Monday, October 31, 2011

Feeling Scrappy?

I was digging around in my stash looking for some fabrics I wanted to use in an upcoming project.  Well, I found the fabric I well as much much more!  I am speaking of SCRAPS, wonderful versatile scraps!
With the price of fabric these days, as well as the realization that I really do have a lot of nice scraps as well as odds and ends of fat quarters and remnants.  (For a while I was into buying the 3 lb. bags of end of bolt remnants online)  That was all fun, but now I have a lot of little cuts of fabrics that really need to be put to use.
One very nice place to find a lot of neat patterns for scrappy quilts is Quiltville's Quips and Snips .  Bonnie Hunter offers a lot of free scrappy patterns as well as wonderful tips and tutuorials.  Visit this talented, geneous ladies site and perhaps you will become inspired to use up some of those odds and ends that you have laying around.  Perhaps you can turn them into a neat quilt for a veteran?
Feeling Scrappy,

Friday, October 14, 2011

November Bus Trip

As most of our members are aware, we are planning a bus trip for our guild to the Quilt Museum in Cedarburg on November 9.  So far we have 29 members signed up for the trip.  Any other members who want to join us on this trip should sign up with Deanna as soon as possible.  We will probably end up with some spare seats so we are inviting our members who have friends interested in coming with us to join our guild.  It's a real deal at $15.00 membership for a year and your first outing will be a bus trip with us plus we do have a wonderful monthly meeting with great demonstrations and a monthly sewing session. 

We thought this was the best way to offer these seats instead of putting a price on them of $20.00 or 30.00 a piece to ride the bus with our group.  So after our October meeting and every current member has signed up, we will open the trip to our new members on a first come, first serve basis until we don't have seats left.  Hope this meets with everyone's approval as it was the fairest way we could come up with for our members.  Contact Deanna if you want to go on the trip or want to join our guild so she can sign you up.   Diana

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Last of September Show and Tell

Here are the last of the Show and Tell quilts. 
Carol's pretty pastel quilt with flowers on point.

A sweet wall hanging made by Carol called "Forget Me Knots".

Lois made this dual purpose iron caddy, which opens up and doubles as a ironing pad.

Maggie's mini.

Another mini by Maggie!

Judy shows a sweet miniature quilt.

Mary and Terri show the Deer Quilt that they made for a wedding gift.  Terri machine quilted "God Bless Your Marraige" into the quilt.
Thanks for the great show and tell quilts ladies1

Sunday, October 9, 2011

September Show & Tell

Some very lovely quilts came in again for Show & Tell.  You ladies are so productive and really are making a bunch of beauties!

Lois shows her pretty Ribbon Runs Through It quilt.

Lois made this lovely quilt in tones of golds and browns.  It is called "Decisions, Decisions".

Lois has been very busy.  Here is her Mystery Quilt.

Ruth also shows a Ribbon Runs Through It quilt, with a piano key border.

Ruth bought the fabric for this Lone Star Medalion quilt 4 yrs. ago.  (I apologize that I only got the picture of it when it was folded in half)

Rusth especially liked how the machine quilting showed up on the back of her quilt.  (to get a closer view, just click on the picture!)

Janet hand quilted this very beautiful bed quilt.

Karen shows her quilt "Touch Down!"
From the looks of things we should have a lot of super quilts for our quilt show next fall!  Keep up the good work.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

More of the October Uberfest Quilters

I thought I'd catch you up on the last couple days of the Uberfest Quilt Blocks.  Ryan Walsh is Thursday's designer with a block named Watch Over You.  I really liked this block and also the pictures of his boys by the sewing machine.  He also has some great tutorials, love the pillow.

Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios is Friday's block designer with In the Corner Pocket, a great design.  I think I've already mentioned how much I liked his free projects too, check out those quilts.

April Rosenthal is Saturdays designers for Chevron Dreams.  She also have a pattern company called Prairie Grass Patterns and her designs are very nice, there are a couple I'd like to sew in a heartbeat!

My Mom and I were able to run to Shawano for the Shawano Area Quilt Guild show.  It was a good show, a lot of really lovely quilts, nice people and saw some of our guild members there too.  The weather was unreal, we sure have been blessed with a wonderful fall. As Ma and I got our ice cream cone on the way home, we both agreed that it was the perfect ending to the perfect day.   Diana

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Blue Nickel Studios Quilt Uberfest

Scott from Blue Nickel Studios has started a Block A Day Quilt Uberfest that started October 1 so its not too late to start and catch up.  His quilt will feature 16 bloggers who will design and feature a block each day.  There is a Uberfest button on the right of his blog which will take you to a list of each blogger that is contributing a block.  Looks like fun and its great to visit these bloggers too.

While you're at Scott's blog, please check out all his projects and take a look at his quilts, I think the colors are great.

I thought I'd point you towards some of the first bloggers in this quilt.  The first block is from "Quilt Dad", John Adams.  He has a fun blog and certainly enjoys his quilting.

The second block is from Kaye Prince at Miss Prints and she has a very detailed set of instructions for her block.  Also, check out her tutorials, some nice things going on there.

Karen Linton doesn't have a blog for her block but Scott back at the Blue Nickel is featuring hers on his blog.

Konda Luckau from Moose on the Porch  is the next block and she also has a website called Moose Quilts.

The fifth block is from Amy Lobsinger of Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts and she's got some crazy pretty quilts on her blog and a nice block too.  Check out her tutorials.

I hope you enjoyed checking out these bloggers and their wonderful contributions to quilting.   Diana

See the Winning Quilts from Des Moines

You can check out the beautiful quilts here: See the Winning Quilts from Des Moines

Last week Deb, Carol, Deanna and I went down to the AQS Show in Des Moines.  It was a great show and a great get-away as well.  The Des Moines guild also had their quilt show in conjunction with the AQS show, so that was a bonus.

Country gals go to the "Big City"

On our way down we stopped at the Amana Colonies in Iowa, where they have a lot of neat things to see, like a woolen mill, basket and broom makers, artists that work in copper, and many other neat things.  (and naturally quilt shops!
Other fun stops on our trip were Fons and Porter in Winterset, as well as covered bridges, and the worlds largest rocking chair!

 What a great time with great quilting friends.