Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Nouveau Fleur Quilt

This is my embroidered quilt from Vicky Lawrence's book Garden Nouveau Quilts. Anna Aldmon from Texas digitized the original hand applique pattern. I was fortunate to test the digitizing for the Art format and stitched this quilt on my 830 machine. Vicky works at the Overbrook Quilt Connection, my local quilt shop, so the shop has kits with the fabrics similar to the ones used in the book. I used the original green fabrics and then used batiks for the flowers. The top was quilted by Kathy Smith from Burlingame and she did a great job with it. It is a beautiful quilt and I am quite proud of it!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Quilted Bowl

This fabric bowl is the project for June's Bernina Software Sampler. The design is printed from the software on a piece of fabric with the printer. Then you can design the stitching to go with the flower with the embroidery software. Then it is just a matter of stitching out the design on the printed fabric to enhance the flower. It was a fun project. Now I will have to see if I can design a flower bowl with my own photo.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Embroidery CD

This is a small table runner that I have stitched to try out the designs on "Hop to It" by Laundry Basket Quilts. The designer is Edyta Sitar. The designs come in most formats and are 5.5" to 8" square. I have chosen the largest size. This is going to be a birthday gift.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Graduation 2011

On Sunday two of my granddaughters graduated from the local high school. My daughter-in-law graduated from the University of Mary with a Masters in Nursing and a Masters in Business Administration on Friday. So we have been attending ceremonies, luncheons, dinners, and parties for everyone this week. It has been a joyous time for family get-togethers.

Friday, May 13, 2011


This is my version of the mousepad for the May Software Sampler. The lesson is about making a crazy quilt-type of block. I love the Floralicious fabric by Bernartex and have made a couple of small items from it. This block was completely stitched in the jumbo hoop. The block can also be make in the large hoop but the corner motifs must be hooped a second time. I could not find the mousepad kit so I just used iron-on vinyl for the top covering.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Graduation Wall Quilt

One of my granddaughters brought her chenille high school letter to me last year to put into a quilt. She graduated yesterday and this was one of her gifts. (Thanks for the idea from my quilting friend Diane.) It is a wall quilt of about 21" x 21". I used a pattern by Double Diamond called Diamond Wine. The diamonds are made with a special double diamond ruler. The area has a second piece of fabric fused to the back and so the diamonds show that color when tucked back and stitched. She did love her little wall quilt. It was a grand graduation day for two of my granddaughters!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Red and White Quilts

This is the most amazing exhibit of quilts that I have seen. I just wish I could have been there in person. Take a look at the quilts and the format of this amazing exhibition.

More photos from The Selvage Blog.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Paducah Quilt Show

We got home about 5 last evening from the Paducah Quilt Show. I went with Roxane, owner of Overbrook Quilt Connection, and Dee, a quilting friend. Dee and I helped Roxane with her booth. This was the 25th anniversary of the show and it was eventful. On Sunday they received word that the main exhibition hall had to be abandoned because they were shutting the flood gates in the flood wall. Because of all the rain the Ohio River was near flood stage and could possibly flood the city. So many of the vendors were moved to other buildings in the city. We were very lucky to be in the Finkel Building which was in the downtown area. So we got to town last Monday and set up the booth.

We opened the booth on Tuesday morning. Dee demonstrated the 3-pocket purse, the Bohin chalk pencil, Clearly Perfect Angle, cell phone bag, and the Quilter's boot for binding. We had many customers on Tuesday but our best days were Thursday and Friday. We met quilters from all across the United States, Australia, and Canada. I had great fun and love going to Paducah.