"Lemme 'splain. No, there is too much, lemme sum up." ~Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride.
I have been helping my wonderful Guild with the 2012 Capital of Texas QuiltFest, which wrapped up this weekend. I am so honored that I won one of the incentive quilts for selling the most program ads. It is a smaller version of the raffle quilt, which was one of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen - and it's even more special because it was hand appliqued by the members of the Austin Area Quilt Guild.
Here is the larger raffle quilt:
|"Affairs of the Heart"|
Austin Area Quilt Guild 2012 Raffle Quilt
Just look at some of these close ups! I am going to hang her (because of course she is a woman) in my sewing room and it will serve as an inspiration for me for a very long time.
So, that has been occupying a lot of my time. I've got so many WIP's I don't even know where to start, but it seems like a lot of my projects are getting pieced and then set aside because I haven't been in the mood to do a lot of machine quilting. I need to knock a few of these babies out in the next few weeks. I want to put a few items on Etsy to try to pay myself back for some of these big fabric purchases.
I did manage to finish one baby quilt for my mom's neighbor's granddaughter (isn't it funny how those projects spring up from time to time). It was actually pretty fun and I decided to do all solids on the inside for a change - I picked the 1930's style colors which I love. I also dabbled a little into some appliqué and I was pleased with the results. Not perfect, but handmade goods aren't meant to be, right?
I've got two charity quilts for our Baby Bundles project that I need to quilt and one charity quilt for our Red, White and Blue project that I need to finish binding. Those are on the front burner so I can get them out the door at our October meeting.
And, of course at the QuiltFest, I added a bunch of fabric to my stash and I'll need to prioritize those projects - but don't you just want to start cutting right away into those pretty new fabrics??
I bought a new quilting tool at QuiltFest called the "Twister" - and it makes some really awesome pinwheel quilts using a layer cake and border fabric. I have only been eyeing Sassy by Sandy Gervais for about a year and I finally broke down and bought it - it will be made into a Twister very soon! I found this pics online of samples using the tool:
Oh, and I discovered a new pattern company that I love - it's called Prairie Grass Patterns. I came across it blog surfing last week and just had to buy two patterns - I bought Russian Rubix and Parcheesi. I cannot wait to try these out!
Finally, I just signed up for an AAQG quilting workshop next weekend that teaches the AnglePlay method - this looks interesting and makes some stunning quilts. I need to decide what colors from my stash I want to use in this (I'm forcing myself to use what I have on hand for this class and not buy anything new!). Here's some more samples I found to serve as an inspiration for me next weekend.
So, that is what has been going on for me, quiltily speaking. I'm hoping to have a big post soon with a lot of finished projects to share.
Sorry, there aren't a whole lot of WIP pics to share, but it's an overall status on where I am with all of my projects, if for nothing more than to force myself to commit to it all! It's going to be a busy fall!