Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Last Minute Christmas Gift

Some might think I'm crazy, but last Thursday I decided I needed to make one more quilt for Christmas. One of my stepsons is a bachelor, and he's the only one in the family who doesn't have one of my quilts. I decided to make him something warm and cozy that he can snuggle under while watching TV on these cold winter nights in northern PA. I started cutting on Friday, and finished the binding Tuesday evening. I think that's a record for me! Of course, I chose a super-simple pattern, but it turned out awesome. I used a pattern that I bought at Needles Quilt Shop called "My Guy" designed by FunQuilts.
The top is pieced entirely with blacks & dark browns on a tan background, and it's backed with a lodge print flannel for the "cuddle factor". I quilted it with double rows of straight stitching with my walking foot, in a pattern I like to call "railroad tracks".
So if you need a last minute gift, this quilt can be made in a matter of days! And it's fun!
Hopefully my stepson won't read this blog before Christmas! Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

For Those Who Are Interested


This is a slideshow of the Viewers' Choice winners at the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild 2010 Exhibit in Wellsboro, PA. If you have trouble viewing it here, try viewing it directly on YouTube.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Enjoy the Show!

Take a few minutes to enjoy the slideshow of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild Exhibit 2010 held in September at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro, PA.


If you have trouble viewing it here, try this link directly to YouTube.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Late summer dyeing




I took advantage of the warm days of last week to dye some more fabric, trying to use up most of the stash of PFD fabric. I had enough fabric to do four step gradations in red and purple with 1/2 yards of Pimatex cotton and cotton sateen. Again, the Pimatex produces sharper colors, but the sateen has a wonderful hand, soft and silky. I threw a piece of cheesecloth into the darkest color pots of both colors.
I also dyed a few random colors using formulas in a book called Fabric Dyer's Dictionary by Linda Johansen. She has directions for doing gradations of single colors or for going from one color to it's complement, like purple to yellow, by varying the ratio of one dye to the other. So I picked out a few colors I liked and made them. My colors aren't exactly like hers, but relatively so, and they're pretty and usable.
I saved just a few yards to do some snow dyeing this winter if the snow falls as expected. I hope I won't have a broken leg this winter, so I can gather the snow myself instead of sending Bill out to get it!
Now to get some projects underway!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Last Chance!




If you haven't been to the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's exhibit yet, you have one week left. It's at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center located at 134 Main Street in Wellsboro, PA. The gallery is open 2-5PM every day through Sep 26th. Free admission.

Click on the photos for a larger view, but better yet....come see it in person. You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Anybody Want To Go To A Party?

On Friday, September 3rd, from 5 to 7 PM, the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild is hosting a gala opening reception for its 2010 Exhibit at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center in Wellsboro, PA. There will be door prizes and refreshments, as well as a chance to see all of the approximately 100 quilted items put on display by guild members. Everyone is invited and admission is free. The photo shows some of the wonderful door prizes made by guild members, including bags, mini-quilts, potholders, change purses, and lots of other wonderful goodies.

If you cannot make it to the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display at the Gmeiner from September 4th through September 26th, again with free admission. Gallery hours are 2-5PM daily.

Please join us!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Eleanor's Neck Tie Quilt



















Isn't this quilt beautiful? They are neck ties and Eleanor made this great gift for her son.
I thought everyone would enjoy seeing this neat idea!

MJ

Monday, July 12, 2010

Coverlet-Inspired Quilts

If you're in the north-central part of Pennsylvania this upcoming weekend, you may want to check out this quilt show at the Muncy Historical Society.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

How should I quilt this?



This is a quilt-in-progress that I'm going to donate to the Friends of NRA for their annual fund-raiser banquet on Sept. 23rd. I haven't made a final decision on what to call it yet, but so far "Eagles Watch" is on the top of the list. The piecing is done and it's ready to baste, but I'm struggling on how to quilt it. I do my own quilting on a sit-down domestic machine. If anyone has any quilting suggestions, please share your ideas! Thanks!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's a Colorful Day!


While prepping my stuff for our class with Carol Taylor on Saturday, I decided I needed more purple fabric. The weather report looked promising for today, so I mixed my dyes and spent the morning playing in the driveway. Here's my new stash of fabrics, including some nice purple, drying in the sun before they head to the washer.

Anya's HQ16 Setup

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild has a sub-group of machine quilters (we're Armed and Dangerous!) who meet monthly to share info, ideas, and inspiration. Members are encouraged to post photos of their machine and frame setups, as well as projects that they're working on or have completed, here on this blog. I'll start.

This is my HQ16 made by Handiquilter. It's a little over 4 years old and has a stitch regulator with the Portable Professional Frame. It sits on an 8-foot wood table that my husband built for me.

