In 2016, I went to a couple of local quilt shows.
It is always so inspiring to see the beautiful creations on display.
A thought came to mind, that maybe, one day, I could have one of my quilts in a quilt show.
Then, this past February, I visited my friend, Jeana, and dropped off the quilt top of the Tribute quilt I made in memory of my mother.
Jeana is always so supportive and informative; and I admire her work.
I was surprised when she said that I should enter this quilt into the Salute to Texas Quilt Show.
This was a boost to my confidence as a quilter.
Since then, I added two more quilts to be entered to the show.
The Wild About Texas quilt was inspired by the beautiful photography of Richard Reynolds.
I discussed design and fabric with my friend, Nancy. She was a great help on this Texas quilt.
As mentioned in a previous post, the third quilt, Hope, was inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem.
Both the Tribute and the Hope, quilt were made from block patterns chosen from Lucinda Ganderton’s book, Block a Day.
I learned so much from this book.
Since January, I have been anticipating and preparing for the experience of being a quilt show participant.
I finished binding the last quilt yesterday.
Today, I checked and re-checked each square, seam, and inch of the quilts…more than once!
My OCD is on over-drive.
I think the quilts are ready to be delivered tomorrow morning.
The anticipation as I prepared for this quilt show has truly been very exciting.
I would like to thank my family and friends who have put up with my craziness.
I would also like to thank my blogging friends for their comments and support.
Checking over the fronts and backs of the quilts ONE MORE TIME!
Binding is still not my favorite thing to do, but it is done.
The inspiration for the Wild About Texas quilt came from looking at wildflower photographs taken by Richard Reynolds.
I told my friend, Nancy Reynolds, that I wanted to make a quilt to showcase these photographs.
Nancy steered me to the Moda Wildflower viii fabric collection.
Richard printed out the photos for me.
Thank you, Richard and Nancy.
I started this Wild About Texas Quilt on April 1.
I finished piecing the quilt on April 3.
My friend, Jeana Kubik and I consulted designs for the long arm.
Jeana did a beautiful job.
Thank you, Jeana.
She encouraged me to include this quilt as one of three entries in the Greater San Antonio Guild Quilt Show.
Finishing a project is such a good feeling.
It was so worth taking the time to do it slowly, instead of rushing through it.
After I finished working on the quilt, I accompanied my husband to Wal-Mart. As we entered the store, he told me he would meet me in the fabric area when he found what he needed. I guess he knows me well.
I found some more fabric for the #iwishyouamerryquiltalong.
I also saw this bundle that put me in a fall state-of-mind. I thought I could use it to make a fall tote or something.
The other day, when I was with my sister, she reminded me that I had promised her a mug rug.
She reminded me that she wanted polka-dot.
Black and white polka-dot, to be exact.
So, I saw these and added them to my basket.
These fabric purchases are my reward for finishing the binding.
When my dad passed in the 90’s, I pulled all of his plaid shirts and stored them in my closet.
This past April, I got up the nerve to cut the shirts and make a quilt.
I had planned on trying to quilt this myself, but the frail fabric concerned me.
I consulted with my friend, Jeana Kubik , and she said she could long arm the quilt for me.
We decided on a softer batting.
Jeana did a beautiful job.
It is such a special quilt for me.
The front, backing, sash, and binding are all made from my dad’s shirts.
I kept the pockets and the tags and used them as part of the blocks.
I love what Jeana did for the center heart block.
I used the remaining large shirt fabric to piece the back.
Jeana’s quilting is fantastic.
This is one of the pocket and tag blocks. The pocket is buttoned shut, but is functional.
I made this quilt carrying tote using the six remaining pockets.
This way, I can carry my quilt whenever I travel.
It has been a great day!
In March, I downloaded a pixel Autobot photo to make a Transformer quilt for a special young man.
It was easy to transfer this pixel photo to a 2.5 inch square and strip pattern.
The fabric was purchased in Georgetown, Texas, at the Poppy Quilt ‘N Sew.
I was able to piece the quilt top in two days.
My friend, Jeana, used the Broken Glass pattern for quilting on the longarm.
Today, I finished binding the quilt.
I cannot wait to surprise him with his quilt.
I also made an Autobot pillowcase.
The Autobot fabric was purchased from Spoonflower.
River Run Pattern by Esch House Quilts
My friends and I have formed a quilting group, the Brack Pack, for this Brackenridge Park Conservancy project.
We met last week to start our planning; and today, Marti and I met with Jeana.
Jeana is so helpful with ideas and suggestions.
