I'm back.... finally. We've been having a busy , and hot summer! The last of our company left yesterday and the first thing I did today was set up my sewing machine. I'm anxious to get started on something new!
I did manage to get a few more blocks done for my new design "Once Upon A Tile". Only 3 more to go, and then I'll have to make a decision on the layout and border. For some reason I'm struggling with this one.
Today is the 2nd anniversary of my dear Mom's passing. I still miss her very much. Mom always loved to see what I was working on and when I would get "stuck" she would encourage me to keep going. At times, if she didn't like something she wouldn't be shy about telling me. Often, she would be confirming that nagging doubt that I already had and was trying to ignore!
As promised, here are a few more blocks of my new design, "Once Upon A Tile". The lighting wasn't very good when I took the photos and the backgrounds look like different colors, but they are really all the same.
I'm still not sure how I am going to set the blocks, so for now I'll just keep on appliqueing.
This morning I received a lovely email from Lynda MacKenzie of Vancouver Island, B.C. with photos of a duvet cover and baby quilt she made using a few patterns from my "All About Bears" series.
They are fantastic! I think the settings she used were just perfect.
I've not been doing too much quilting this past week as I'm trying to get some curtains made. We're having some company later this summer and I thought I would try and spruce up the bedrooms a bit. I'm anxious to get back to my applique. I'm working on block 5 of my new "Once Upon a Tile" design. I hope to have some photos to show you next post.
Bye for now.
I mentioned in a previous post that Marilyn H. of North Carolina had her "Vintage Tiles Revisited" quilt juried into the AQS quilt show in Paducah which was held a few weeks ago. Well, the exciting news is that Marilyn won a first place ribbon in the First Time Entry - Bed Quilts category! Congratulations Marilyn, your quilt is stunning and Linda of Sewgrateful Quilts did a magnificent job with the quilting.
Here is a photo of a beaming Marilyn with her quilt,
Continuing with my affection for working with japanese taupes, here are 2 of my latest finishes.
I'm calling this one "Dresdens and Dahlias". The quilting was done by Karen Power of Carrington Quilts.
I think she did an amazing job!
I haven't got a name for this one yet, but it is a nine patch in a log cabin. The quilting was done by Karen Veenhuizen of Oakville, On. She too did an amazing job.
I'd have no hesitation in recommending either of these fabulous quilters.
It's been a while since I posted, but I just had to share this photo with you.
"You'll Always Have Paris" by Mary Lynn Cargill
Mary Lynn Cargill made this quilt using the "Vintage Tiles Revisited" pattern, as a gift for a friend. She titled the quilt "You'll Always Have Paris", to acknowledge the time her friend spent in Paris while studying. It is all hand-appliqued and hand quilted.
Truly stunning! Lucky friend!
A while back I posted a photo of Marilyn H's "Vintage Tiles Revisited" which had won ribbons at the Quilting In The Pines quilt show. I recently found out that Marilyn's quilt has been accepted into the AQS show in Paducah, which takes place later this month.
Congratulations Marilyn, and good luck. I was hoping I might be able to get to the show to see her quilt hanging but it isn't going to be possible, so if any of you happen to get to the show and see her quilt, please take a photo for me.
Though I've been absent from my blog, I haven't been completely idle. I've managed to finish up 4 UFOs. Two of the quilts are out to be quilted, a third is waiting for the binding, and the 4th is ready to go out to be quilted. And, I've started a new applique quilt using the Japanese taupes. I'm hoping I'll have some photos to show you soon.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and I'd like to wish you all a very happy New Year.
We had a quiet Christmas this year, but an enjoyable one. I gave my sister my "Nireko's Roses" quilt as a combination Christmas/65th birthday gift, and she was thrilled. She put it on her bed as soon as she got home, and I must say it looked stunning! I'm really tempted to make it again for our bed.
The other day I received a lovely email from Ruth Maness with a photo of her version of "Vintage Tiles Revisited" which won Guild's Choice at the April 2014 Ozark Country Quilters quilt show held in Cassville, Mo. With Ruth's permission, here is a photo of her quilt, which she hand appliqued and hand quilted!!
Isn't it wonderful? Congratulations Ruth, a well deserved award.
I'm afraid I don't have anything new to show you. My latest finish is still at the quilters. Hopefully, I'll have something for my next post.