Spelunking

Spelunking: sport or practice of exploring or studying a cave. 

I’ve been exploring a cave, a quilt cave to be specific and to be more specific, Kevin the Quilter’s Quilt Cave 🙂  This past week I was thrilled to get together with Kevin, Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic and Dar of Dar’s Patchwork Garden at the Quilt Cave.  You can see Kevin’s post about it here, Dar’s post here and Jan’s post here.  We got to visit the chicken coup and see Henny Penny & friends, then we got to check out the three newest members of the chicken brood (a group of chickens is call a brood, I looked it up 🙂 ). 

I totally swiped this pic from Kevin’s blog so you could see how cute the little guys are.

Our task, should we accept it, was to make QOV quilt blocks…..I might have sneaked off a couple of times to cuddle the chicks as they are so darn cute!!  But back to the program….

I was so inspired by this quilt top in a shop window in Paducah that I blogged about it.

Jan read the post and remembered the top (I drug her past the window three times, I’m surprised she could have forgotten).  She drafted it in EQ and Kevin said, let’s all come to the Quilt Cave and make these blocks.  And so we did.  Jan made a test block….good thing too, as she imparted the wisdom she learned doing this pretty very challenging block.  Kevin found Barbara Brackman’s post about the snake pattern here.  Very interesting……

We all managed to make an entire block by ourselves…….let’s not talk about how friendly we got with our seam rippers 😉  It always takes a bit to get back into the paper piecing groove.

Dar is camera shy but I got her in this pic of the wonderful accommodations the Quilt Cave offers.  See her blue and white polka dots in the back there, lol?

A wonderful part of the Quilt Cave was we didn’t have to lug and set up our machines…..Kevin had vintage machines ready to go…..it was just sit and sew time!  We had a blast and when we were calling it quits for the day, we had 14 blocks done! 

We are all pleased with the progress but even more so with how awesome the blocks look.  So Kevin, thank you for asking us to join you, for the fabulous accommodations, the fine dining experience and thanks also to Jan & Dar along with Kevin for the great camaraderie.  The Cave Quilters will return 😉

 

 

   

MLK DWM aka Alphabet Soup

It is a dark, dreary, misty/rainy day, but it is a holiday so its all good 🙂  Go here to Judy’s DWM post to see design walls with more to show than mine!  My wall has a mismash of things on it….a couple of units from Bonnie Hunter’s recent mystery, some flying geese blocks because I made a mistake cutting the most recent First Sat block wrong, etc 😉 

DWM 1-16-17I finished my second purple broken dishes blocks.  I recently bought a dark purple shirt and I love it in this block although it doesn’t photograph well at all.

RSC17 Jan Purple 2Happy quilting!

DWM 1-9-17

Wow, I haven’t possted for Design Wall Monday in quite awhile! Click over to Judy’s DWM post here.

dwm-1-9-17Among all the stuff on the wall, I’ve got Sept – Dec’s First Saturday’s blocks:

fs-16-sept-to-dec-mainRainbow Scrap Challenge blocks from Sept & Oct 2016 I never posted about:

rsc-sept-16-claret rsc-sept-16-claret-2 rsc-nov-16-sunset rsc-nov-16-sunset-2And a couple more from Aug 2016 not on the design wall:

rsc-16-aug-purple-2 rsc-16-aug-purple-1And a new sewing machine!  A Kenmore with purple accents with the manual and cams……in a Mid Century modern cabinet.  Awesome, right?  Thanks for the hook up, Jeanne!

kenmore-purple-accents

Dog Days DWM

It hit 100 degrees with a heat index of 115!!  It was a good weekend to stay inside and sew a bit….and sew I did.  Here’s my crowded design wall 🙂  I’m linking up with Judy’s DWM post so hop over and check it out.

DWM 7-25-16I’ve been re-arranging the solid colored rectangle samples (top left) trying to find something I really like….this might be it 🙂  Kind of pixelated.

I have some broken dishes blocks, part of my RSC challenge project, that some how got cut and sewn in the PINK month! WHAT!!!  How did that happen??

RSC 16 Brown Plaid(Kevin, recognize the brown/black plaid?)

RSC 16 Red Plaid 2RSC 16 Red BDRSC 16 BrownI got the 12th and final First Saturday main block sewn up…….these blocks are hard!  I had to look at the directions I typed up EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.  I like the blocks so at least they’ve been worth it, right?

FS 16 July MainAnd I’m working on the First Saturday alternate blocks which I didn’t sew as we went along.  WHY.EVER.NOT??

FS 16 Alt JanWoo Hoo!!  I’m catching up on the First Saturday blocks…..I can’t wait to lay these blocks out and see how they look 😉