Saturday, October 15, 2011

Eat, Sleep, Quilt, Repeat...

That is the routine here at Quilt Camp in Rangely. Faye & I got here about 2:00pm on Thursday, just as Bonnie Hunter of was beginning her first workshop. We got right in and started working...

It has been great. The Inn is beautiful, the food is great and Bonnie Hunter is amazing. She did her trunk show and the pictures on the web and in her books do not do these quilts justice.

Faye and I are doing the Star Struck workshop and both of us will probably have a top finished before we leave. Yeah, it's not our usual size, but done (ready to quilt) is really good. This is Faye's top waiting for the first border.

This is some of my blocks on the design wall around lunchtime on Friday. As of bedtime (we won't say what time that was) on Friday I have 40-some blocks so Saturday I will put the rows together and do the borders.

The girls sitting across the table from us are doing the Texas Braid quilt. Those are their braid pieces hanging over the curtain rod. They even brought a mascot. That's Roscoe in the center.

Note: As of 1/21 this quilt is one step closer to finished...the backing is pieced and it is actually in line to be quilted!!!

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Quilt Camp

Just another entry in the "Insane October" list. Faye & I are off to quilt camp this morning. That's right...4 days of quilt till you wilt, with the Scrap queen of herself...Bonnie K. Hunter.

We have a Bonnie Hunter here in Downeast Maine. I don't mean that metaphorically, we have a person (at least) named Bonnie Hunter. And she is a quilter...and she designs patterns...and she teaches classes... Kinda weird huh? So, when I told some folks about the retreat I was going on, they said they had heard that the Downeast Bonnie Hunter will be in Rangely to meet the North Carolina Bonnie Hunter. How cool is that?

My fabrics are pre-cut and my sewing machine is clean. Yes, it is starting another project, but I'm only doing the lap size (I think) or I'm making squares until I get to a certain point and then it will get put together as a top of whatever size. This WILL NOT become another UFO!

I'll post pictures as I can. Everybody have a great weekend.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Whew...What a week

Good grief is it Tuesday already? and a Tuesday in October to boot!

If you have been following the Scrap Basket Mystery, you got the big reveal last week, but the diagrams were a bit confusing. This is a link to a pdf file of Step 12 on the website that I think explains it differently (and hopefully better).

There were also some folks who decided that baskets were not quite "manly" enough for a boys quilt, so... if you haven't put your basket blocks together yet here are some options...

Using sixteen large half-square triangles from step 6
You can make four large pinwheel blocks

Then, there are sixteen pairs of mirrored units

Take four of them that match (all left sides or all right sides) and put them together as a pinwheel to get this spinning star
Finally you have the HST 4-patch pieces

Once again, think pinwheel, or just flip two of four around, there are several options

Put the new blocks in place of the basket blocks and the same pieces make an entirely different quilt.

Such is the power of the re-arrangement!

I've also got pictures of our quilt show from Saturday and will post them as soon as possible.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!

Monday, October 03, 2011

Harvest Quilt Show

This was our 2nd Quilt Show. I think we're getting the hang of it...
The girls at the door taking admission- Thanks Pam, Ashley & Dawn.

And here's Mary at our table with the rafle quilt as a backdrop...

Lots of big quilts this year. And diversity... a double wedding ring, two very different drunkard's path quilts and a traditional pattern in bright Kaffe Fasset fabrics share part of one wall.

Down by the stage, Dawn of Baahurrah Farm sells her soap and lovely yarn. Hey, we love all kinds of fibers.

More vendors- pottery, knitted items and photography...

Nancy of Communicado had the greatest buttons

This was the right side wall. The orange quilt in the center- Plaids Make Me Crazy made by Grace Anderson- won the viewer's choice ribbon.

Kathy Gearhart of 5 Fireflies makes the most adorable hats & knitted goodies. She is always so busy, wouldn't even slow down for my picture!

Ashley looks so cute in one of Kathy's creations...

So there you have a short tour of the 2011 Hrvest Quilt Show. Hope to see everyone next year for a bigger and even better show.

Don't tell me not to burn the candle at both ends
Tell me where to get more wax!