Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A strange alien garden

Kay brought two HUGE tops for me to quilt for her.  She is another one of those over achieving quilters that only makes big quilts with a million pieces in them!  This is Tonga Rhapsody which is a BOM being done by Charlotte's Sew Natural in Newton.

At first I was overwhelmed by the bright batiks and busy blocks and couldn't figure out what to do.  I ended up ignoring the piecing in the sampler blocks and doing a different curvy design in each one.  I drew the design with chalk on each block as I advanced the quilt.

I like the way it turned out and I'm glad I didn't wimp out and do an edge to edge design.

I have served as president of Prairie Quilt Guild for the past year and last night was my last board meeting as president.  Traditionally, the president makes gifts for the board members that have worked so hard all year.  I made 16 of these cute pincushions (from a pattern called Pinballs by Vanilla House Designs) for my board members.

Don't they look like a strange alien garden?  I had to visit every thrift shop in Wichita to find all the old candlesticks!

To beat the heat I have been taking my walk early in the day; when I leave the house the stars are still out.  This little guy gets up early too.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Who is that masked man?

This quilt of Ann's is a beauty!  It's big and has about a million little pieces in it - just thinking about all that piecing makes me a little queasy.  But Ann is a precision piecer and does wonderful work.  I love the border print she used around the edge. 

I'm not usually a fan of civil war reproduction fabrics but I love these fabrics - in fact I realized I had bought the same fabrics for a quilt I started three years ago.  This is how far I have gotten on it:

Peter and I drove to Manhattan to see quilt appraiser Carol Elmore and have her appraise a quilt for me.  It was foggy when we left home in the morning and the sun broke through as we were driving through the Flint Hills.  I saw this:

And realized it was HUNDREDS of orb spider webs wet with moisture from the fog and glistening in the sunlight. 

It was beautiful, but I wouldn't want to meet the hundreds of spiders that went with them!

From our most recent Prairie Quilt Guild meeting:  who is that masked man?

It's Captain Quilt (aka Peter) He's everywhere, he's everywhere!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

An elegant quilt and dead tastebuds

This is such an elegant little quilt!  Merilyn made it as a sample for our local Wichita quilt shop, Material Girls.  She said the fabric also comes in red and cream but I think the taupe and cream is beautiful.

Merilyn didn't want heavy background quilting so the applique blocks are really just done with SID quilting.

This  is from a few days ago:

Fortunately it has cooled down - to only 100 degrees and we have had a good rain.  This morning it was 72 degrees out, the coolest it had been in weeks.  It felt heavenly!  But at the Farmer's Market this morning I heard a little girl complaining about being cold to her mother, so I guess we all have our own personal thermostat.

This was Peter's breakfast recently: I think his tastebuds are dying.  (That's a sliced cold wienie on his popcorn)