This weekend I finally made some time to finish up some charity quilt projects that have been sitting on the UFO shelf. These two were from kits made up by the Piece Mill Quilters charity quilt committee. I made the tops at a sew day a few weeks ago. This weekend I quilted the tops and bound them. The labels are sewed on and I’ll be able to turn them in this Friday at the meeting. These are both 36 x 54.
I also quilted and bound this 36 x 36 quilt for the Honor Flight project. Once it is washed, I’ll be able to turn it in at the November Bits ‘n’ Pieces meeting.
This past week, I made a quick trip to Houston for the International Quilt Festival. I took 3 classes this year. Two of the classes were on using Electric Quilt 7. Here is a screen shot showing a practice quilt I designed during class.
My friend Tracy and I took a class with Ana Buzzalino on using Transfer Artists Paper. The class was a lot of fun and Ana was a great teacher.
At home, it’s been a beautiful fall. Here is a photo my husband took in our back yard that shows how beautiful it’s been.
I’m so far behind on my blogging! And this last month has been so busy!! In mid-October, I enjoyed 4 wonderful days at the Piece Mill Quilters retreat. I worked on several projects.
These are the first 3 blocks in the Star Light, Star Bright block-of-the-month from The Quilted Fox. I’ll be making 3 blocks each month for 12 months.
This is the first blocks in a quilt made with many of the wonderful Australian fabrics from The Quilted Fox. I made a good start on the blocks but I still have many more to piece. I am quite happy, though, with the color combinations.
Then I pieced this small lap quilt. When finished it will be donated to the Honor Flight group. It will keep a veteran warm on his or her flight to Washington, DC and then be a permanent keepsake of the flight. It is 36 x 36.
Finally, I put the borders on this wall quilt made from the “One for Money” pattern. The center part is made totally from one striped fabric.
It was a busy retreat, but I was quite pleased with how much I accomplished!
I also took some pictures of projects that others were working on at retreat.
Tracy’s challenge quilt
Sherry rooting for the Cardinals
Bonnie’s Halloween quilt
Nancy’s Halloween quilt
Candy’s scrappy quilt top
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.
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!
I 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.
This 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.At the end of July, I went to a quilt retreat with friends. I completed this quilt top which is still waiting for the quilting!This 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.
Finally, 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.
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.
This month has been really busy! It included a 3 day workshop with Sue Spargo, a week in Paducah and a quilt finish!
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 started in the Sue Spargo workshop. I’ve learned lots of new stitches and really had fun with this.
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.
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.