Community Service Quilt

I found these cute teddy bear blocks at our Guild shop.  They were in various stages of completion.  I took the five most completed blocks, finished them and made a baby quilt for community service.  I love working on baby quilts! – so cute and small 🙂

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My Row By Row

I finally finished my Row by Row quilt;  a group effort with my quilty friends.  My theme was blocks/houses/flowers, and it now hangs in my studio.  Looks like someone needs a haircut 🙂

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A Gift Quilt

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.

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Another Birthday Quilt

Another dear friend of mine had a Birthday.  I made her a lap quilt with Kaffe Fasset fabric.  I hope she liked it…IvetteBdayQuilt2016

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Citrus Belt Quilter’s Show And Share

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 🙂

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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.

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Birthday Quilts For My Sisters

My sisters love my quilts, but maybe three Birthdays in a row is a bit much… I had some really cute vintage quilt tops, so I made them up into Birthday gifts for my sisters, again :).  I will have to think of something else for next year.

 

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Tagging Along

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!

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Quilt 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 🙂

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Hemet Quilt Show

Some eye candy from the 2016 Hemet Quilt Show hosted by the Valley Quilter’s Guild:

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Happy Quilts!

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.

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A Baby Quilt

Baby quilts are fun to make.  Small, cute, and fast to complete. Kind of an instant gratification quilt.  My friend Muriel has a new grandson, and when I came across this French bunnies fabric, I could not resist 🙂

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A Modern Quilt

My very first modern quilt.  Dear Hubby hung curtain rods in my studio – perfect for displaying my latest creation.  And my sweet quilting buddy, Hiro 🙂

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