Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Finally Finished!

Last year my daughter-in-law gently hinted that they needed a new quilt and that she liked the blue and brown combination so popular today. Fortunately, my stash was filled with blue fabrics and enough brown to make the necessary blocks. There are 6 rows of blocks. I assembled them in three sections of 2 rows each. I added border segments to each section, sandwiched, and quilted each section individually, leaving about 2 inches unquilted along the joining edges. After folding back the batting and backing, I stitched the top sections together, trimmed, and hand stitched the batting and backing. Then I completed the last 2 inches of quilting along the seam. This method allowed me to quilt this on my Janome machine. Each section was 32-36 inches by the width of a queen bed; not easy to handle, but doable in a simple design. This is the biggest quilt which I have completed totally by myself! Fortunately, we didn't see this part of the family on Christmas Day, so completing the binding last night was okay!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Party Time

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild in Wellsboro, PA recently held its Christmas party and a good time was certainly had by all. Click on the photos is you want to see a larger version.

Check out some of the lovely presents waiting to be chosen during the gift theft (I mean, gift exchange)...
Some of the yummy desserts...
And the good-looking crowd...

2009 was a very productive year for the guild and 2010 will probably be even better!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Yarn Addicted Quilters (YAQ)

Are you a quilter who not only has severe fabric addictions, but suffers from a yarn addiction as well? Recently it was discovered that many of us quilters are closet knitters and crocheters and keep this addiction to ourselves. Well ladies, it's time to come out of the closet!

We are planning to get together once a month to celebrate our yarn addictions. If you live in the Tioga County area you are invited to bring your latest yarn project and a bag lunch to "the lake house" on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 9:30 and spend the morning knitting or crocheting with your other yarn addicted quilting friends!

Feel free to pass this invitation along to any other yarn addicted quilters that you may know!

Please note that we will not meet if the Wellsboro School District is canceled or delayed because of weather conditions. As we all well know, the weather in the Tioga county region can vary substantially from one neighborhood to the next. Only you can decide if conditions in your area will allow for safe travel. Please use your own best judgment regarding travel conditions in your area.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ann and Raggedy Ann

Ann made this Raggedy Ann for the Tuesday Quilt Group's Open House this weekend at my house and it was a big hit all dressed in a Christmas outfit and of course, sold right away. Our group had a great time being together and buying each other's handmade items. This got me in the holiday spirit and the snow really made it feel like Christmas. Now it is time for me to think about Christmas and get my act together for our travels to see our children and a new Great Grandson that should be born this week.

Mary Jane

Friday, December 4, 2009

Going Green (and White)

The senior class at Wellsboro Area High School will be selling raffle tickets for this quilt tomorrow (Dec 5) at Wellsboro's Dickens of a Christmas festival. Be sure to stop by their booth outside of Carson Finance on Main Street (across the street from Needles Quilt Shop) to buy a ticket or two. The seniors will also be happy to sell you some hot chocolate to help you stay warm as you enjoy the day. Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Santa at Open House

This beautiful handmade Santa was created by my friend Eleanor for our Tuesday Quilt Group's Open House on Dec. 4th from 4-7 pm and Sat. Dec. 5th from 10-3. The gals have been sewing, crafting and baking the last few weeks to have Mary Jane's heated garage full of wonderful gift items for Christmas or any time of the year. Mary Jane will have her latest red and green applique quilts on display so drop by for a look and refreshments.

Monday, November 30, 2009

A Worthy Cause

Earlier this year, Ami Simms visited the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild in Wellsboro, PA for a lecture and workshop. After Ami's delightful lecture, the guild surprised her with 30 donated quilts for her pet project, the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Ami was quite touched by the gesture.

A number of the quilts were sold at auction on Ami's website and some others went with her to the Houston Quilt Festival in October, hopefully to be sold to raise some money for the charity as well.

A quick check of the website shows that a good number of the quilts were sold! Take a minute or two to check them out on the AAQI website -- the numbers start in the 3870 range.

Nice work, MLQG!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Dear Jane Quilt

My Dear Jane top was
done in June and the hand quilting is now underway and about 50% done. Sore quilting fingers and other fall and Christmas projects have slowed progress but I'll be back on track after the holidays.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Eye Candy

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild had a special visitor earlier this week. Bonnie McCaffery was our featured speaker on Monday and workshop teacher on Tuesday. Here are some of the wonderful quilts that she brought with her to show... They were even better, of course, in person. Thank you, Bonnie, for visiting and sharing! (and thank you to the guild members who have lovely hands...)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Come Join the Fun!

