Saturday, January 28, 2012

A quilt for Autumn

Barb had me quilt this leafy wallhanging for her.  She says she has a spot in her house where she hangs a quilt that she changes with the seasons.

(So many people have asked about the pattern:  it is from Judy Martin's book, Cookies and Quilts, which is on sale right now on her website.)

I used gold metallic thread in the darker parts of the quilt and it is very sparkly in person but doesn't show real well in the photos.

I was excited to hear that my miniature Itty Bitty Boutis won a 3rd place ribbon at Road to California.  The quilts are gorgeous - check out the winners at:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rita's quilt and some big artichokes

This is Rita's quilt, made as a Christmas present for her Mother-in-law.  What a nice gift!  It's a big quilt and Rita did a nice job on the piecing.

It's a busy design, so it's a little hard to see the quilting.

We bought artichokes for dinner last night and they were so huge that Peter wanted to pose with them, just to prove his head is a little bigger than they are. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show

We had a great day for a trip to Oklahoma City yesterday, it was sunny and mild and we zipped down with little traffic - It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Wichita.  The Oklahoma City Winter Show has lots of vendors and a small judged show.  Although small, there were some really nice quilts entered.

This hand quilted beauty won Best of Show:

 This pretty quilt combines embroidery and  beautiful quilting, it won Best Traditional quilt:


My quilt, Tree of Life -  with Bugs, won Best Innovative Quilt.  Yippee!

Joe and Amy Hunter are our Innova dealers and Amy is also a very talented quilter.  Her quilt won Viewer's Choice:


I enjoyed seeing several of Charlotte Hickman's quilts including her Daylilies:

My friend Carol Elmore was at the show doing quilt appraisals and her husband Ron was helping.  Ron is a quilter and entered one of his quilts in the show.  He makes log cabin quilts and I'm amazed how much variety he creates with that one block.

If you have every shipped a quilt you know how nerve-wracking that experience can be.  Here is a post on Ann  Fahl's blog that I suggest you read:  She has a scary quilt-shipping story and some good tips on shipping your quilt.

And thanks to Mayleen, who is always impressed (not always favorably) by Peter's wienie recipes, here is a website to check out:,

Friday, January 13, 2012

Quilts and wienies

I finished Julie's version of the Joy of Life wallhanging.  She used machine applique, and did a very neat job of it.

I tried to keep some puff in the quilt, rather than quilting it into submission which is my usual method!

Tomorrow we are headed to Oklahoma City for the OKC Winter Quilt Show, so I should have pictures to post soon.

In the meantime here is a photo that I know Mayleen especially will appreciate: Peter's latest wienie recipe!  He calls it " Wienie a la Pork-u-pine.  Bon appetit!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Folk Art Wedding for Karen

This is the last of Karen's tops that I have quilted for her.  This is an older pattern of Robyn Pandolph called Folk Art Wedding.  It has about a million itty bitty little  pieces which Karen has appliqued beautifully.


She had already marked it in pencil for hand quilting - that made it really handy for me to do the crosshatching.  I did quilt between her lines to make the crosshatching smaller.

It has been amazingly warm here in Kansas, up close to 70 degrees this week.