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Complete with yarn bombed poles & trees!

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And on Saturday, we adventured to the craft show at the fire station. These handbags I loved & thought about getting.

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And this sweet doggie hadn’t really been inside much before.

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I bought three knitted hats from the lady who brought the doggie! (pictures on other device)

And on the way back, we went to an inside sale. Basically an ongoing garage sale inside some lady’s house (never been to one before). At the inside sale, we saw a couple of old ruined quilts, one of which was over quilted on a completed quilt.

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Beyond repair.

She had pretty linoleum flooring though. Quiltworthy flooring.

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Up in the wonderful mountains.

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Another top from someone else’s finish!

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And we all got T-Shirts from the lady who does the massages who has some form of PT training as well. She apparently knows her stuff and so I am glad to help her advertise with the far-out shirts she gave out!

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And here is what I was working on, the King’s Puzzle.

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32.7 Bridges and Quilt Shops in and Around Des Moines

October 31, 2013

Ahh.

The day after the quilt show in Des Moines in October was one of fun, driving, shopping at quilt shops & enjoying nature & bridges. SO much fun!

Here’s hoping that after a month, I can remember all the different names of all the different shops. I wasn’t the driver or the navigator, so I am going back on memory here. A bit.

Actually we started the day with bridges & ended the day with bridges.

First, the walking bridge down one of the main rivers in downtown Des Moines. This bridge is a looker & fun to walk.

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The center beam is actually “in the center”

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And near the walking bridge is the Robert D Ray Asian Gardens.

Look at the marble handrailing detail!

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From the back, so pretty.

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And since we could see the botanical gardens, I asked if we could go see!

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The dome from the inside (quilting design?)

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Bananas! Can you see them?

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And then we drove out to our first quilt shop of the day.

Quilter’s Cupboard

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A drive to the north, but worth it. The store was so cute & as you can see, a converted house, which made the knick nack & fabric viewing fun & interesting.

The back open room was busy.

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Halloween fabric down the hall towards the front.

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Another little room of fabric & goodies

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The front room where the sewing machine sales happened.

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And after seeing this, I wanted to make a chalkboard lap quilt.

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We next found the fons & porter warehouse store. Found some great fabric deals for the duration of the Quilt week quilt show.

No pictures however.

Creekside Quilting

This is the store where we saw the veteran’s quilt.

Lovely store, I loved the metallic laced fabrics the best here.

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Above the notions wall behind where they cut fabric, are the tiniest little quilts high on the wall!

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Another view into the store from an angle.

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And then we drove towards the winterset area, on the west side.

Adel Quilting

Also a residential shop. So cute!

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And this shop, also being a house, didn’t have the same access to backrooms & such. the shop seemed to be only the very large front room. Packed with lots of pretties.

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And the bunting on the wall is made of the chalkboard fabric. So the bunting message can change!!!

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Still packed with stuff. The far right of this next picture is a bed post set surrounding the fabric bolts. What a good idea.

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At this time, we had just enough time to get to Fons & Porter in Winterset before they closed, but we would be cutting it short. So south in Madison County we drove.

Fons & Porter Quilting

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The shop for Fons & Porter is so small compared to the massive empire that has become Fons & Porter. That sounds like I mean it in a mean way, but they are so popular with quilters, but the shop itself is a normal downtown small town quilt shop. The link above is to the ‘empire’ & the name, and doesn’t have that much of the local small town Iowa feel that the base quilt shop has.

But there is the warehouse closer in Des Moines that is larger.

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Back to Winterset.

Apparently up the stairs of the shop is where the magazine was/is(?) put together. Notice the quilts of valor inspired flag in a shadow box on the wall. Fons & Porter have been known for their support of Quilts of Valor.

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And the shop!

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We talked a little with the shop employee about a few things.

One: Maryanne still lives in/around Winterset. She doesn’t do much with the store, but occasionally comes in.

One time the employee saw Maryanne leave the shop after being in there for a while, and some customers 5 minutes later asked if Maryanne ever visits.  I think they missed each other just a bit.

Two: There was a quilts & wine exhibit that ended about the same time as we were in the shop at one of the “covered bridges winery”. This county is Madison County, famous for its bridges, and even there was some kind of movie with that name as well. I never saw the movie.

Anyway, the guy who was at the covered bridge winery was a quilter of his own and he had his own quilts up for display. Too bad we missed it, it would have been nice to see a quick little outside show.

Darn.

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But I learned more things about Winterset.

First, they still have a Ben Franklin’s. I got a new pair of fuzzy socks. :)

Next, Winterset is the birthplace of John Wayne.  He has a statue & a plaque at the tiny house he grew up in.

