Saturday, January 29, 2011

Quilt Fiesta, part deux

I promised to post some pictures of the quilts from the Tucson show...there were so many amazing ones, but I could only pick a here they are....I originally thought that there were 4 from Judy Niemeyer's collection of patterns, and then I found a fifth (unfortunately, I was SO excited that I forgot to get the info on the creator), here they are....

An adaptation of Misty Mountain Pond, done in the colors of fall...dark greens, browns, and a bit of orange. This one was simply stunning.
"The Lake Stella Quilt" by Annette Meyer

 The second was a version of Sea Urchins by Jo Getchen.
"Underwater Waltz" by Jo Getchen

A version of Arrowhead Crossing, which I forgot to get the details for....OOPS!
A version of Indian Summer which had a custom border treatment.
"Desert Song" by JoAnn Hinchliffe

A version of Stepping Stones made for a cabin in Maine (in case you were wondering, we were in Tucson, Arizona....).

And last.....a version of the Hawaiian Star that was simply stunning. The judges agreed with me. I love the way the flying geese color change on the border. There were 61 fabrics used in the geese alone to make it work. Great Job!

Well, that is Judy show from case anyone is wondering how they have SO many Judy quilts in their show, it is because they have a certified shop-- The Quilter's Market at or 7601 E. Speedway Blvd, Tuscon, AZ 85710. You can find info about their schedule of classes at . Judy will be visiting in Arizona from February 22nd-27th, so check in and see if there are any available slots.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Quilt Fiesta, Tucson, Arizona

Shawn and I visited the Quilt Fiesta show this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona. It was a lovely show. I'll post some pics of the lovely quilts tomorrow, but for now, here's some pics from the was a 3 day show, and we had a slightly larger booth, so we had room to spread out, and get extra samples there are some things you probably haven't seen.

Other than that we are just working on the website, new patterns (publication next week) and some new block of the month ideas. Once we have the specifics we'll post the details....

so stay tuned to see some of the quilts from the show tomorrow.....

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Home and Away

So, we got home from the Modesto show in the early hours of Monday morning, and it's just before 8 on Wednesday and we are out the door for the Tucson show in just over an hour.Very busy, but SO much fun running around to get everything accomplished in time for the show. But before I move on to the Tucson show, here are some pics from the booth at the Modesto show.

and we must not forget Shawn's shoes....aren't they super cute? She got them for Christmas, and all I could say is lucky girl!

And now I must go, as we are off to Tucson for the Tucson Quilter's Guild Show - Quilt Fiesta. The show is at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 Church Avenue. The hours are : Friday and Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 10-4. We'll be in booth #24, so stop by and see us if you are in the area. Have a great weekend, and we'll see you next week.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bag Lady? Thanks, Mom (I think)

So, we have been very busy around here the last few days getting ready for the first quilt show of the season : Heart of the Valley Quilt and Textile Arts Show in Modesto, CA. The days have flown since the 3rd, when we started getting ready. Fabrics have been cut and packaged, new signs made, new samples made.....absolutely crazy around here.

It got really crazy yesterday when we started packing, and sorting out all of the personal stuff we would need to take. How is it that the first show of the season I always overpack, overplan, and overorganize (btw, Mom says that overorganization is impossible)? So, I got everything ready and in a big pile on the couch, and Mom turns to me and says "Did you want me to pick up a cart from the grocery while you are gone?" I must have looked at her with my "whatthe" look, because her response was "well you look like a bag lady with all of those bags of stuff!" and when I looked at it from her point of view, I couldn't help but laugh out load at all of the assorted bags : laptop bag, snacks bag, makeup bag, suitcase, purse, project bag for the car, project bag for the booth, project bag for the hotel, target bag of miscellaneous stuff....I am sure that I have packed way to much stuff, but I have no idea what I should leave behind....

In addition to that, there are a series of new classes coming up (a couple of which I am REALLY excited about), and I will be posting the updated schedule next week. So, watch out for the meantime if you are in the Modesto area, stop by and see us at :

Modesto Center Plaza
1000 L Street
Modesto, CA

See you all soon....

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Reflecting on Reflections

So last week I promised to show you what I was making with those beautiful batiks!!! It is Reflections by Judy Niemeyer, a gorgeous, simple paper piecing pattern. Best of all, the pieces are all pre-cut for you! You are ready to literally sit down and sew immediately. It doesn't get much better than that. And below you can check out step by step what I did to get the gorgeous blocks, and check back to see the final layout later next week.

But it started with this....a stack of pre-cut segments - 42 to be exact, 21 lights and 21 darks (there are some repeats). The pre-cut stack looked like this when I got it. (can you see the slits where the fabrics are cut everywhere except the very outside edge???)

I simply snipped a few tabs that were holding the fabrics together, and then moved them around as required.

And then, simply make a stack for speed paper-piecing and get to sewing....

....and in just over 8 hours of sewing you have 42 blocks, in mirrored pairs (light and dark edges, can you see the pairs below), and are ready to complete your layout and sew the rows together.

Visit next week to see how these look when they are sewn into rows.....see you next week.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Photo Shoot Today

That's right, I am heading out for a photo shoot today -- so that you can see all of the things that I have been working on for the last few weeks, and see the blocks from my teaser last week. Just 10 hours of sewing and they were all done, and they do look scrumptuous, if I say so myself.

Well, heading out, so wish me luck. Pics tomorrow.

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Newest Project

I have big quilting plans for this year, very big plans....starting with these....

stop back later this week to see what I do with them........