Sunday, August 14, 2011

Catch up time...

After several weeks of traveling, I'm home again and catching up on things. Thought I'd share a little of what I've been up to.

The girls' dresses turned out really cute. When I made the sash on "Mary's Fancy Sash" dress from Girl's World, I thought it looked kind of big for a little girl. Turned out it was, so we just left it off.
It's really difficult to keep these two still!
While in California, I also attended the Long Beach Quilts International show. It was interesting because I was disappointed in how few modern fabrics I found in the vendor booths. On the way home I listened to an interview with Alissa, one of the founders of the Modern Quilt Guild. She said that she got the idea for the guild after attending the Long Beach show and seeing modern quilting poorly represented. Hopefully in time we'll see more and more.

I decided not to break any copyright laws and post the show quilt pictures (yes, I have a lawyer in the family, but he's way to busy to defend his Mom). I did get permission from Becky Goldsmith of Piece O' Cake designs to show this one. It was one of my favorite quilts in the show and it's published in their book Quilt A New Christmas. I'm so tempted to make this quilt - but it sure does have a lot of circles!
I brought my daughter a bag of fabric scraps when I visited and she came up with this awesome project. You can read all about how she did it on her blog.
Last week I was on a quilt retreat. We had a beautiful and productive week. Unfortunately my pictures did not come out well - too much wonderful sunshine. I'm going to try and round some up and try again - so hopefully I'll have some better pictures soon. For now here's a pretty set of blocks using "12 Days of Christmas".
I did a bit of sewing this weekend and made my daughter a new thread catcher. Her old one was dated - so 1990's! The fabric is Hullabaloo and I found a quick and easy tutorial here.
So now that I'm home for a bit, I've got a few projects planned including redecorating the guest room. The painting's done and I'm on to the sewing part. Yeah!

And I'm starting a new quilt for Maddy's big girl bed. The fabric is Dena Designs and I'm doing a "Sliced Coin" quilt designed by Elizabeth at Don't Call me Betsy.
So now we're caught up!

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