Monday, November 30, 2009

Quilts on Barns - #56 Italian Tile

The Italian Tile was located at N266 Twin Grove Road in Monroe, WI.  It's another block that I've never seen this variation of before.  It's beautiful!

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Quilts on Barns - #55 Maple Leaf

Located at W2914 Shanghai Road in Juda, The Maple Leaf was the bane of my photographic existence.  While we were able to drive into many of the farms to snap a good shot, this was not one of them.  We tried.  Their driveway was full of giant pot holes that were filled with water and it just wasn't feasible.  We took pictures from the street and I was really stretching my zoom lens.  This would have been one for the tripod.  I ended up borrowing a picture from Green County's web site for my main shot.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A little of this, a little of that

It's been a few days since I've posted about what I've been working on.  I've been going to town on the English Paper Piecing Glace Flowers that I'll be doing a demo for the day after Thanksgiving at the shop.  They've just been so relaxing to work on.

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I haven't sewn them together yet.  I'd like to wait until all of my flowers are complete so that I can have good color distribution throughout.

Over the past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the second Holiday for Quilters retreat at Lake Lawn Lodge.  The retreaters took classes from Kaye England and worked on a few of her patterns.



Here's the slideshow from retreat.  Turn off the effects for the best viewing or click through to view it directly on webshots.




Also this week I finished sewing down the binding on my Gobble, Gobble Log Cabin Quilt which I made partly using Debi's Log Cabin Tutorial.  Her tutorial uses one Layer Cake and 2 yards of background fabric.  I decided to use multiple colors of background and I added pieces from the Gobble Gobble fabric panel.  I'm happy with the way this quilt turned out since Thanksgiving always has me thinking of the good memories from when we'd make the Turkey & Stuffing in my Grandparent's basement with Grandpa at the helm doling out orders to his Grandkids.  Is this quilt a work of art?  Definitely not but it's funky and I love it.

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With the binding done on Gobble Gobble, I've now been sewing down the binding on Mike's Golf Irish Chain.  I've got one side done and three to go.  Yikes...this one is going to take a long time.

Mike and I went to the Domes on Monday so I could snap pictures.  I got a little carried away shooting and I'm really only thrilled with a handful of them.  I'll upload the slide show once the shots are ready.

Last night I cut out my Braided Star quilt that I'm going to work on after Thanksgiving Dinner while we are at Linda's house.  I wanted to do a test run with the colors so I plunked it into Electric Quilt.  I'm happy to finally be using EQ and knowing how to do things instead of pouring over the book.  I was going to start this quilt earlier this year but didn't get around to it because I used one of the pinks for an apron.  It took me a while to find another one to match.  During that time, I managed to use my black batik and needed to replace that too.   My mom went to start hers a while back but we discovered there were a few pattern errors and there really isn't a way to cut the quilt out using the yardage that they ask for on the pattern - you need quite a bit more which is unfortunate because a few of the fabrics Mom picked out are no longer available.  We'll have to make a few changes in order for her to be able to get going.  In the mean time, here's the drawing I worked up:

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I can't wait to get started!!

Quilts on Barns - #51 Oliver Wheel

Barn number 51 on our tour is Oliver Wheel which also goes by the more common name of Carpenters Wheel located at W1156 Stateline Rd in Juda, WI.  This block was on the side of the barn so there I was, clomping through a field to get a good picture while Jen, My mom and Diane sat in the car laughing at me.  But, I GOT THE SHOT and that's the important thing in my little world!

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This block remains one of my all time favorite blocks.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Quilts on Barns - #49 Bear Paw

Our 5th stop was actually located right around the corner from our 4th stop because it was on the same barn.  The Bear Paw is listed at the same address of W341 Halfway Tree Road, Brodhead, WI.

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