Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two Minis

So I played around with the photo editor app I have called Aviary, and enhanced the poorly lit pics I took of the mini quilts I bought at the guild show. 

At first I thought this was a panel print, but it is not!  I think each square finishes at less than an inch. Blue isn't a color I usually work with, so buying someone else's work is a good thing!

This is the one Lani made. Lots of scrappy goodness here!  Both minis have hanging sleeves so I can slip them on my stand. 
I don't have a mini for each season, but this runner is Spring-y enough to provide a backdrop. 

Love this leaping bunny on a stick I bought last year at Pier 1.  Is Spring in bloom where you are?

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Camarillo Quilt Guild Show 2014

My sister Kathy and I spent a lovely several hours at the Camarillo Quilt Guild show on Saturday.  This local show is put on every other year.  This year there were more vendors than ever, and more quilts than ever.  Here are a few of my favorites. 

What a great block this is--an expanding star of some kind.  Loved it. 

Look how the 9 patch in the center bursts out.  The quilter carefully constructed the directional print all going the same way.  I managed not to get a photo of the quiltmaker, unfortunately.
 Intriguing take on the One Block Wonder.  Another terrific quilt.

 How nice that her husband was the instigator!

A favorite color in this traditional quilt. 

Beautiful big quilt, too. 
Hi Lani!  Love your quilt!  I met Lani a couple of years ago as she is a local reader of my blog.

How about this interesting version of Storm at Sea?

I really liked her fabric choices, which was a surprise since blue isn't a color I'm usually drawn too. It must be the Asian prints, those seem to attract my attention often :)

I think I've bought some of that dragonfly print before!

Another blue Asian quilt that I loved.  This one is called Falling Pagodas.  See the sashing?  It is not a print. 

The sashing is hand-embroidered with a feather stitch and about one bazillion french knots.  Amazing!  Really great to see so much variation and individuality on many of the quilts.  And then there was a little shopping...

These batik 1/2 to yard cuts will be used for a quilt for my sister in law who's having a big birthday in a few months.  Lots of additions will be made to this pile, however, before any cutting and sewing is done.

I was able to fulfill my main goal, which was to find some larger scale 1900's repros to add to the High Cotton quilt, and replenish the stash.  The Rusty Crow Quilt Shop booth fit the bill exactly--I've purchased from her before at the Long Beach IQF show (which has moved to Portland this year, dangit!).

The colors got a bit washed out in this photo but you can see the bigger scale of the prints against that smaller cheddar background, which is also destined for the High Cotton (Kim Diehl) quilt.  The Perle cotton was a nice find too--these are hand dyed and yummy in person. 

My last purchase of the day was in the silent auction area, where a large display of mini quilts on stands was available.  Unfortunately there were few bidders, so I was given the two minis I wanted without waiting for the end of the show.  After I'd paid the cashier and was about to put the minis in my bag, I realized one had a label--Made by Lani!!  Too funny that I liked her big quilt and her mini. My photos were terrible so no sharing today.  I'm pleased to support the quilters of the CQG and look forward to another show in a couple of years.

Thursday, April 10, 2014


...on tiny toes

Monday, April 7, 2014

Design Wall Monday

A week passed before I touched my sewing machine. It was a stressful week at work and I was tired at night. But yesterday I did sew a little. 
Three more blocks for the High Cotton/Simple Comforts quilt. There was other fabric play, ironing the fabrics under the blocks shown, for a cutting session of more block pieces. And I got my doll quilt basted for Lori's (Humble Quilts) swap. 
Hmm. A bit blurry but you'll get the idea. These blocks were also from the Kim Diehl book, Simple Comforts. 
This is the back of the doll quilt. I'll be combining some machine quilting and big stitch accents. Only two weeks to deadline!  See more design walls on Judy's Patchwork Times. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday--Big and Little

Big Hound, Little Boxster

Big Limo, Little Victorian House

Big Clouds, Little Rainbow