Handiquilter no longer makes the HQ16, but some dealers may still have a few remaining to sell. I believe that the PPF has been replaced by a different frame. The HQ16 has been replaced by the 18" Avante. They also have a new Fusion which is a 24-inch machine.

I encourage other MLQG Armed and Dangerous members to post photos of what they quilt on...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Corning Quilt Show This Weekend



Corning Quilters' Guild Spring Quilt Show
Friday May 14th Noon - 6 PM
Saturday May 15th 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday May 16th 10 Am - 4 PM

Admission $3.00

Raffle Quilt, guild sale booth, quilts of all sizes, wearables, several antique quilts, displays of guild programs.

Questions or more information, email psmith@stny.rr.com

Directions:
From East of Corning, take I86 to exit 46. Turn left on to Rte 414.
From West of Corning, take I86 to exit 46, Turn right on to Rte 414.
From South of Corning, take US 15 to I86 E, to exit 46 (see above)
From North of Corning, take Rte 414 south to Corning.

Turn right from Rte 414 on to Pulteney Street at the red light. (The Corning Museum Of Glass parking lot will be on the right).

At the next red light (parking garage on right), turn right on Baker Street.

Take Baker St almost to the end, VFW will be on the right. Watch for the giant American flag.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Finally finished!


My Dear Jane quilt "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme" is finally finished. I've never worked so hard on a quilt! I used 1930 reproduction fabrics, in a trip around the world pattern. I finished it on my HQ 16 and am very pleased with the results. I'm a better quilter as a result of taking on this project, which seemed impossible at times. I didn't think I could applique, but I learned that I can. I didn't think I could make so many #@*& triangles, but I did. Special thanks to the Laurel Janes for their support and encouragement over the last two years!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Everybody Loves a Sale!

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will be having its first-ever Quilt/Craft/Stuff Sale on Saturday May 1st, 9AM until 2PM at the Tokishi Building on NYPUM Drive off of Route 6 in Wellsboro, PA. The turn is near Truck-Lite.

Twenty-two guild members will be selling fabrics, sewing machines, notions, accessories, books, patterns and other craft supplies as well as finished works such as quilts, table runners, pillowcases, etc. The guild will also be selling baked goods.

Admission is a canned good or a cash donation. The bake sale and admission proceeds will benefit Tioga County food pantries.

Come early to get the best selection. Bargains galore!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pre-Teen Fabric Choices


What do you do with fabric chosen by an eleven year old granddaughter? It wasn't quite to my taste, but I wanted to use it so I could tell her what I did with it. There were enough fat quarters to make two small quilts. One went to Project Linus, which my granddaughter thought was pretty cool. The other went back to her this weekend. She thought that was even cooler! Granddaughter #4 seems to approve of it, too.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Carol Taylor Is Coming

Renowned quilt artist Carol Taylor will be a guest lecturer at the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild's meeting at 7PM on Friday May 21, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Wellsboro, PA. The lecture Sew Many Quilts, So Little Time will be a retrospective of Carol's quilting career showing how she produced over 500 quilts (many of them award-winning) since she began in 1993. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The following day (May 22, 2010) Carol will be teaching a full-day workshop called Sensuous Lines and Curves. The cost of the workshop is $50 for MLQG members and $60 for non-members. A few spaces remain in the Saturday workshop, so if you are interested in signing up or if you need more information about the workshop, please visit the MLQG's website and use the "Contact Us" link.

You can see many of Carol's quilts in the gallery section of her website. And be sure to go to her Biography page, then scroll to the bottom and click on "Behind Closed Doors in Carol's Studio" to see a quilt studio that IS TO DIE FOR!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Guerrilla Knitting

I'm waiting for someone in Wellsboro to start this on the gaslights along Main Street...or perhaps on the ironwork around the Wynken, Blynken, and Nod statue on the Green...

Is there anyone among us who is brave enough?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Pillowcase Maker Trained Today


My grandson, Jonah, age 8, came to visit today. We went to Needles Quilt Shop and he picked out a nice blue fabric to make a pillowcase. We auditioned fabrics from my stash to find a cuff. I think he chose well. He used my digitizer to design his name in old English font which we stitched in red. He likes it and so do I. We enjoyed doing it together.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quilt Show Season Begins

If quilt shows are starting to show up, that must mean that spring is here in north-central PA!

This upcoming weekend, the Susquehanna Valley Quilters will be having their show at the Hughesville Firehall. Click here for more info.

The photo above is of their 2010 raffle quilt.

A great way to get out and enjoy the sunshine the weatherpeople promise us...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Snow Dyeing




A major topic of discussion on the QuiltArt email list this winter had been using snow to dye fabric. After soaking your PFD fabric in soda ash solution, you put it in a large container and pack it full of snow. Then you pour or squirt dye on top and let it sit for hours until the snow melts. Before the current snow started to fall I soaked my fabric and arranged it in tubs. Bill put the tubs outside the night before the snow started, so the fabric froze in its arrangement and was then covered by the snowfall.
Having the fabric frozen made the dye reach the fibers very unevenly as the fabric thawed and the snow melted. I think the resulting designs in the fabric are wonderful! Now I need to think up domething wonderful to do with the fabric.

