DWM 1-23-17

Soooo, we need new potholders but I haven’t been inspired to make them.  I dug around in the orphan bin, no inspiration.  There was a loud crack and a flash (well maybe that was all in my head), but inspiration struck.  I could make Abstracts in Solids potholders!  And they didn’t have to be square or rectangle, they could lean, if they wanted to 🙂  And they could be made from the scrap bags of Cherrywood fabrics I’ve purchased over the years.  And I. LOVE. THEM. Of course I’m not the cook in the family, but still!

I finished one and two are ready for sandwiching 🙂  Hop over to Judy’s DWM post and check out what inspiring things popping up on design walls across the land.


For the Record II

I went to two other quilt shows in 2016 that I haven’t blogged about.   I attended the AQS Chattanooga show in September to see the Secret Society of Barn Builders (SSOBB) display in support of Julie’s Build-a Barn’s book.  Julie and Heidi (who was visiting from Germany) were there and we took the Abstracts in Solids workshop that was to be taught by Gwen Marston.  Turned out Gwen wasn’t able to make it so Lynn Harris taught the class and it was inspiring!!

Workshop Picl to r, Lynn, Heidi, Me & Julie

It was wonderful to meet Heidi in person and it’s always great to see Julie 🙂  Here’s the intentional piecing I got done in class.  I haven’t touched it since but it was fun to play with so I’m nudging to the top of my to-work-on list!  The magenta pieces are from Heidi’s strips.  Don’t they just pop?

Heidi and Julie busy creating 🙂

It was wonderful seeing the barn quilts displayed together.  I was in awe of all the great barns the other SSOBB members made!

And there were two SSOBB quilts in the Chattanooga show itself!  Here’s Julie’s “Create with Abandon”.

And Lynne’sToo Much Chicken” that reveals so much more in person!

I was gifted a trip to Houston to attend the International Quilt Festival from the people I work for as a thank you gift for coordinating the move of their labs to a new building.  I was blown away by their generosity.  My DD lives in Houston now so, bonus, I got to visit her and my DGD at the same time.  Here we are at the show. 

I have to say, the venue was absolutely huge.  I tried to get a picture that would give a perspective on how large the George R Brown convention center is.  This is the “run way” where there are 4 entrances, A, B, C & D, to the quilt show. 

I took a panoramic picture to show how wide open the quilt displays were…..no crowded walkways…..it was fabulous.

I walked down all the vendor rows but didn’t spend a lot of time shopping.  I spent the lions share of my two days looking at all the quilts on display.  There were so very many quilts!!!  It was wonderful!!  Here’s my favorite quilt of the whole show, “Fire in the Stone” by Kimberly Lacy.  IT. WAS. BRILLIANT.

My daughter told me a story about an alligator living in a retention pond in a subdivision….it got named Thor and there was an up-roar about what to do about Thor.  So of course this quilt gave us the giggles….Thor went to the quilt show!!  This is Crocodylus Smylus by Susan Carlson.  (Yes, I know an alligator is NOT the same as a crocodile but come on, it was funny!)

I had a fabulous time a the quilt show and plan to return.  I had a great time visiting these two and will definitely be coming back to see them!


Bird is the Word

Here is my entry to our guild’s challenge.  It had to contain waterfowl and at least 4″ of water, all measuring 20″ wide by 16″ tall.  I used Lynne’s free pieced bird tutorial (thanks Lynne!).  I sent Lynne a picture and it just so happened she was teaching a bird class so she was able to share with her students.  This was such a fun quilt to make and I had a great time big stitch quilting.  I find I’m quite fond of it 😉  Click to biggify.


Great Workshop!!

Wow, I have much to share! Saturday I joined Robin and Julie at a workshop with Sujata Shah for her Rail Fence quilt which is on the cover of her book, Cultural Fusion, that came out in December.  Sujata’s hosting a quilt-a-long for the rail fence quilt so I might have to jump in now that I have 5 blocks made 😉  Sujata is a wonderful teacher and her energy is amazing.  If you get a chance, I highly recommend taking a workshop with Sujata.

Rail Fence BlocksI can’t wait to make more blocks so I can play with different layouts.  It will also be fun choosing additional pairs of fabrics.  FUN!!  Sujata graciously agreed to pictures 🙂

SujataJulie brought her quilt made with some of my liberated churn dash blocks…fun!

JulieSince I posted last, the blocks for Crop Circles are all  sewn together, Woohoo!!

Crop Circles TopI ordered some fabric for the back so I’ll be putting this one on Sophie for quilting soon.  The next First Sat group, The Fox Travels the Roman Road, started in August and I’ve gotten the main block completed.  It’s not an easy block but I like it.

FS Aug 2015 MainHere’s my design wall…the broken dishes blocks are multiplying 🙂

DWM 8-17-15~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Stash Report:

  • Fabric in: 1.5 yard (Fat Quarters & Fox Tails)
  • Fabric out:  8.25 yards (Crop Circles & pillow case)
  • YTD Fabric in: 66.5 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 34.25 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 32.25 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

Scraps, Stash & Fun

I have a couple of new blocks on my design wall and am linking up with Judy’s DWM post.

DWM 3-16-15Including this fun and funky churn dash/hole in the barn door/monkey wrench block:

Fun and FunkyAnd this sample flag block from Alycia Quilts for QOV:

Alycia Quilts QOV Flag BlockI have a flimsy too 🙂  This is STYX, a quilt top made from RSC14  blocks.  I’ve been intending this for a baby quilt for a co-worker but SOME people have insisted that I should NOT give this one away…..it’s special, they say 🙂

RSC STIX Quilt TopIt must be special because I bought two black & white and one green fabric to finish it.  Couldn’t be made with fabric I already have now, could it?  No, it just wasn’t haven’t that, it needed new fabric!  So that fabric along with this thrifted stash enhancement means….fabric in.  But a flimsy finish means fabric out 🙂 

Thirfted Stash


Stash Report:

  • Fabric in: 8.5 yards
  • Fabric out:  2.5 yards 
  • YTD Fabric in:  24.5 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 24 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 0.5 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie