Castles in Moonlight

Castles in Moonlight
Have plenty more castles!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


When you go to the shows, which quilts just make you smile?!  This is a fun one!

Here is one that uses up bits of lace and other fabrics that you just can't get rid of the pieces.

And who doesn't love a happy goat!  He is so cute!  These were at the Asheville quilt show.

This is one that I pieced and quilted several years ago.  Going through the pictures of the quilt show on a different memory card, I came across these next few.

One for a baby girl! 

My Monster quilt!  Just fun!  Uneven edges!  And a blue ribbon in the quilts for kids category.

Got this one basted up today.  It will have to wait to be quilted.  Have at least 5 ahead of it.  But it's ready!

Working on this one in the frame.  Nice piece to be working on.

Not too big.  And great fabrics. 
So get in there and cut something out!  Winter is coming, you have to have things ready to quilt on. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Eye Candy!

The Asheville quilt show was last weekend!  And it was great!  Went up on Saturday, and it wasn't as busy on that day.  So here's a few that I loved.  I had tried to down load all 123 that I took, but the blogger just couldn't handle it.

The machine quilting in the background was fantastic!  I'm coming around to the machine quilting. 

Just love the simplicity of this one.  This is what I think is modern.

Fun, fun, fun! 

This one from a distance looks like a painting.  It was incredible. 

Another modern variation that I love.  But the quilting just is straight lines going up and down.  I don't think it enhances the actual picture.

This is very interesting!  Took some time to get the pieces to meet at all the seams.

Another fun piece!  I had to have the white glove person take off the name tag.  It was on the side and covered up about 1/3 of the quilt!

Love this!  It's like looking into water. Just fun.
Ok, so I never got all my vacation pictures sorted out.  Oh, well.  I have so many quilts to work on.  I have basted up 5 and have another to baste on the table.  Then a few small Hawaiian blocks that are fun to applique, and need to get those done so I can baste and quilt them up. 
Just not enough time and energy to keep up with things.  We did get to IKEA and bought closets.  Which are built up to where we had to order shelves, drawers, and rods to hang clothes on.  And those are all being delivered tomorrow... and Terry has a dentist appointment at 1pm.  So guess when they are coming?  Between 10am and 2pm... of course.
My washing machine still won't run the cleaning cycle, which you are supposed to run that once a month.... So Sears came and checked it and sure enough, it's the computer board.  Ordered and should get here this week, and the guy will be here on Friday to put it in.  Now a washer is a big deal to someone who gets fabric and prewashes all of it before it goes into the room.  I just do.  Such an argument about whether to do that or not.  Do or don't do, there is no try.  I figure the factory is not clean.  Packed bolts, shipped in dirty trucks.  Handled by people who don't wash their hands as soon as  they enter a store, so there is food, car dirt, makeup, germs, and other dust and dirt on the fabrics by the time you buy it.  So wash it.  Then you also know if the color will run, or if the fabric will shrink.  Just makes sense to me.  Ask me how I know....
I haven't entered near as many shows as I used to.  Expenses are going up in fees and shipping.  Prize money is going down, and there is less of it.  If you enter shows, you always hope to get something back.  Rules are changing and you have to enter on line... at least you don't have to go get a DVD made up of the pictures anymore.  I never could get  that right. 
There should be more of a standardized entry form!  Make it easier for the actual quilters!  Come on!  Most shows are put on by quilters.  Ok, I need chocolate and a good night sleep then a day of quilting!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Basting this week

This is one for a baby boy!  Nice blues. 

Next to be basted is this with the hearts.  Marked and ready to quilt.

This is the Hawaiian one for the next challenge.  You can go back to the previous post and see it in progress.

Baby quilt marked and basted.

And a smaller piece that is a "Modern Landscape".  Just fun.
Also basted another one that I did the top a year and a half ago.  Seems like I just made quilt tops for a while and now need to baste while the table is cleared off!  That doesn't happen often!  The big one with the Tulips in Hawaiian style is next to be basted.  Got to give my back a break for a day or two!
Tomorrow, I'm going to the Asheville quilt show!  I love that show!!!  400 quilts on display. Great vendors and a beautiful ride to get over there!  Down loading my camera now and charging up the battery for pictures!  Going with one or two friends!  Should be wonderful. 
Still need to do gardening.  But with a new dog and plenty to quilt....the garden is still waiting!  Ok.  Priorities.  What are your's?  Got to get the things done that are important to the fun part of your life.  Don't forget that! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Did I say I was semi retired?

