Wednesday, July 4, 2018
So? United Arab Emirates checked out my blog, 130 times midday on July 1. What's up? Haven't had any feed back from there before. Just checking out quilts and quilting or are you looking for something else? Think it's time to close down the blog if quilters aren't checking in and only people slinking around the background....
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Went to the quilt show today at the Expo Center in Knox. Not as many quilts as other years, but there were some really good ones and very interesting other ones! The bee was up in Pigeon Forge show as well as a couple of others.
I have seen several quilts done with all these pieces. Don't know if it's a pattern or not, but it is beautiful.
I love this one. I saw one lady standing beside it saying..." but it's not even!" She was having a tough time. Needs more meds....
This had been up in Pigeon Forge. Strangest bunch of things on it. Think it might be some gaming stuff....
Jean Lester has an exhibit of her quilts. This is one she made for a family member. I love the colors!
Jean was making the pie blocks in Thursday bee. There were going to be more pies, but she lost the templates to make the crusts! So just 9 pies!
So there are so many different kinds of quilts and all were fun to see! I did like the vendors they had. But since I had bought fabric on the trip, I didn't buy anything there. I was not busy in the afternoon. People there said that it was busy in the mornings. With it being 94 degrees outside, I'm not surprised that people didn't want to go out. And several other festivals were going on. I went to the Lavender Festival in the morning and got some plants and home made soaps.
It's important to enter quilts in the smaller shows and go to see them. Or these shows will not be able to stick around. The vendors didn't do well, so you know they just can't come back if they aren't even breaking even.
The Asheville show is the end of September. I'm going to enter but I won't be in the area in order to go see. I love that show! over 400 quilts and lots of great vendors. I don't enter the really big, big shows. The entry fees, and shipping prices have really gone up. So unless you win some money back, it's hard to enter those. Having said that, it seems like the same quilts are entered into all the big shows and no one else stands a chance. I guess if I spend all that time to make a superior quilt, I would send it out to win all I could.
There's the rub...
So now in my quilting life, I am finally making quilts for fun! I'm trying new things that aren't even in books or being taught... so if I can come up with new techniques (that people are interested in) then I'll be known. If not, then what the hell. I'm having fun and playing with my fabrics!
So go to it! Cut it up and play!
Saturday, June 9, 2018
I have been sewing and have 2 huge bags of scraps! In one guild, the challenge is to make a scrap quilt... Got to get started on that!
Finished this one, "Modern Landscape". It will be in the SMQ quilt show June 15, 16 in Knox Expo Center.
Made this 12" square piece for a magazine challenge to celebrate the space programs. 3-2-1 Blast Off. I didn't get in. Ah, well, you have to try!
And this is a practice piece to find out what the stitches actually look like on my machine! I want to make a cover for the machine and have all the stitches IN ORDER, so I can find them....
This is the Hawaiian Piece that I entered in the challenge from Quilter's Treasures. Go to their website to see others.
So I do use a lot of blue. That is my comfort zone. My neutral colors. You do have to add other colors to make the designs pop.
Well I better get to sewing. Putting the binding on a big quilt that I want to enter into the Asheville show.