Saturday, October 27, 2012

bloggers' quilt festival

I always love the quilt festival -- a chance for me to show off something I've made that I really like, and to troll around the web seeing quilters I haven't "met" before and re-visiting "old friends"!

This is my favorite quilt of the year -- it's called Antipodes I and all of the print fabrics came from a trip to New Zealand a few years ago.  It's made from a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman. Here's a detail of the quilting by Sue Fox and my favorite bit of bird fabric.
Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 72 x90″
Quilted by : Sue Mary Fox, Berkeley
Best Category : wall quilt, throw quilt, Professionally Quilted

Be sure to go visit the Quilt Festival post to find links to the rest of the exhibit!

Monday, October 22, 2012

something new

It's the top of the 9th, in the 7th game of the division playoffs, and the Giants are ahead 9-0...  Go Giants!  (I'm a classic fair-weather baseball fan --- I only start paying attention when one of the local teams makes it into the post-season -- but how can you NOT get interested when your team is this close to the World Series?)

I finished a pair of socks tonight:

They're a pattern called Everyone Outta the Pool, and the yarn is Claudia Hand Painted in the "Carousel" color.  The yarn was fun and the pattern was quick to memorize and quick to knit.  The yarnovers in the pattern are meant to reduce the effect of pooling in variegated yarn and it does seem to work, judging by the difference between the ribbing at the top and the rest of the sock.  Now... what's next?

I also started a new quilt a couple of days ago.  I've had the pattern and the templates for a year or two; it's Canyon Dance by Tracy Trevethan. Surprisingly easy to put together the curved blocks!
These are hand-dyes from Starr Design Fabrics along with a couple of African prints. 

Still the 9th inning, Cardinals have two outs and two on base. I'm waiting for the sound of loud cheers from the tv in the other room so I'll know the game is over!  Yay! 9-0 -- can't beat that!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

501st Post GiveAway!

I missed my 500th post, somehow, but I always like to celebrate prime numbers so -- but wait! 501 is NOT a prime number! Did you know that you can look up prime numbers from 1 to a million online?   Okay, now I have to pause and figure out what 501 is divisible by...  it's 3 x 167 and 167 is prime (remember that thing about adding up the digits in a number and if it's divisible by 3 then the whole number is divisible by 3?  5+0+1=6).

Okay, enough math for today.  I decided to go through my stash of patterns and pull out the ones that I knew I was never going to make and ones that I wasn't going to make another time.  Photos and descriptions below -- leave me a comment if there's anything that interests you.

Two different FQ quilts from American Legacy Quilts

Baby Cakes uses 10" squares and Scrap Assassin  uses assorted scraps

Lover's Knot and Touching Stars are traditional designs -- a little bit more complex than the others

McGuffey is a little one using charm squares and the Simplicity pattern is for a variety of totes using 5-quart or 5-gallon plastic buckets

Cake Mix uses 10" squares and Butterfly Blooms uses 2-1/2" strips

Finally, a little bit of holiday cheer: Trim the Tree is paper pieced on tissue foundations (included), and the other is for a table runner and card holder.

I hope some or all of these will find a home outside my sewing room!


Monday, October 15, 2012

PIQF Report

I can't go to a quilt show without posting a few photos!  It was a good show this year -- I know that because my camera kept beeping that I was out of disc space.  For some reason (laziness) I still had a million old quilt show photos that hadn't been deleted, so I managed to clean up the disc a little in the course of the day and I think I photographed about 80 quilts.

I watched one woman systematically walk around the show snapping a picture of every quilt. She didn't seem to actually look at them, which I thought was odd, and she was just using a little "point & shoot" camera so it was unlikely she was doing it for publication.  Hmm...

Anyway, here's a little gallery of some of my favorites for your enjoyment --

First up is Blue Squares by Marcia DeCamp of Palmyra, NY (64" square) -- I love the color play in this one and the interesting fabrics.
 Then there's Hippo Love by Janet Fogg of Milwaukie, OR (81" x 83") -- absolutely wonderful!
 Here's a close-up. This won a ribbon for use of color, but the quilting is terrific, too.

This is Best Man by Jean Jurgenson of Walnut Creek, CA. I really like the monochromatic subtlety of this piece, and the intimate feel of it.
Here is Reborn by Vicki Thompson of Mandeville, LA (53" x 46"). It's quite whimsical and I really like the controlled busyness and the splashes of color.
 One of my favorites -- Pigeonholed by Julie Schlueter of Orange, CA. Again, great use of color...
 This one is Regatta by Bernadette Mayr of Germany (88" x 73") -- I think I've posted her quilts from other shows. So subtle... and of course since my husband is a sailor it caught my eye! 
 Another bright one is Gloriosa Pigmentosa by Linda Waddle, who is somewhere in the California foothills.  I'm a sucker for almost anything with leaves, and I love these bright colors!
 Finally -- my friends will be shocked  (shocked!) by this choice and even I'm a bit surprised because I really don't like 30's repro fabrics at all -- in fact I was having a conversation on that subject on the way down to the show.  BUT: I think this is a charming quilt:
Although I might like it better if it were just one bouquet of balloons in a frame of some sort...  it is Balloon Bouquet by Gail Lysett of Castro Valley, CA.  The handwork was lovely -- applique, piecing and quilting.
I hope you've enjoyed the show!

Sunday, October 07, 2012


It feels just the tiniest bit like fall here in the Bay Area. We had a little wave of scorching weather for a few days, but that went away when the fog came back. Today it's sunny and mild.  It always interests me that even in a place that "doesn't have seasons" there is still that one day where you know it's fall or know it's spring...

Remember this quilt top I showed a couple of weeks ago?

I decided that I didn't like the lower right corner -- it just seemed to "hot" with all that bright red.  I rummaged up another block from the swap that had gotten buried in the pile on my ironing board, and spent a few minutes swapping it out -- here's the do-over, which I find much more pleasing:

And I have to show off this little piggy that I made for Libby, who's recovering from surgery.  When I had my tonsils out at age 6, I took my Piglet doll to the hospital with me, and when I awoke from the surgery Piglet was there with a band-aid on his throat.

I have a vintage 1965 McCalls pattern of Winnie The Pooh animals (which I hadn't used since about 1968) so I decided that Libby needed a Piglet, too.Fun to make, but now I remember how fiddly those little seams are...