Saturday, May 21, 2011

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Work in Progress

I have been working on a
block of the month for a while now and finally have it ready to quilt. 

This was a free BOM from Morning Glory Designs but if you want
the pattern now, there is a fee.

The border is appliqued.  I was suppose to make
assorted flowers but instead I chose
to do them all the same design
but made them the colours of the squares
in the quilt.

When I have finished quilting it I will post a full picture.  The flowers really make the quilt stand out.


Another work in progress.
 I am getting ready to practice making the Twister pattern.
I have the squares sewn together
and the border attached.
5" squares and 3" border.

This is really going to be interesting.
Alva is going to show me how
to cut out the twisters.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

8 Quilt Shops to visit

On the trip to Eau Claire Wisconsin we had the pleasure of stopping at 8 Quilt Shops on the way there and on the way home.

Thimbles Quilt Shop, Trego, WI
Busy Bobbin Quilt Shop, Rice Lake, WI
Cotton Club, Chippewa Falls, WI
Quilt Yard, Osseo, WI
The Calico Shoppe, Eau Claire, WI
Creatons Quilt Shop, Duluth, MN
Kelly J's, Duluth, MN
Crystal's Log Cabin Quilts, Grand Marais, MN

I used my couch to showcase all my goodies.

Fons & Porter Ergonomic Seam ripper (really nice to use)
Alex Anderson's Handy 4 in 1 tool
Alex's Piecing Tips and Tricks
Carole Doak's Foundation Paper
A Box of Candy Bars from Moda
Aurifil Thread
Crib size Quilt Kit for a great niece who will soon be a new mama

Table topper pattern, Quilt pattern,Strip Therapy #7 for Bali Pops
Stonehenge fabric and charm squares
Bali Pops Grasshopper
Garden panel and background for placemats
Fat quarters
Christmas wreath pattern using twister tool

Tri Recs Ruler
Moda Pattern
Quilt kit for Twister tool using a Layer Cake
4 kits for placemats
Blue, Orange & Horse fabric for a convergence
4 yards of Batik fabric
Ricky Tims bag
1 yard of label fabric (always handy to have)

I tried to restrain myself on this trip and not buy too much new fabric and patterns.  I now have enough fabric and patterns to last me a long long time.

I guess I better get to work soon.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ricky Tims Quilt Seminar

If you ever get a chance to go to one of Ricky Tims seminar, NEVER, NEVER pass it up.  I never thought I could learn so much and be so entertained about quilting as I was over those three days.   We were up every morning by 6:30, as we were not staying at the hotel that the seminar was at,  and did not get back to our hotel until 9pm each night. 

Every minute was totally worth it.  Here I am with Alex Anderson.

The seminar featured Ricky Tims, Alex Anderson and Libby Lehman.

Alex Anderson, Libby Lehman and Ricky Tims.

There was one sad part of the seminar and that was that Ricky ended up in the hospital with a kidney and Urinary Infection.  Alex and Libby filled in and he did some of the lectures and demonstrations but I'm sure it would have been better if he could have taken part in more of the seminars.

We learned:

Caveman Style Quilting

Convergence Quilts

Rhapsody Quilts

Kool Kaleidoscope

and so much more that
there isn't room to describe it all.

Libby Lehman putting together the Kaleidoscope Quilt.
It looks hard, but they showed us an easy way.

Alex is from Wisconsin and someone gave her a cheese head.

Alex taught us Hand Quilting & Choosing Fabric.

Libby taught us Sheer Ribbon Illusions and Potluck Applique.

They both filled in for Ricky also and did his portion of the Seminar.

Libby kept us in 'stitches' with her many jokes and off handed expressions.
No one slept through the first few hours of the morning
we were too busy