Challenge quilts completed

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In the last month, I’ve finished challenges for both my guilds. The one on the left is for Bits ‘n’ Pieces. The challenge fabric is the print with all the faces. The challenge was to make a donation quilt for Cover Our Kids. Fortunately, I had suitable colors in my stash and didn’t need to buy anything!

The quilt on the rights was the challenge for Piece Mill Quilters. I received the fabric with cowboys in rows on a black background and needed to make a quilt that would appeal to a child. The quilt will go to Cardinal Glennon for a sick child. I combined the cowboy fabric with some tone-on-tone pieces and some horse fabrics. Hopefully it will appeal to some child with a love for horses! Again, this one was made totally from stash fabrics.

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Girl’s weekend at the beach

The week after Labor Day, I flew out to visit Beth. We drove down to Fort Bragg and stayed in a cute little cottage close to the beach for a long weekend. We visited Mendocino, did the art walk in Fort Bragg, strolled the Mendocino Botanical Garden, rode the Skunk train and more! Here are some of the highlights.

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Busy, busy summer!!

It’s almost fall and I’ve hardly posted all summer! It’s been super busy but I have managed to work in some sewing. I also made a short trip to California to visit Beth but I’ll post those picture later. For now, let’s see what’s been happening in the sewing room!

wedding quiltI finished this chevron quilt which will go to a new home next week. I made it as a wedding present for our niece, JoAnna, who is marrying Spencer next week. Because of their dog, they didn’t want a bed quilt. This one is a large lap quilt.

eli's quiltThis little boy’s quilt is already in Moore, OK where our new great-nephew is now home with his family. He was born very premature and weighed only 1 pound 11 ounces. He is now up to almost 7 pounds! Here he is with big brother Noah.eliAt the end of July, I went to a quilt retreat with friends. I completed this quilt top which is still waiting for the quilting!Movement in squaresThis is the Movement in Squares pattern by Wendy Sheppard. The boxes are all made from Marcia Derse fabrics. I’m quite pleased with how it came out. The piecing was a bit complicated but not too hard as long as I was paying attention! Now I just have to decide how to quilt it.

 

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A Summer Quilt

Pennant flagsFinally, I’ve finished a project. I’ve been working on this quilt for about 3 months. I fell in love with the Sphere Collection by Zen Chic and bought a packet of fat 8ths. This seemed like the perfect pattern. I think it has a very summery, nautical feel. I’m calling it Pennants on Parade!

I also quilted a smaller crib size quilt for one of my guild members. She’ll bind it and donate to the hospital for our guild kid’s quilt project. I had fun quilting it and got some good practice time in.

I’m off to a quilt retreat this week and hope to get a good start on a quilt using my Marcia Derse fat quarter collection that I bought in Houston last fall.

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Peru!

Peru was amazing! We spent 2 wonderful weeks in Peru on an Overseas Adventure Travel trip with a great guide and 15 interesting, congenial companions. I’ve wanted to see Machu Picchu since I was 19. Seeing it was wonderful but touring Peru, learning about the culture and meeting the people was wonderful too. Here are some photos that only begin to capture the experience.

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Small quilt finishes

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This week I managed to finish a charity quilt for the kids in the hospital and another baby quilt that may or may not become a charity quilt. I used both of these quilts to practice my ruler work with my handi quilter sixteen.

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Busy Month!

This month has been really busy! It included a 3 day workshop with Sue Spargo, a week in Paducah and a quilt finish! paducah

This is our annual photo of our Bryerpatch Studio work crew. This was the last year so it was a bit bittersweet this year. Caryl and Ron are off to live full-time in Washington state. Bryerpatch Studio has been sold to Paper Pieces who will be up and running in the Paducah building in June.

I’ve spent some time finishing the block I photostarted in the Sue Spargo workshop. I’ve learned lots of new stitches and really had fun with this.

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This summer I’m going to be teaching a chevron quilt at The Quilted Fox.  In preparing for the class, I finished another small quilt.beth and john small

Now it’s Mother’s Day weekend. I’m including a photo of my daughter, Beth, and her husband, John, at a fundraising event she organized for her job as the development director of a not-for-profit.

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My new handbag!

Koret Vintage handbagI found this amazing vintage Koret leather handbag at a thrift sale today. It’s the perfect bag for a quilter! Notice the elegant gold and silver scissors. And the clasp is a thimble. The ladies running the sale saved the bag for me because they know I’m a quilter! I came home and did a little research on it. I discovered that The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a bag just like mine in their collection. I’ll be taking it with me to the AQS show in Paducah!

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Sue Spargo workshop

Sue SpargoThis week I’ve had the very fun opportunity to participate in a 3 day Sue Spargo workshop. My guild, Piece Mill Quilters, brought Sue to St. Louis. We’re learning to create backgrounds, applique wool flowers, and embellish them with stitching. Here are a few pictures of the first part of the workshop. More will come as I make progress with my flower blocks.photo2 photo

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Charity quilts

IMG_0537Here are my two recent finishes which are both charity quilts. I picked up this quilt top and backing at the last Bits ‘n’ Pieces meeting. All I needed to do was quilt it and bind it. This was a very nicely made and pretty quilt top that quilted up easily. It should make some child much cheerier!IMG_0539 The quilt will go to Cover our Kids.

I found the blocks for the second quilt in a Charity Sharity bag along with fabric that had been used in the blocks. So I put the blocks together, added borders and quilted it. This one will go to the kid’s quilts project for Piece Mill Quilters.

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