Friday, May 13, 2011

Between Friends Jr.–Comfort Quilt

Another comfort quilt is complete.  I really love how this one came out.  It looks so much richer in person; the border looks like leather.  I just need to get it washed and then sent onto its new home.  This is the first one completed from the four quilts that I was able to cut out of one box of batiks. 

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The backing is very out of the box for me.  I’m not a scrappy back person but I was persuaded to buy a bunch of batik fat quarters during our Fat Quarter Frenzy sale at work so that I could make some inexpensive backs to go on my comfort quilts.  I hated it at first; but it’s starting to grow on me.  I won’t be as intimidated when I piece the next one.

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The wind was picking up so it was impossible to get a decent shot!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

2 Weeks Ago

My best friend lost her battle with cancer.  Yesterday Mike and I took a Fire Hydrant to vet.  It can be there in her honor for all dogs to love. 

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I miss her more and more every day. 

Holly Berry

11-5-1999 – 04-26-2011

It was storming when we were on our way home from the vet on the 26th, but a friend of ours unknowingly took a picture of a rainbow.  I’m confident she was running across it.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

It’s Done!

Woo hoo!  The binding on Hugh’s Urban Cabin Quilt is finished and it’s currently in the wash.  I’ll mail it out tomorrow.

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Tomorrow I’ll finish piecing the backing for TH’s Comfort Quilt.  That’s the next one to be quilted on the frame.

It sure didn’t start out well…

I was beginning to believe this quilt just wasn’t meant to be quilted.  It had a horrible start and finally I decided I was going to rip out the two rows I had quilted and start over with an entirely different thread.  Only I forgot my needle was DOWN and ripped a hole in the quilt.  To make matters worse, I opened the fray check to dab onto the hole and since the top was clogged I brilliantly decided to cut a bit off and proceeded to have about a tablespoon of the crap dump onto the quilt.  Let’s just forget about that and be happy that it’s now quilted!!!

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This quilt is a replacement for a quilt that went missing in shipping.  Regina sent a quilt to Moneik’s dad and it never made it.  We kept hoping it would show up but now that it hasn’t; it was time to get rolling on a replacement.  Hopefully I can get it bound between today and tomorrow and get it shipped off.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Popsicle Sticks QOV

A few weeks ago I started a QOV quilt for my friend Ruth's brother Adam. I finished the block assembly this morning and was able to put the top together before leaving for work. Now it will go into the "needs a back & to be quilted" pile.



-Jen

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

These little buggers are addictive!!

I now have a gaggle!!

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Here’s my stack of awesome hand dyes from Dye Candy that I’m working from:

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Mini Paper Piecing

I bought some gorgeous Fat 16th’s from Dye Candy while at the quilt show this past weekend.  I decided I wanted to make some teeny tiny paper pieced squares.  Not sure quite yet what I want to do with them but they sure are fun!  Each one is 1-1-1/2” Finished.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

May Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler Blocks

Queen Charlotte’s Crown

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Orange Peel – Quick Turn Machine Applique

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Orange Peel – Raw Edge Machine Applique

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Birds in the Air

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Contrary Husband

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

2011 Crazy Quilters Quilt Show

I just got home from the Crazy Quilters Quilt Show.  It’s my very favorite show.  I entered 3 quilts.

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Here’s what the judges had to say:

-Graphic presentation with great movement.

-Curved quilting complimented geometric piecing.

-Generally good piecing technique.

- Flange is well handled.

-Corners should be 90 degrees.  (This has me scratching my head)

- Minor tension problems noted on top. (This has me scratching my head too)

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Here’s what the judges had to say:

- “I sure do like this quilt”

- Good Corners

- Love the texture and consistency of black

- Good workmanship

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I seriously LOVE how the ribbon is almost larger than the piece! 

Here’s what the judges had to say:

Like the quilting in keeping with asymmetrical design.

My friend Diane took home two ribbons as well.

1st place

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3rd place.  I’m pretty sure her 3rd place win was in the same category as my Quadruple Block Plan Honorable mention.  =)

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And, it was fun to see a quilt in the show that Diane wrote the pattern for.

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I didn’t take many pictures because well…I forgot my memory card.  Luckily Mike came to see my quilts hanging and brought it with him. 



2011 Mukwonago Quilt Show