She has also volunteered to long arm the quilt for us. Yay!
Today, the three of us decided that Batiks would be best for this quilt.
We will be quilting photos of the park onto this quilt.
At first, we had thought of applique, but now we will piece them into the quilt.
How we are going to do this has been left up to me…yikes!
Jeana gave me some suggestions, so I am going to make a practice piece to see if I can do it.
I couldn’t make it to the meeting Marti scheduled with Lynn Osborne Bobbitt, the executive director of the conservancy.
Marti reported that Lynn and her staff are all excited about this quilt.
So are we!
Usually, my friends just run the other way when I come up with an idea.
But this time, we are all on board.
We will go to Creations, a fabric shop in Kerrville, Texas, on April 28th.
We heard they have a good selection of Batiks.
We also just want to go have lunch in Kerrville!
Tomorrow is a sister day in Kyle, Texas.
I am picking up my older sister and driving to Kyle to meet our youngest sister for her birthday lunch.
We will be eating at Garcia’s Restaurant…yummy!
Rainy Day + Classical Music = Great Day for Creating
It has been the perfect day for playing with fabric.
I completed the New York Block.
I love these blocks, but I am learning this on my own and it is real challenging.
Hopefully, I can talk to someone at the guild and see about taking lessons.
After I completed this NY block, I went back to making more scrappy quilt blocks.
I find it very relaxing to just piece without a plan.
My technique is to pull out strips and pieces and just sew them without any measuring or planning.
Sometimes, I cut a 6.5″ x 6.5″ wonky square.
Then, I add more strips to this square and cut a 8.5″ x 8.5″ square.
Or, I just piece and cut a wonky 8.5″ x 8.5″ square.
This is what I have so far:
After I completed these blocks, I realized that I had emptied the two stash drawers where I had mostly misfit remnants.
I sorted a few other drawers and cut some strips, and now the stash drawers are a bit more manageable.
I spent some time looking at paper piecing tutorials.
It was also a Pinterest kinda day.
Bird house quilt blocks caught my attention.
Since I am not ready to paper piece, I decided to create a bird house block without a pattern.
I started with a 4.5″ X 4.5″ square in the middle, and then I made the roof.
I just pieced what was needed as I went along.
I don’t know if I want to applique a bird on this or not.
Here are some possibilities:
Tomorrow, my friend and I will be going to visit Jeana.
She sells great fabric to use for quilt backing, and we want to know what is available before we go fabric shopping for the Brackenridge Park quilt.
The Rainbow Heart quilt is completed and is now being machine quilted
by Jeana Kubik.
This quilt is for a very special person, and I know that Jeana will do a great job.
Jeana also sells fabric, and I found an absolutely perfect fabric for the backing.
I forgot to take a picture, but it looks like a splash of happy colors on a black background.
Jeana had just given a class on how to use a Gammill.
I need to sign up for a class.
Maybe, one day.
This morning, I was able to complete the Morning Sun quilt top and I took it to Jeana Kubik .
Every visit with Jeana is like getting a private lesson.
I shared my ideas about a future quilt project and she gave me some great pointers.
Then she gave me a tip about setting up an easy design board by buying a flannel backed table cloth from the Dollar Store…Wow! How easy is this?
I’ll be hitting the store tomorrow.
After I returned from the usual Monday grocery trip, I started making the Christmas purse for my granddaughter.
Last week, when she and I were at the quilt shop, I thought I would give her the choice of choosing the fabric.
She just smiled and said, “Surprise me!”
I searched different online patterns for making a messenger bag.
Most of these were too large for a 5 year old.
Luckily, I found this tutorial on Merriment Design.
I added some bulk to the bag by using fusible batting on both the lining and the outer bag.
I also decided to applique a tree and decorate it with buttons.
The green fabric was a fat quarter left over from last year.
I added a pencil pocket and a small pocket.
The underside of the flap is the same fabric as the lining and tree.
I found a package of Christmas buttons that had green and red owls, so I added them to the tree.
My granddaughter has a ballet performance this Saturday, so I will Surprise Her with her bag.
Next on the list?
I’ll decide tomorrow.
Any time spent with my sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren are treasured moments.
Yesterday was spent with my youngest son and youngest grandson.
This three year old is a bundle of love.
I returned home inspired to complete the space quilt.
I asked my son to choose from these two fabric panels.
I pieced remnants to the sides.
I need to cut this fabric into two panels for the sides.
Since I do not have a big enough table, I will go use the table at Las Colchas.
Then it is off to Jeana Kubik at Busy Bees Quilting for longarm quilting.