Christmas is coming…

I’m not sure about you but Christmas is coming fast and I am kind of

panicking right about now. Not to worry though. When the big day

does finally arrive, everything is somehow done and ready to go.

Anyone out there feel the same way?

Here are some more pictures from The Houston Quilt Festival.

The Japanese quilters are so funny. They are so humble when receiving their

awards and they keep on bowing. They are so happy to be there and to win.

You can see all the detail in this quilt. Makes me wonder how someone can

actually design a quilt like this.

Japanese Quilter

Another Japanese applique quilt. The colors run in the taupe family.

The stitching is always amazing.

Bethanne Nemesh made this quilt.

She loves to draw and she designs all of the animals on her quilts and then

quilts them in. She also uses silk in her quilts as well.

Alot of texture too.

The center of the blocks, very interesting.

The name of this quilt is called”Is She Ready Yet?” All the pieces were cut by laser.

Not sure how that works but it was pretty cool to look at.

The quilter who made this quilt painted the whole  picture onto the fabric.

I would love to know who she did this.

close up

I love to see the close ups of the quilt. The stitching fascinates me.Maybe that

is why I longarm. Have a great week and don’t stress too much about what needs

to be done for Christmas Day.

More Photos From Houston…

Here are more of the photos from The Quilt Festival in Houston, in the beginning of

November.

This quilt looks like it was painted onto the fabric and then quilted. And it looks like

metallic thread to me. Very interesting.

A very abstract wall hanging.

Japanese designer

This quilt was very cute. It was so much fun looking at all the little extras on the quilt.

Teddy Bears

You have got to love the teddy bears hanging off the side of the quilt.

And there is a teddy bear hanging off the bottom of the quilt as well. Alot of hand work was

put into this quilt.

This beauty was created by several Canadian designers.It is even better up close and personal.

There was so much detail on this quilt. And I love all the straight stitching too.

You have to have a large bucket to carry essentials wherever you go, kind of like a good

purse. I grew up in Nfld and we had buckets for everything.

Have a great week.

The Countdown to Christmas…

We are in the countdown to Christmas. I hope that you are getting

everything done for the big Day.

Here are some more photos from Houston and the International

Quilt Festival

Running Shoes

I really liked these red runners.

It is interesting to see these quilts up close and personal. It helps me break down how the

quilt was made. This one looks like it was created using raw edge applique or collage. And I love

the stitching on this piece as well.

The shadows and the laces are fascinating to me.

The colors of this wallhanging  made me want to take a closer look.

I can’t imagine making such a small log cabin. The blocks below

show how small they really are.

It was so much fun being able to look at these quilts so closely. The designers

stood in front of their quilt  and you could ask them all kinds of questions about how

they made their quilt. I love being able to pick peoples’ brains.

This blue bird looked like it was  painted onto the background fabric.

The Architecture of Trees

Suzan Engler created this digital piece. I sat beside her at the Winners’ Circle meal.

The top 8 winners sit on the podium and told their story about the quilt they

created and why. It was very interesting to hear each person tell their own unique story.

Look at all that gorgeous color!

Ruby

Roxanne Nelson,a Canadian,  won one of the three Judges’ Awards with this piece.

She also won at Quilt Canada last year with this piece as well. It is great when

Canadians win, we need to show the world that we can quilt too.

I hope you enjoyed the short show. There are more photos to come but I have

limited time right now to post. Have a great week!

 

 

Taking A Break..

I have been away for the past several weeks. The first week, I needed a break from

quilting, as I was working  non stop for 2 weeks on samples for Northcott.

It was International Quilt Festival Market,  in Houston, and they needed some of their samples

done. I promise that photos will follow in the weeks to come.

I was also in Houston. last week, for  International Quilt Festival.

It was so much fun hanging out with my new friend, Darlene, from

South Carolina. And to make matters even more fun, Darlene won 3rd place

in the Large Applique Quilt Category. And guess who quilted her quilt for her?

You got it- me!

