Thursday, May 26, 2016

Paducah Quilts Part 2


Here are a few more quilts from the AQS Show in Paducah.   This first one is Kim McLean's pattern, Flower Pots.


I love this one.   I'm not sure what the pattern is.

Beautiful applique' on this one.  


A beautiful version of Dear Jane.  



I love this Dear Jane in neutral colors.

The quilting on this one really makes the quilt, and I love the colors.  


I love a medallion quilt.  Just look at all of the different borders on this one.  

I have no idea how this one was done, but this vase of flowers looks so realistic.  

I have more quilt photos from the show.  I liked so many of the quilts that it's hard to choose just a few to post.

I've been to my Thursday sewing group and lunch afterwards.  I was working on a project today, and everyone said that I could have the top put together by the time we meet next Thursday. It's an English Paper Pieced project.  I'm a bit skeptical, but I'm going to give it a try.  I'll post photos later.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  

Monday, May 23, 2016

Paducah Quilts Part 1 and Blogging

I've had a really busy spring so far, and I've neglected this blog a lot.  In fact I have 46 blog posts in my Draft folder and just haven't taken the time to write the post that goes along with my photos.  There are a lot of those that will never see the light of day, like the one post from Christmas 2010.  I usually start by emailing my photos to my blog with every intention of going back later to write about those photos. And sometimes (well, a lot of times) that doesn't happen.

I'm going to show you some of my favorite photos from the AQS show in Paducah.  I've hesitated because I don't take (or have) the time to make note of each quilt maker and the name of their quilt.  I was on a 48 hour bus trip from Indianapolis to Paducah, and we see a lot during that time.  Plus, we have travel time and a little sleep included in that.

This quilt is called The Blessings by Emmy Storholm.  I purposely looked for this quilt because Emmy wrote me a couple of years ago to ask the name of the pattern after she saw the quilt photo on my blog from one of the retreats I attend in Shipshewana, IN.  Emmy wrote me a few weeks ago and told me that her quilt was juried into the show.  It is gorgeous.  I have the pattern...................someday.



These horses looked so real.  It was almost as if they were going to come off of the quilt and gallop away.  Just beautiful.  


This quilt has everything that I love making.  Besides the log cabins set in a Barn Raising setting, the border has partial Dresden plates plus a hexagon flower border.  This one definitely deserved a blue ribbon.  

Here's another Dresden quilt.  I like the secondary blue star with the white Dresden blades. 

This New York beauty was gorgeous.  I love the use of the smaller blocks.

This is a Judy Niemeyer pattern.  There's lots of paper piecing on this, but what a gorgeous quilt.

More Dresdens with vine.  I seem to remember this pattern from an old quilt book that I used to have.  I can't remember the name of the quilt.  Anyone?



Beautiful medallion quilt.  

Hexagons!!!   They are kind of done colorwash style.  

I have two or three more posts with Paducah photos that I'd like to share with you.  I won't wait another two or three weeks before I post them.

Besides spending time with Michele in Kentucky/Cincinnati having fun, sewing, and taking a class with Bonnie Hunter, I've been to our quilt retreat in Shipshewana, and the quilt show in Paducah.  In the middle of that, my new grandson Malcolm was born.  After all of that, we spent a few days down in the Smoky Mountains.  We've found a great place to get away from it all.  This is the view from a hike that we took.


This is the view from the cabin where we stayed.  It's fun to watch the storm clouds come across the mountains.  This is the first rainbow I've seen in a long time.


I am never without stitching wherever I go, and I've been working on a few English Paper Piecing projects and other things that I'll show you later on.  I've also bought a "few" things during my travels.  It's about time I clean up my sewing room; I know it's in there somewhere.   I'll post a photo of my loot soon.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Paducah Quilt Show

I've been gone more than I've been home the last couple of weeks.  The AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, is always fun.  I usually go on our guild's bus trip.  While I love looking at the quilts and vendors at the show, I think my favorite part of the trip is walking around town to see all of the sites and other quilters out and about town.

My roommate Elizabeth and I walked 3 miles or more each day we were there.  On the day our group went to the quilt show, she and I walked down to the Ohio River to watch the boats and relax by the river. 

The flood walls are decorated with beautiful artwork.  

Here is a close up of one of the sections.  It looks like you could walk right down that street.

The best part of the quilt show is the people that you meet.  When we stopped at Hancocks of Paducah on Friday night to shop, I looked up and straight in front of me was Kevin from Kevin the Quilter blog.  Of course, I yelled his name.  I am a big fan of his blog, and I'd have known him anywhere.  I love seeing his quilts, reading about his family, and seeing his new home.  We had some time to chat a bit before my bus left and the store closed.  I'm glad Kevin thought to take our photo that night. 


