Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mini Retreat

We did not have a fall retreat. So we have decided to have a mini one of our own. Susan graciously opened her house up to the 4 original "Las Vegas Fabric Whores." I know of many others. We packed our machines, supplies, projects and loads of fabric and set up at Susan's. Then we went on a field trip to the Christmas Goose fabric store (you can't have enough). After making our purchases and stopping for sandwiches we were able to start sewing around 4:00. We stayed until we were to sleepy to sew straight and each went home to our own bed. I vowed to be back by 5 a.m. but somehow didn't make it till after 9 and was the last one to get back.

Susan being the most organized and trying to pass Kendall as the fastest in the west, finished several projects. Mostly she added the binding to complete the 4 or 5 quilts then she did some quilting on holiday projects. She finishes all her quilts and does a lot of donation quilts. She is amazing!

Vickie started her topper for a donation to the spring retreat. We are all hoping to win it! Although, if she were really a good friend she would make each of us one. She almost finished the top of it during our weekend. She did take some time out to go see her son compete and win. Go Nate! There was another fabric store near the competition location for her to support. Its always nice when you can support your family and your habit on the same trip.

Bernice was diligently working on the quilts for her grandchildren. They will be eye-spying them for a long time when she finishes. Her work is always so beautiful and precise. She was a bit preoccupied. She has a plan to lose her cell phone the next time we have an in town retreat. Sometimes it is better to not be found.

I couldn't decide what unfinished project to complete so I decided to start a new one. The others are to old and boring now. Oh, I hope no one ever says that about me. I did piece the top of most of a quilt. I just need to add the borders. I had planned to leave and do driving for my teenager and then he found ride. I love driving him and his friends but do appreciate when I can sew uninterrupted. It was a lovely weekend. Wish it could have been longer. It is always nice to enjoy the company of good friends, laugh, and sew.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Donation Quilt

Electric Star
I started this for Kevin when he was 16 and into guitars. He saw the top and said "I didn't want all that color, I just wanted two pieces of fabric with the fluffy stuff in the middle." I bought some flannel sheets and quilted the batting in it for Kevin. He was happy. I quilted this myself with stars and clouds . I used variegated thread to add color to the back. I think with as bright as the top is the back needs some color. I donated it to our Stake Humanitarian Project which made quilts for children going through chemotherapy. We ended up with over 700 quilts. It was a beautiful project!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Retreat in St. George

This was my layer cake project. Made with leftover Moda fabric. I think I have enough for 2 more quilts. I really liked it when I started buying it but I might need a break from these soft tones.

Vickie and Bernice were busy making self - binding blankets

Susan was amazing as usual! The fastest quilter in the west.

Quilt within a quilt

This quilt started as a mystery quilt from Hancock Fabrics. Each block came with a piece of mystery fabric and a pattern. If your block was different than everyone else's you were given a store credit. I ended up with enough credit to buy the backing. I had such a difficult time trying to piece the blocks together with all the odd mystery fabrics that I changed directions. I made a Texas Star (quilt) for the center and then using the background fabric to blend all the fabrics, I framed the star with the mystery blocks. I gave it to my grandma.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Black Red and Tan

This is freehand quilting that I did when I was beginning. I was really happy with it at the time. now when I look back I see so many things I would do differently.

This is the completed quilt. I made it as a wedding gift and the bride choose the colors. I wasn't sure I would like it as I tend to go for more scrappy looks but it is one of my favorite patterns and I love how striking it is. Someday I will use this pattern again.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Almost Finished!

Carol's dog, Buzz, loved my quilt, too.

My First Post

I'm in St. George for the quilt show.