Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blocks 24 & 25

I have the last two blocks quilted and I'll  be taking a blogging break and a short trip while I decide how I'm going to quilt the border.  These blocks were fun to quilt once I got started.  I haven't done a lot of machine quilting this past year so I felt like I'd forgotten how. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Five More, Two To Go

Finish line is in sight

I still have to go back and quilt something in the sashings and of course there is the border.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tornado Alley

This week's theme for the  Quilt Gallery contest is Tablerunners and I submitted one of my favorites. 

In 2006 my friend, Cynthia, from Iowa Star Quilts offered a free tablerunner pattern every month. I'm lucky to be a pattern tester for her. She called her April pattern "Storm Signal" but since I live in Kansas now, I called mine "Tornado Alley". 

I quilted it with silver metallic thread (Glitter from Superior Threads). Click on the picture to enlarge even more

You can see all 12 of my runners here

You can order a book with all 12 patterns and pictures of both Cynthia and my runners here

If you'd like to vote for my runner you can do so here

Thank you to those who do.  If you see another you like better, vote for it instead or in addition to mine.  You can vote for up to four entries.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Four More Baltimore Blocks Quilted

I think four of these in one day is too least that is what my neck and shoulders are whispering in my ear.

Seven more blocks to go.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jasper Quilt Show

Friday we drove over to Jasper, MO  to take a few quilts for their annual show and Saturday we went back to view all of the quilts on display and then bring ours home.  I had four entries and Tom two and we brought home ribbons on everything.  Most important (to Tom anyway) is that he beat me once again..taking a blue ribbon in a category where I got a third place!  How do you like those apples?

As is the case every year there were some really  cool quilts.

Here are some of my favorites:
 An antique Grandmother's Flower Garden

Look at the size of those tiny hexagons!

Another cool antique quilt.  I will have to try and find the name of this pattern.

Beautiful hand applique, hand quilted

A lovely blue version of Sylvia's Bridal Sampler

A very interesting Cathedral Window quilt.  How unique is this?
Not all of the "windows" were opened.

Each year there are some really beautiful embroidered quilts in this show

A really pretty Double Wedding Ring took 1st place in the machine quilted category.  My "Waste Not' placed second.  The red and blue quilt on the right took third place

Nancy Perez from our Joplin Town and Country guild entered her two gorgeous applique quilts in the Applique-Machine Quilted category.  That's my Orange Co. Baltimore in the middle sporting another blue ribbon.

Isn't this just the cutest quilt?

Small Wall hangings..That's Tom's on the left, mine on the right

I love, love, love this Jack's Chain quilt that was started by the grandmother of the woman who finished it.  This pattern has been on my to-do list for a long time.

My Raggedy and Friends that I still think is ugly got another blue ribbon in  the child quilt category

And Tom's Teddy Bear's Parade in the same category got a 2nd place red

Hope you enjoyed the show.  I have pictures from two trunk shows over the last two days that I'll try and get posted before we leave for Iowa next week.

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Few More BA Blocks

Quilting is slowly progressing.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Another Baltimore

Last week I began quilting a Baltimore Album top that I started in 2006.  I finally finished the applique blocks last year so it's past time it was quilted.

I have a hard time getting pictures that show the quilting. These were taken without a flash in the hopes the quilting would show up. Unfortunately that also means the colors are muted and a bit blurry. 

These are the blocks I've quilted so far


17 more blocks to go plus the border.  This may take awhile.