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!