Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fair Report 2017

Oh My!  I received an embarrassment of riches from the Durham Fair.
This was the first year that I entered any quilts in my local fair.

Alice Payne won Big and I was so so happy for this quilt.
You may remember that I was a little (okay, a lot)  heartbroken that the quilt wasn't good enough for the AQS show in Lancaster or Paducah.  I know it's old fashioned, but I know the work and love that Alice put into her quilt in 1859.

This beautiful quilt won Best In Show.
I also entered Remembering Abe and my Asian Flower Garden quilts.
Here are some photos from the fair.   Many have already found a way onto FB and IG.
I caught the Llama competition during lunch after working in the admissions booth.
 I ate this three days in a row.....delicious and worth it!
Canning was really big this year.
 I love the animal exhibits, especially the babies.
Oh My Gourds!!
How Stinking Cute is this food vendor?
Sunset over the fairground.  No filter - no kidding.
I have to say this is the first time in a long time I felt happy and proud to be an American.

I'm determined to finish this Hexie table runner in time for Halloween this year.
have a great week!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Amazing Ann Arbor

Thank you Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild!    I had a wonderful time visiting your guild.  Everyone was friendly and welcoming.

I made a great new friend, Julie H.  We have so many things in common.  She invited me to her home to see her antique quilts like this one~
But first I want to share some photos from the guild events.

I forgot to take more photos at the Applique' Workshop.  We had a great time learning to make our own patterns and composing original pieces.
The guild meeting is held at a Washtenaw Community College.  They had a great vendor, charity quilt area, a dye-cut company demo, and more.
They had a fabulous book sale - I found 2 great books.
Beautiful venue for my lecture on Scrap Quilts.
We had a fun workshop on Sunday Building Houses!
how fun are these trolls?
 Messy fun!
 The ladies made so many happy houses.  We all wished this was a 2-day workshop to continue the creativity and set them.

My visit to Julie's home was nothing less than incredible!  She and her husband were so warm and inviting.  We had an old fashioned bed turning.

Drum roll.........
 My favorite star
 Is this eclipse fabric?
 Triple cording on the binding - oh my!  I literally almost swooned a few times.
 Julie has a beautiful collection of pristine kit quilts.
 Looks like my header!
 gorgeous hand quilting on this Amish Style quilt.
By the way, this represents only part of her collection.  I saw about 60 quilts and there were more in a special quilt vault.   I hope to visit Julie again someday.

Here is Julie's stunning quilt.  It is a Sue Garman pattern.  Lovely.

Thank you, Julie, for allowing me to share photos from our special quilt sharing visit.  It was such a special treat!

Have a great week!  It's fair weekend here in CT - yay yay yay

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


It has been a homework week.  Working on the home, having work done at the home, doing sewing homework......

I finished the 3 pieces I committed to make for the AQSG Seminar next month.  Thank you , Wendy of The Constant Quilter, for the wonderful border fabric on this quilt!
The backings I picked - they still need labeling.
 Close up of one of my favorite quiltings patterns, interlocking cables.
 I am so grateful to have a home where I feel safe and secure especially in light of the hurricanes down south.  I had a crew of 6 men around the past few days repainting our decking.  It was a huge job!
 Aaahhh, that is better.
I put away my summer quilts and decore - Yay it's fall here in CT.
 I switched out my Nana's dishes for the brown transferware.
 Yay - I remembered to hang up my paint by number fall painting.
I grew that gourd and made the little green pumpkin.
I also made these fabric pumpkins.  You can read a fun past post about them here.
My favorite spot to decorate - the window above my kitchen sink.
I love how it looks at night.
And finally, my friend, Diane of Persnickety, sent me this fabulous Abe bust.  It is the same one as the little one that Mary B sent me years ago.   I'm doing a little sewing for her and I'll share that another day.
Off to Ann Arbor tomorrow.   Have a great week.