If you are a member of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild, you are welcome to join the Laurel Janes at a mini-retreat at the lake house on Friday and Saturday, November 13th and 14th. We will start at 9:00 and finish up each day in the late afternoon. You don't have to be working on a Dear Jane project in order to join the party. Come see what the Laurel Janes are working on and bring your own sewing/quilting/stitching projects to work on. Come for an hour or come for all day.

Bring a dish to pass and a contribution of $10 for one day or $15 for both to help pay for the utilities in the lake house. For more info, call Nancy S. or Dori S. or Moddy M. Check your roster or newsletter for their contact info.
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Applique class at the Lake House

I had a wonderful day sharing my knowledge of applique with 14 great gals at the Lake House. I forgot that I had my camera until it was just about over but we still had some die hearts that stuck it out to the end. What a wonderful place to stitch, great light and plenty of room to spread out... thanks to Moddy for opening her home to us quilters. I got to know three new gals that belong to our guild but hadn't met them and they were delightful. Take a class or get involved in a committee as you never know when you will meet that special friend.

Mary Jane

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Monsters for Linus

I have a piece of fabric that was supposed to sew up into a fabric book. It has cute monster jokes on it, so I bought 2 panels for my grandkids. However, the jokes were for 6-8 year olds, who don't need cloth books, so I never made the books. This week one of the panels turned into a cute Linus quilt top. Probably won't get quilted until 2010, but at least it's off the shelf!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight

Ever since I saw my first "Storm at Sea" quilt, I just knew I had to make one for my dad, who's been an avid sailor all his life. It's done in the traditional Storm at Sea setting, but I manipulated the colors to resemble a sunset over the water - hence the name "Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight". It will make the perfect Christmas gift for Dad this year!
The most exciting part was trying to find the "perfect" fabric to use for the sun's reflection in the water. I finally found a light periwinkle/blue fabric that looked like it had gold dust lightly brushed across it, and that gave exactly the effect I wanted. It faintly suggests the sunlight dancing off the water.

I used John Flynn's acrylic templates to cut all the pieces, and quilted it on my domestic machine using John's "dot-to-dot" design that he uses on his Storm at Sea quilts. I'm sharing it with you all because so many of you have been a part of the planning of this quilt (and Susan insisted that I post it on this blog), but you have to promise to keep it a secret! After all, Christmas is still 2 months away and I wouldn't want Dad to find out about it early! Thanks to all who offered their opinions and support!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Circle Stitcher

I've gotten a couple of questions about the circle stitcher I used in my Quilter's Crossroads post last week. I learned about it from Libby Lehman at the Ricky Tims Super Seminar I attended with Nancy C last summer.

For my Janome machine, which has a bobbin that is flat under the needle, the circle stitcher takes the place of the bobbin cover to attach to the machine. From that bobbin cover, an arm extends to the left about 6 inches, is adjustable in length, and ends with a sharply pointed thingy like a tack on the teacher's chair.

You layer your circle inset (with stabilizer) under the quilt top into which you want to insert it. You then center the circle and its top fabric on the tack, after setting its length to the radius of the circle you want to stitch. Using a straight stitch, you stitch the circle and assist the fabric to spin around the tack. This would be hard with a big piece of quilt top, I think. Next you carefully cut out the top layer of fabric inside the circle, very close to the stitching. Then you use a decorative stitch to enhance your inset circle.

Of course, you could just stitch circles without insets, using interesting threads and varying your circle size. Maybe I should try that next!

The attachment cost about $40 at Mickey's.

Quilt Show Season Continues

If you're up for a road trip with quilting friends, the Kenan Quilt Guild of Lockport, NY will be having their show on Nov 6, 7, and 8 from 10AM until 5PM in Lockport's Kenan Arena (click on the link for more details -- scroll down the page to the info about the quilt show). Vendors, demos, food court, door prizes, boutique, 300 items on display. $5 admission.

There are several quilt shops on the way...
(clip art courtesy of The Sewing Box)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Quilter's Crossroads

Last summer we spent two days in my driveway mixing fabric dyes and pouring them on various pieces of fabric including our undies and socks. I dyed one half yard piece in rainbow stripes from red through to purple. When it was dry I cut the two halfs of the rainbow apart and then into strips with I converged ala Ricky Tims. Then I used my new circle stitcher to insert circles from the back with decorative stitching. This was fun to make-- a good practice piece! Pardon my toe!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Raffle Quilt WIP

This lovely Christmas quilt (approx 72" x 72") was recently made by several Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild members using fabric that had been donated for charity projects. As soon as the binding is finished (cheery Christmas red), it will go to the Northern Tier Children's Home Thrift Shop in Whitneyville, PA for a fundraiser. If you're in the area, you should be able to get raffle tickets there soon. Don't miss it!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dear Jane is Done

My Dear Jane quilt is finished, hand quilted and even have a sleeve sewn on the back... on to other things in my brain. After looking at the photo I would have set the blocks differently, they run together too much but done is done! It was a nice experience to sew along with the other Laurel Janes and see how different fabrics interpret the original quilt. Tonight is the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild Meeting so I am prepared for Show & Tell.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another Quilt Show!

