Busy Thursday and Friday

Thursday night, I attended my second guild meeting with the Alamo Heritage Quilt Guild.
It is a large group of friendly and welcoming people.
Kathy Smith presented a trunk of beautiful, machine embroidered quilts.
I also connected with Barbara Steers, who works with the Quilt of Valor group.
The Quilt of Valor first came to my attention by Abbie.
Check out Abbie’s blog.
She has great ideas.
After discussing dates with Barbara, I realized that I would not be able to attend any of the group sessions.
So, I will be making the quilt on my own, and Barbara will long arm quilt.
I can’t wait to get started.
In the meantime, I found some fabric in my boxes and decided I needed a granny bag.

Floral Fabric


Strips


Inside pocket (both sides)

Back
I printed photos of my two youngest grandchildren and pieced them on the front pocket.

Winnie the Pooh and Me


“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.
A. A. Milne

My sewing room is out of control with fabric since I am working on three different quilts.
In the midst of this disorganization, I took a trip to B&B Quilt Shop to pick up the fabric I ordered for the Tribute quilt.
Oh, my! So many “surprising discoveries”!

I did show some self-control, and only purchased the fabric and a square ruler…but, I took note on some fabric I will be using for another quilt. This shop has a quality selection of Texas wildflower fabrics.  I am working on some possible designs and I will be collaborating with my friend, Nancy.  I will talk more about this at a later date.


I had to pick another purple fabric for the binding on the Tribute quilt, since the wrong order had been placed.
However, the fabric I chose is a perfect replacement. The pink will be for the border.
Another discovery…the Buda Soda Fountain!
Actually, I had visited this yummy place when I last took care of my granddaughter.
We both got a sugar high and went bonkers…I know, Bad Grandma.
This was my new discovery at this quaint soda parlor:

Last night, I attended my first meeting as a member of the Alamo Heritage Quilt Guild.
The people were very welcoming, and the presenter, Michael Young, was amazing.
He is formerly from Louisiana, but is now living in San Antonio.
I loved what he repeatedly said about fabric : Let fabric do the work for you.
Also, I received the cutest membership name tag.
I need to embroider my name.

I am looking forward to learning more with this group of creative people.

 

New Tool

My son uses a design program when he is planning a piece of furniture he will be building.
He asked if there were any quilting design programs, and that was the first I ever thought of something like this.
After a bit of researching, I found a free program, Pattern Jam . 
I also found an app for the iPad, Quiltology.

I tried the free program today, and I am still learning how to use it effectively.
One glitch that I ran across was in designing the border.
The border for my Hope quilt is not solid.
It is made of keyboard strips.
I was not able to find out how to insert the different keyboard strips.
The result was a border showing just one keyboard strip.
I will keep playing with this and see if it is worth using.
One benefit I can see already, is the ability to layout the design and color scheme.
This is the result of the Hope quilt on Pattern Jam.

Tonight, I will be attending my first guild meeting.
The Alamo Heritage guild meets at a church that is near my house.
This will give me the opportunity to ask people about quilt design programs.

Oh! Exciting news.
Lucinda Ganderton, the author of Block a Day, commented on my blog!
I was so happy to read what she had to say.
Her book has been a great resource for me.
I highly recommend the book.