Saturday, October 27, 2012

Do you ever sign up for a swap...

...and fall in love with the gift you've made?

Last month, on a whim I signed up for the Modern She Made Swap on Flickr.  They were just about to get started with Round 2 and I thought "What the heck!  Why not?"  I hadn't done a swap in a long while and this seemed like a good one to get back in.

After stalking my partner's Flickr page and mulling over several ideas, this is what I came up with.

This is the picture I posted on the group's page to get feeback.

Pieced and ready for quilting.

And here we are midday on Day 2. 

The quilting is almost complete and then I'll turn it into a pillow cover.  First, I have to figure out what I want to quilt in the corners.  I know I don't want more lines...hmm.
I'll be back in a day or two to show you the finished pillow...fingers crossed.
I hope everyone has a fabulous Saturday!  

Friday, October 26, 2012

What would you do...

...with a large pile of old uniforms?
Here sits my son's old Army uniforms.  When he was getting out of the Army last May
I asked him if I could have some of his old uniforms and this is what I got.  I want to make
a quilt out of them but I haven't been able to come up any good ideas yet. 
So I'm looking for ideas and inspiration.  Got any?
Simple, complex, colorful, muted, pieced, doesn't matter. 
I want to hear your ideas.  What would you do with a pile of old uniforms?
P.S.  I haven't been sewing a lot lately but I'll try to post again soon with
something more interesting that a pile of clothes.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Highlights from the 2012 Trinity Valley Quilt Show

Good Tuesday to y'all.  This past weekend I and a couple of my besties went to
Trinity Valley Quilt Guild's annual show.  Here are a few highlights...
The Red Birds
Made by Sharon Bowman
Quilted by Susan Corbett
Made by Carol Staehle and Divas
Quilted by Sheri Mecom

Vintage Stars
Made by Bonnie Chovanetz and Friends
Quilted by Miriam McCurdy

Monterrey Medallion
Made by Christine Merrell
Quilted by Susan Corbett

Lucy in the Sky
Made by Carolyn Bowden
Quilted by Susan Corbett

Flower Pots
Made by Peggy Sympson
Quilted by Dawn Smith

Patriotic Primitive Garden
Made by Wanda Nabors
Quilted by Karen Denney
My Baltimore Quilt
Made by Pat Nielson
Quilted by Dawn Smith

1930's Bunnys Jumping
Made by Dawn Horvath
Quilted by Miriam McCurdy

Symphony of Light - Aurora Borealias
Made by Janis Chism Keene
Quilted by Martha Tsihlas

"Eye" see what's on your plate
Made by Fran Snay
Quilted by Sue Champion

Triangles Galore
Made by Gale Cochran
Quilted by Donna Akins

Confetti Flowers
Made by Beth Rhodes
Quilted by Dawn Smith
Made in Texas - By a Texan
Made by Rebecca Yarborough
Quilted by Sara Burris

As far as goodies go, I went to the show with the desire to NOT purchase fabric and
to FIND something unique.  And this is what I came up with.

I bought the Quiltsmart's Baskets Around  pattern because I thought it would be
good for one of the bazillion fat quarters bundles I have collecting dust.
And the Hickory Nut templates?  I just thought were neat.  Here's what they're used for...

These little hexagons are SUPER addictive!  These particular ones were made from the small template set using a few charm packs.  So far I have 30 made with another 45 or so to go.  
For anyone interested, you can purchase the templates here.  
That's all for now.  Type at ya later...