Wednesday, October 10, 2018

AQSG 2018

Howdy!  I'm just back from Bethesda and the American Quilt Study Group Seminar.  Congratulations to all the organizers.

Maryland Quilt which was on the cover of the seminar booklet.
 A modern version of the quilt with contemporary fabrics.  It was auctioned and Sharon W. took this one home.
 This was my favorite version.  It was all solids and was part of the live auction as well.
 Thursday night there was a welcome reception and a bed turning.
 So many wonderful antique quilts and so much applique'!
 I adore this nine patch. It would be so fun to make.
As you can see it is a popular event and taking photos can be difficult, lol.
Since Hanna has recently moved to DC, she came for a girls night at my hotel and on Friday we went to the National Zoo.

the Red Panda was in rare form playing and jumping around.
 Hanna found a sweet desert cat.
 The Pandas were inside and obviously exhausted from doing nothing.
 Moments before this photo this gorgous guy was on his feet and roared a several times.
 The ladies (3 of them) share the mountain exhibit and jumped to their feet.  This was taken before the excitement.
 My favorite: Elephants
They had a very large enclosure and we observed them from several locations.
They fill me with wonder.  I could watch them all day.

An artist was painting bees on this building.  So neat.
Back to Quilts.  These were just hanging around.
 What do you think Janet O?
 Lovely example of an Album quilt.
The centerpieces reflected Maryland with Crab and mallet served on newsprint little quilts with state flowers. We each took an embossed mallet home.  Lovely and thoughtful!
I spied this at the silent auction, but didn't win it.  I may try to make it.
I did,  however, win a big collection of fabulous old magazines.
 Finally a few quilts from Friday night show and tell~
Woo Hoo - extra large fan quilting!   This is exactly the look I based my stencil on.
 Sorry about the the focus.   so much lovely appliqued flowers!
I'll be back soon with another Seminar Report.  I hope you have enjoyed these quilts (and animals).

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Meet me at the Fair

the Durham Fair! My favorite day of Fall.

I had two quilts in the Court of Honor this year:
Snow Flower won Best Machine Pieced and Machine Quilted.
Jubilee Won for Best all Sewn by Hand.   I will get my name on a plaque again, which is so rewarding I can't tell you.
This means the world to me because in the "Big Shows" these quits don't really receive recognition.  They are too simple, but they are the kind of quilts I love to make.
I also received blue ribbons for Rich's Holly Quilt and my Bow Tie Swap quilt. 
I wish I had taken more photos in the Sewing Barn but I was with 2 different groups and it just got away from me. 
Here are the "After The Storm Art Bras" so creative!
More Photos from the Fair~
Hanna came home from DC.  She wouldn't miss the fair!
Who can resist baby pigs?
 Now that is a GREAT PUMPKIN
 I always love the flower displays
 Mr. Fun's absolute favorite thing is the Goats.  He just loves them and they love him too.
 Clever Pumpkin carving.
 Love this bird feeder theme.
Look at the size of that frying pan!  Oh My!  the nicest Polish couple have a potato pancake tent.
 Yum!  applesauce, sour cream and Tzatziki.
New Food Item this was Bacon Mac 'n Cheese in a waffle cone.  yes!
I miss it already.
Here is a super simple decorating hack:  1 string of lights and 2 sunflower garlands from JoAnn's.  Boom.   Done.
Fall Recipe - Pumpkin Chili. Get this Gluten Free Recipe Here.
Note:  I swapped out the ground turkey for a rotisserie chicken and skipped the green pepper.  It is hardy, healthy and delicious.
Happy October Everyone!
I'm off to the American Quilt Study Group Seminar in Bethesda, MD.  I'll share photos next week.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Finally Fall

Happy Official Autumn! (in the North)
One of my favorite quilts for fall "Harvest Baskets" ala Gwen Marston inspiration.
It was so cool that we made a fire and sat out.  Marvelous!  My boys look like twins :)
New Flash:  I have a new item in my Etsy Shop - a 1 oz. white basting glue with a mirco tip and build in cap. $5.00 plus shipping.
 I'm working on my 2nd Whig Rose Block.  I don't get much time to sit these days but when I do I love stitching on this project.
End of the season for my annuals.  I really enjoyed this mix.
 I LOVE moss roses (portulaca).  They open everyday when the sun comes out.
I'll plant more of this next year~ they are drought resistant too.
I did a little fall decorating by my kitchen know where I'll enjoy it often.  The cardinal was glowing on this rainy day.
 My theme was New England houses.
 Easy Food Hack:
Spread refrigerated crescent rolls with pesto (this is a Costco brand and is excellent!) sprinkle with cheese and bake.
I was very luck to get this last photo - they go very quickly here!
Lastly, I hung my Sumptuous Stars EPP Star quilt for the fall.  It is always fun to see old friends.  I use the Hang it Dang It  and as I've said before:  it is the PERFECT accessory for hanging quilts.
It's Fair Weekend - woo hoo!!! Hope you are doing something fun too.