Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
This morning I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Cathy Perlmutter, a very creative quilter, who owns Curvalicious. She designed a very unique quilt and wrote a blog post that made me laugh so hard that I almost wet my pants! I am so excited about what she did. Take a look: http://gefiltequilt.blogspot.com/2014/04/easy-modern-and-curvalicious-baby-quilt.html
Tell Cathy I sent you!
Friday, April 25, 2014
The title says First Steps and presents the book for beginners, but I feel that any tips I can pick up to improve my machine quilting us always worth the money. The design that really caught my eye was this one made using leaves. It's quite unique and I haven't seen one like it. The way it branches will make it so versatile for me.
Christina takes the branching one step further and developed these other designs.
I love doing swirls and feel very comfortable filling in an area with them. The leaves and berry designs are just an extension of that. I can't wait to try them.
Christina includes a bunch of small projects that are perfect for practicing. If you would like to learn more from her about free motion quilting, visit her blog: www.afewscraps.blogspot.com
And as I promised, it's noon on the East Coast, so it's time to announce the winner of the one yard piece of Grand Central Station fabric. Drum roll please! It's firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comment made me think about how you must have felt as a 6 year old traveling on the train. Shoot me an email with your snail mail and I'll send it right out.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Today was a beautiful spring day in NY. I never thought it would warm up, but today people were walking around carrying their jackets. The sun was shining and the sky was blue.
I managed to set aside a bit of time to see a quilt exhibit celebrating the 100th birthday of Grand Central Station. The City Quilter designed special fabric to be used for the challenge and it is hanging at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Station. It's there until July 6th, if you're passing through.
Charlotte Noll, who I met during a workshop in Coral Springs, Florida.
I made a pit stop at The City Quilter. It's a wonderful quilt shop and it is truly amazing that it has survived and thrived with what must be crazy rents. To celebrate the Grand Central Quilts, I picked up 1 yard of one of the fabrics that could be used for the challenge. It is exclusive to The City Quilter.
I want to share that fabric with one of my readers that resides in the United States. Leave me a comment, making sure that there is a way for me to email you. I'll pick the winner on Friday at noon EST, so make sure you come back to see if you are the winner.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Not many people make it to their 90th birthday. This weekend we celebrated the 90th birthday of my father-in-law, Donald Lynch, somewhere in the middle of the state of Pennsylvania.
He is a wonderful guy who has treated me like a daughter from the day I met him. My favorite story that shows his kindness to me was way back right after I married his son. We were in school in Boston and went to Acadia National Park in Maine to spend a weekend camping with my in-laws. It was blueberry season, so I thought it would be fun to make blueberry pancakes for breakfast. I wasn't the greatest cook and cooking on a camp stove did not help to improve my skills in any way. The pancakes tuned out pretty badly. They were partially burnt and partially raw. I was quite mortified but my wonderful FIL told me they were the best pancakes he ever had.
We spent Saturday celebrating his birthday and Sunday was Easter dinner. I am from a teeny family, so to be together with my husband and his 5 siblings, spouses and their kids was a wonderful time. There were 35 of us who traveled from Pittsburgh, Philly, Florida, Charleston, Chicago and Tennesee. There were kids everywhere. I loved the Easter egg hunt.
Henry met tons of his cousins and he was passed around like a football. He's the youngest and they just loved him and he loved them. I am so thankful to my SIL, Annette, who hosted and fed us all until we burst.
During the car ride I finished a couple of mug rugs for our guild's swap next week. I can't wait to see everyone else's creations.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Today was the monthly meeting of my quilt guild, Calico Cutters. Have I told you lately how important it is if you are a quilter to join a guild? It is a place for friendship and growth and inspiration. I wouldn't be doing what I am doing without the love and support of the ladies of my guild.
I was blown away today. 71soldiers quilts were donated to be delivered to the Chester County VA Hospital. 71quilts! That is going to be a happy day when they are delivered.
Then Joyce Hughes gave a wonderful presentation that was about her growth as a fiber artist, starting with her first quilt - a T-shirt quilt. It was inspiring from both an artistic point of view as well as from a human one. If you have the opportunity to hear her talk, don't miss it.
Friday, April 4, 2014
Hollis Chatelaine. Made from jeans. For those of us that know her art, it was a bit of a shock.
One of the overall trends was the amount of hand stitching. It was not the hand quilting of the past. It was bold and big and had a purpose other than to hold the 3 layers together. I love hand stitching and I really think it connects the quilter with the art.