September 18, 2012

It's Been Too Long

It's been forever since my last post, so in words of one of my favorite movie lines..

"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

And here is my very own smaller version of the quilt - hand appliqued AND hand quilted by members of the Guild:

 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!

1 comment:

  1. I can see why you haven't had time to blog. Great work ; )


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