Monday, April 14, 2014

OCQG Show Pictures, Part 2

Here are more pictures from the OCQG show last Saturday.  Even though the pictures look good, the quilts are so much nicer in person.  Everyone should visit quilt shows in their area and appreciate the talent in their local guilds.

Here are three versions of the same pattern.  Each is wonderful -- different fabrics, different quilting, different tweaks!
Late Bloomers by Leni Freeman, Rochester Hills, MI

Late Blooms on Steroids by Barbara Kowal, Shelby Twp, MI

Shades of Autumn by Jan Stepp, Lake Orion, MI
And here are more quilts I enjoyed seeing:
Megan's Graduation Quilt by Tammy Porath, Clawson, MI

Cinco de Mayo by Elaine Krause, Madison Hts, MI

Close up of Cinco de Mayo

Americana Modern by Marcia Hallopeter, Mason, MI
Wonderful quilting, especially in the outer border!

Violet's Quilt by Erena Rieflin, Rochester Hills, MI

Starry Orange Peel by Della Carian, Oxford, MI

Wagon Wheels by Lesa Reynolds, Rochester Hills, MI

Baskets & Blooms by Betsy Wallace, Alanson, MI

So cute!

Pheasant Bouquet by Lisa Burmann, Driden, MI

Beautiful quilting!

Another close-up

Starry Nights by Jean Becher, Warren, MI

Winterberry & Holly by Gerry Coan, Rochester Hills, MI

Sew Mini Diamonds by Jean Brown, Auburn Hills, MI

Lakeside Cottage by Lisa Burmann, Dryden, MI

Extraordinary work!

Pig Hill by Mary Schrader, Rochester Hills, MI

Sunday, April 13, 2014

OCQG Show Pics Part 1

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the Oakland County Quilt Guild's quilt show and it was filled with beautiful quilts.  I met up with 5 friends and we all enjoyed the show.  I didn't see any of the vendors because I had to run to pick up lunch for my Mom, who I hadn't seen since February!  Since I gave up buying fabric for Lent, I didn't want to be tempted by the vendors any way, right??!!

Here are some of my favorites from the show.  I like a wide variety of quilting styles and techniques.  Limiting your appreciation is kin to only liking Italian cooking or only liking Be-bop jazz -- why would you deprive yourself of all of the varieties??!!

Look for more pictures tomorrow.
Scrap Box Jumble by Mary Asmus, Oakland, MI

Reminds me of a quilt made from men's ties

Floral Snowball by Pat Steele, Waterford, MI

These are a Few of My Favorite Things by Lisa Taylor-Nalette, Troy, MI

Ruth McCormick's quilting makes this look like it's really waving

About Trout by Shirley Buckmaster, Rochester Hills, MI

Crabapples by Ruth McCormick, Rochester Hills, MI

Red Floral by Barb Jensen, Rochester Hills, MI

Polka Dot Cabin by Carolyn Smith, Royal Oak, MI
Wonderful machine quilting by Ruth McCormick

Everlasting Wreath by Cyndi Anderson, Rochester Hills, MI

Untitled by Marylynn Danielson, Metamora, MI

Down at the Depot by Lisa Burmann, Dryden, MI

Wonderful embroidered trains

Amazing quilting!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

How's Everything?

I hope Spring is kicking in where you are, or Fall if you're on that side of the world!  Things are slowly coming to life around here.  If I could just stay healthy for a while.  For the third time in two months I'm sick again, this time another cold.  Hmmph!  I haven't seen my Mom since the end of February as she can't be around sick people due to her Humira and Methotrexate meds.

And if being sick isn't enough, this morning I went to the dentist to get my permanent crown placed.  The dental assistant removed my temporary crown, scraped off the adhesive, hosed and sprayed the remaining tooth structure.  Next she removed the permanent crown from the manila envelope and placed it in my mouth.  She took it back out, set it on the dental tray and left the room in search of the dentist.

The dentist returned with the assistant and announced he had received the wrong person's crown.  He showed me the impression -- yep, some other dentist and some patient named Johnson.  Jones - Johnson -- so close, right?  Mine is for tooth 5, the other one 13.  At least they're both upper teeth.

So they put my temporary crown back in its place once more and I was done for the visit.