Here are a couple of photos from Hancocks.  I think with our 2  buses, there were around 100 people, and the parking lot was packed with cars so there were lots of shoppers in there.
The amount of fabric in there is just mind boggling.  With all of the fabric and people, it is a bit overwhelming.  I did manage to make a little purchase though.....


We walked over to the Hexie House on Friday -home of Paper Pieces.  


This gorgeous Millefiori quilt hung on the wall there.

This wall hanging had lots and lots of tiny pieces.

This quilt looks like an antique, but I'm not sure it was.  I think it is a replica of an antique using 30s fabrics.  Love that hexie layout.  What am I saying?  I love anything with hexagons.  

This one is hanging by the check out counter.  It is from the Jaynette Huff book Quilts from Grandmother's Garden.  That is a good hexie book to have on your shelf.



I'm really drawn to those hexagons!


Here I am with Karen Styles    I love her quilts.  She was here from Australia.  Check out her patterns at this link.  

Of course we were in the Paper Pieces booth.  This oval hexagon quilt was hanging over the counter.  

Here is John Flynn demonstrating his rail system for machine quilting.  I stop and look at every show, and one of these days I'm going to buy one.  

If you don't want to walk around Paducah, there are all different modes of transportation.  Here is one of several horse drawn carriages.

We didn't see Eleanor Burns, but here is a photo taken in her Quilt in a Day shop.

This is a photo from the Finkel Building.  Way in the back is the Primitive Gatherings booth.  If you've never been to Paducah during the quilt show, there is a lot there to see and do.  There are also lots of goodies to buy.  I'll show you some of that and some of the quilts in my next post.




I hope you are finding some time to stitch today. 
 Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fun in Shipshewana

Hello Everyone

I spent last week in Shipshewana, Indiana, at our semi annual Jane Stickle Retreat.  The weather was beautiful all week.  I was able to get up close and personal with some of the horse and buggies.

I shopped at Lolly's.


Their fabrics are just gorgeous.  


Here are just some of the black and white and red fabrics.  


Here's a wide shot of Yoders Department Store.  Yes.  There's lots more fabric here.  


Rebecca's Arts and Antique Shop on Morton Street.  I was there twice.  She has lots of quilts, quilt tops, and quilt blocks.




I own several of the baskets you see here and quite a few jars of the Amish Apple Butter and different kinds of jams.


This week has been really busy.  I have photos of our Friday night show and tell, but I'm leaving bright and early tomorrow morning (6 am), for a weekend in Paducah to see the quilt show there so I'll post more when I get back.  

I hope you are all finding some time to stitch.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Talkin' Turkey and Fabric

Here is my finished Talkin' Turkey quilt top from the Bonnie Hunter workshop that I attended in Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago.  The pattern for this quilt can be found in Bonnie's book, String Fling.   I made my quilt one row shorter and one row narrower than the original so it would fit on a full sized bed.  I love this quilt, and it's one that I would make again in a different color.



On Friday after the quilt show in Lebanon, Kentucky (that's been about 3 weeks ago), that I posted about here, we went to Fabric Shack.  I have no proof that I was there because I didn't take one single photo.  Oh wait.....there's the charge receipt for proof.  I've ordered from them on line before, but this was my first time in their shop.

Since there are no photos of the shop, I'll just show you some of the fabric that I came home with.  This is from Moda.  I may make some hexagons out of this.  I really don't have a plan.  I just bought it because it was pretty.


More fabric without a plan, but I liked the red fabric.  I'm sure there is a plan for that border print.

The black and white came from Pohlar Fabrics booth at the quilt show.  I thought the brights would look good with the black and white.  And I guess I don't have a plan for these fabrics either.

I do have a plan for these.  The batik in the center will be my border.


After we took Bonnie Hunter's Talkin' Turkey class on Saturday, we went to IKEA.  I love that place, and the one in West Chester, OH, is the closest one to me.  We shopped and ate chicken tenders in their cafe.  



I bought the IKEA cart.  Mine is tan color.  I have it by my recliner in the family room filled with sewing and knitting.
RÅSKOG Utility cart IKEA
I won these fabric scraps from Kelli over at Seriously I Think It Needs Stitches blog.    The fabric is Blackbeard's Pirates from Riley Blake.  I bought the piece on the left to use for border.


Before all of this, I was doing a good job of not starting new projects and not buying fabric unless I needed it for a project that I was trying to finish.  I think I'm going to print this out and hang it up in my sewing room.............

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today. 

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

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