Saturday, April 30, 2016

St Mary's 2nd Annual Quilt Show

I'm not sure where to begin on this one!  A small town near us hosts a quilt show in this historical painted church.  It is a beautiful exhibit and you can find more about the show here.  The grounds are so pretty as well.  
 
 
Sponsor ribbons award to my quilts!   I don't have them back yet so I hope I have this correct.   Gravity was awarded by Montgomery Quilt Co and Bali Wedding Star was awarded by Sam Houston Funeral Home.   I forgot to look at Lou Ann's!
 
 
 
I was able to attend the preview event on Thursday night and hang out in Denise Green's "Holly Dee Quilts" booth.  As soon as I opened the doors to the sanctuary, I could see a glow from the altar and I knew immediately that this was Lou Ann's Paradise in Blooms that I quilted.   I started moving in a little closer, forgetting all about looking at the other quilts or even looking for my entries! 
 
It is such a humbling feel, seeing this beautiful quilt highlighted with the most prominent location of all for the show.   Like winning Best of Show all over again!   I am so honored to be a part of this awesome quilt.  I also learned the day before that this quilt was accepted into an exhibit at quilt festival called "Texas Traditional Quilts" so to see this quilt the very next day in this prominent location was mind boggling!    I am so thankful to have been a part of this quilt and it's successes and to Lou Ann for giving me the opportunity to quilt for her.   She's a friend, a part of WWIT(our bee that works on quilts like Judy Niemeyer patterns) and a fantastic longarm quilter in business as well but wanted me to quilt for her!   One amazing friend and quilt.
 
Then I started looking for my 2 entries and I found them!   My Gravity quilt and my Bali Wedding star below. 
 
 
Lou Ann's card that went along with her entry.   I was also surprised to learn on the actual show days that people or businesses that sponsored the church with the show were allowed to choose their favorite quilt and award a ribbon.  10 ribbons were awarded, approximately 200 quilts and my 2 entries both got ribbons!  And of course Lou Ann's got a ribbon so all 3 quilts that I made or quilted got ribbons!   When I was texted (I did not go to the show until the 2nd day) that I had ribbons....I knew how awesome those quilts were in the show so I asked "Did they all get a ribbon?   So unbelievable and I am so touched.   Another really crazy thing, several people took my picture!
 
A professional photographer will be posting photos to their website soon.   I look forward to seeing those.   It was a beautiful show!
 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Carol's Glacier Star

Another beautiful JN pattern completed by Carol.  This will be a bed quilt so the plan was a pop of detailed quilting for the center but less structured and more open going to the outside borders.   Many hours of custom stitching were eliminated by not ditch stitching everything while utilizing designs to fill and enhance the space.  We were both pleased with the results.  One layer of Hobbs 80/20 with Glide and Superior Fantastico threads used.  Thank you Carol for allowing me to custom quilt for you! 

Monday, April 11, 2016

3rd Retreat @ Twelve Pines

Last week was once again such a fun and productive week spent with friends @ Denise Green 's teaching retreat.   These are very informal, do your own thing but she is there if you find something isn't working out just right.   She has her personal quilts displayed, patterns, notions, fabrics and has become a good friend over the years.  She will jump in a cut some of the lady's fabrics out if they are struggling so they can continue to piece, she will rip... she goes that extra mile to ensure everyone has a great time and accomplishes progress on their projects.

Here are some of the highlights of our April retreat:































































We thought just the core group of 10 of us  friends would be all we knew, but upon arrival almost everyone of the 22 participants we had already retreated with!   That was so nice seeing so many familiar faces and making friends with a few more Judy Niemeyer quilt fans.   We also planned our summer retreat with almost everyone there trying to work it in their schedules plus adding back some others that could not make it this April.   August will be just us, no teacher as Denise is opening her new brick and mortar store front and will be having to pare down her out of town teaching schedule.    We also schedule so that everyone has a long table, no sharing.  We need the space!

I have a difficult time working in piecing into my schedule.  As a longarmer, I'm always pushing the limits on deadlines due to unexpected events in family, doctors appointments (accident prone teen!).   I find it difficult to longarm all day,  make dinner... then go back to the studio by myself to sew after I have already been alone all day?   No... if find that not enjoyable plus my body just can't take it.  I'm always playing catch up on the weekend quilting as well it seems but hopefully after this next quilt, the deadline crunch is over.   Every quilt has had a tight deadline schedule for 4 months and geesh am I over it!   So much more enjoyable to quilt knowing I can work at my pace and if my back is breaking after 6 hours I can stop... instead of continuing because you need it tomorrow or I have calculated what I need to finish each day to get it to you by your requested date.  So, the point is I pretty much only sew at my 2 day long bees I created so that I would stop quilting and sew, or on my  2 X's a year retreats that I do.  Sad... for this long time quilter that is used to producing my own quilts but that happens when you have to go back to work full time again.  I'm thankful to all of you that trust me to do my thing with your quilts!   Most of you know about corporate downsizing and how difficult it is to find comparable employment in your 50's... Life just isn't what it once was but it's good.  We are making it work!  Now... back to work!  I have a deadline looming on a quilt LOL!