Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Aurora Quilt Show and Book Sale Friday

Part of the reason I love this particular quilt show is the setting! Aurora was a religious colony is the late 1800's. Many descendants of that colony still live in the area. It's a fantastic little museum that really gives you a glimpse of life back then. (actually the whole town is historic!)

And here are some other great quilts in the show that weren't crazy quilts. 

I'm not a huge fan of samplers, but I like them when the block sizes are mixed up and there is enough going on to keep your interest.

The wheel is pieced, the center circle is appliqued.

Fun and humble!

The applique was unbelievably precise!

And very small. 

And here is Country Roads from a quiltalong I did. 

 Thank you for writing your inspiration, Mary.

Here's another quilt done by the same person who did the houses. These pieces are small!

My sewing room is small and I'm running out of book space. These are a few I've either made almost all the projects from, or am just finished with them. I'm going to have a book sale starting Friday- my first post will be 5AM Pacific time right here. 
 It's first come, first serve. I'll have a reasonable price and you just leave a comment on the one you want. I can put your name on it because I'm sure I'll have to have the sale over 2 or 3 posts.
I have a bit more money to raise for my mission trip to Colombia and the money from the book sale will be used for that. 

PS, If you have given me a book, please don't take it personal if you see it for sale. I love you anyway.

See you bright and early Friday morning!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Aurora Quilt Show- Crazy Quilts!

Crazy About Aurora was this years theme for my favorite quilt show and I've never seen so many in one place before!!

 This one was made in the 40's and the quilting is done by machine and so fun to see!
 A big jumble of craziness fun!!
 I thought the lower left block was adorable. "Let me just make this last blocks with strips!"
Enjoy the show!

 Oh that fabric on the left! And that stitching!!! WOW!

I thought the cross stitch blocks were an interesting addition.

Let's have a great week!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Frivolous Friday Fun!

Wow! It is Friday already!! These adorable dresses arrived from Martha this week. Her sister donated some fabric to her and she made all of these for my trip to Colombia- 17 in all!! Thank you Martha! I can imagine the girls faces lighting up when they realize one of them will be for them!!

The one of the left really blends in with my maple tree. The dress and the tree are amazing!!

Before moving on with some piecing I needed to pick up my sewing room. You know how that goes!

I found this pillowcase waiting to be turned into a dress, so instead of procrastinating, I completed it.

Then I found this little kit to make two produce bags with cotton and mosquito netting. So, I figured it had "stewed" long enough!! I couldn't understand the pattern so I made it my way and thought I'd show you. It was super simple! You could use any other webbing/mesh.  I really despise the grocery store plastic bags. Why use 1 bag to put a box of cereal in? And when I've had to use them all my groceries fall out before I get home anyway. Now I can eliminate some plastic produce bags as well.
You can use whatever size you want. I'll tell you what the kit had in it. 

With right sides together sew a 12" x22 " piece of netting/mesh to a 4"x22" piece of cotton. (this will be the bottom) Don't iron it because it may melt. (ask me how I know?)

For the top you will use a 2 1/2"x 22" strip. Fold in 1/4" on one long side then fold over again to make a casing for whatever you will use for your string. Mine was a heavy cotton ribbon about 3/8" wide.

Fold your bag over, right sides together, and sew the bottom and side, but don't close in your casing.

 Leave it open like this. Be sure to back stitch so it stays sewn.
These were in my kit and they are great! 

Ta-da! Done!

Here's another pattern I really want to make. I'm thinking about using the red and black fabric. I may start on that this weekend.
Here's my Instagram for this week. 

A quilt show is on tap for me this weekend!! Whoop! Whoop!

Love to you all!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Northwest Quilt Expo- Part 2

I shared with you my favorite exhibit of the NW Quilt Expo, now here are a few other favorites. Lots of inspiration, that's for sure!
Perfect fall quilt. 

 I absolutely love this! This was only part of the quilt, but it reminds me of 2 friends having coffee together.

The next three are from  special exhibit- A modern twist to time-honored patterns. I'm not a fan of modern quilts, but I enjoyed seeing the inspiration photo with the finished quilt.

 This one is inspired by a Pendleton blanket.
 More favs:

 A collaborative quilt from a photograph.

Look here! 1857 quilt that Gay shared on This is way more precise than mine will ever be. Hey, that reminds me, I need to pull that quilt out! 

Thanks for sewing along and all your nice comments. I wish I had the time to respond to each and every comment but I don't. I really do appreciate when you take the time to leave one though!

Love to you all. Have a wonderful week!



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