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Saturday, May 23, 2015

More of the show!

Here's my Flamingo with the 2nd place ribbon!  Judge liked the tutu!

This is all machine quilted.  Small piece and very well done.!

I got to see some of the vendors.  She has beautiful jewelry with quilt designs in them.  Go see!

Got this picture.  It's about as close a shot as I could get. 

The bead vendor has some cool stuff! I did get a book from her!  It's very different!  She's a local shop.

Her things are really nice.  She does have teachers come in and has classes.

Now this booth has stencils that are like silk screening.  I have a ton of the "old" style stencils... so I wasn't going to start to replace all those.  But it looked so cool how he does this.  That's what these next pictures are.

Stencil on the fabric. 

He uses the pouncer, but you rub it not pounce it.

And the power comes through.  The white powder just irons away, or goes away in the dryer.  I did get 2 marking pencils that mark on dark fabrics through the older stencils and then can iron off the markings.

Here's the back corner booth.  Fabric at very good prices!  Batik's at $9 a yard.... had to leave before I let myself go....

This is the border of the best of show bed quilt!  I really love it!

Here's the whole quilt.  Linda Roy does it again!!!

Here's mine!  I got an Honorable Mention.  Guess what...?  Around the corner was the third place was a t shirt quilt that was machine quilted.  Mine is all hand quilted.... The hostess pointed that out to me.  What was the judge thinking?  Should I get wigged out?
Nay.  I get to keep my quilt.  It took the first place at the show in Norris last year.  You just never know if she was judging this category right before lunch and just wanted to get done.  You can't get upset at the ribbons.  I make quilts for fun (ie..the blue flamingo!).   Just go with the flow, and hope karma kicks the right person!
Which reminds me...Thursday bee's next challenge is "curses".  Got a few more ideas!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Eye Candy time!

I helped to set up the quilt show yesterday.  These quilts are the art category winners...first is in the middle, second is on the left and third is on the right.  When we got done hanging up the quilts, they had to put up the signage and ribbons.  So I don't know who made every thing or what they won!  Good reason to go to the show this weekend!

This is my quilt for the challenge they had!  We had to be inspired by a song.  this is "Swan Lake."  Flamingoes love to dance ballet!  this one is on an algee free diet, so she isn't pink.  They did tell me I got a second place for this!

This is Gloria Felter's "Ninety Six Tears".  Love it!!!

Other challenge pieces.

And one more that was interesting with the selvage prints!

Some one did this dragon with the batiked panel.

This is my "Ice Dragon".  Did some beading on it.

I think this is one by Candace Tucker...

Linda Roy's!

Don't know who did this, but I love it!

I helped to hang up the quilts here.  Art Category.

Sometimes I'm in such a hurry to get a picture that it's out of focus a bit....

Love things that are different!!!

The sheep are so cute!

This is so much better in person.  It just shines.

The chickens are adorable!  Great applique.

Closeup work!

The puppy is so cute! 

Another beautiful quilt.

The waterfall has some felting in it. 

The modern quilts are getting better and better.

I don't do paper piecing.  Just have a terrible time getting it right.  So I do appreciate all that went into this one!

Gloria's other quilt in there!  I love the whole design!

Sometimes simple designs are so clear and wonderful.

And then there is mine... Warp 9.  The camera didn't like it!  I did do a lot of big stitch with embroidery in it.  Cut some holes and stitched them back. 

Here's my other modern one.  Out side the Lines.  I had it basically quilted and done with out the circles.  And it looked too I added the circles at the very end!

This is so neat and clean lines!  I love it.  There was a lot of this style back in the 70's.  Nice to see up dates to designing.

This one I have seen in magazines, and the Paducah quilt show. 

I just thought this was cute!

Another nice modern design.

Closeup of the quilting in it!

This one belongs to someone else, but I did quilt it.  She bought the top in an antique shop and just couldn't leave it unfinished. 

This is really nice.  Picture doesn't to it justice.

And my big one!  Tide Pools.  Just love the colors in it.  It was in a show last year and several people asked me if it was for sale.  I really want to keep this one for our house.

Right next to it is this cool one.  Love the colors in it!
Go to see shows!  They are inspiring to me!  And put your quilts out there to be seen.  I don't win much, but I love to see them up.  And other people love to see quilts up close.  At a quilt meeting,  people hold their quilts up for just a minute or two and it's gone.  Nice to see them at a distance and then go up close!
I didn't get a chance to really see if there were a lot of hand quilted quilts.  I do love those.  So many are machine quilted, and I do like them, but being a hand quilter, I just love to see that someone has taken the time to put each stitch in by hand. 
I'm going to try and get back down to the show tomorrow.  Be nice to see who got ribbons and who made some of these I haven't see before.     The show is at Maryville College, Maryville, TN. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Split Squares

Yea!  The binding is on!  I'm sewing on the casing today and will make a label.

Had fun in the borders doing something different in the quilting.  Most of it was stitch in the ditch.

Easy quilt and I used up some of the strips from my leftover bags.  Still plenty in there!

Next quilt is in the frame.  This is an antique top that I got in a shop.  I call it the 9 patch basket.  Someone said they saw it in a Quilter's Newsletter Magazine many years ago.  Thought it was called a basket of posies.  It is marked and ready to go.  Just need some more time! 
Last night at the guild, one woman who had died...her husband sent all her fabric down to the guild.  The members got to look through it and take home what they wanted  (for free)!!!  Ok, I didn't go crazy, but I did take lots of quilting fabric.  There was polyester double knit, felt, drapery, upholstery, and clothing fabrics.  A good ton of stuff!  I helped put things back into the lady's car who brought it all down there.  She said that at least half was taken home.  So I didn't take that much! 
The SMQ's Quilt show is this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Maryville College in Maryville, TN.  Should be a terrific show!  Signs will point the way to free parking!  Small quilts and fabric items for sale.  Vendors from several states will be there.  (I have 5 entries in this!)  So come on over, or down to see the quilts.  Other exhibits will be up!
I'm going to help with set up on Thursday.   Terry and I will be going out of town this weekend, so I'll help the show before that.  We are going to a track to have fun driving!!!
So cut, sew, quilt, go see quilts, and have some fun this weekend!!!