Monday, July 2, 2012

Vermont Quilt Fesitval

I attended the Vermont Quilt Festival this past weekend with a few of my friends from Maine Machine Quilters. We left early Thursday morning after meeting up in Auburn and car pooled in 3 vehicles down the pike and over to Manchester, NH and north to Burlington, VT. Took us about 6 hours to get there. We checked into our rooms, rested for a bit, then went out to dinner at Ponderosa Steak House, then on to the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex Junction for preview night entitled "Champagne and Chocolate" - the quilts were hung and the vendors were all open!! What a sight to see! There were 80 vendors from all over the United States ~ many from Maine too! And the Quilts ~ awesome!!!!  The festival took up 2 large exhibit halls with quilts and vendors in both. The special exhibits and antique quilt displays are in one hall and the judged quilts in the other. The festival runs from Friday through Sunday. We did a lot of walking! Worth every step!! We left for home on Saturday afternoon, broke and happy!!

My first stop was the Superior Threads booth! I had my inventory with me so I knew what I had and I bought another 12 cones to fill in some colors ways that I was missing. I also purchased those wonderful pre-wound Bottom Line bobbins that I love so much in all the colors that I use the most!
Next, on to the TinLizzie Dealer where I purchased an extension table, a new ruler foot and some clamps! My mid-arm set-up is complete!! I also bought some simple acrylic template rulers at Quilter's Rule and some stencils. Now I can quilt till I wilt - literally!!

I visited England Design booth and watch my friend Cynthia England demonstrate her unique "picture piecing" technique. I bought her book "Picture Piecing", a pattern "Stitch in Time" and a fabric kit for it.  The back story is that she was a member of my quild when I lived in Galveston, TX from 1982 - 2002. I applaud her success and it's always wonderful to see her! I'm hoping to convince the "powers that be" that we need her to come to Maine Quilts to teach!! She is all for it!!

I visited another booth,  CNT Pattern Company that was tended by the designer herself,  of "A Little Something Jacket"~ a pattern I have and love! She had many many of her beautiful jackets on display and available to try on for fit! Wonderful concept! I purchased 2 more of her patterns; Sheer Delight Jacket and Swing Style Sensations. I also bought enough batik rayon fabric to make one of them! I found more batik fabric at Sew Batik - I'm ready to sew!!

I was so busy oogling the quilts and making sure the vendors didn't vend in vain that I failed to take any photos! Please visit the sites that I have linked and you will see what I saw! And, if you're in the area, be sure to visit Maine Quilts, July 27-29, 2012 in Augusta Maine!!

This was a wonderful show!! Already planning for next year!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Busy, Busy Busy!!

For those that know me and have followed along, you know that my mid-arm quilting system has been in storage since moving everything back from Florida! Well, that's not exactly true! I did have it set up in my friend Koleen's studio for awhile, but when they got ready to do some remodeling, it had to go!! So, into storage it went! My friend Sue kept the head for me at her house so it wouldn't freeze! She told me that she and her husband were going to redo the basement and when it was finished I could set up my frame and do my quilting there! After a long remodel (her husband does have a full time job after all!) it finally happened! My Lizzie has a new home for awhile!! I have been over to Sue's every Monday for the past month or so and I have completed many quilts!! The one on the frame is a queen size that is the 7th of 12 that I have vowed to make for myself!!! I only have 5 to go and they are in various stages of progress!

The other photo is a stack of 5, count 'em 5!! The bottom one is a "coca-cola" themed quilt that my cousin in Florida made a few years back and asked me to quilt for her ~ no Lizzie up so no quilting! I finally finished it, bound it and it is now on its way to Florida in her sister's suitcase!! The top 4 quilts are lap quilts ~ one for each of my niece's children.  They each have 2 kiddos so two of the quilts will go to Missouri and the other two are bound for Arizona!! I have also quilted 2 tops for my friend Sandy - a brand new quilter who is right on screech!! She has been quilting for less than a month and has already completed 3 quilts, with 2 more in the pipeline! Amazing!!!!!

Tomorrow is a "quilting" day at Sue's!! Hope to finish the one on the frame!!

Stay tuned.................

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I want to wish all of my friends, family and followers a very very Happy Valentine's Day!

My sweetie bought me this cutie about 5 years ago - when I recently cleaned out my storage, there he was, and I just couldn't bring myself to let him go! So, he sits in his very own rocker in the living room, a constant reminder of how very very sweet my honey is to me!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Learning Curve

As I have mentioned a time or two, I'm currently taking a class from Quilt University Http:// called "Design Your Perfect Purse" taught by Lily Kerns This is an online class, where the instructor presents the lessons in written format with a lot of photos, graphics and drawings. She also includes links that might interest us and sometimes a video too!  There is also a discussion forum where we can interact with the other students. The students in this class are from all over the world, literally!!

