Never a dull moment around here… Simi Valley Quilt Guild held their Biennial quilt show on Sunday. “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow…Not Just Your Grandmother’s Quilts” was the theme of the show. It was a fun show and I enjoyed seeing quilts done by some of my friends. I bought 3 vintage quilt tops in their guild’s boutique. I don’t really know why…I have enough of my own unfinished projects!
On Saturday, Greg and I headed up to Santa Barbara for the Coastal Quilters Annual Quilt Show. The drive from Los Angeles was a little grueling, but we made it there and the weather was beautiful. The quilts on display were an inspiring mix of traditional and modern quilts. The show layout was well planned and the guests all seemed to be enjoying themselves. I saw some fabulous quilts and even bought myself a new pair of scissors. I haven’t tried Kai scissors before and I thought it was time to give ’em a go and see if I like them. I’ll report back soon…
I drafted up this quilt and put it together in one weekend and the following week I loaded it onto my long-arm quilter, Johnnie. It sat idle for the next 3-plus weeks. True…I’ve been very busy with the guilds, work, and teaching. I knew that I wanted some dense quilting in the negative spaces of the blocks, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in those areas. I would go in and stand and stare at the quilt for prolonged periods of time and no inspiration would come to me. I finally jumped in and just started trying things out. And, guess what? It’s finally done…and it’s huge! I couldn’t be happier with it!
Our good friend, Nancy King, recently welcomed her first grandchild into this World. Greg Palmer and I shared the process of making this quilt. We quickly pieced the top and then it took its place in line to be long-armed. The baby is now 6 weeks old and I’m glad we got it to her while she is still a baby. I’ll bet other quilters are turning out baby quilts like mad. This is only the second baby quilt I’ve made this year. I’m rather pleased with how it turned out. I really should try to get a few baby quilts made and ready to be gifts ahead of time. We both hope she enjoys the quilt for years to come, and knows it was made with a great deal of love. Congratulations, Nancy!
The name of the pattern is Claire and it is found in the book Fat Quarter Baby.
These pincushions are just too much fun to make. There is something gratifying about starting a project and seeing it through to completion. I came across this Tim Holtz fabric and fell in love with it. The line is Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz, Correspondence, Air Mail. I’m now thinking that I also need a tote bag out of this fabric.
It has been fun making these pincushions. Since they are very small it has been easy to find scraps for these little projects. Those of you who know me know that I love text fabric. The focus fabric in this weeks project is from You & Me by Adornit Girls, Chatter Graph. And the solids are from the Kaufman stash of Kona’s. The block finishes at 4 inches.