Friday, April 22, 2011

MQX Kitties

As everyone knows, quilters are not only fabric lovers but animal lovers.  So it is inevitable that our pets and animals end up not only ON our quilts but IN our quilts.I, myself, came to cats later in life. We always had dogs.  At MQX there were lots of animals in quilts. I gravitated to the kitties.  This post is dedicated to The Calico Cat.  Dandylion, I was thinking of you when I took these. 

This is Denim and Calico made by Janet Fogg of Oregon. This was a HUGE quilt. Take a look at the size of the yo-yos.
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 This is Alikins Alley Cat made by Jodi Scaltreto of Hillsboro NH.  This was tread painted about 14 x 21 inches.


 Look out for Scout by PennySander of Arlington MA.

This is another by Penny Sander called Where's Buddy?. This was the result of a guild challenge to use only black, white and one other color. This has over 2000 rectangles.  Take  a look at the close up.
And finally, Fall Frolic by Barbara Beaumont of Massachusetts.
 And there are your kitty qui;tsphotos for the day!  Hope everyone has a lovely Easter. Spring is finally here!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Quilts from MQX

I had a wonderful time at MQX on Friday. It was not crowded and the quilts were beautiful.  My friend, Diane and I bought lots of thread and were really inspired by the quilts.

Here are some of the highlights!

This was best in Show.  I love a girl who loves some bling!  It is called Red Letter Daze by Janet Stone of Kansas.  Each block is pieced and bound separately and appliqued to the background. This is the 7th in a series. 

This is a detail of one of the blocks. 

This one is by Kathy Sperino of Finishing Lines.  She is the gal who quilted my Quilt of Valor last year and we chat through our blogs and email from time to time.  She is a Red Sox fan so lots of commiserating of late.  Check out her blog and the latest commissioned work she did. It is spectacular.

This one is called Ribbons of Hope.


I also got an up close and personal look at Debra's quilt that she did last year with her friends, Rian and Deb called Stay the Course. 



This next one received three ribbons. Of note, one was Best Use of Thread (6000 yards of it!) and ladies, we better watch out!  it was done by a MAN! Yep, it is spectacular. It is called White Tail Morning by Dustin Farrell of PA.

Here is a detail of the thread painting.  He made 36 thread changes with 130 hours to create it.
I can't imagine at any point in my quilting life that I would I sit down and think, "Yep, I'm going to make this!!"

This one is  Call of Africa by a local gal, Mary Franc of Bethel CT. This is a big one!
On my quilting front, I am up to date on the CW blocks. Got my shams ready for quilting even though the quilt they go with has been put away until the fall. I'll get them quilted and completed so we have them for next year. I have pulled a quilt from the CRYPT and will load it this week. After all the gorgeous quilts I saw at MQX, I am pumped up to get  back to quilting. I have to get one done pretty quick to send to my great niece for her birthday. She will be 3 and is in need of a big girl quilt to replace the baby one I sent on her first birthday.

Then I will be moving on to my paint chip challenge due for the guild's picnic in June. Stay tuned. This should be a doozy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Time to get back on track

Well, basketball is over. My girls went as far as I thought they would. Just a couple of games short but next season will be fabulous.  Congrats to the Texas Aggies! They deserved to win. They are a scrappy team ( and who doesn't like scrappy!!) with a super coach. The Uconn men won it all,coming from out of nowhere,which was great to watch.


And now  PLAY BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

 The Bo Sox are off to an interesting start.  Our first win (9-4) over the Yankees was fun to watch. Our last loss to the Rays (18-4) not soo much.  But both of my boys, Jacoby and Dustin, are back from their injuries of last season and are doing awesome. 




And now for quilting!  Well, I asked for charms, and boy was I charmed!!! I received packages, from Amy, Paula,  Julie, Debra and Christine  . I now have enough for my three quilts and probably one or two more!! Thanks ladies for your generosity.  Quilters are the best kind of people.  Debra also sent me one of her "practice" pieces she had done from her new longarm.  I don't know about you but I think her "practice" quilting is pretty darn good. I almost hate to cut it up.  I'm going to make mastectomy pillows out it for my guild's community project.



Well, I'm off to package up my pincushion for the swap. I'm sending mine to a lovely lady in Germany!

I'm going to the Machine Quilters Expo quilt show in Providence on Friday so I'll have some pics of quilts on Sunday.  They won't be mine, but there will be quiltiness over here.

Til then,  Quilt til you Wilt!