Monday, October 7, 2013
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
As all quilters know, when ya make a quilt ya also make leftovers (scraps). The pattern, Tokyo, can be found in the Fons and Porter Easy Quilts Scrap Quilts Fall 2011 magazine. Once the project was complete my leftovers included nine blocks (cuz I made my quilt smaller than the pattern called for). This quilt was so FUN to make I just had to do something with the leftovers!
So I drug out my graph paper (yes I am one of those kind of people that draws it out first). I decided I needed to make a few more block and an alternating block to make a nice size quilt.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A little later in the morning I noticed CARROT was hanging out by the cat bowls.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Yesterday I attended the monthly meeting of the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild. It was held at Scrapbooks ECT, in Mesa and it was a meeting not to be missed. The guest speaker of the day was none other than quilt extraordinaire, Sharon Schamber. Sharon brought with her several BIG suitcases filled with her quilts. These aren't JUST QUILTS, these are BEST OF SHOW award winning quilts that have hung in national shows all over the country. Many of her quilts have also been published in national quilting magazines. I just gotta say... the woman makes some AWESOME quilts!
This is the third time I have been privileged enough to see her trunk show. Her skill and talent is such that you just don't get tired of seeing her stuff. AND she is one of most down to earth people you'll ever meet. She is very engaging, funny and sharing. She has developed several techniques for accomplishing exquisite workmanship in time saving ways and she shares all of her tips and tricks with the audience. If you ever get a chance to view her trunk show DO IT!
Sharon will be at the Rim Country Roundup Quilt Show in Payson, AZ in October this year. She is teaching five classes (at very affordable fees) in conjunction with the show. Here's a great opportunity to learn from one of the best.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
For me it came down to the ORANGE or GREEN. The orange one won out because the last "store bought" quilt that lived on my bed was green.
So, I'm interested in what you think makes an attractive bed:
Does your bed showcase homemade or 'store bought' stuff?
I do both but would showoff homemade more if I could get it together to have made more than just TWO king size quilts.
Do you change the bedcovering with the seasons, or just when you get tired of it (or it gets tired and frayed)?
Christmas is the one Holiday beds in my house display a quilt for the season. Sometimes I'll throw one on the bed that's kinda seasonal, like bright orange for summer.
Do you make your bed everyday?
Huh! I used to make my bed EVERYDAY. That was back when I was young and full of energy. Now I do what my husband calls "making it like a bachelor", I just throw the covers up over the pillows. It only REALLY gets made when I know company is coming.
Accent pillows. What's the perfect amount?
My bed rarely shows off accent pillows. I tend to lean more towards fewer pillows, I mean really... they spend most of the time stacked up on the floor beside the dresser.
Is your style to have sheets that match the quilt?
The most important thing to me is comfort. I hate trying to sleep on itchy or rough sheets and I'm kinda fussy about them being clean.
Friday, July 12, 2013
In my last post A Midnight Caper of International Proportion I shared with you a tale about a Peace by Piece Quilters volunteer, Jane, who hatched a plan of International Proportion. Here's the rest of the story:
Once the Midnight Shopping Caper had taken place the charity fabric then had to make it's way from Korea to the USA and then to the Peace by Piece Quilters stash so it could be made into comfort quilts. So the ring leader in Korea, Jane's daughter Elizabeth, with her sons DJ and Danny loaded the 154 yards of fabric into their suitcases and began the next phase in their generous project.
The flight alone takes about 14 hours. We all know anytime a person (or fabric) flies the effort includes a few hours of preflight time along with layover hours and then post flight time, sooo this was a major investment of time. Once in Arizona the three of them, along with Jane, personally delivered the fabric to the location where the Peace by Piece fabric stash is housed where it was welcomed, fondled, and adored by all.
All 154 yards will be on display at the next Peace by Piece Quilters bee to be held on August 1, 2013. I am sure at that time it will again be fondled and adored by all who are present.
As little bits and pieces of these cute, FUN, and child friendly fabrics begin to be sewn into comfort quilts all of the Peace by Piece volunteers will be reminded of this International shopping adventure and the generosity of people like Jane and her husband Sam, Elizabeth and her husband, along with DJ and Danny. The mission of the Peace by Piece quilters continues to become a reality because of generous and warm hearted people who not only donate fabric but also time, talent and dedication to the tasks involved in making comfort quilts for the many children in need of something to hang onto during difficult times in their young lives.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
Now Jane really enjoys fabric shopping and she had developed a Korea Fabric Shopping System with her daughter and it goes something like this...
The fabric shoppers (that would be Jane's daughter with her husband and sons) arrive at the 'Fabric Market' (as Jane has affectionately dubbed it). Dongdaemun is a four story facility dedicated to sewers of all kinds. There are fabric shops for every need from 100% cotton to all kinds of garment and decorator fabrics. There are shops that just carry threads, buttons, zippers or any other need that should arise.
The final player in this Midnight Caper is Jane's husband, Sam. Jane shared with him the difference in the amount of money those Peace by Piece Quilters volunteers donated ($186) and the amount of money all those yards of fabric cost ($556). Being the awesome man he is, he offered to pay the difference. That's a lot a dollars!
I'll let you know when all the YAY fabric makes it to the Peace by Piece Quilters closet.