One Week Left Before Christmas Day…

One week left until Christmas Day. I hope that doesn’t strike fear in your  heart as

you read that last sentence. I still don’t have all my shopping done or wrapped and

Christmas cards didn’t happen again this year. All of my customers’ quilts did get

finished and on time too.

There are a few more pictures from The Houston Quilt Festival, 2018. I hope that you are

not getting sick of me still talking about it. I just want to share some beautiful quilts with

you.

I love this quilt, the colors, the lady in the quilt and the stitching, of course.

But for the life of me, I can not figure out how she made this quilt.

Even the up close pictures is not helping me. I love trying to figure out

how a quilt was constructed. Any ideas?

This is quite the quilt as well. The creator hails from Japan.

A close up of the boat.

Speaking of close ups. this shows a portion of the Best of Show Quilt. Look at

all the detail and the quilting.

Jacqueline De Jonge is the designer of this quilt.

The  kids are having a blast. Brings a smile to my face every time I look at this

quilt.

Lisa Calle’s Quilt

I met Lisa at her booth at the Festival. She is very down to earth and talented.

More close ups and great texture.

Too bad I didn’t get the whole picture of this quilt. I was running around trying to

get lots of interesting shots of quilts that I liked. There were so many quilts and not

enough time to see them all.

I love these boats and the colors too.

Interesting color choices.

Again, I love the colors, the picture and the quilting.

Great colors!!

A more traditional quilt. Very intricate.

An award winning Alphabet Quilt.

Betty Busby created this colorful quilt.

More close ups.

Love the colors and the lines.

Colorful Trees

Colorful Horses

This quilt had all kinds of fabrics on it: cheesecloth, wool roving, tulle. What fun to use all

of these fibers in a quilt.

Dots

Being creative is so much fun and sometimes so simple. Dots! Who would have thought.

Love the colors.

Birch trees, far away and up close and personal.

A Japanese applique quilt. It is fun to look at all the detail in this quilt.

Darlene and I in front of her third place quilt in the Large Hand Applique Category.

I am on the left in the picture.

Have a great week.

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.

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.