I knew something was up when I looked at the crown on the tray and it was MUCH darker than my teeth.  He assured me that no one else had had the crown in their mouth, as if to comfort me.  Not entirely sure about that but I guess he's probably right.  The lab that made the crown was closed and he was certain it was a simple mix-up and my real crown would be received and ready for installation next week.

Was I upset?  Nope.  Not any one's fault, just a simple mix-up.  He couldn't believe how understanding I was but at that point what difference would it have made for me to get mad?  I was only a few minutes late to work and expect that will be the same next week, so long as the right crown shows up.

Hope you're having a great day!!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Afternoon Project

I had some leftover strips just sitting around from a baby quilt I made a couple of years ago, waiting for me to finally do something with them.  I had considered throwing them out because they weren't sewn perfectly but I decided they would make a cute doll quilt for a special young lady some day.

So I sewed them together, used a fusible batting scrap, and quilted it with a decorative stitch on my brand spankin' new Juki F600, which I bought Thursday.  

I think I'm finally done buying machines!  I'll have more on it later but here's how it greets me:

Like many others who have purchased this machine, I'm calling her Hazel.  The model number is HZL-F600.  So everyone -- say hello to Hazel!  I may have to thin out my stash of machines soon before my roommate catches on that this is yet ANOTHER machine....

P.S. The baby quilt is in the photo stream in my blog header !!

Saturday Fun

Life has been busy lately -- too busy to sew -- but I'm changing that today.  Right now.  Well, right after I finish writing this post!

I gave up buying fabric for Lent and I'm half-way to Easter Sunday and I can't wait.  I was watching a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company and I nearly logged on to buy fabric for a project!  This video on a quilt using charm packs to make half-square triangles is so good I'll have to make it.  Once Lent is done!

I also found this video today.  It's not new but it's new to me and I just loved this woman -- she was so wise and there's so much to be learned from Fern.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pattern Weights

I like to sew clothing and other items with a pattern but I really hate pinning the pattern pieces to the fabric when I cut it out.  Once I discovered the rotary cutter I pretty much gave up pinning and just free-wheeled it!  When I do need to be more precise I've been using some pattern weights (similar to these) I bought eons ago with thumbtacks in them.  I only have six of them and sometimes that's not enough.

Hmmmmm????  What to do?  MacGuyver it of course!  I headed over to my local family-run hardware store, Frentz & Sons, and bought several shapes and sizes of these metal plating pieces.  I considered a few other options -- no doubt perplexing the shop boys, before settling on these.  There's just enough heft to them and they had plenty of shapes to do the trick.  Total cost -- about $20.

I also bought a heavy duty magnet so I can pick the pieces up easily without disturbing the tender tissue paper patterns.  But I wasn't done.  A few of the pieces had rough edges, which I attributed to their Made In China stickers, if you know what I mean.'re letting me down guys.

 Next, I found some faux suede fabric in my stash (thanks Diane) and made covers for each of the straight braces -- voila:

There was definitely nothing complicated about this task and it will make my next garment construction project go so much better.  I love patronizing my local store -- they're always helpful and appreciative of my business.  

Time to choose a new project!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Feeling Better

My sewing Mojo is in high gear and I need to reel it in a bit.  Too many ideas and not enough hours right now.  I think it was brought on by spending nearly every hour in bed last weekend with a wicked upper respiratory infection.  I even missed sewing on International Quilting Day on Saturday!  Egads.

I did manage to crawl out of bed long enough on Sunday to finish quilting my Perfect Balance wall hanging.  Now I'm working on a spiffy two-sided binding, which I've never done before.  I'm using a great tutorial from The Pattern Basket blog to help me out.

It's amazing that I have any cells functioning in my brain -- I spent two+ hours at the dentist today getting a crown prep and a wicked filling.  Four shots to numb me up, including that incredibly painful one in the roof of my mouth.  Now I'm thawing out and definitely feeling tired.

I think I need a good night's rest so I'm ready for a busy day at work tomorrow.  Things are crazy there and I need to be in top form!

P.S.  Keep the prayers coming for my friend's husband, who is still recovering from multiple strokes, and for my new great-nephew who came home from the hospital last Friday.