Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Newest Purchase

Besides buying some fabric at the quilt show, my biggest purchase was this ruler foot and ruler from Westalee.  I have been wanting to jump into this new thing for domestic machines, but I wasn't sure of what exactly I wanted.  There are so many options!
Once I saw this starter kit, I knew it would be perfect for me and it was time.  I had to decide which machine to start with as my Viking Megaquilter and my Juki F600 take two different feet.  I decided on the Juki but haven't set it up yet.  Once I finish the blocks on my design wall, I'm going to play.  Speaking of the blocks on my design wall, 
the pile is growing.  This is going to be a fun quilt!
I'm off to work today.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Friends at the Quilt Show

Our quilt show is now a memory. I'm tired but still smiling.  I've seen so many friends from various places in Florida and Alabama. But seeing Angie from New Orleans was such a treat.  Angie's blog is Quilting on the Crescent and before she moved to NO, she lived in Pensacola and was a member of our Guild.
Reconnecting with old friends is one of the most fun parts of a quilt show.

Getting to see one of your "babies" wearing special ribbons is certainly another.
Now it's back to reality..... after a good night's sleep.

Friday, April 15, 2016

It's Blue Times Three

The Pensacola Quilt Show is in full swing, and I can share the results for my quilts.  Organic Pink Pickles has done it again.  It won a blue ribbon AND it was awarded Best of Show!  This is the first year our guild has ever awarded a best of show ribbon. I was completely surprised and I am humbled to be the winner of this award.  
This quilt has had such an incredible journey since it became the grand prize winner of the NYC MQG DWR Challenge, was published in Modern Patchwork and spent a year traveling the country.  It came back home and now has become a winner again.  It really has been a wonderful experience. 
I spent a lot of time on the floor talking to visitors and sharing this special quilt.

I also entered another quilt, the Dresden Star.
This one I called More Flowers for Nana Girl and it's also wearing blue!!  It's been so exciting and there's still one more day. 

This is such a sweet happy quilt.
It's been a great day, happy stitching.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Almost ready for the Quilt Show

The show is almost ready - our preview is tomorrow night and then it's open to the public Friday and Saturday. I've got 7 quilts ready for consignment, I'm hoping they'll go to some good homes. 
I can't wait to share more pictures soon.
Happy stitching,

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Keeping busy

The bi-annual quilt show for our guild in Pensacola is happening this Friday and Saturday.  My friend and I have been in charge of registration and judging.  Whew!  That's a big job.  But that part is done and the hanging begins tomorrow. It's going to be a wonderful show if any of you are close to Pensacola, FL.  In the meantime, I'm starting work on a new quilt (imagine that??!!)
This is the fun color palette I'm using. So far I'm raiding my stash, I'll see how far that will take me. And this is the great pattern I've chosen.
It's one of Diane Knott's patterns, and I think it will be perfect.  So I think some easy cutting and sewing is just what I need after a full day.
Pictures of the show (and maybe some ribbons) will be coming soon.
Happy stitching,

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Scrap Quilt Secrets Winner

The time has come and I have a lucky winner for Diane's book!

Sewgirl was the lucky one.  She said "I can tell you for sure I have never used red and orange exclusively in a quilt before.........quite shocking!"  She was talking about Razzmatazz - one of my favorites.  I literally giggled when I read her comment.
I absolutely loved reading all the comments about color combinations you have never used before.  Black and white was the clear winner.  Maybe someone will do a quilt-a-long one day - I've never done one either.  Thanks for stopping by, maybe you'll win on one of the other blogs, there's still time.  Diane, thanks for letting me share in the fun!
Happy stitching,

Friday, April 1, 2016

Don't Forget the Giveaway

There is one more day left on the giveaway for Scrap Quilt Secrets.  I have found your answers to my question so interesting. The color Orange has come up a lot as one that people either have never used or one that they never WILL use.  I used to think that too.  And while Orange is not my favorite color, there are some shades of Orange that have found their way into my projects. 
This was Bonnie Hunter's 2013 mystery Celtic Solstice. I didn't think I would like this colorway but it grew on me.  It's still not quilted yet, maybe this year.
This was a quilt I did for a guild challenge last year.  We had to use the Pelican pattern provided and could interpret it any way we wanted to.  I actually had fun doing this one too.
So, give Orange a try, you never know.  It might become your new best friend, or not.  Here's the list if you haven't already entered, I'll choose a winner tomorrow. Good luck!

3/21    C&T Blog

with Diane

3/22    Bonnie Hunter

3/23    Lori

3/24    Karen   

3/25    Audrey

3/26    Pat Sloan

3/27    Valerie

3/28    Kelly

3/29    Victoria Findlay Wolfe

3/30    Rachaeldaisy

3/31    Angie

4/1       Julie

4/2       Barb

Happy stitching today,