Monday, November 20, 2017

Heart of Gratitude

Since this is the week of Thanksgiving it seems appropriate that I share my gratitude for all of you who have made dresses and donated to my trip to Colombia. 

 Laurie made these despite having back surgery and still recovering! Thank you friend~!
 And I received 2 boxes from the Sunriver Quilt Club. Thank you Carolyn, Donna and Marlene for getting these to me!
They also included other girl outfits and goodies. Thank you!!! 
 Do you also realize your donations to my mission trip will also help bring clean fresh water to a community that doesn't have any? 
My, what we take for granted! I cannot imagine having to walk 1 or 2 miles (or more) for fresh water. 

 I remember being so surprised at how sandy Peru was. 
The community was so appreciative. They realized that their lives would change so much because fresh water would be accessible for them. Thank you for thinking BIG and sharing with me!

Blessings to you have have helped!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Blues

 Here was an awesome quilt from Houston.  Blue and white is always wonderful, but I LOVE this unique pattern too!

Doing some hand quilting on my one block Eclipse quilt. 

 Here's my indigo fabric after washing off the cassava root. It's a little messy, but for my first try I like it!
 All of these are washed in retayne and synthropol, ready for use!
This was a quilt Kat and I saw at a show in Buffalo. We bought the pattern and shared blues and backgrounds. It is designed by Tara Lynn Darr, of Sew unique Creations.

 If you look on the left side of this quilt you will see the bricks that need to be trimmed. Before adding a flying geese border we add a 2 1/2" border. I trimmed the top and bottom very carefully.
 Then measured so I'd know what length to cut my 2 1/2" border. 46" across the top
 45 1/4" ?? This is not looking good. 
 44 1/2"??? 
And the bottom 45". Originally I only measured the top and bottom, but with a whole inch discrepancy I measured 2 more spots through the center. (and that meant I had to trim all 4 sides) Yikes! It didn't help too much, but I took the average of all 4 measurements and cut my strips that length. I'm pretty sure if a longarmer quilts this one, they'll need to pull out their magic tricks to make it work! LOL  It's the Humble Quilt way.

Have a fantastic weekend, friends!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday Fun!

A couple of months ago Christine K asked if I'd like to join a little quilt swap and I said yes!

 Here is the cute little quilt I received from Rosemary. I love the wool and little dolly. 
Thank you again, Rosemary!
 Here's the adorable backing!!
 Little dolly is keeping watch over my crock of rotating little quilts.
I received this adorable little dress from Wendy in Canada for me to take to Colombia. Thank you Wendy!! I love it and know a little girl will too.

A few more fun photos from Houston:

 How cool is this swimming pool in the new Marriott!??
 And this is what happens on Sunday after the last classes are over. Time to pack up until the next show. This is only the teacher's pet portion of the packing.
 Saturday was the annual pajama party at The Stichin' Post. The earlier you arrive, the bigger the discount. 5% more off if you are in PJ's. I really didn't need anything but it is too fun to miss. I needed to get caught up with my friend Christy anyway. I didn't get any PJ photos, but snapped this awesome shot on the way.
And my Instagram feed for the last 2 weeks. 

Have a beautiful day!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tribute to Sue Garman

 The Tribute to Sue Garman was really amazing! It is really wonderful to see such a large body of her work all at once. Such a loss to the quilt community.
All of these quilts were made by Sue Garmen. 

I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Friday, November 10, 2017

My Week at Houston International Quilt Festival

On our way to lunch on the last day,  two cohorts, Sue and Susan and I stopped by the photo booth!

My view of IQF is a little different than most attendees. I arrive on Sunday and Quilt Market is winding down, but still going on.

 Some booths are here for quilt market and quilt festival so they do not need to tear down and pack up until the following Sunday.

 Love the name of this booth.
I collect Pinocchio memorabilia, but this one didn't come home with me.
 Monday morning arrived early! I had to be ready to start checking in bus tours at 6:30AM (4:30 pacific time!)
 Even with the world series games going just blocks away this week, this was a quiet time in the morning and no lines at Starbucks!
Only lines for the tours!
I did this every morning Monday through Saturday, which I loved!

We are allowed to register for 1 1/2 days of classes. I chose to do classes I didn't have to bring much in the way of supplies. It is also a great opportunity to get into classes with world class teachers. 
What drew my eyes to both of my classes was the opportunity to see vintage textiles. 
We learned about the history of African indigo and saw several examples.

It was a fascinating class with Lori Triplett. She is a wealth of knowledge in many areas.
 The next day when I had a little free time I popped out my beans(top right design)  and snipped my rubberbands  and slipped across the street to dry my pieces. I didn't think leaving them wet in a plastic bag for 5 days was a great idea.
And then later when I had a few more minutes I found this way to completely dry them. It's a great way to start a discussion and make new friends! LOL 

 Here is my friend, Debbie, who I worked with last year in the Ed office. She opted not to return to work, but to take classes. She signed up to do the Sashiko with me.
Becky Scaletta of Shibori Dragon was the teacher and she also brought some vintage pieces to share. Last week I showed you the boro bags. I loved the edges of these sashiko pieces. These are single layer sashiko with a small hem on the sides. 
 Downstairs near the vendor area is rotating speakers throughout the day. When it is on our schedule we make sure they are miked up and everything is working properly. These two sisters are Delane and Helen Young. Their mom Blanche Young wrote Tradition with A Twist and is still in publication after 21 years! These ladies were a hoot!
Here was another woman (sorry I don't know her name) doing Brazilian embroidery.

 This year I didn't work special events but was able to take a quick cruise through the Saturday sampler. I have 4 headlamps I use for hiking, camping, and running. Why did I never consider it for hand work??! It should have been obvious!!

And there is usually a few minutes for some fun and friendship!

 Kevin the Quilter and myself enjoying Barb V quilt. It was fun to get to know him better too. 
Sue M, who I met in NYC said hello. (that's the tunic I made from the Menagerie line)
I ran into another Sue who I met years ago on a cruise with Bonnie Hunter!

 Vicki made a point to find me and say hello- she gave me treats too!

I almost feel like a Texan in this photo!

I would also like to thank the woman (I think her name was Becky) who was a teachers pet and made a donation to my Colombia mission trip! I should have snapped a quick photo of your name tag. 
Thank you to Joyce T from Richmond, TX and Mush M. from NY. You have no idea how your generosity and thoughtfulness touched my heart- really, seriously. 

 Here's some quilt loot that was donated by sponsors and passed to teachers and the education team. A few of these were donated to the ed team by the teachers. Joyce, from above, donated a goodie bag their lunch table won to me! She had to come and find me because I had to eat and run!!  Thank you!!

These are small pieces but perfect for me and my small quilting!! It is fun to try some new battings.

I do not subscribe to any quilt magazines so it was fun to have a bit of reading material on my way home.
 The quilt I loved the most just so happened to be made by my quilting friend Susan McD from NJ! Nice job Susan!!
 Here is the small stack of my purchases. 

And a great photo of the Education Team- Looks like we were all there too!!

Now I'm feeling a little under the weather, no surprise since I was in contact with so many people this past week. Have a wonderful weekend!



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