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Third, they have a city park where they completely relocated a covered bridge. It was the first of 3 I saw up close.

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And back in the city park there is a very windy narrow road that leads to a tower!

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Getting some Quilters Health Check by climbing those stairs & scary ladder.

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And lastly the  Winterset city park had a hedge maze. We got a little tangled up in the maze, but it was fun! There is a sundial in the center but we were starting to lose the sun.

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And then we went to find more bridges.  This one was moved off the road, but still on the creek.

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And the last bridge before the sun went down.

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Speaking of losing the sun. End of the day in Des Moines! Some of the last time out & about on my vacation in early October.

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Enjoy!

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31.5 My quilts that I put up in the show specifically

July 26, 2013

If you are a normal reader of my blog, you may recognize one, two, or even three of these quilts. Here they are.

Most were in the “smallest” quilt category, competing against themselves for viewer’s choice. And they’re pretty much all wallhangings.

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First the most obscure quilt I’ve done. I called it “irregular ice” and it’s pretty much a table runner with a strange shape. But I think it’s the shape that makes this quilt cool. 

Ice to remind me of cold.

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I was so glad they put the two Fibonacci quilts next to each other so they could be buddies. 

The only comment I got was on the feathers the one quilter who always wins awards and stuff said she liked my feathers.

I like the juxtaposition of the two differences together, one with lots of quilting one with a lot less, and the change of the borders to see how different that is with the same center fabrics.

These quilts make me feel like an “artist”.

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I have a small story to show and share later about this quilt, but here it is as it was hanging in the show (it’s changed since then a week or two ago).

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Third quilt I ever done. I love this quilt, this baltimore album quilt (Mimi Dietrich) that is the first headlong plunge directly into the world of hand applique.  Whee.

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I think that the Dancing Ribbons quilt has been talked about and shared a lot on this blog, but then again, a large portion of it was done during last spring & summer (2012). The hanger fell off my door and so currently need to rehang this quilt.

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I figured out a lot of things that I hid in this quilt.  I made a list and asked the questions on the description page to the quilt viewers.  This was placed a tiny bit high so I don’t know if a lot of people read this description or tried to find all the things.

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I loved getting a chance to see the back of my Exothermic Wonders quilt. Love the freeform piecing of this section with the quilt leftovers.

And of course, you gotta see the front side too which is now the center picture on my ipod.

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Which is the largest quilt to date I’ve ever ever done.  And LOTS of work.

Well I hope you enjoyed the quilt show that we had.  Feel free to pin back to the posts about the show.

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31.4 From the quilt show’s featured quilter

July 25, 2013

Many many decades of work went into these quilts and the skill of the woman who made these quilts.

She shows up at a lot of guild meetings, has had cancer, has been looking very good lately, and was glad to be able to feature her quilts in our show.

I personally may not be the most likely pairing of our featured quilter, but I admire all she’s done for the guild in the past and it’s just so nice to see her and talk to her at times.

In all these years she still volunteers to work on other people’s bindings, and she still excels at embroidery, does hand quilting, and last year had the best folded fabric quilts.

Her love of fabric and quilts is amazing and she had 20 quilts in the show, and I’ll show you some of her range.

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This was the most “Darla like” quilt of any she has done. You have the bargello and the applique, and this is just nice.

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This one she was telling someone is her favorite quilt.

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Some nice stitching and embroidery here. Bluework.

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Soft embroidery here.

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Love these baskets. Beautiful!

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Cute pumpkins for something different.

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Simple, small piecing.

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Super sized center with alternating on point and normal set embroidery blocks. Done in beautiful redwork.

It’s been amazing getting to know Arlene over the years and I am glad to see what she does and brings to all of us! Smiles all the time. :)

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31.3 Some of the Larger Quilts

July 24, 2013

There were less quilts in this section, so I will show you a larger portion of these quilts.

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This was a LOT of piecing, a LOT of applique, and I saw it at several retreats and up on the wall a lot while the quilter was working toward finishing this quilt.

 

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A cute little fall quilt.

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And cute little winter quilt.

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Night flight. I sat across from the quilter who was making this during the retreat where she was piecing these. She had every 10 blocks finished safety pinned together and that is still a lot of safety pins!

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Minglewood done in Christmas colors.

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Minglewood in ‘light brights’.

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This is a cute little quilt. Look at all the pretty sashing, in addition to all the piecing!

Next, I should show you the featured quilters applique quilts, and then finally my quilts.  Stay tuned. Lots in this virtual quilt show.

 

 

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