Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The wonderful world of blogging and Bunny Hill

The blog world is a wonderful place to discover quilt designers, patterns, fabrics, and tutorials with exciting new techniques.  It's also a great way to connect to people and ideas that would be totally out of our reach without the internet.  I rarely have anything exciting to show or write about on my own blog because I am too busy reading other blogs full of the minor and major happenings in the daily lives of other bloggers.

One of the designers I follow  has a lovely blog full of inspiration and warmth.  Each time I visit Anne Sutton at Bunny Tales, her blog for Bunny Hill Designs, I feel as though I am having a cup of tea with an old friend.  I love hearing about the antics of her furry friends (especially my favorite Mooch the cat).  The pictures of her beautiful home are always so warm and inviting they make me feel as though I am sitting right there, even though I am in NY and she is in California.  Anne not only designs fabric and patterns, she generously offers a free BOM.  

About 15 years ago, I was visiting a little vintage shop and spied a pink 3 piece Depression glass child's place setting.  My beautiful cousin Teri collects antiques and I thought I would save it for her first child.  A few years later, she gave birth to lively twin boys.  Alas, the dishes have sat wrapped in their original tissue paper waiting for the right moment to be loved.  When Anne posted about finding things to decorate her booth at Quilt Market, I knew, at last, the dishes would have a good home.

Yesterday, Anne posted a picture on her blog of the dishes in her booth at Quilt Market.  While this is not earth shattering news for the rest of the world, for me, it was like receiving a hug from an old friend I have never met.

Here is one of the pictures I sent Anne to tempt her.
Thank you Anne for taking a little piece of me along to Quilt Market.  I had lots of fun.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Healthful Goals

Stephanie over at A Ditchin' Time Quilts has started a "Wednesday Weigh In" to help people keep their weight loss and exercise goals.  I really like the idea of quilters supporting other quilters to get healthy.  With all of us having so many UFOs, we really need to keep ourselves healthy long enough to actually finish some of them.  Check out her blog if you need some inspiration to keep you going.  I have committed to losing 26 pounds.  The number sounds huge to me, but I lost 21 pounds earlier in the year and seeing them creep back (4 pounds have returned), has made me determined to get back on track and get healthy. I wonder if lifting my stash counts as exercise?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Makes Me Happy Monday - May 17, 2010

This is my first "Makes Me Happy Monday" post since March.  It's not as if I'm not happy on Mondays, I just haven't had a good picture to post.  Last week my husband and I visited my daughter at college.  She was taking Afro-Caribbean Dance as a Phys-Ed requirement and they were putting on a performance as part of their last class.  We were able to spend a little time with her and start the end of the year junk removal from her dorm room (she is coming home today).  After our visit we headed to Cape Cod for a few days.  It was my first trip there and it was great!  Unfortunately, retired guy and I could not find anyone to take our picture together (it is the off-season!).  So we each took a turn posing on the whale at Provincetown.

Design Wall Monday - May 17, 2010

I can't believe I have not posted on Design Wall Monday since March.  This week I am stuck.  I am making a way over due baby quilt for a stylist (not mine) that works at the salon I frequent.  She told me she loves bright colors and doesn't want anything pink.  Okay, I can do that.  She particularly likes purple, green, and yellow.  I am trying to accommodate her request without straying from my stash.
I am using the 3 Dimensional Pinwheel pattern from "P.S. I Love You Two!" by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan.  I have owned this book for at least 10 years and never made anything from it.  This book originated the "Eye Spy" craze  when it was published in 1996.  My version will have 20 blocks (4 across - 5 down).  T
I am undecided as to the sashing (as usual), there are two border of the background fabric(small white alphabet letters on off white) with a prairie point border.  The binding will be the same as the sashing.  Please help me decide.  

Will it be contender #1.  A creamy butter yellow with white stars.

Choice # 2 is black densely covered with tiny bright colored polka dots.

Choice #3 is black with tiny bright colored hearts not as densely distributed as #2.

Choice #4 is a bright yellow Moda marbeled stars print.

Let me know what you think and then head over to see Judy L's blog to see what she's doing.

Monday, May 3, 2010

More Quilt Show pictures

Nancy at Patchwork Penguin is hosting a Chimney Sweep block exchange using Civil War prints.  At the quilt show yesterday, I snapped a photo of a quilt made up of these blocks.  The blocks for the swap will  have a cross shape in the middle made up of the backing fabric (Kona natural).

I really think I am going to love a quilt from these blocks.  I will be doing my blocks in double pink.  A few of the other colors that swappers are using are:  cheddar, poison green, indigo, red, yellow, brown, blue/brown, and scrappy.  Luckily, the blocks aren't due until August so I have plenty of time to fit them in.

Quilt Show

Yesterday, I attended the Northern Star Quilters'  annual show.  I haven't been able to attend for the last 2 years, so I was eager to see the exhibit.  There seemed to be less quilts exhibited this year and the majority of them were art quilts.  Mixed in was a good number of Baltimore Album style quilts and some traditional quilts.  I was surprised at how few quilts were what I would consider "modern style."

There also seemed to be fewer vendors with less merchandise.  Many of them were selling embellishments for art and crazy quilts.  I did come home with a pattern and a few pieces of fabric needed to complete some current quilts in the final planning stage.  I also came home with 4 empty fabric bolts that my husband quickly cut in half so that I could use them for storage.

Besides having fewer quilts, many of the quilts were not hung to show them to their best advantage.  As I walked past a group of miniatures that was too high to really appreciate, a woman stopped me.  She asked if I could tell that the quilt in front of us had 120 hours of hand work.  She went on to point out some of the stitching.  It was then, that I realized she was the quilter and she noticed that I did not stop very long in front of her quilt.  She was very upset at the way it was hung and I had to agree with her (she was actually a little scary).  It is a shame the quilt was not hung at a more advantageous level.  I would have liked to examine the stitching more closely.  Here is a picture of the quilter and her handiwork.  The white area forming the center of each of the flowers was made of of hundreds of tiny button hole stitches.

Below is a the front and back of a quilt by Mary Anne Ciccotelli who is currently soliciting photos of interesting quilt backs for her new lecture and trunk show, "Fun Backs - Going the Extra Mile."  It's not surprising that she won a ribbon.