Darlene’s Quilt

Who would have guessed that blogging would actually bring two total strangers together?

Darlene and her friends were very kind in that I hung out with them at

Quilt Festival. We had so much fun, even rode on a metal bull. I will tell that story some other

time though.

This quilt is called “Hope.” The male designer was battling cancer and made this during his

struggle. It is beautiful!I It is made up of one large piece of fabric ; all the motifs pop off

the quilt due to gold thread being used. Very impressive!

A close up of the stitching.

This piece was created by a lady from Japan; the Japanese are so talented and usually win

some of the top honors at Houston and elsewhere. It is hand pieced and hand quilted.

This quilt looked very modern to me.

All that texture

The quilting is great too; so much texture, which I love.

Again, lots of  yummy texture.

All the winners are announced on the first evening of the Festival.  There is an Awards Ceremony

and all the top 9 winners are kept secret until then. After all the categories are

gone through,  the top 9 winners are announced. It becomes very tense for some of the winners,

wondering what top award they have won.

I must admit that the Aussies are a rowdy bunch. They were hooting and hollering each time an

Aussie won an award. They seem like alot of fun and very supportive of each other.

The top 8 winners receive $5,000 for their quilts and the Best of

Show, wins $12,000. What a catch that would be.

I love the circles on this quilt, even the ones stitched into the background.

This spiral ring catch my eye because it is made out of velvet. I can’t imagine working with that

material in hand applique. You have to consider the nap of the fabric and if it frays or not. I

wouldn’t want to deal with that headache,  yet it looks great here.

The berries also drew me in. I am trying to figure out what  material is being used  for the yellow

berries: wool, thread, or embroidery floss?

Any ideas?

This bug was also a  big winner and the background had me stumped. It looked like each block

was separate from the other. Very interesting.

It was alot of fun hanging out at the Festival.

Darlene and I even walked around peeking into  doorways of classrooms, trying to catch a

glimpse of all the Quilt celebrities. We were being  quiet too so we wouldn’t get in trouble. I

managed to shake Linda Taylor’s hand. Maybe some of her talent will rub off on me. Here’s

hoping-ha!

Have a great week and I will have lots more photos to come.

 

Houston and Japan…

Are you wondering about the title of this blog post?

My husband went to Japan in the summer and even managed to

bring me back some fabric. Not much but some.

It is interesting how the fabric is rolled up and presented like this.

One of my sons is very artistic; he painted this on the back of a denim jacket. I thought

that he did a great job but I am biased in this area. Can you guess who the singer is?

Nathalie’s Quilt

Nathalie is a very quick piecer and she always makes huge quilts. The colors are very

striking on this one.

Nathalie is also very brave in that she creates her own layout for the quilts that she makes.

Good for you Nathalie. I think  that you only grow as a creative person, as

you experiment and play. Have fun and see what new discoveries you can make.

The backing of the quilt has the same colors as the front. The stitching consists of

outlining the interior lines in the center of the quilt and the stars in the outer corners.

The rest of the quilt received meandering all over the remainder of the quilt top.

Evelyn’s Quilt

Evelyn is another brave customer that I have. She is fearless in creating her own baby

quilts. And she did a great job with this one. I love the colors, the layout and the stitching.

The penguins are really cute; someone is very fortunate to be receiving this baby quilt.

The backing

The backing shows off the quilting nicely. I used a grey polyester thread for the top and

a matching thread for the backing.

Evelyn’s Baby Quilt #2

As you can see, Evelyn has been hard at work. She also made this cute baby quilt. Again, her

own layout and design. I love seeing original work from my customers.

Penguin fabric

The backing of this baby quilt. Matching thread was used once again.

Blue and White Quilt

What a great pieced border on this quilt! I love the 2 colors as well. Again, all the time it takes

to create a quilt like this really blows my mind.

I like the 16 patch and the star block below.

A swirl design was used all over the quilt top and white thread was used for the

top and a dark blue for the backing.