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Quilting Challenge

Three Creative Studios is hosting a year long challenge --www.threecreativestudios.com-- in which they post a word and quilters respond with a small quilt inspired by the word. The word posted in January for quilts to be finished this week was 'puzzle'. Here's my quilt. My first thoughts ran to jigsaw puzzles but pondering on the choices to be made I decided every quilt is a puzzle of colors, shapes, design, lines, threads...

So I took some bits of fabric trimmed from a batik quilt, some shapes of hand dyed fabric, tiny bits of embroidery thread I've been stuffing into a jar instead of the trashcan and layered them under tulle. Then I quilted them into place. Fun! I wonder what the next word will be.

It's not too late to join the challenge.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Make-a-Blanket Day

Members of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild will be participating in the Project Linus "Make-a-Blanket Day" this Saturday, February 20th. Members will gather at the Masonic Lodge in Wellsboro to make quilts for children in need of comfort. The workshop is full; however, if you are not signed up for the workshop but have a Linus quilt to donate to the cause, feel free to stop by (even if you are not a guild member) to drop off your work with the Tioga County Project Linus coordinator, who will be at the workshop. We'd love to see your quilts and you can see what we've accomplished. Stop by any time inbetween 9AM and 3PM.

If you're a guild member who has made Project Linus quilts but can't make it to the workshop in person, we encourage you to post a photo or two on this blog. If you need help with that, just contact Susan or Anya.

Hopefully, we'll share some photos of the completed workshop quilts soon...

Friday, February 12, 2010

More Broken Leg Work



When it snowed Tuesday night, my plans to get to the lake house to join the quilting fun were dashed. It's hard to keep your toes warm in the snow when wearing a cast! I had cut fabric for 12 pillowcases and had it ironed and ready to serge. I had two Linus quilts with binding to stitch down. I was ready to play! Oh well. I worked on them off and on Wednesday and Thursday, but it wasn't nearly as much fun doing it at home by myself!
In case you can't tell, my 11 year old granddaughter picked out the fabric I used in this little quilt. Not exactly my taste, but that's okay!
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Broken Leg Accomplishments



There are a lot of things you can't do with a cast on your right leg-- even a sunny yellow on like this! While I've sat or reclined for the last two weeks, I've kept my hands busy crocheting. My Godmother Libby Cochran taught me to crochet when I was about 14. My Nana started a wool afghan for me that year which I finished because she died before it was done. Every year I need to crochet something just to keep the muscle memory in place. This came in handy during my current confinement. Nancy used my new Edge Perfect blade to poke holes in 4 pieces of soft cream fleece in my stash. Susan brought me five colorful pieces of fleece, all cut and ready to decorate the edges. So now there are nine finished blankets for the Guild's Project Linus contribution. It sure was nice to have something to do besides watch old movies! Now I'm tired of crocheting and ready to get back to sewing. My left foot is doing okay!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Join In The Fun!

As some of you may know, the annual Quilters' Heritage Celebration in Lancaster, PA has folded. However, the American Quilter's Society (of Paducah fame) has scheduled a new show in Lancaster in March of this year. It will be held at the new Lancaster County Convention Center and other nearby venues.

The Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild of Wellsboro, PA is sponsoring a bus to the new show on Friday, March 26, 2010. Signups are now open for non-members. Here are the details.

Cost -- $55 for members, $70 for nonmembers (this may be reduced if more than the minimum number of people sign up). The price includes round trip transportation from Benedict's Bus Service in Whitneyville (in between Wellsboro and Mansfield, PA) or the community center in Covington, admission to the show, and gratuity for the driver. All other expenses are extra. Lunch is on your own at the show and there will be a dinner stop at Country Cupboard in Lewisburg on the return trip. The bus will leave Benedict's in Whitneyville at 6AM with a stop at the community center in Covington and arrive at the show at approximately 10AM. We will leave the show at 4PM and arrive back at Benedict's sometime after 9PM.

Please note that according to the AQS website, there is currently a $15 shuttle fee for those who wish to use the AQS shuttle to the different venues. It is not included in the MLQG price. However, AQS may decide to lower or even eliminate the shuttle fee. If so, it will be on the AQS website.

For details on the show itself, check out the page on AQS. If you would like to join the MLQG on this trip to the exciting new show, please email Anya (click on her name for email address -- it will be on the left side of her profile page) for info on how to sign up.

And don't let the picture at the top of this post scare you...we won't be taking a school bus! It will be a very comfortable coach provided by Benedict's.