Saturday, August 15, 2015

August Threads

And more Row by Row!
Bowling Green, Ky

Murfreesboro TN

Kingsport TN ... first stop on our way home (love that machine stitched waterfall and Sunrays).

Abington VA ... Second stop on our way home

Fairfield VA ... Third stop on our way home (I bet Helen will love the rowers).

After driving all day on Friday I managed to be at a quilters' yard sale in a church in Chesterfield on Saturday at 9am. I came home with two bags full of fabrics for my stash. Mostly pieces the size of fat quarters but others as well.
When I started sorting it for washing I found about a dozen pieces cut like this! What ...?

On the way home after the sale I made another Row by Row stop. Love love the Loch Ness monster. I wished I knew which quilt shop ... I was a bit disappointed about the bad display. Couldn't really see the top two rows.

This is my busy week of the month ... second Monday: lace day
The meetings are always nice but this one was especially great for me because I accomplished making another lace Chrismon. I am so happy.

Tuesday morning: CR Quilters
I had been undecided for too long what to do about the meeting but then had an idea about two mini lesson topics.
1. A good idea how to make the August Block Lotto easier. Worked great!
2. I had seen a black+white 4-squares stack+whack caleidoscope quilt at a quilt group meeting, liked it very much and wanted to try it. At the quilters' yard sale I found a larger piece of fabric with a big black and white pattern. Perfect!
If I ever have some spare time I will write a little tutorial. I don't want to forget how I did it!

Show and tell

This is a runner which goes across the bed.

Table runners in progress. The lesson from the last meeting.

This is the August Block Lotto which I finished once I was home. If you like this pattern you might want to save it because next month it's a different one.

On Thursday at the Stitchers we did a "group project" (once a year). We made little gowns for preemie babies in the NICU. There where four different patterns: 1-3 lbs, 3-5 lbs, 5-8 lbs and 8-10 lbs. they all still need the Velcro but they are so cute. I loved this project, especially as a grandmother of a wonderful little boy who once was a preemie.

Not much more at the moment. I washed all the fabric. Now I am straightening, ironing and working on my queendom!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Tennessee State Museum

As I wrote on my main blog on July 30 we took William to the Tennessee State Museum. It was very interesting and ... free!

The first quilt I saw in this museum was this one, made by a slave about 1860 for her mistress, Emma Florida Lipscomb of Maury County.



Around the corner something for children but I found it very interesting too.











And through a door more eye candy.






There was a quilting frame too where you could try hand quilting. Some had! Ha-ha, should have taken a close-up of that!



James and I decided we should go again, with or without a 5year old!


Caohagan Island Quilts

As I wrote an my main blog we went to Paducah KY on Monday July 27. One of the things I wanted to do is visit The National Quilt Museum because I had learned about a special exhibition. Well, there are always three sections in this museum and a traveling exhibition is one of them ... and they are always special. You can't say about this quilt museum "have been there, have done it" because you will ALWAYS see lots of new eye candy.

Of course photography is strictly forbidden (and I really don't like to break rules) so I found the above photos on their website. I was really happy when I googled later and found this link!

The last one is my favorite!

July threads

July 7 (first Tuesday) I went to a Richmond Quilters Guild Group meeting in Mechanicsville. The topic was the stack and whack 4 squares caleidoscope quilt. Very interesting. This black and white one really intrigued me.

Of course there was show and tell too.

Second Tuesday 9am - CrossRidge Quilters
Show and tell

Church Mice 7pm
I did the program about the 4 log cabin blocks in one go. A lot of preparation but now I almost have a quilt done for the Stitchers.
Show and tell:

This is the quilt the Church Mice are going to raffle at the Bazaar. It's 82" x 96"

And, of course, Row by Row started again. Lots of quilters were fascinated by it last year. It's fun. If you are in the area of a participating quilt show you might as well pop in! You can read about Row by Row here!

Quilting Adventure in Richmond VA

Blue Crab Quilt Co in Henrico VA

Sew Refreshing in Mechanicsville VA

Hancock's in Paducah KY

Quilters Alley in Paducah KY

So much eye candy this month but not much sewing done and not much lacemaking either. Sigh!