Food for thought.

Memory is a wonderful treasure chest for those who know how to pack it.

Friday, June 28, 2013

My projects and purchases while at retreat......

Well, it is one thing to share everyone else's projects from retreat, but I did do some quilting AND purchasing while there, too. 
 
I bought this 108" backing for the "turning twenty?" Christmas quilt that I put together while in my cast (blocks were made a long, long time ago). 
 
 
.....and you are very lucky....I took out this elephant  minkee to show you; otherwise it is staying in its bag until I am brave enough to take it out and work on it.  Why did I buy it? Especially when I have two other pieces that I bought 9 years ago..... yes.... I said 9 years ago when I was expecting my first grandchild.  The elephants are supposed to be for my fourth grandchild....maybe.  Any suggestions on how to keep down the fuzz factor when working on it?,,,or even taking it out of its bag?
 
 
 
So clockwise from the elephant minkee....I purchased this adorable gray animal print and a coordinating dot for another baby quilt . The black and white is for a backing for my black/white/yellow quilt.  If you noticed, there is a bottle of a copper-y colored Liquitex paint that I am going to use to cover the signatures on the back of the  wedding quilt (there was a divorce) so that I can give the quilt back to my son.  Then I just had to buy this gray chevron and it might just be a backing for another baby quilt that I have in mind.  My daughter is doing her baby room in gray with yellow (or maybe purple) accents depending on the gender of the baby.
 
Then there were the gifts from my roomie.   


 
Riley Blake mini roll of "dots"!!!, some Bella solids, an adorable sewing kit (may change that to a pill bottle for the purse, note pad and some Good n Plentys.  Oops....spilled some.  Guess I will have to eat those.
 
My son and his future bride chose this quilt to be their wedding quilt.  I believe it is a Denise Schmidt quilt that they found in a local department store catalog. 
 
 
They chose grays and oranges for their quilt and I had all the strips  (11 yards worth) all cut out before I broke my arm).  So, at retreat I started sewing them together in sections. 



 
Now it is time to start cutting up those sections and getting this quilt top together.
 
I just purchases this fabric for the backing.

 
I love the little bird in the tree. 
 
Now for me....I have finally started the Gathering Baskets quilt.
 
I got two of the baskets put together other than the handles (they are just freezer paper right now).  I don't know if you can see it, but I used button head pins to pin down the freezer paper and everyone raved about the buttons, so I may just have to sew buttons on the finished quilt because I thought they looked cute here, too. 

 
This whole quilt is cut out, so I am ready to go. 
 
I guess it is time to get busy now. 
 
So....happy quilting everyone. 

 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Last of the show'n'tells.....

Notice the shadow stars in this quilt.
 

 
This one is wool.



 
This gal is working on a row quilt.
 



Love this chevron.
 


 







 
I think this is it! 
 
It brings back great memories. 
 
Now to start working on my own quilts and to quit drooling over everyone elses.
 
Happy quilting. 
 
 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

More show'n'tell


 
 
This one is made with shirts from Salvation Army


 
Indigo
 





Another birthday block exchange quilt.
 





 
This one belongs to a "new" quilter.  We have her hooked.









 

 
Hopefully only one more show'n'tell should do it. 

 

 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Show'n'tell

You asked to see more of the lovely quilts shown at my retreat.  I won't remember whose are whose, but just enjoy the beautiful array of quilts by a lot of lovely ladies.

You will notice several neutral quilts.  We had a challenge called "neutrals with a pop". 
 
 
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This one was given to one of our breast cancer survivors.


 
 
Clara's Round Robin
 

 
This one was called Fifty Shades of Gray.
 
 



 
 



 
How's that for now?
 
More to come tomorrow!