Monday, April 29, 2013

trip to Paducah quilt show

Four of us left on Sunday April 21,2013 for the AQS quilt show in Paducah,  On Monday we went to Benton to the quilt shop Odds n Ends  to visit Zella great shop.  Had lunch at a resturant called 4 little piggies great BBQ, then went to Purple Toad Winery sampled the wines and bought some.  Red Lobster for dinner.   Tuesday we had an all day class with Eleanor Burns called Melon Patch it was great fun, she also provided lunch from Panera's..  We had dinner at The Whaler's Catch for great seafood.

 Here is her signing my pattern.  

Then Wed. we went to Eleanor's show at the fair grounds had third row seats  so funny. From there we went to the show and looked at quilts and shopped vendors for the rest of the day in the expo center.  Dinner at Outback Steak House..
 On Thursday, had two lectures one on color and one on precuts which both were great, in between lectures we saw more of the show and shopped some more.  Had dinner at our favorite place  the Japanese resurant next to our Hotel  Hiabachi style so much fun and great food.
 On Friday, we went to the Rotary Club and looked at antique quilts and shopped the vendors there, then went downtown to the vendors there, then back to expo center for another lecture on fabric selection with Alex Anderson. Quick dinner then off to the evening event with Alex Anderson and Libby Leman  to start their program off we listened to great saxaphone music but didn't get his name..
Saturday we had class with Edyta Sitar on her spools quilt. We had a fabric exchange to do this quilt. She provided us with the fabric and we all cut 2 different fabric into 24  1" strips  then made piles for each of us.
here is a picture of the piles and Edyta adding to the piles.

After the class, we had lunch at Friday's and headed home.  we really had a great week even though it was colder than normal and two days of rain...    reservations for hotel are made for next year..

Happy Quilting,

Thursday, April 11, 2013

saved by the thread

well I was quilting a customer quilt and watching the thread on the cone disappear. I was hoping I would have enough to finish the last pass on the quilt.  Well I made it just by the luck of the thread..  I couldn't have planned it any closer if I tried......
I have been doing the blocks from called Bible Studies. They put a block out each Monday night late. Each block if for a book in the Bible with a story to go with it. The blocks are 6" finished blocks they are really fun and I can't wait for Monday nights to come.  Several of my quilting buddies are doing them too.  check it out you might like them too. Here are a few of the blocks that I have done.  Trying to use 3 fabrics but have had to add a fourth so far added a medium blue.   We are up to 16 blocks this week.
Today was a sew UFO day at LQS Main Street Quilt Co. in Shelbyville, IL  Kate started a UFO club in January to help us and her to get some UFO's done this year.  We turned in a list of 10 UFO's that we want to get done this year.  Then she set up a UFO sew day on second Thursday of the month is has been so popular she added second Tuesday of the month too.  We can go and work on one of our UFO's  and for $5.00 we get lunch which is always yummy...  I got my BOM block done for her shop and 3 more blocks for the Bible stories also got most of small wall hanging put together with sashing. It is one I started about 4 years ago doing English paper piecing of hearts called mended hearts. I am doing it ot honor all the family members that have had heart surgery in my family.  I just need to make one more block for the quilt which I am going to do on the embroidery machine saying Our family of mended hearts.  I am going to put names and dates of heart surgery on heart blocks . I will post a picture of this when I am done making the top..
well I guess I will go work on some project for the evening..
happy quilting