Castles in Moonlight

Castles in Moonlight
Have plenty more castles!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eye Candy time again!

OK!  How many purses can you make... this is the inside of the lastest one.  Pocket for the cell phone on the right.  Another small pocket for other important things.

Turn it over, one big pocket, and another that is down inside that one.  Kind of a hidden pocket.

Now for SMQ's quilt show.  Well worth going to!  Love the quilting in this one!  By machine... I'll never get to this level!


Lots of dogs in this show!

I love the bright color quilts! 

And great quilting in this one too!!!

Here's mine!  Spare Logs.  Plenty of fun making this one!

Very soft colors and exact work.  I love it.  I'll never do something this exact.  Just goes against my mess creative side!

This quilt was beautiful!!! 

Look at the quilting in it!  BY HAND!!!

This got just for fun!  Too cute and great quilting in it!

Close up!

Again!  Fun stuff!!  Are you sure he's ours?

Nice log cabin variation!!!

Tone did this for he grand baby and didn't tell her daughter!  So she came and got a nice surprise at the show!!!

Just love this one!  Has circles!

Here's mine!  Hard to see the flowers in the rectangles.  All hand quilted!

Some were on display only.  This was a kit all hand cross stitched and hand quilted.  Very sweet and wonderful to see it done.

Love this one!  Appliqued!  Very cool.

And Best of show!  Can you guess who did it?  You know!  Linda Roy!  She's a super quilter.  All hand done!  These are my colors!  I'll never make one this intricate.  Rouching, embroidery, all kinds of techniques in it!

Look closer!

Just beautiful.

Lots of tiny stitches!

And Mali's quilts!  I found myself drawn to her work!  Just great!  Wonderful colors and unexpected shapes!!! 

I was taking pictures of quilts and realized that I took pictures of all her entries! 
The show was fun.  I got to see lots of people from SMQ.  I dropped out of that guild over a year ago.  Just didn't want to drive down in to Knoxville anymore.  I found other great guilds much closer to home.  One in Oak Ridge, and one in Norris.  Then I joined the Modern quilt guild in Knoxville, but they meet Saturday morning.  Each guild has it's own "style" and "flavor" of quilting.  It's fun to see the quilts.
Got to get sewing!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Eye Candy time!

The modern quilt show is up for the month at 100 Gay Street art gallery.  The show has a wonderful selection of quilts made by the local Modern quilt guild.  I needed to have a list of who made which, but they didn't have a print out.

So what is Modern quilting?  There isn't an exact description! 

Some people think you have to use specific colors.  Or have a large negative (or empty of design) space.

Or do a twist on a traditional design.

Newer fabrics are coming out in very different colors.

Simpler designs are a good bases.

Lots of grays.

Modern is NOT traditional....

Or is it?

Big spaces for simpler quilting.

Or a break from what you have been doing for years!

This is better when you see it.  Pictures don't always get the colors well. 

Here's the break from tradition.

Or resizing tradition!

smaller blocks,

With larger sashing.
I can remember when "contemporary" label for a category came about.  (yes, I'm that old...)  You have to describe that be eliminating traditional, pictorial, and other familiar catagories.  Then the newest style was the one that didn't fit into those catagories.  Like trying to put different music into catagories, so you can find it in the stores.  I think it's the shows that need the different groupings so it's easier to be judged. 
I went to the modern quilt show in Georgia, and noticed that the quilting was way overboard when I was  told that the negative space was for a simple straight line design.  That was the maker could get it done quicker.  Not so in the show.  You can tell that the over quilted ones were makers who had always quilted that way, and now can make tops quicker to show off their quilting.  Ok, but where do you draw the line on that?
I have also noticed in the AQS magazine, that the machine quilting is in 2 groups!  What?  Yes, the long arm, and the stationary machines!  So, do you move the quilt or the machine!  They get 2 different catagories and double the prizes....while the hand quilters in most shows are a single ribbon/award.... Now I have been hand quilting all this time, and would love to see the hand quilting all by itself again!
Just saying...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

trying to clear the table!

Got the binding on this one for the charity quilt to the hospitality house.

Binding on this one.  Probably a give away one.

Made (yet) another bag to use on the trip.  Pocket on this side...

zipper pocket and a top loading pocket on this side.

inside, two pockets on one side.

Then three over lapping each other on this side.  The round one is for a water bottle to stand up in there.

I did get this one all done.  Can't remember if I put the picture up or not.
Just so much going on right now.  Can't seem to keep up with what happened and what's coming up!  The Modern quilt show is up at the Gallery at 100 Gay Street in Knoxville!  Going to go see that tomorrow.  The SMQ show goes up and is open on the 16/17th at the Expo Center in Knoxville.  The Lavender Festival is in Oak Ridge, TN on the 17th. 
Ran around to get the trailer into the storage place today and got the Subaru out for a service appointment on Thursday morning.  Got new glasses and a second pair to just wear in the sewing room!!!  All the closeup work by hand should be easier now. 
Got a "quilt in a box" yesterday from a great friend, to sew together and hand quilt.  I will do this one for her.  We have known each other for over 25 years!  So much has happened to both of us in that length of time, and we understand completely.  We have quilting in common and it keeps us together mentally, and emotionally. 
There's more things on the calendar that are coming up and I have 3 classes/talks in August at the Atomic Fiber Shop in town.  So I have to start digging things out for samples and to show.  Then my son's good friend is getting married soon and I'm going to let him give them a quilt.  It might involve letting them come over to choose clearing off the table...omg. 
So?  What's on your calendar for this summer?  Relaxing or running around?  Both probably.  Don't forget to breath and put your feet up.  Cut out a new project and get it ready to quilt this next winter. 
One of my wonderful quilting friends is going to have surgery this week.  I know I shouldn't worry, but it's hard not to.  Go hug your friends.  Call them, and tell them stories and jokes.  That's what friends are for!  And bring chocolate!