Friday, September 16, 2016

Google and Some Friday Photos

There evidently were some new features added to Google that I missed.  Figures I'm not that techno-savvy anyway, but this one I like!

I went to add some photos to a post, and the options now include "from your phone".

I used to have to email all the pictures from my phone to my office email because my Yahoo mail account would not let me email them from my phone to my home email account.  AAAGGHH!!  But now I can load them into a blog post without doing anything! 

Very cool.  Thank you, Google!

Here are some random shots for Friday...

This is the underneath side of Miss A's hair after a day of playing outside... and not brushing all the way to the bottom when she brushes in the morning.  I spend at least a half hour undoing all the snarls in the evening.
I feel so sorry for her... When I was small, my dad insisted I had to have long hair. But if you want me to confess to the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance or the Great Train Robbery all you have to do is pull my hair -- just a little.  Stop stop!  I confess!  Just don't pull it anymore!!  PULLLLEEEEZE!!!

At Quilt Guild we were given a new free pattern along with some fabric to take home and make donation quilts.  I pulled some scrappy strips from my bin, and a navy chunk for the outside edges.  All I need is a backing and some binding and this one is good to go.

We did some other strip quilts at family sewing night a couple of weeks ago.  These are from Aunt Zel's scrap basket...  Nancy sewed, I pressed, we got two tops done and a third started.

This is what happens when you leave Miss A in the back seat with nothing to do... she was playing with my Shape Cutter and snapped it into three pieces.  I won this as a door prize many years ago, so I supposed it IS time for a new one...

This amazing piece of work is the property of my cousin Amy.  All paper pieced and beautifully done.  I've always loved the Snail's Trail block.  Someday...

This is a pillow top done in Sashiko quilting that I finally finished.  I took a class at a convention from Nancy Schreiber about OMG I don't even remember how many years ago...  Sashiko is a Japanese hand quilting technique that was originally intended to create and mend clothing that the peasant class wore while working.  Layers made the clothing warm, and the quilting made it beautiful. 

It's more important for the stitches to be uniform than to be tiny, and there are rules about crossing stitches and how they meet at the intersections.  I did a decent job while in class, but then the piece got tucked away and forgotten.  When I pulled it out this past summer, I struggled to remember the rules. 

The next step is to find some coordinating fabric and complete the cover, and stuff with a 14 inch pillow form.

I guess we were on the ten year plan.
Happy Friday!
Sew on...

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Quilt Expo 2016, Part II

This post is a continuation of yesterday's photo gallery of pictures I took at the WPT/Nancy's Notions Quilt Expo, at which I was a volunteer docent for three days.  Enjoy the pictures!  I didn't capture everything, just the ones I particularly liked or thought had interesting points to them. 
Acres of quilting...  but our rows got a little wonky on Thursday.  The amazing staff had it all restored on Friday morning!
I wish I had taken one of the 'socks' quilt...  it was made of little kids' socks with designs on them, including everything from Valentine hearts to the Pink Panther.  Boy you can make a quilt out of ANYTHING.
Crazy Quilt, with lots of embroidery.

The thread painting was incredible.  Check the detail on the bluebird.

Lovely floral quilt with lots of detail.  And bugs!  Sorry it's fuzzy.

This quilt has words quilted into the various areas like the stripes of light over the tomb.  And the Ten Commandments on the Tablet are embroidered in a darker color to stand out.  it was beautifully done.

Quilts come in all sizes.  And evidently all shapes.

The tried and true Log Cabin, the 'logs' are 1/2 inch exposures, so the cut strips were one inch in width.  ONE!

Optical Illusion quilts, there were at least 14 by Donna Woods.  Crazy!  Beautiful!

See below... gorgeous!  The photo doesn't do it justice.

The center of a large Dresden Plate. 

This had to have been my favorite... see Maxine from Hallmark?  Lower right corner -- Heads will roll!!

The reverse side says Whose Behind?  It has appliqued ladies from their 'other front' side, and a lot of words for 'BUTT'.  Including BUTT.  A crowd favorite to have the back turned.

I love redwork.  This is all hand embroidered and hand quilted.

Called Forty Shades of Green.  All Celtic symbols.

This one is by Chris Kirsch.  The fabric is LAME' -- you know, the dance costume stuff?  La-May.

One viewer said "some of this fabric is ugly, but what a nice quilt it makes".  I concur.
Can you see the rainbow?  It was a LOONNNGG wall and there must have been at least 300 panels on it.

I am in awe of the workmanship of everything I saw.  I say it again, I'm a piecer, not a quilter, but I admire anyone who does it and loves it. 

Quilt on!

Monday, September 12, 2016

WPT Quilt Expo

Boy do my feet hurt!  I signed up to be a volunteer docent at last weekend's WPT/Nancy's Notions Quilt Expo.  WOW!!  What an experience!  (Note to future self:  Volunteer for two days of docent and one day of a sit-down job...)

I saw something different every time I looked.  You NEED three days to see everything and then I don't think you see everything.

In no particular order...

The roots of this tree are zippers!!

I met this quilter, a lovely person, I took her photo next to her quilt with her camera.

A ROY G BIV Challenge... 20 inch blocks of a fabulous nature...

I like this philosophy.

More exhibit quilts

apologies for the fuzzy pic, this one won a ribbon.
I'll post more tomorrow.  There were 366 quilts in the juried exhibit, and about 500 more in other areas.

Quilt on...