Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Few Good Blocks

If it's Wednesday, it must be "Stars In A Time Warp" from Barbara Brackman's wonderful sew along on her Civil War Quilts blog.

This week's discussion on rainbow prints and shaded ombres were all fabric notions that were new to me, so I really enjoyed this topic.

After I dug into Wendy's magic box of scraps given to me, I found a scrap to use as the center of this block. Click to enlarge to see the shadings on the brown striped vine print. It's subtle, but it's there.

Yesterday, while I was awaiting the Brackman post for today, I got cocky and started a new project instead of working on finishing an old one.

It must've been having the Log Cabin top done and pressed, with a date already booked on the rented longarm to quilt it, that gave me license to start a new quilt. Or maybe it was the Spring air. Either way, I reveled in it! Little Twinkler's blocks, wheeeee!

Mine are made with 2½" squares and 1½" square flippy corners to make a 6" block finished in the quilt. They are so cute!

Stashbuster's has an open challenge to make these and boy, howdy, are they ever fun!

No plans yet on just how many I'll do, but I want half in lights and half in darks. They are like potato chips, you make a couple and feel motivated to make some more.

Last summer I had used the same technique with 5" charm pack squares. It is a variation on the friendship star.

The tip that I'll pass onto you if you wish to make these is throw out the mediums and just use darks and lights! Otherwise, your points will be lost.

I'm still enjoying using my little bonus triangles as leaders & enders. If you haven't yet discovered "Adventures With Leaders & Enders" by Bonnie K. Hunter, please do visit her site, and buy the book.

These 6" blocks (finished in the quilt) are what I made "in the meantime" with the L&E.

I'm saving tons of thread and making many more blocks than I ever used to do using Bonnie's methods, so I highly recommend her books.

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Celebrating A Spring Day

I'm so spoiled now that Tuesdays are a regular event for the Continental Breakfast served at 9am at the Alton Senior Center in Alton, New Hampshire! Yummy warmed ham slices, hot French toast with butter and maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bagels and cream cheese, juice and coffee too made it a great feast.

The Sunshine Club met right after the breakfast, and believe it or not, it was actually sunny!

Sue was working on quilting long straight parallel rows on her Leprechaun Quilt.

You can see above that my chocolate dispenser is out and ready for a quick Hersey's Milk Chocolate Nugget at any time, LOL! Can any more quilt be rolled into that harp?

I worked on piecing four more Scrappy Jacob's Ladder blocks and I held one up to show it to you.

We had lots of fun and then it was time to go home.

The beautiful spring day was too good to miss with enjoying croci blossoms tops on my list!

Miss Emma Lynne loved the newly sun-warmed grass as only a lady Labrador may.

Just to show you the difference that one day can make, the next photograph was taken only 24 hours earlier on Monday afternoon. Look at the snow!

All of my dear pets rejoiced in the warmer temperatures in the 70's. Whoohoo!


 Enjoy what you have and happy stitching!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Capital Quilter's Guild, Concord, NH

Shhhhhhh! Try not to giggle or pout. I have a very special treat for you.

Today was a lovely Spring day, sunny and mild with temps that soared to 71°.

According to the weatherman on Channel 9, it hasn't been this warm since late October!!!

So I took myself out to a quilt show, of course.

Some shows now prohibit camera use, but I asked first and got permission to take photos for you!

This was the Capital Quilter's Guild Show for Concord, New Hampshire.

These gorgeous quilts are just a smattering of what was displayed.

I confess to personal bias in only photographing what I liked, so you are seeing the show through my eyes.

This show was the "small" show, in competition with the big MQX held in Manchester, New Hampshire, and I preferred it for less walking, less traffic, less crime-ridden city environment.

I find that the smaller, grassroots guild shows are less commercial, friendlier, and the work on display is far less intimidating to me.

The quilts shown here that interested me were the ones that I could envision myself making and not some outlandish overdone art quilt.

Those art quilts might make everybody gasp with amazement, but they make me feel like traditional quilts aren't good enough.

I like quilts that speak to me, not talk down to me.

That's why I so thoroughly enjoyed myself here at the little show held in the gymnasium of the local community college.

Of course, I got to see my friend, Camille, from Evergreen Country Primitives Quilt Shop and picked out some Richmond Reds by Barbara Brackman.

And I also visited with Kelly from Footprints Quilt Shoppe in East Rochester, New Hampshire, and she was quick to offer to take my picture for me.

It was a great day and I am glad that I could share my travels with you!

Happy stitching!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Friday Fun

The cold drizzle could not stop the good cheer and festivities at the Friday Quilter's at the Golden Gese Quilt Shop on 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire.

From left to right above are Heidi, Eleanor, Barbara, Claire and Jan, all working on their own projects and having a great time!
Our mascot, "Yoda" was as cute as ever and a perfect gentleman. He is not quite 6 months old and he belongs to Beverly, who was working on this fabulous jungle prints quilt in Black, White, and Red.

Here it is as she continues to add more borders.

Claire was proud to have finished up the borders on her beautiful Stack'n'Whack quilt with Jan looking on, admiring it. Way to go Claire!

Barbara is shown below, working on her project with twisters that are miniature sized.

She is making twister Flip-Flops! Wheee!

We were all thrilled to re-welcome our snowbird member, Maureen, who spent the winter in Florida.
Claire brought her a strawberry cheesecake and we all had a piece of it. It was so delicious!

Maureen and I split a 30 yard roll of batting that we had gone in on together, so I spent some time unrolling, measuring, cutting, and then re-rolling the two halves.

What was much more fun was getting my Scrappy Log Cabin pressed and all ready for quilting.

With the piano key border all attached now, it measured 86½" by 86½" square. WHOOO HOO!!!!
With all those pieces, and it is still SQUARE, wow! I figured it would be off at least a little, but no.

After all our fun, soon it was time to go our separate ways. Wake up, little Yoda!

I hope you have a fun packed day and got some great quilting time in on your favorite projects!

Happy sewing!

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