Fun at Paducah

Darlene & I had a wonderful trip to Paducah and, despite the venue changes caused because the flood walls were installed, we managed to see everything twice.

We stayed in the home of the same wonderful host (hi Nancy) we had last year which happened to be quite close to the church where the small wall quilts were displayed.  Nice because this year Darlene’s quilt was accepted into the show and was hanging at the church.

While her quilt wasn’t an award winner, it more than held it’s own and was deserving of hanging in the show… looks terrific!  We went to lasagna night with our traveling companion from last year (hello Dar) and her friend and had a great time!   We saw Quilt Man again this year.

New this year is his sidekick, Bobbin.  Get it, Quilt Man and Bobbin 😉

As we do every year, we helped the quilting economy:

I picked up Bonnie Hunter’s newest book, some scrap bags of Cherrywood and hand dyed fabrics (these are great for scrap quilting), some Thermore batting to try using for embroidery like Wanetha Ebker uses, some thread, needles and basting glue for applique.  I also snagged a couple of $2 t-shirts from prior shows as well as this year’s shirt.  And a couple of bags, oh, and a bit of fabric 😉  Okay, maybe a little more than a bit, including fabric for 4 backings, three of which are flannel, and some Moda Bella cheddar, Kona orange, chocolate, ash and ivory……woo hoo!!

Not only that, but I got block #17 of Barbara Brackman’s civil war quilt BOW finished!

Happy Quilting, Cherie

On the Wall…..

My design wall has a few new things.   Civil war BOW #15 & #16 and a couple of rows from my Zigzag 9 project (the rows are turned on my design wall – instead of “pointing” to 3 o’clock, they should point between 10 & 11 o’clock).  Judy’s Design Wall Monday post has links to lot’s of great posts here so be sure to check them out.

The zigzag quilt is turning out just how I pictured it would.  The light green background is the exact color I wanted but I had to buy a lower quality fabric to get it.  I could have ordered a Kona solid but I wanted something now.   I bought a quilters cotton from Joanne’s and while it feels cheaper and wrinkles more easily, it seems okay.   I’ll just make sure it’s quilted densely.  Good thing I like the color or I’d be mad about the quality sacrifice 😉

Speaking of scrap club, we were to meet this past weekend but a tornado ripped through St Louis and left our meeting location without power.

Here are my strips all ready to go…….

And speaking of going, I’m headed to Paducah tomorrow for the quilt show 🙂  Darlene & I are staying with the same wonderful hostess we had last year and due to Darlene’s terrific quilt actually being in the show, it’s promises to be a very special trip.  Woo hoo!!!

Stash Report:

  • Fabric in:  0 yards, yep still nothing new but after the trip to Paducah this will change 😉
  • Fabric out: 0 yards
  • YTD Fabric in: 27 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 16 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 11 yards accumulated

Civil War Block #16

I finished up the White House block.  It’s the 16th civil war block-of-the-week from Barbara Brackman.

I’m all caught up on these blocks and this week’s block is an easy one so I should be able to get it done this week despite being gone Tues-Fri to Pachucah for the AQS quilt show.  Yipee!!!  My friend and traveling companion, Darlene, has a quilt in the show so this is a super exciting trip.  Darlene has had quilts accepted in shows before but this is the first time she’ll have on in the Paducah show.  We can’t wait to see it 🙂

Civil War BOW #15

I completed the 15th block-of-the-week from Barbara Brackman’s civil war quilt.  It’s supposed to finish at 8″ so should measure 8 1/2″…..mine is 8 3/4, grrrrrrrr.  In the picture it looks short on the top right corner but that must be from not laying flat because it is 8 3/4″ square.

I’m happy with my fabric selections.  I may try and make another block cutting the center square pieces just a little shy of the given measurements to try and achieve 8 1/2″.

Design Wall Time

Here’s what’s on my design wall this April morning.  Click over to Judy’s DWM post for more quilty goodness.

The big news of the week is  —-  I completed the Animal Quilt, binding, label and all!!

Here’s the April First Saturday blocks.

I free pieced this yellow circle which was such fun!

The yellow circle will be quilted and wrapped around a CD to make the rosette of a yellow award ribbon for the Quintessential Quilt 2011 show.  Our guild directs this judged and juried show that hangs in the University City Public Library for the whole month of October.   For the first time last year we made the award ribbons and they were a big hit.  Directions for making these ribbons can be found here.

I’ve continued making half square triangles as my leader/enders for the RRCB quilt…..and I have 380 sewn & trimmed and a total of 425 sewn.  Woo hoo…..only 175 more to go.

Stash Report:

  • Fabric in:  0 yards, yep nothing new 😉
  • Fabric out: 0 yards
  • YTD Fabric in: 27 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 16 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 11 yards accumulated – the same as last report