Our local quilt guild, the Citrus Belt Quilters, recently hosted Nancy Ota, an amazing quilter/designer/teacher. One of Nancy’s talents is in the art of Japanese Sashiko. My friends and I were fortunate to participate in her workshop. Since I am of Japanese descent, it was all the more interesting. Now I really want to make a Sashiko quilt! Or a jacket, or a purse… 🙂 I posed in front of Nancy’s beautiful work, and my friend Terrie is holding up a kimono from her trunk show that I purchased for dear daughter to use as a robe 🙂
When we go out of town, I have a friend who takes care of our dogs. She is a super dog lover, and takes such good care of our dogs that I wanted to make her a quilt. I saw this on Pinterest, and thought it would be perfect for her. In lieu of batting, I sandwiched flannel, and backed it with fleece. I love the feel of this combination. And here in So Cal, a lighter quilt can be used year round. It isn’t her B-day, but I liked the dogs on the bag, and the quilt fit just right 🙂
DH’s Academic Advisor for his PhD will be retiring from teaching soon. And his dear wife recently retired from her career as a Medical Doctor. So, it was time to make another quilt! They are originally from New Zealand, and I found this wonderful vintage tablecloth on Ebay. I used a kit I had, called the Carriage Quilt. It is amazing how well the colors of the quilt kit and vintage tablecloth came together. It turned out to be a double sided quilt. I love vintage, and I hope they do too.
I have been a member of our local Quilt Guild, The Citrus Belt Quilters for the last two years. One of the things they do during their monthly meetings is Show And Share. It’s always fun and amazing to see all the wonderful and creative Quilts everyone makes. Thus far, I have sat on the sidelines as an onlooker. But, I decided that it was high time I finally contributed. This is really big for me since I have an aversion for getting in front of an audience and talking. And our Guild attendance well exceeds 100! It took me back to my elementary school days when we had Show and Tell sessions. I was a bit nervous at first, but it turned out just fine. Somewhere along these many years, I seem to have lost my discomfort in speaking before an audience. I think it’s age 🙂
The first quilt is based on a block called Quarter-Cut Daisy by Laura West Kong in the book Modern Blocks. Laura is also a member of our local Quilt Guild. I made a quilt like this for my exchange group, and I liked it so much, I made one for myself. I added a border on mine. The second one is from an old Jo-Ann’s Block of the month kit, Welcome To My Garden, that I picked up at our Guild shop. Since I am one of the organizers of the shop now, I thought it would be nice to make something from my purchase and encourage others to shop at our store. I didn’t have the setting kit, so I improvised and put it together my way. It was the first time I scalloped the edges. I like how it turned out.
DH had a business trip to the State Capital, so I tagged along. Some sightseeing, shopping, and eating out. Fun, but I prefer playing tourist with the company of others. Found some nice quilt shops along the way. Spent a night in Cambria on the way down home, and even had time to do pebble art – day dreaming of a seaside cottage one day… Came back in time for my Longarm rental day – finished the quilt I started at the retreat!
I just got back from a fun Quilt Retreat at Vina De Lestonnac. Round the clock sewing and chatting. Best part of all, all meals prepared and served – no cleaning up! And, I still marvel at how much a bunch of women can talk all day, and into the wee hours of the night 🙂
Some eye candy from the 2016 Hemet Quilt Show hosted by the Valley Quilter’s Guild:
As much as I admire art quilts, I have a preference for utilitarian quilts. Quilts that can be lovingly used, scrunched up, and washed over and over again. We hosted our daughters Collegiate Cycling team this weekend, and our quilts were put to good use. The guys and bikes slept in my Studio surrounded by quilts! I threw in a photo of dear daughter, courtesy of Cycling Illustrated.