Monday, April 13, 2015

Linda's Round Robin all quilted!

Hi, I finally finished Linda's round robin quilt.  I am soooo slow, but to my credit, Linda did tell me there was no hurry and to take my time.  So I did.  I had so much fun quilting this one as it had lots of spaces to add quilting designs.

The center is the piece Linda contributed to the round robin in our Wannabees group.
I added some shapes around those pretty stars instead of just filling it in with one design.  

I did a lot of quilting in those blue swags and bars and you can't see it at all.  Will I ever learn?  It does show on the back (later).

So on the outer blue border I decided to do it in a light blue Glide that shows up a little better.  

I had fun making the feathers alternate with the swags.  I used a tiny baptist fan fill in this part.  Can you see the basket weave in the blue corner square?  (me neither, ha ha)

Here is the entire back, the quilt is about 70 inches square and I did most of my quilting on a Bernina virtuosa 153.

Closer up you can see the stitching on the back in red white and blue.  Most of the threads on the back are Wonderfil Decobob or Invisafil.

Here you can see the quilting in the blue swags and bars.  

This was fun to design, but it was time-consuming.  

Our quilting bee did this round robin over a year ago and I would like us to show these quilts in our guild quilt show in September.  Mine is done and Linda's is almost done (needs binding, sleeve and label). 

This one is mine.  I think round robins are so much fun and so educational.  You have to be willing to get back something that you may not like too much.  But when you get one like mine or Linda's, you can get very excited! Every month you get to work on someone else's quilt and challenge yourself to do something you may not have ever done, or work with colors you would never choose.  

This year we are doing a slice quilt.  See more in August, that's our deadline.  

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 
― H. Jackson Brown Jr.P.S. I Love You

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I am at the airport on my way home from the Empty Spools Seminar in Pacific Grove California.  Would you like to see some pictures?  Keep going then....
 this is Asilomar, the resort where the conference is held as viewed from the beach on a foggy morning.

this is the studio where I and 14 other women took a dye painting class with Hollis Chatelain.
There were 10 or 11 other teachers at this conference, some with 20 or more students.

I went not knowing anyone, so really lucked out to meet my talented and beautiful roommate, Christina. This pic was taken on our last morning, so we are looking a little frazzled.  We were exhausted.  
Carol made this wonderful painted quilt of her rascally hound, Pistol.  It is a wonderful image of his pitiful look, he knew he was out of bounds.  Look at those eyes...

Jan Ring from Florida painted a beautiful flower.   We all painted three pieces, but I'm just showing some that I was given permission to post about.

Barbara from Florida depicted a photo of her grandson running on the beach, wonderful.

 We all admired Mary's painted image from an old Christmas card that she has held on to for years.

This is my painted fabric piece.  My brother-in-law took this photo with his underwater camera.  Those are bubbles in her nostrils... I will work to depict that with paint or something...
I took advantage of a ride along the 17 mile scenic highway on the Monterey Peninsula and got to ride along with my new Florida friends, Jan and Mary, (Barbara was taking the picture).  We saw beautiful Carmel, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach.  The coastline was beautiful and the homes and flowers were out of this world.

This conference seemed to me to be for those who are very artistic and creative quilters, or those who are wannabe art quilters - like me!  I was wowed at the work done by all the teachers and students and can't wait to come back.