Not a chance.  Haven't had time to go through the other half of the vacation pictures yet!  So here are quilts!  This is my "Modern Landscape".  Love the idea of using geometric shapes for plants and leaves.  Start a new trend!

This is for a great friend!  Now I have to mark and baste.

Digital Hearts.

And another reason we are busier than before!  Adopted a German Shepherd!  Midnight is less than a year old.  A sweet dog!  But it means paying attention to his needs.  Had one accident in the basement because we were not paying attention to his signals.  Still a learning process for all of us.

Big dog, 61.5 lbs.  Good thing he listens.

Ok, here is the Hawaiian one that needs the backing sized and basting.

This castle, the fiber guitar and the Moon Glow were entered into the Oak Ridge Art Center's open art show.  This one did NOT get in.  It was "too cheesy" for this show.  So it was a male judge.  He picked the fiber guitar.  Moon Glow also didn't get in?!  So it's in the Cherrywood exhibit!

Another Hawaiian going on for the Quilter's Treasure shop's challenge.  I'm worried though.  I got an award for this year's and no telling what I won, and no batting sent yet.  They are usually slow, but not this bad.  Hope things are ok with that couple.  They have had health problems before.

This came off the "free table" at one  meeting.  Darlene grabbed it for me!  Love this!  Got to play with it.

Here is Moon Glow.  It did make it into the Cherrywood Fabric's challenge!  I'm in the 2nd group that will be traveling around the usa next year.  There will be a book published with all the finalists from both groups.  Now I'm going to vent a bit here, the fabric company has you buy their packet of fabrics and the 20" square has to be 100% their fabrics on the top and binding.  Ok, I spend about $100 on all fabrics, and this did include the entry fee in their blue packet.  They only were giving out 3 gift certificates...ok... but only in the first group of 120 that they picked.  So my group of 80, don't even get a chance to win anything.  They had 465 entries. (average sales that they could have made $100 = $4650.) They are making money and this will be free showing and advertising of their fabrics.  Yes it is a "feather" in my hat to be included.  But they are printing up a book of all the finalists.  So, do you think they could give us each a book?  If those cost $25 to $30, you know they get them at a lower price.  It would not kill them to show other quilters that they will give back to them.  Just saying....
Vent over.

This one is still in the frame.  It will come out, done or not.  The hearts will go in next.

Melissa brought in blocks that she had made ages ago.  So I have been playing around with them.  The blocks were 4 strips.  I cut them in half and made these blocks.  Kind of neat!

Ah, the back garden.  Most of this is weeds, even that 5foot tall one to the left.  It's pretty and is even bigger now!  Ok, I'll dig it out in the fall.  Wait!... that's like next week?
I have a 9 patch on the design wall that is for a great grand baby!  Another great friend is having the 6th one show up in January.  Too early to take a picture of that.
Also need to vacuum, laundry, take the dog to a park, get a coffee with Terry...and there's my day.  So while they are out walking now, I'd better get back to work.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Takes time to tell you of the trip!

This was part of a wall that was painted.  Love the colors and designs.

didn't have wall paper back then, so they painted the walls with their history.

Ok, he wasn't in this castle, but he could have been!

Here's some of the armor from different ages.  The yellow one has design like on the Porsche emblem.

I love the doors and the details of things.  They had time and the craftsmen ship to make things beautiful.  Look at the hinges!

Strange little openings to let water drain out or animals in?

Steep and uneven, so it anyone attacked the castle, it would be more difficult.

The black smith shop was to make the doors and useful things.

More of the main entrance.

Love this box!  How do you think it really locks up?

another great door!

An look at this lock!  Amazing.

Then this was the day we were sailing up the Rhine and it got very narrow....seemed to be a lookout building on every hill along the way.

This was on an island.  If you didn't pay the toll (way back when) then the donkeys would pull a rope or chain up in the river and you couldn't pass.

Going up a road to another castle.

I love the towns.

This castle was constantly being built upon.  You could see the difference in the buildings each generation.

This was the moat, but it wouldn't hold water, or it kept getting stagnant.  So they kept people down there that didn't pay their taxes... or put deer down there to hunt.
The stories are wonderful from these places.  No wonder there are so many children's books about knights, and ladies.  Art is fantastic, and the details are always inspiring. 
Get out and see places.  My pictures are still a mess, but it's so fun to look through them!