Sunday, August 20, 2017

World Quilt New England 2017

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A friend and I went to the World Quilt New England run by Mancuso Show Management. It was held in Manchester, NH which isn't too far from where we live. There were so many quilts there! Unbelievable! I think we were overloaded on quilts which I never thought could really happen to us. This is an international quilt show that travels all over the world. There was so much to see! There were also about 50 vendors. Such fun!

I took a few pictures and will share what caught my eye! This quilt above is called Andesine. It measures 63" X 75". It was made by Andrea Stracke of Germany. 

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Walking by this quilt, we thought it was a great quilt that was machine quilted. We were so wrong!
It's all hand quilted! It is also hand pieced. We couldn't believe it! I thought it was micro stippled by machine. I have no idea how she could have done this all by hand. So beautiful!

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This quilt is Geisha, made by Jennifer A. Wheatley of Gilbertsville, PA. It measures 78" X 58". This quilt was striking! It reminded me of a painting.

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There was trim and fur sewn onto the quilt to give it some 3-D effects.

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The thread painting was excellent. It all worked together so well. 

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This is Good Vibrations by Ansa Breytenback of New Zealand. It measures 78" X 81". I just love the colors and vibrancy of this quilt. It's actually inspired by the old Beach Boys song of the same name. This quilt is so colorful that it sparkles!

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This is That Blooming Mosaic from South Africa. It's made by more than 40 women from Village Quilter's Guild. It measures 76" X 76". 

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Each image in this quilt is made from tiny little tiles that are somewhat appliqued onto a background fabric. 

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I don't think each tile is traditionally appliqued. I think it may be glued down or somehow put into place so it can be quilted and secured to the background. It's amazing 40 women could do this as a group project. Phenomenal!!

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This last quilt is called Carousel. It's made by Yvonne Chapman from Australia. It measures 36" X 36". The quilt maker said that when she rode the carousel as a child, she always thought the horse she was riding on was the REAL horse! This quilt is a tribute to her childhood. 

That's all I the pictures I took. There were many challenges also. There were over 100 small wall  quilts inspired by The Lion King. There was a Hoffman Challenge using one of their butterfly fabrics. So much to see! If you get the chance, don't miss it!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Neighbor's Quilt Project

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I was sitting at home minding my own business when the phone rang. It was my next door neighbor. They're moving soon so I thought they wanted to say good bye. I was completely wrong. She told me she started a quilt in 2010 and had abandoned it.. Since they're packing up their house, she found the box with all her supplies. She asked if she could bring them over for me to "see". She came right over and showed me these blocks. They measure around 15 inches square. 

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She had also made 103 of these log cabin squares. They measure around 8 inches square. Of course, she asked if I could finish this quilt for her. It was intended to be a queen sized quilt for her daughter. She wants it finished and any decision is up to me. She would also like me to quilt it for her. She had a small stroke and will not be sewing at all anymore. She just wants it finished. She also brought me lots of extra fabric. The backing and binding are all cut as well.

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I didn't have the heart to say no to her. After she left, I calculated that the quilt needs 17 more blocks. She had a small box with blocks partially sewn. It took me a while to figure out what to cut. Here are the 17 blocks that I'm working on right now. I'm going to finish these up and then sew them into groups of 4. 

I was so thrilled that I only had 2 projects I was working on and looking forward to starting something new. Looks like I got another project that I wasn't planning on. This one is quite the challenge. Hope I can finish it nicely for her!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Vacation - Part 2

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We visited Portsmouth, NH this past week. Such a great day! Walked all over downtown and ate a great lunch. Of course, I found a quilt shop! This is the Portsmouth Fabric Company. The shop is not very large but it is just packed with Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink  and other beautiful fabrics. 

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This is what I ended up buying. It's 8 fat quarters of Tilda Harvest by Art Gallery Fabrics. I just loved the colors. It's not my usual palette so I just had to have it! I would have stayed longer in this shop but my husband was waiting for me. There really wasn't a place for him to sit. I was happy with my purchase anyways!

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There are many historical sites to visit in Portsmouth. This is the home of John Paul Jones. I wish we could have gone inside but it wasn't open the day we were visiting. I love the look of this house. 

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This is the plaque on the house. I guess that makes it official!

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We also went to the Salisbury Beach the next day. The waves were pretty wild. I thought the water was freezing! I loved sitting on the sand and reading. So relaxing. I used sunscreen but still managed to get a sunburn. We were planning on returning to the beach but our sunburns kept us from going back. 

We went shopping at the Merrimack Outlets yesterday. I got some great deals on a few shirts. Today, we stayed home and caught up on housework. I can't believe my week is almost over! Not looking forward to going back to work!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Vacation

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I'm officially on vacation this week. We love doing day trips. We always seem to make our way up to Maine. The day was a little overcast but since it didn't rain, we had a nice time walking around Ogunquit, Maine. This is the view while eating our lunch. We ate at Jackie's Too on Perkins Cove. 

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 I had a tasty lobster salad. It was so good! 

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I also visited Knight's Quilt Shop. This is another of my annual traditions. My husband usually sits on the porch and waits for me. I try not to take too long but sometimes I can't help staying in there awhile!

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I ended up buying a book and fat quarter pack. I'm such a sucker for books! I have way too many so I figured one more wouldn't hurt! I love the pink fabrics. I bought that with a project in mind. I think my first day of vacation was a success! Wonder where I'll go next!?

Friday, August 4, 2017

More Binding

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Is it really August? I feel time really does fly! Trying to finish up a few projects before I start something new. (Isn't there always another project you're dying to start??) I bought this lovely Kaffe Fassett fabric for binding Arcadia Avenue.

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I wanted the binding fabric to have a little color in it. The quilt is so colorful but the borders are very dark. I thought something bright, but still dark, would work. The fabric is called Blue Ombre Stripe. I sewed the binding strips together so the colors would repeat the same all around the quilt. Hope it works! I'll let you know!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Binding Patchwork Swoon

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I've been working on binding Patchwork Swoon. I found it sad to finish it. It's nice to watch a movie or television and do some mindless handwork. I feel less guilty while sitting on the couch. It's a nice excuse to rest!

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Here's a closeup of the binding. I really love the color as well as the polka dots. Happy ending to Patchwork Swoon! The color of the polka dot is the exact same color of the blue background fabric in the quilt. So glad I found it!

Next up, binding Arcadia Avenue. Then it's time to go back to Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I have     2 1/2 borders left to applique! Isn't there always a "next" project???

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Arcadia Avenue DONE!!!

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I still can't really believe! Arcadia Avenue is finally done! It was a long haul but such a nice feeling to know that's it's finally all quilted! I knew it would be quite the project when I started but I had no idea it would take me this long.

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I quilted parallel lines in the triangles along the edge of the quilt..I chalked a line down the middle as my own only marking. I quilted one inch away from the seam line and changed direction at the chalk line. Easy and fast!

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Here's the quilt before I trimmed off the excess batting and backing. It looks so much better afterwards. Who cares?! It's done!!!!!

World Quilt New England 2017

A friend and I went to the World Quilt New England run by Mancuso Show Management. It was held in Manchester, NH which isn't too fa...