Thursday, April 24, 2014

Marden's trip 2014

Well, we planned the trip according the the weather (kept getting snowed out all winter, either here or there), but unfortunately we switched the day one day ahead, so it'was Bonnie's day off (Manager of the Fabric dept). Next time, Bonnie.

Here is what we ended up with though.... great day (the group only ran a total of $108, with $100 of it being a donation from Dee, one of our members). Thanks, Dee.

This is the pile when I finally got it home. Of course, our tops are intertwined (so I can keep track of which fabric bought, goes with which top.
The pile!
  When Jane and I saw this great purple gray panel fabric, with the word 'believe' in it, we needed to bring it home. Nice that we found the purple and aqua fabrics to go with it.
Totally new stuff!
We loved the paroon and yellow striped fabric for this top, but we knew we'd have to widen it, so we chose this maroon tone on tone fabric for a middle stripe down the back.
Maroon Blue Belly
 This quilt top was picked a swirly red print that we'll split diagonally to widen  the backing.
Red Blue Belly
 This one will get warmed up by the brown in the backing. Also will get split diagonally to widen.
Cozy, warm bellies
 This is one of our serged quilts that we combined with another to make it larger. The prints are very 'vintage' and 1940-1950s type, so this lovely yellow print fit it's style just fine.
Kitchen Sink Squares
 This panel was bought last year at Marden's for a potential backing, but no one wanted to use it as a back, so we got a pretty pale grass green print to back it with... sweet.
 This hearstring quilt will get widened with the red stripe as an inner border, the blue stitching stripes as a wide outer border and the beige pieced backing is already made (let's see if it needs to be widened after we add the borders to the front).

Great fabric for a strippy quilt!
 Great deals on sewing machine needles and threads (also, my red fabrics from Marden's will go good in a baby quilt- or two). These last two are my personal projects, but always nice to put a piece of Maine in them...
Thing One and Thing Two supplies

Border fabric for the Selvedge quilt

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday's event was 'Mahvelous'!


That's all I can say. We had a great turnout at the Sat "Tying to Quilt" (Dying to quilt) event. There was our usual members, me, Margaret, Jane, Anna, Kathy, even Mary Ellen stopped in with a couple of quilts to drop off (she'd done them at home). But then we had people we don't see very often, Dee and Delaney (and brother, Dalton). And Lo and behold, we had other members of our church show up, Donna, Lynn, AND my Aunt Norma (who was having my husband work on her car for a few hours, so he dropped her off to 'keep her busy', LOL.

Kathy's paper pieced Hexagons, called "Knick Knack Paddywack"
Kathy's cutie I'll call, "Smile Tweetie"

16-block RWB heartstring section

"Talk about Spring!"-Mary Ellen's HS quilt

"Wine by Moonlight"-Mary Ellen's HS quilt

SO much got worked on. Most of what we worked on was sandwiching quilts together and tying, although they had me machine-quilting a few, through the centers (diagonally), around a border on others. We have four done to the stage of rolling the binding over to the front and sewing or trimming so we can to the bindings. (Mom, you'll be getting a few quilts to work on).
Delaney and Anna tying

Margaret pinning a binding

Margaret, Jane and Kathy deciding on the backing

Some choices just don't make it into the quilt

We did get a quilt donated to our group from Donna I., who found it in her stash at home. Of course, we'll find it a home. We also made plans (tentatively) to take some quilts that need backings up to Maine to Marden's! Hopefully, we'll go on Tues, April 15th.

To be continued.....

Friday, April 4, 2014

Saturday's 6 hour event!

This Saturday is the second of our 6 hour events that are held three times a year. Hopefully this will be the last time we meet to sandwich quits together in a large quanity. I have made a request (actually, I think it was stronger than a request) to the ladies that if any quilts are made at home to bring in, it must be finished (sans a label). This way we will prevent our unfinished objects (UFOs) to soar higher than we can reach.

I also have some GREAT ideas to work on, but can't see starting new projects when the old ones are hanging around...

"Tying to Quilt" will be the theme of this event. Yes, we'll be tying quilts. Not too exciting, but I hope to have plans to work on the 'Jar quilt' we started a while back. Since there is never any patterns to my creations, I really do have to plan a lot for the sections to work well together. It will be a special quilt. It will have to be used in a very special way.

Some of the projects I'd like to see in the future...

1. The Bank of Beijing has some Chinese coins we'd like to put together.
2. Another bingo quilt?
3. Rainbow HS quilts
4. I spy quilts, using snowball blocks.

Just some ideas to bring up to the ladies....