If you're in the area this upcoming weekend, check out this quilt show put on by the Tiadaghton Quilt Guild in Williamsport, PA.
Don't let the snowy forecast scare you away!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Great Grandson's Baby Quilt

We are expecting a great grandson in NC on Dec. 15th and a shower is being given on Oct. 25th. I can't be there but at least I got his quilt done and it will be in the mail this week. The pattern is from Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts, Fall 2009. Of course I had to hand quilt it but it would have been much faster to machine quilt.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Quilters' Eye Candy

Several weeks ago, the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild gathered at a "Sew-La-Tea" event for local quilters. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the display of quilts (both completed and in progress) by members of the guild's Laurel Janes. The members of this group have been meeting for the last 16 months or so to make their own versions of Jane Stickle's famous 1863 quilt. Here are some that were shown -- (apologies for the bad photos -- the lighting was not the best) --

This is Nancy S. with her completed center made with 30s reproduction fabrics. She is now working on the outer triangles.

Rita made 40 blocks (hand-pieced) and set them on point with some cream-colored squares. She is now in the process of hand-quilting.

Betty M. made two small wallhangings. This is her first one.

And this is her second one (she was inspired by the Empire Quilters' 2009 raffle quilt).

Dori made 25 blocks and decided to make a small wallhanging. She is now in the process of adding some applique in the border. When she finishes with this, she plans to pick fabrics that she likes better and will work on a second quilt.

The batik blocks above Dori on the design wall were made by Anya. She has 20 more of the center blocks to finish and then plans to add the outer triangles.

Perhaps we can encourage some other members of the Laurel Janes to show photos of their work on this blog soon...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

MLQG 2010 Raffle Quilt

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's raffle quilt top is finished and was basted today. It will be handed quilted by one of our members and we are on our way to having a beautiful quilt for next year's exhibit.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More Quilt Shows

This weekend brings more quilt shows to the Twin Tiers (northern PA/southern NY). Check these out.

Airing of the Quilts in Tunkhannock, PA will be held on Saturday, October 3rd. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather, although there are indoor activities as well as outdoor. When you go to the website, be sure to check out all the gallery photos from past shows.

The Tompkins County Quilters' Guild will be having their show on Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th, in Dryden, NY (near Ithaca). While you're there, be sure to stop by Quilters' Corner on W. State Street in Ithaca to check out the Brazieres for a Cure exhibit.

Once again, today's clip art comes from Dawn's Quilting Clip Art.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Upcoming Quilt Shows

Are you ready for some fall quilt shows in the Twin Tiers (southern NY/northern PA)?

The Endless Mountains Quilt Guild of Sayre, PA is having a show on Sep 26 (10-5) and Sep 27 (10-4) 2009 at the Lynch-Bustin Elementary School in Athens, PA. $5 admission.

The Ladies of the Valley Quilt Guild of Addison, NY is having a show on Friday Sep 25 and Saturday Sep 26 (10-5 both days) at the Addison town hall, 21 Main Street. The show will be part of Saturday's Pinnacle Fall Festival in Addison.

The clip art on this post came from Dawn's Quilting Clip Art.

Friday, September 18, 2009

MLQG Reminder

Attention Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild members...don't forget to bring 6-8 2 1/2" (width of fabric) strips to Monday night's guild meeting! The strips can be all different or there can be some duplicates, but they should all reflect your quilting style. I have no idea what we are going to do with them, but I am sure that our new president has something fun up her sleeve! See you all Monday night!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sew-La-Tea Photos

Just a few photos from the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's Sew-La-Tea held last Saturday. There were many lovely quilts displayed and lots of friendly conversation with other quilters.

The closeups at the top of the post are of quilts made by the "founding mothers" of our guild -- Mary Jane's is the red applique and Madalene's is the Celtic knotwork.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Friendship Star Quilt

I won these friendship star blocks at our guild's quilting retreat 2 yrs ago and have just finished putting them into this quilt. It turned out so lovely, I've decided to give it to a friend who has had a very bad year. I hope it cheers her up.