Once again, please try to remember when buying backing fabric for your quilts, the color

of threads that will be used on the top and the backing. In this case, white was used

on the top and a dark color on the backing. If the tension is not perfect, which it isn’t

sometimes, then you may get white dots coming through on the back of your

quilts. If you can live with that, then great. If not, then I recommend you

buy a different color of fabric for the backing. Maybe something lighter

in color that matches the front of the quilt.

Once again, I am happy to say that I am heading to Houston next week, for

the Houston Quilt Festival. I am both nervous and excited. Any words of

advice from anyone about what to do or not do, what to see or not see?

Have a great week.

 

 

 

The Last Of The Local Quilt Show…

Here are the last of the pictures from our Local Quilt Show, in September.

Love the red, white and black polar bear quilt.

Sampler Quilt

Sampler quilts are a great way to practice your quilting skills.

Peach Quilt

Anyone know the name of this block?

Blue and White Quilt

This quilt looks modern to me but  traditional blocks are used  in the corners.

Donna made this quilt.

 

I really like what Donna quilted in this area. How can you not love pebbles and swirls?

The motif in the center of this block is interesting as well.

Sampler Quilt

Mini Tumbler Quilt

Look at all those small pieces!! Wow! Someone had alot of fun and patience.

Lynn’s Quilt

Lynn made this beauty. She always has the most gorgeous fabrics. When she  brought me

the quilt, she told me to pebble it. There were so many pebbles, I was seeing them in my sleep.

Just kidding!

Lynn won the Viewer’s Choice Award. Congrats Lynn!

Rose of Sharon?

I probably have the wrong name for this block but I do like the colors used. And the

quilting is very effective and well done.

Donna’s Quilt

If my memory serves me correctly, Donna made this adorable quilt. I really like

the colors and how whimsical it is.

I like the yellow and green colors, great for cheering you up. especially now that

all the leaves have fallen and the cold wind is blowing.

This is my current hand sewing project. There are over 750 triangles in this bin.

I am planning on making a king size quilt composed of flying geese.

My trial block; trying to work out some of the bugs. I only have 119 more blocks

to make. Yes, I think that I have finally lost my mind.

Have a great week.

 

 

A Local Quilt Show- Part 3

Here are more pictures of our Local Quilt Show, that was held in September.

The tiny houses are  very cute.

Here is the entire village of the tiny houses. Did you notice how the color changes in the

background around the perimeter of the quilt?

I like the quilting on this quilt. I am constantly looking for new designs and this one intrigues me.

There is only half a quilt because there was alot of bad shadows on the one side. You

will have to use your imagination to fill in the rest of the quilt.

The small pieces that are acting as sashing, is interesting.

Can you guess what block this quilt is made up of?

It never cease to amaze me of how clever quilters are at using

a common block to create  a new design.

The “Log Cabin” block certainly looks different in this quilt.

Modern 9Patch

This reminds me of a modern quilt with a traditional twist. What do you think?

The backing to a Canadiana quilt.

Canadiana Quilt

Another backing.

I thought that you might want to see all three of these quilts together.

Ripples

A Square Quilt

The quilting design is pretty nice, anyone know the name of the design?

I love this quilt. All the colors, the pattern, the design.

The barns are interesting. I saw an interesting barn in NewMarket the other day.

Hippo or safari anyone?

Can you find the hippo in this picture? I think that he has gone into hiding.

This quilt reminds me of the autumn leaves that are falling right now..

Brenda made this quilt at the Kempenfelt Guild, last year,  as their

Block of the Month.

She picked out gorgeous colors. Not only can she applique but she can choose

great colors too!

Great job Brenda! Well done!

This center motif is so simple yet so classy.

Here is the entire quilt, well half of it again. You get the idea though.

A Square Quilt

Once again, the colors are the ones that I love right now.

A Sampler Quilt

I like the green, black, and white color combination.

I hope you enjoyed the show, more to follow next week. May I suggest that you get

outside and take a look at the Fall colors, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, that is.

Have a great week .