April 13, 2014

Galaxy Quilt Ribbon

I have been steadily working on Galaxy for a long time. I am sure everyone in blog land is finished with this quilt. So am I. This quilt was a labor of love. I designed it, pieced it, and quilted it all. You may have already seen the photos on facebook or flickr, but I wanted to share it here as well for all the bloggy goodness.

I couldn't believe that it got Honorable Mention. I literally cried and almost passed out. I was so happy! The judges comments were vibrant, wonderfully modern design. good eye movement.
In the future, I will not use a sheet for the back. I will plan out the quilting better. I felt that I was on a time crunch. I thought that I would be able to go back in and add quilting after taking it off the long arm frame. The rings were able to be quilted on the home machine, but I was afraid of further distortion on the rest of the quilt. So, this was also a learning experience.
It was an amazing  having my quilt in a show hanging for hundreds of people to see among so many other amazing quilts. I will be completely honest though, the level of raw emotion felt here was a 10 across the board. I had panic, excitement, and relief all wrapped up in a ball. It melted away though when a group of ladies were admiring something that I created.

The following are just other quilts that were done by other quilters in the guild. My kids wanted photos with them. Plus, they are pretty. I thought I would share some.

These are the slice quilts based on a famous landmark. Our Pensacola Beach sign. Each person quilted there own representation with the basic picture given to them. This one is going to be displayed in the downtown library. I didn't participate in this one or the other.

This is the second slice.

This is my cute kids in front of one of the winning quilts. I wish the picture wasn't blurry. I didn't take that many photos.

Normally, I am not into Santa, but this is pretty.
I don't know why they are being so funny faced, but this is a pretty one too. We all loved the flowers. Our theme was in full bloom. This  won 2nd in it's category and 2nd in theme.

It was a great show, and lots of friends and guild members came to see it. Thanks for stopping by.

April 6, 2014

In the Sewing Room

Do you read blogs and think, Wow, they just turn it out! I mean, literally, how are they getting those quilts done so fast? It boggles my mind. Normally when I am cleaning, all I can think about is  really want to sew, but priorities win.
I just have to say, I need the coffee you epic bloggers are drinking. Mine doesn't seem to be that strong. :Giggles:

What's been going on here. We are right in the  middle of a big renovation. I am so happy to report that the ceiling was retextured and the walls are back up. Yay!  I have begun taping the seams. We didn't prime the ceiling though before we textured, and it will have to be painted. No worries, hubby bought a new paint sprayer!

With all this work, I decided on a whim to take a  break and went to visit my friend Ayna. I quilted her hemispheres (pattern here) while I was there. That walking foot bar is awesome! I am going to have to invest in it. I thoroughly enjoyed using it. I had a lot of fun checking out Orlando. I got to go to Ikea, but they were sold out of the fabric that I wanted. Boo!

I also received this wonderful package from Kelli The Stitch Fairy in the Sewing Room Swap on flickr. I have put the sewing machine mat to good use. 

I've started on some potholders for a friend. Pattern is here. Thank goodness there was no special timeline on it. They are in the mail.

I'm got in on a Instabee.

One of the ladies in the group started out with the Stacked Windmills. We are going off patterns from the book  Modern Bee 13 Quilts with Friends We have some really great people in our group. I love all the blocks that have gotten done for this month. I picked Ziggy Stardust. I am sew excited!  My month isn't until December.

I got these lovelies by bringing in fat eighths of Denise Schmidt for a swap at ECMQG. It was really fun!We are going to be swapping AMH next. My heart is singing. YAY!

I acquired these awesome fabrics from Kim's destash. Yay for destashing. Thanks Kim. She gave me a great  price on all the following fabric. 

All of these. I believe Joel Dewberry. I love pink! I was thinking that these would be awesome for the 100 modern blocks. Thoughts??

Some more wonderful scrappies.  My cabinet is getting full. I am going to have to start making a quilt. I got 1  quilt done in the first quarter, but I didn't get pics. I wanted to wait and share it after the quilt show. So, stay tuned for that. Blog at ya later. 

Happy Sewing

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