Monday, July 24, 2023

Humble Quilts Presents Program at Willamette Valley Quilt Guild in Dayton, Oregon

On July 19, 2023, Lori DeJarnatt, of Humble Quilts presented a program at the Willamette Valley Quilt Guild and I am a member of that guild.  Everyone enjoyed her program very much.  Lori doesn't believe in the quilt police and believes that a quilt doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.  She has seen many antique quilts and loves to see how people made quilts with what they had and if they ran out of the fabric, they just put in another fabric.  Mistakes weren't something to cry over or be ashamed about!  I only took a couple pictures, but I do love the quilt in this first picture.

This next quilt is amazing and Lori did most of the appliqué by machine.  

After her presentation, there was a workshop to make baskets without using a pattern.  We had to jump right in and we selected some fabrics.  Lori helped us figure out how to cut the background fabric and how to make the handles.  We spent all afternoon making baskets and I got 5 baskets made.  When I got home, I decided to make a few tiny baskets and I used rick rack for the handles.  You can see the close up pictures of the all the baskets following the picture of the completed wall hanging.  I just finished it yesterday including a label!  I love all the fabrics that I used and my favorite basket is the one made out of the stripes.  I also used the striped fabric for the border.  I made it to fit a quilt rack that I hang smaller quilts on that hangs on the wall.

This shows the quilting better than the front.  I did straight line stitching
 on the border in green and 2 rows in yellow.

One day last week when I was digging through a box of scraps, I came across this small quilt top.  It measures 9" x 9".  I love little quilts like this and use them in various places, such as on a bed side table at home or on a trip in a motel.  Also, I have one on the bathroom counter to set glasses and other things on.   It feels good to finish it even though it is tiny. 

 In about a week, the Gone to Pieces Quilt Guild (of which I am secretary) will be at the Yamhill County fair to sell tickets to our raffle quilt, so I will take a turn at our booth.  I will also be entering a couple items in the fair to be judged.

Hope you are having a nice summer and are staying cool enough!

Monday, July 3, 2023

A Finish and an Outing

I just finished a Christmas Quilt that I made with blocks of the month (BOMs) that were provided by my quilt guild during 2022.  I ended up making them with Christmas fabric and made 2 of some of them to make it the right size - I think I skipped some as well.  I haven't measured it yet, but it isn't big enough for bed size

I have 3 sons and plan to make one for each family.  

I went to my local quilt shop (LQS) a few times, but am keeping my purchases small because I'm saving up on buying fabric until my birthday at the end of this month.  My LQS gives us 25% off for our birthday so I am trying to think about what I might want to buy when the time comes.  In addition to the 25% off, I have 2 punch cards worth $25 each.  When I went there yesterday, I saw some new fabric by Tilda that I really liked, but I want to have a plan for anything that I buy, so I will be trying to come up with ideas.

I went on an outing with the ladies in my Bible study group and we went to the Pittock Mansion in Portland.  Here are a few pictures.  

It was a perfect day.

The view of Mt. Hood which is about 70 miles east.

Another view of Mt. Hood and more of the city of Portland.

Before we moved to Oregon (almost 9 years ago) we would usually come here in June to visit our son and his family.  June seemed like the perfect time to spend here. 

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you have a lovely summer.