Monday, June 22, 2015

Road Trip to Kansas City

Last Friday I went on a road trip with my friends Michele and Lori - we recently went to Paducah together and needed another quilt show fix so we went to the opening day of the very first Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival.  What a great show!  We were lucky to get there early enough to find a parking spot, by the time the show opened at 10 am the lot was full.

The convention hall was packed with vendors and quilts.  I liked that the supporting guilds from the KC area all had booths and were selling their own opportunity quilt tickets and handmade items. This was my favorite opportunity quilt, designed by a member of the Blue Valley Quilters Guild and made by guild members.  I bought tickets and hope I win!


Congratulations to Mayleen Vinson for winning Best of Show.  I did quilt this but have to say that the quilting takes second place in this quilt - it's Mayleen's workmanship that won the award. 


Mayleen won a new Bernina and here she is accepting her machine.

I didn't get pictures at the show - it was so crowded with happy quilters and I was too intent on my shopping.

On our way to the show we stopped for breakfast and they were serving monstrous cinnamon rolls.  No, I
didn't eat one but did get a picture.


On the way home we stopped for ribs at a restaurant Michele and Lori love.  The d├ęcor is... unique.  Those are dollar bills hanging from the ceiling and posted on the wall.

They serve the best ribs I have ever eaten - on a stack of newspaper topped with foil.  YUM!  Guy and Mae's Tavern in Williamsburg. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Beating the heat

Joanne made this from a Judy Niemeyer pattern - what a great way to use lots of batiks!

I put feathers along one side of the spikes and now from a distance they look like unicorn horns.

Marsha made this cute Rudolph Christmas quilt for her husband, whose name (or maybe it was his middle name) is Rudolph.  I'm absolutely sure her husband does not have a glowing red nose.

I haven't watched TV in years but I remember watching this show when I was a kid - do they still show it at Christmastime?  

I visited Material Girls Quilt Shop in Wichita yesterday.  Shop owners Jan and Jo always have beautiful shop samples displayed and have several local longarm quilters do the quilting for them.  Not just basic quilting - but really gorgeous custom quilting like this one quilted by my friend Siriporn Hollar.  Isn't this amazing creative freehand quilting?

It is finally feeling like summer in Kansas after a cool and rainy June.  This is Rorschach beating the heat.  He is sound asleep here!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Berry Picking Party

It's amazing to me that most customers hand over their tops and tell me, 'Do whatever you think looks best'.  Very few give me any kind of specific instructions.  When Merilyn gave me her cute embroidered top she knew what she wanted and what she didn't want. I know it is a compliment that my customers trust me but I like a customer that knows what she wants!

Merilyn didn't want crosshatching over the embroidery, which I sometimes do.  She also didn't want any tight quilting, closer that about half an inch apart.


I followed the embroidery with monofilament thread and didn't do any tight background fills.

 enjoy quilting Crabapple Hill patterns like this one.  This is 'Berry Picking Party'.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lots of blooms

Trudy has made a series of these fused applique flowers, these are the second duo I have quilted for her.  She designed them herself, inspired by the work of Susan Carlson.

She made good use of batik fabrics.


Since she wanted all four quilts to be quilted in the same way, I made a template for the border frame and marked each one with chalk.  I quilted the borders first so the chalk wouldn't rub off  before I got to them.

We have had rain, rain and more rain here in Kansas.  After four inches in one day I saw flooded streets on my walk.

The roses love the rain, they are covered with blooms.  I wish the sun would come out long enough so I could  enjoy them - they are so wet that the blossoms droop from the weight.

Cute Rorschach in a box photo.  I can't get rid of this box, all the cats take turns in it!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

You can't go wrong with polka dots

This is Joanne's sampler quilt done with wool applique. 



I used wool batting and all the applique is nice and puffy - like little stuffed animals.

Joanne's piecing is nice and precise, just look at those nice straight lines along the sashing and borders!

This is Kelly's quilt; she chose the fabrics and all the blocks were made by different people.  That means that some of the blocks are really well pieced and some of them... are not well pieced.  That's what always
happens in a group quilt!


I do love the fabrics Kelly chose - anything with polka dots and I'm on board.  When I think back on all my own quilts, I think they all have a polka dot fabric in them somewhere, except for the wholecloth quilts.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The four little piggies do Paducah

My friends Lori, Michele and Kim go to Paducah every year for the show.  They stay in the same motel and have figured out all their favorite places to eat, shop and visit.  This year I was lucky enough to be included in their trip and it was extremely fun.  Fortunately we are all pretty easygoing travelers; we are all early risers, like to shop and eat, are willing to go our own way and regroup when necessary, don't freak out when we get lost and most of all - find the same things funny and laugh ourselves sick over something at least once a day.

We took two days to get to Paducah from Kansas and did some shopping in Branson, MO.  At the outlet shops we all bought a new watch.  My sister pointed out how appropriate it was that as a semi-geezer I bought a Fossil.


I had entered two quilts in the show, both quilts I had quilted for customers.  This was their first time entering a quilt in the show and although neither quilt won a ribbon, we were all excited to have them hanging there!

Ann was able to attend the show, her first time to see the show as well as enter it.


Ann and her friends JoAnn, Joanne and Bethel, all got into the spirit of things with their red peppers!

The Pink Lady was also hanging in the show and I was happy to see that they hung it so the entire quilt showed.  It is such a long quilt that some shows flop the top of the quilt over the bar so it can't be seen.
Russ wasn't able to attend the show but was happy to have it hanging there.


Two other customer quilts did well.  Mayleen's Phebe won an Honorable Mention:

And Jan Z.'s feathered star won third in it's category:


As usual, lots of gorgeous quilts.  I was not at all surprised to see that Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay
Buckley's quilt won Best of Show!

I met Gail's friend Marie Blunk for the first time.  Her quilt won a third place ribbon and it is a beauty! 


I also met up with Donna James.  Here she is in the A-1 booth with her most recent wholecloth, a prize winner at MQX this year.  She had another of her beautiful wholecloths hanging in the show.


I found Linda Hrcka in the Primitive Gatherings booth where I bought a set of her rulers and got a quick picture.  Her quilt won a second place ribbon. I wish I had remembered to take a picture of it!

We managed to visit some great restaurants, from Patti's Settlement where fellow Prairie Quilt Guild member Dave ordered this mile high chocolate merengue pie:


To The Four Pigs BBQ in Benton, KY where the four little piggies ate great BBQ and fried pickles!

We also toured The Moonshine Company in Paducah, where we got a tour, saw the stills in the back room and tasted some moonshine!  I'm not a whiskey lover but liked the ones that are blended with fruit - pretty tasty!

Of course we had to hit Hancock's of Paducah.  The four little piggies are dedicated shoppers and were there each morning at 8 am to beat the crowds.

No side trips on the way home with a very tightly packed car!

Now I have a day off to sort through my purchases and get back to real life.