Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Last Minute Decision

In an eariler blog I mentioned the upcoming Country Charms Quilt Show which will be this week end in Cochranton, PA. Well, yesterday I had a great idea and I don't know why I didn't think of it before. I am going to promote my book, Orphan Block Quilts, at the show. I called the guild member in charge of the vendor spaces and there was still space for me even at this late date, just days before the show.

Last night I bustled around looking for a few display pieces -- luckily we found some pieces of framed 4x8 sheets of lattice which will make a good backdrop in order to hang some of the book quilts. Luckily, I never completely unpacked everything from the Bethel Show so it won't be too difficult to be ready.

Stop back next week to view pictures from the show!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Bethel Show Pics

I am finally posting photos from the Bethel Quilt Show from last week end. It was a very nice show with a nice selection of quilts for display. Probably the thing that I saw that surprised me the most was the amount of unfinished tops for display. I didn't ask, but I'm guessing there must have been some unfinished top categories. That seems kind of unusual to me -- I've never been part of a show that had a quilt top category....

The photos are actually of my booth -- as their special guest, I had a nice space just off the show area with lattice for hanging stuff.

The day of the show, it rained very hard all day. Sadly, I think this really affected the number of attendants. It's too bad because it was a very nicely put together show -- the Bethel Homemakers have been putting on this show for many years and their experience is evident.

OH! Did I mention the food? The show was located in a country church and had a great kitchen. I enjoyed a huge slice of strawberry pie for a mid morning snack, a big bowl of homemade potato soup for lunch (my Irish heritage was cheering), and for my afternoon snack -- a piece of pineapple coconut pie. WOW! Food and quilts -- what a perfect combination! There were many husbands that came to the show with their wives -- while the wives looked at the quilts, the husbands congregated at the tables near the kitchen, noshing on good eats.

I am looking forward to another quilt show next week end -- Country Charms Quilt Guild at Cochranton JR/SR High school in Cochranton PA. It's Sat and Sun, 30 April and 1 May. It's a little weird though because I used to belong to this guild (I had to leave the guild because I couldn't attend meetings anymore due to a work conflict) and helped at the show -- this year I will only be an observer and entrant. In addition to the quilts, I am looking forward to the vendors -- this show always has great shopping. The food is done by the Band Boosters and I've got my fingers crossed that they will have their famous "walking tacos." Yum Yum Yum. Oh, the guild also does pies, too. Stay tuned for photos from this show soon!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Winners of the Scrappy Quilt Contest on Quilting Gallery

Here are the winning scrap quilts from the weekly contest on the Quilting Gallery website:

YOU CAN CALL ME OWL by Val Campbell


I think that you will agree that both of these quilts are truly wonderful. Both Val and Joy will receive a signed copy of my book, ORPHAN BLOCK QUILTS, as their prize.

Congratulations to Val and Joy!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Quilter's World Magazine and the Bethel Quilt Show

Well, somehow I did it again! The other day, I received an acceptance email from QW magazine and they wanted two of my quilt submissions for the Dec 2011 issue. WOW! Can you believe it???? I was very excited after reading that -- I had to read it a few times for it to totally sink in. Then my next thought was that I had to get to work because I had two quilts to make this time (but the May 30th deadline) instead of just the one that I've been dmaking. Don't misunderstand me -- getting accepting into a quilt magazine is a wonderful thing. I accept the challenge.

Today I went to the Bethel Church outside Franklin PA to set up my featured guest space at their quilt show, which will be tomorrow from 9 until 3. The quilts that I saw looked awesome and I'm looking forward to checking them out completely tomorrow. When you look at a whole room of quilts, it can be so overwhelming because of the huge amount of work that went into the quilts. It's a little daunting, don't you think?

Of course, I stopped at one of my favorite quilt shops on the way in order to pick out the last two fabrics that I needed for one of the QM quilts. On Sunday, I have a friends sewing day so I'm going to jump start these two quilts!

I'll take some photos at the show tomorrow and post them soon so check back in a few days.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sponsoring a Scrappy Quilt Contest

This week, I am sponsoring the Scrappy Quilt Contest at the Quilting Gallery. So, take a photo of your favorite scrappy quilt and post it on the website. The top two scrappy winners will receive a signed copy of my book, Orphan Block Quilts: Making a Home for Antique, Vintage, Collectible, and Left Over Quilt Blocks. Check back here the beginning of the next week and I will post the winning quilts!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

On the Road Again

OKAY! I am back in business! I bought the replacement free motion foot last Friday and gave it a test run yesterday morning. Hooray! I finished quilting the blue and brown scrap quilt and even sewed on the binding. Yippee! Now I'll have to sit down and actually hand sew the binding to the back. I've been spending so much time on my computer lately that I haven't had any quality TV time in order to work on hand sewing binding........

Here's a couple of pics of my quilted blue and brown scarppy quilt. I don't know how well you'll be able to see the quilting in the close up, but it's just an allover large meander. Cute, isn't it? Don't forget -- it's backed with soft cozy fleece. I can't wait to cuddle up with this one....

Monday, April 4, 2011


Well, I created my first plaid in Photoshop. I thought you'd like to see it:

So, what do you think? I know it's nothing amazing, but at the same time the idea of creating a plaid from scratch on my computer is quite amazing.

This morning I just finished putting together another collection of fabric for Northcott and emailed it for some feedback. I'm a little nervous but very excited to see what my director says.

In a day or two I'll have the third collection put together to email for feedback. Then hopefully I'll get to start a few new collections!!!! Fun Fun Fun!