"Evil will triumph if good men...and women do nothing."

my adaptation of a quote by Edmund Burke.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

APQS forum friends meet!!

Me, Shannon (doodlebug) and Dory in California in Dory's quilting studio. We met online through the APQS forum...and finally met face to face.
We had a great time together. We quilted, appliqued, laughed, shopped, laughed some more. And learned from each other I think...at least I learned from them! Thanks ladies, it was wonderful getting to finally
'see' you. ;)

The butterfly applique block was designed by Shannon. All three of us chose fabrics and are making this block. Mine is done except for the leaves. We are going to do a round robin with these blocks and then quilt the finished tops into wall hangings and have a rememberance of our time together!

Devin's Frogs in the Flowers Quilt

Devin piecing her disappearing nine patch quilt from fabrics she 'found' at a quilt shop in Las Vegas. She will enter this quilt in the local county fair at the end of August.  

Here she is quilting her finished quilt top. She is using my frog design block attached to my old QZ base and let me just say...it is looking pretty good! Pictures of the finished quilt to follow as soon as it is done and the binding is finished. ;)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Wow...have I been Busy...and Gone!

I was gone for a few days visiting friends'...Dory of Crazy Horse Quilting and Shannon of pieceful kwilter. We had a fun time together quilting and sharing longarming techniques and tools of the trade. We are all working on a needle-turn applique project that Shannon designed. It will be used later as a round robin between the 3 of us so that we will each end up with a wall hanging that us three friends' each worked on. Should be loads of fun. Mine of course...is in batiks! Would you have guessed any different?!

Now that I am back...the three oldest girls want to finish up quilts for the county fair. That would be in 3 weeks from now! Agh!!

Well, let's just say...it should keep me plenty busy helping them..and provide lots of photo opportunities of them sewing. Taylor actually finished her top. It will fit an extra long twin bed. She is very pleased with it. Now to find backing and then she will be quilting it on Frogger...if I ever finish the blue/white quilt I have loaded. Yes, you heard me correctly. It isn't finished yet! It is very, very, very close though.

I will post pics soon...just wanted to check in and let everyone know that we are all fine here in the high desert.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

blue and white quilt on the frame...PLUS an update

There is a story behind this quilt...let me start with it if you may.

Madeline made All Stars as well as Sven and Eric. However, since there are no District or State Tournaments...we were looking at going to Regionals...in Vancouver Washington. Now, it looks as though too many parents are not wanting to commit to traveling so far for a couple of softball games. Let me say..we are not those parents. We were willing to travel!

Well, I made this quilt in anticipation of raffling it off to help raise funds for the team. Now, I might just sell it and donate a portion of the proceeds to the local Little League for future All-Star teams.

Anyway, I thought I would share just a peek of the quilting on this scrappy quilt. As my friend Shannon likes to say...'whatcha think?'

All the quilting is freehand. I am using a variagated blue thread for the blue areas and a cream thread in the white. I try not to do alot of stippling...but thought it looked 'fitting' on this quilt. ;0)

I hope to finish it within a day or two. I WILL post pictures when it is done!

UPDATE: The White Pine All-Star 9-10 year old boys played very well in Caliente. They owned the scoreboard for the first 3 innings of both of their games. However, sadly I must say, they did lose both games. I was very proud of the boys as a team as they played well. The heat was a contributing factor in their losses...as well as the fact the other teams had some awesome plays that hurt us. Sven assisted in at least 8 outs, and Eric 5 in the two days of play. My boys did great. This Mama is very proud of them both!

They were sad to be eliminated from Tournament...but thankful for the opportunity. They have still not put their ball gear away. They throw ball every day and can't wait for next season.