Sunday, January 15, 2012

Been busy.... having a ball!!

I honestly don't quite know where almost 2 weeks has gone! I have been doing contract work at the law firm to help them close out, so that has taken some of my time. These blocks are part of my program that I'll be doing for our guild in February. I've been busy trying to get this project done, but there are lots of steps. I'm doing it as a mystery quilt which I hope will be a fun program.
Then I realized I still have TONS of hand quilting left on my log cabin quilt, which needs to be done so I can enter it in our quilt show in mid March! "Wedding Memories Linger" is a perfect name. I have loved lingering over all the fabrics from my kids' quilts.
Here's a "shadow" picture so you can see the next area I have to quilt. It's acutally the border - yea!!!!!!!!!!!!! But as you can see, there is a lot of quilting. But I do love this quilt and I do love to hand quilt - it just takes forever!
But this is what has distracted me for the last 3 days...... Karen K. Stone! She came to Pensacola and I got to take 2 workshops with her, and then attend a GSQA meeting where she presented a trunk show. Oh my goodness, this girl can quilt! She has been a hero of mine for a long time and it was a true thrill for me. Seeing her quilts in person makes you realize that pictures just don't do them justice. They are incredible
I took lots of pictures of her quilts, I'll share more later. But here we are, the two white headed Karens :). She is an absolute doll and I came home with my head spinning. It will be hard to re-enter the real world tomorrow.
Hope you've a great weekend - mine has been wonderful.
PS- my ironing board is still not done, but I do thank you all for the great ideas. I'll get to it eventually :)


Jackie said...

Love the mystery quilt! I just hope that your guild isn't reading your blog. Your hand quilting is AMAZING!! Love it on that quilt too. I must say I am a little bit green here... Love Karen Stone too and would just love to meet her and her quilts in person. Looking forward to seeing more photos!

carol fun said...

Oh I'll be interested in seeing how the "mystery" quilt turns out. Your quilt is gorgeous -WOW! that is a ton of hand quilting! Love the texture it gives the quilt.

I took a workshop years ago with Karen Stone and remember it fondly - you are so right "that girl can quilt!"

Carla said...

What a fun workshop that must have been. I own a couple of Karen's books and love her quilts. Your triangle mystery looks interesting!

Janet said...

The mystery quilt is looking great so far but I'm seriously drooling over your log cabin, sigh. I'm just a bit jealous that you've been workshopping with Karen Stone, I love her work.

Stephanie said...

Fantastic hand quilting on a very special quilt.

Karen said...

I am impressed with the quilting you are doing on the Log Cabin. The curved lines and the straight lines work so well together. It is going to be a wonderful quilt when finished. The quilt show isn't very far off. Keep those fingers flying.

Diane said...

your log cabin is stunning-love the quilting-worth the forever time that hand quilting takes!
I don't know Karen Stone but will have to check her work out. It looks fantastic; understand what you mean about having to see the quilts in person. I had the same experience seeing Bonnie Hunter's trunk show. Scrap quilts amazing in 'real life'.
So glad to hear your busy and happy!

Angie said...

I was thinking of you yesterday as I was doing some hand quilting. It's good to hear you've been having fun!

Teresa said...

The log cabin quilting is beautiful!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Your Wedding Memories quilt is really coming along. That's a lot of stitches!

I love Karen's clamshell quilt! You must have had so much fun there!

Sujata Shah said...

Wow! I just came over from Kathie's blog. Your hand quilting is amazing!
Totally inspired!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Your log cabin quilting is turning out FANTASIC! amazing! Must have been so fun to see Karen's quilts!