Thursday, September 12, 2019

DESIGN WALL

I've been busy quilting and piecing lately.  When I got the top of the unicorn pillow finished, I figured I might as well go ahead and finish it, so now I am ahead on my birthday gift for DGD Abby who will be 11 right after Christmas.  I decided to give her the pillow for her birthday so that her friends will be there when she opens it!



I wasn't sure how I was going to quilt it and just started by quilting around the unicorn head.  Sometimes when I don't know what I will do, it helps to just get started with something.  I thought that wiggly lines of quilting down the mane strips would work.


Here's a close up of the head.


 The backing fabric is by Tula Pink.  Can you see the unicorns in it?


A closer up picture of the unicorn in the fabric.  I quilted the back with cross hatching.


Then on Sunday I decided to get busy and start on this Christmas quilt and I cut out all the pieces.  This was a kit (by Maywood Studio) and I hardly ever buy quilt kits.  All the pieced blocks are done and the next step is to stitch around the appliqué pieces.  I'll use a blanket stitch on my machine.  The setting triangles aren't cut yet, but it's a gold fabric.  I will have to buy the backing fabric.


My married DGD has been in town this week and she went to my quilt guild meeting with me.  She really enjoyed it!  The program was presented by a special speaker from Quilts For Empowerment, a group that works with women in Kenya.  My DGD went on a mission trip for 2 weeks to the same area of Kenya and spent 7 years early in her life in Africa, so the program was of special interest to her.  She has also been helping me with some hand sewing.  I love having her here.

DH had a new pacemaker installed yesterday, so I spent all morning at the hospital.  It went well for him and I got some knitting done while there.  Today he is having quite a bit of pain, so I hope that will subside soon.

Friday, September 6, 2019

COLUMBIA RIVER AND QUILT BLOCKS

On Wednesday DH and I met my BIL/SIL at Cascade Locks, Oregon to go on a 5 hour cruise of part of the Columbia River.  We got there kind of early, so drove around the town a little.  I noticed a quilt block on the museum and as we continued down the road, there were lots of quilt blocks on houses, etc.  (didn't see any barns).  What a pleasant surprise!  I wondered who organized the placement of so many blocks.  I suppose there are a lot of quilters in town.  It's a small town and we didn't see a quilt shop or I would have wanted to stop to see if they knew.  Anyway, here are some of the quilt blocks that we saw.  The first 2 were on the same house.





This one was in front of city hall!
 Unfortunately, some of the photos didn't turn out very well and then I forgot to take a picture of the one on the museum.

This is the boat that we went on - it's a sternwheeler (paddle boat).


It was a beautiful day and the scenery was awesome!



Now, for what is on my design wall.  I showed the pattern for this unicorn pillow (or quilt) here.  I'm making it for my DGD for either Christmas or her 11th birthday (which is 3 days after Christmas).  The pillow will be 26" square.


I wouldn't want to make a whole quilt with 9 of these blocks!  It was fun, but kind of tedious.  I want to get it finished in plenty of time.

I think our weather is going to change now.  Next week the forecast is for highs in the 70s!  Yea!!

Saturday, August 31, 2019

AUGUST STRING REPORT, ETC.

I'm afraid I didn't work on my string project very much this month, but I did make about 3 1/2 blocks and added them to what I had already done.  I love how this is coming together, but don't know how large I will make it.  

You can check with Lori of Humble Quilts to see what other have been doing with their strings.  A good way to get ideas!


I haven't blogged much this month because I have been trying to concentrate on quilting.  Here are some of the projects that I have been working on.

This HST lap quilt was started years ago when I got the idea of making a large HST quilt.  Each HST finishes at 3".  I had them stored in a shoebox size bin for years and finally decided that I would make a lap quilt and get them used.  This is about 64" square and it is basted and ready to quilt - I just have to decide how I'm going to quilt it.  I hope to get it quilted next week.


This Christmas table runner has been in the quilting pile (already basted since early this year, I think) and I decided to get it quilted and finished.


I quilted this Christmas quilt for a friend.


Another small table runner that was in the "ready to quilt" pile.  It's all done now.



I bought this panel a few months ago and forgot about it.  It was on sale for $5 at Grandma's Attic in Dallas, OR.  I love that shop!  I found some fabric for a border and quilted it.  It's ready to have the binding sewn by hand on the back.


We can't believe what a mild summer we had here.  Not many days in the 90s and NO days when it reached 100º.  We haven't had any rain for months, except for some brief (and I mean brief) sprinkles.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

SUMMER CORN, BARN AND QUILTS

I love it when the local farmer starts selling fresh corn!  The first time I looked, they didn't have any so I went a little farther from town to another farm where I had heard that they had corn.  This is the barn that's farther away.

Bernards Farm - this is a great barn!


They have a huge garden full of zinnias.



The next time I was able to get corn and wonderful berries from Draper Farm right on the edge of my town.

Draper Farm


Here are a few more quilts from the Powerland Quilt Show:


The next two quilts were made by a former owner of a quilt shop that specialized in civil war reproduction fabrics that recently went out of business in Independence, OR.







I hope you don't have to endure too much heat this month.  Soon the weather will start changing!

Friday, August 2, 2019

YAMHILL COUNTY FAIR


Yesterday I went to the Yamhill County Fair in McMinnville, Oregon (where I live).  I had entered 2 wall hangings and wanted to see them plus whatever else was there.

I won a 3rd place ribbon for this one (the Merry Christmas wall hanging).

I won a blue ribbon and Best of Show for this one!
Do you believe that these next 2 pictures show all the quilts that were entered in the fair this year?  I was kind of shocked!  There aren't usually a lot more than these, but this is the least I have seen in the last 5 years.  Probably one reason is that they don't really have a very good system for displaying them so you can see the whole quilt.  Too bad.  



A friend of mine entered this gourd and won a blue ribbon.  


The wolves are on the back of the same gourd.


There were a lot of gourds and I like seeing them.  Here are a few more.

 







It's fun to see the animals.


This pig is really PINK!! (as it should be)





The state fair is held in Salem which isn't too far away, so I'm thinking about entering a different quilt in that fair.  Do any of my readers enter their quilts in their state fair?  Also, do you enter the same quilt in several different fairs or shows?



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

CRAFT/QUILT SHOW AND STRING REPORT

Last weekend and this coming weekend, I was (and will be) busy selling things at the Great Oregon Steam-Up at the Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks, Oregon.  Part of our booth is pictured below and it is located in the Pacific Northwest Truck Museum.

The Steam-up event has been going on for 49 years and appeals mostly to men interested in antique steam operated equipment.  There are 14 museums including a John Deere Museum, Car Museum, Caterpillar Museum, Fire Truck Museum, etc.  People come from all over the USA for this.  Several years ago, a quilt show was started to have something that would interest the women who had accompanied their hubbies.  



Here are a couple of the quilts that are in the show.  I really like this house quilt and might add it to my long list of quilts that I would like to make some day!


This one is an antique quilt - about 100 years old.


To get to the museum, which is about 30 miles from home, we have to cross the Willamette River and we cross it by taking a ferry.  Here are a couple pictures of the details of taking the ferry.

Look close to see the prices they charge


For my string report, Here is what I have done so far on the spider quilt.  I didn't get very far this month.


I think I completed a total of 4 blocks, 2 of which are below.


We have had a lovely summer so far.  Hopefully, August will be nice as well.  It is usually the hottest month and we haven't reached 90º yet, which we like.