Sunday, October 18, 2009

Alaskans Continue Travel Down Cobblestone Lane!

Fellow traveler, Valerie, hosted our Cobblestone adventure this week.  Three of the "Lucky Seven" were out of town, but the rest of us had a great time!  Valerie prepared a lovely brunch for us and put our finishing packets at each place setting.

If felt like Christmas...we were each so excited to see what our border and background was!  We ate...we caught up on each others lives...we talked quilts...we shared our blocks from last month...

Valerie shared some of the projects she has been working on. This quilt just returned from the machine quilter.  It is from a class that was offered during our guild's spring retreat in April.  It is called "Entwined".

She also shared with us her progress on a Patchwork Party quilt that she has been working on.  All of the blocks are done...she is now working on the hand applique' medallion center.

Each of those roses have ELEVEN teeny-tiny pieces in them!  YIKES!  She only has the leaves and multiple yo-yos left, then she can piece together the entire top!  It will be stunning...I will be sure to post a picture!  Valerie is a quilter of courage...she takes on those big projects...and inspires us all!

I can't think of a better way to spend a morning than dillydallying with quilt is good!

Sunset from my deck...wonderful way to end a day!
Now...go dillydally!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Seasonal Projects!?!

I love seasonal decorating.  In fact, I have to work really hard at practicing restraint...because I can easily go so far as to make gaudy decorating appear conservative.  Halloween is especially fun!  This past week I pulled out my Halloween "tub"'s like visiting old friends.  Each item has a story and memories attached to it.

I believe in excess when it comes to seasonal this summer I bought a kit and pattern that was just "screaming" to be made a part of my Halloween collection!

I purchased the above kit from Rosebud's Cottage this summer during the Minnesota Shop Hop!  She had several samples displayed using multiple fabric themes.  Roseann designed this pattern herself...I love how easy it was to piece, yet it has a powerful impact.
I just love the Patch Abilities patterns that I have come across.  Not only are they a managable size, but they go together quickly and are a great way to use some fabrics from my stash.  Don't you love it when you can find everything you need for a project in your stash?

Here they are quilted and bound!  The tablerunner is one I showed in an earlier post, it is called "Twilight" by Sherri Falls.  The best thing about making seasonal quilt projects is that they come with a sort of one wants to finish up a Halloween project during Christmas vacation! Hee-hee!  It works for me!

Oh!  I almost forgot!

I was so touched by the talent and effort given by the women who planned and implemented our first annual quilt show, I had a strong desire to make them something to show my gratitude!  I kept racking my brain, trying to think of  a project I could complete in a reasonable amount of time.  I'm not sure what hit me, but I had a charm pack of "Northern Solitude" by  Holly Taylor along with some yardage and came up with these cases for pocket sized facial tissues.  I am very pleased with how they turned out.  I guess they too qualify as a seasonal project...the season for colds...I know, my sense of humor is "sick"!  Just think...every time they sneeze...they'll think of me!  Love it!  Make time to dillydally...I'm convinced it builds up our immune system!  Later...Dr. DillyDally! ;)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

NWQG 1st Annual Quilt Show - Slide Show

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Well dear ones...this is my first attempt at a slide show...I have been intimidated by the process all week...decided today to "bite the bullet" and give it a try...hope it works!  If it does...enjoy Cordova's quilts!