I, as the student, am encouraged to print out all of the lessons for future reference.  I have done that and more! Ever the organizer, I have a binder, with appropriate tabs and placed all of my "lessons" in protector sheets. Already my binder is quite full!! So, my first thought was to design a binder carryall and never mind the purse! I've got way too many purses already! 

Then came Lesson Three. I gotta tell ya, that started my engines!! I have learned a new method for designing a pattern, along with the steps to take to test to see if it works. I have created a whole new looking purse!  Now, I just have to make that purse!  What fun I am having! This is only a four week class, therefore the LAST class is next Friday ~ oh, I wish it could go on forever! The important thing is that I have acquired some new skills~ not just a few ~ a lot!!  If you get a chance, check out their website, link provided above, and see what classes are being offered.  There is a class for everyone! I plan to take more! 

Back to the binder carryall - I did design one and I'm working on getting it made up along with a patten to publish and sell. And, now, this new purse too! Oh, so many ideas, so little time!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thrift Shop Finds

I mentioned in my last post that I'm taking a class called "Designing Your Perfect Purse" from Quilt University, taught by Lily Kerns. This past weekend I was in a local thrift shop so I decided to take a look at the purses and see if I could find any with some interesting hardware that wouldn't cost too much.  I found these 2 pictured here for $1.99 each. I would not be able to purchase the hardware for that! After I photographed them I took them all apart to see how they were stitched together and to determine what types of stabilizers were used in the construction. WOW! Lots of stitching and lots of different stabilizers too! No wonder some of the purses you see in Boutiques are so expensive!!  I salvaged all of the leather, the straps and the hardware. I really liked the tourquoise leather purse. It had some unique nickel hardware that I have not seen before and I was able to save some of the leather. I made a pattern out of the various pieces from the other one. The leather was in really good shape! The fabric was a silky brocade, very pretty but very soiled! So were the zippers! What I found fascinating about the brocade purse was an outside zippered pocket, with so many sections it could really be called an attached wallet! I kept it intact so the I can study it and learn the construction of it!. It even had a removable mirror! I kept that too! I noticed that the zippers had 2 pulls that met in the middle on the top of the bag. I've learned that these types of zippers are called "two-slider closed bottom" purse zippers and can be found at some fabric and craft stores in different colors and lengths. They can also be found online. I have a couple made by Coats & Clark ~ 22 inches long! I need some shorter ones! 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

I've done it again!

Oh, how time does fly! I haven't posted since August! My only real excuse is I just didn't take the time! I do manage to keep quite busy with my sewing, quilting and designing and sometimes there are days when I don't do anything more on the computer than check my email. To be truthful, I delete most of that without even reading it! I swear I'm on every online quilt magazine, fabric shop,online catalog and embroidery design website ~ well, you get the picture! It just gets overwhelming sometimes!

I have managed to do some clearing out of stuff I've had in storage. The local Goodwill shops were the largest beneficiaries! I have condensed everything into just ONE storage unit. I have repacked all of my overflow of fabrics into plastic tubs, numbered them and done an inventory. I found things I forgot I had and some things I've been looking for!  I found finished quilt tops, with backing stored neatly in bags waiting to be quilted! I also found a few (?) UFO's!! I found a whole bunch of finished quilts too!

My goal this year is to get my UFO's finished.  I have them all bagged and tagged with what needs to be done to each. Some only need a border to be called RTQ - Ready to quilt!!

My good friend Sue gave me a class at Quilt University for a Christmas gift! WOW! That started last evening and I am so excited to get going! It is called "Design Your Perfect Purse" which is right up my alley! I love the idea designing and developing new ideas to create that  unique purse.

As I sit here and type, I'm looking out the window to a slight blanket of snow that fell yesterday. This winter has been unique in that the temperatures have been all over the map! In the 40's one day and the 20's the next.  Almost no snow so far! The pond is frozen over but the ice is still not thick enough for snowmobiles and wheelers! My honey is a fisherman and he is chomping at the bit to get his ice shack out so he can go fishing! He has a snowmobile but can't run it on the dirt in the driveway to get it down across the lawn to the pond - yes, I still see green grass peeking through the snow! I never thought I'd say this, but I'm hoping for a big, well not too big, snow storm soon! He has been in the house since November 1st! when he pulled his boat because we had a freak snowstorm on Halloween! Who knew that the temps in November would be in the 50's and 60's? Come to think of it, December was quite warm too! Soon the conditions will be right to get that shack out and him out of the house!

Time to get busy in the studio! I have a couple of commissioned purses to finish  and deliver to the gals that ordered them! Today I shall complete them!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Latest Patten

I've  have been really busy these past few months and I've not taken the time to post for ages and ages! This is my latest creation.  It started as a mystery quilt for my local quilt chapter "Tacoma Lakes Quilters" ~ we did it as a group and displayed the results at Maine Quilts in July.  It has become so popular that I decided to publish it as a whole pattern and here it is!

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Litchfield, Maine, United States
I live in central Maine with my sweetie, on a small pond way out in the country.