Saturday, July 23, 2016

Preparing to Party!

Our local quilt guild is celebrating ...
... 2016 marks our 30th year of existence!  Yep ... all this quilt filled fun began in 1986!
This photo was taken by the local paper when we celebrated our 1st anniversary ... we all look like we're 15 ... and we were! ;-)  We giggle each time we see this photo ... the rail fence quilt on the counter summed up our skills at the time ... perfectly!  Too funny!

We decided to celebrate our success with a special event!  You can find all the details here on our guild blog!  We are hosting two very successful designers, and to honor a broad range of quilting techniques, one day will involve machine piecing while the other will honor hand sewing!  How fun!
I have spent time this week preparing for the machine piecing day!  Ever since Sherri Fall's book was published this spring, my intent was to make the sampler on the cover during her visit here.
In choosing fabric, I ordered multiple holiday charm square packs to help determine my fabric choices.  I fell in love with McKenna Ryan's Sugar Plum fabrics!
Playing around with the Sugar Plum palette created a dillydally windstorm!  It blew me directly to the Winter Lights quilt ... here is a pic of the pattern with my choice of background.
Sherri has encouraged us to have our project cut out before class, so that we can spend more time sewing!  I am using the light colors for my inner star points.
And the dark fabrics will be used for my large star points.  The fabric collection contains many directional prints.  I eliminated those when I looked at how the stars were pieced.  We all chose different projects from her book ... I am so excited to see what everyone will make!
Sherri is having everyone begin the day by making her Crafty Basket!  I came across this fabric while in Anchorage ... it is perfect for DillyDallydom!  I love polka-dots ... but polka-dots with kitty ears makes me weak in the knees!  Yep ... this fabric has Flicka and I written all over it!
Things are out of control in my sewing room!  To make room for more projects, it was past time to bind a few quilts that have been patiently waiting!  Binding went on two matching baby quilts that will be delivered to their recipients today!
One of the babies has a 3 year-old sister who is receiving this twin sized "Big Girl" quilt ... one that she will never out grow!
In conjunction with the classes, we are holding a quilt show as well!  Just the motivation I needed to bind a quilt that the public hasn't seen before!  Whew ... it feels sew good to finish a few quilts ... three are off to their forever homes and the other destined to decorate my home every winter!
I bring my machine out to the dining room table when binding quilts because my sewing table space is too small in the sewing room.  That makes for a very happy puppy ... she has room to be a helper ... a somewhat naughty one ... she loves to chew on the foot pedal.  Here she is pouting because I told her "no" in a very stern voice.  She doesn't like to be scolded, and becomes very affectionate.  Her paw on my foot was her way of offering repentance!  Notice the condition of my knock-around-the-house sandals ... hmmmm ... I wonder who was responsible for that?  Yep ... navigating dillydally winds and a puppy tornado while preparing to party ... I have sew earned next weekend's celebration!  I love my dillydally life and wouldn't change a thing!

Do what you love.  Do party!  Do dillydally!
Mrs. DillyDally 

1 comment:

  1. Looks like it will be a fun time.
    That quilt is going to be gorgeous.
    Love the colors, can't wait to see more of it.
    Flicka will love your basket with the kitty fabric.
    Nissa is too cute with her pout face. :)
    Have fun at the party!