Monday, August 30, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Barb has a fantastic post with some wild & beautiful quilts and she is having a wonderful giveaway. Enter at this site: Fun With Barb & Mary.
I was asked to psot this invitation on my blog. If I was closer I'd go in a heart beat!
Quilt Show And Sale, a Fall Tradition
Brightly colored quilts wave in the breeze at Sully Historic Site’s 37th Annual Quilt Show & Sale on Sunday, September 12, 2010 from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Merchants will tempt shoppers with antique and new American-made quilts, fabrics, antique linens, baskets, stained glass and jewelry at the largest outdoor quilt show in the east.
Tour the 1794 home of Richard Bland Lee, northern Virginia’s first congressman and see early examples of quilts in the period rooms. These quilts, belonging to private collectors reflect this year’s theme, Great American Quilt Designers, 1830-1930.
Throughout the day, Northern Virginia Quilters Unlimited will provide demonstrations and talks on quilting techniques. Children can try their hand at quilting. Living history interpreters will demonstrate spinning, weaving and hand sewing as it was done in the 18th and 19th centuries and invite you to try some of these techniques. Appraisers will be available to evaluate your family heirloom quilts for $10 per quilt with a limit of two quilts.
Sully’s door prize quilt has been designed, pieced and quilted by members of the Hayfield Country Quilters. Each adult or senior admission ticket includes a chance to win this beautiful prize!
Admission to the Quilt Show is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children. For more information, contact Sully at 703-437-1794.
Directions: Sully Historic Site is located on Route 28 in Chantilly, VA. From the Beltway (495) take either I66 west to Route 28 North or the Dulles Toll Road to exit 9A (Route 28 South).
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The end of summer is nearing. Boo-Hoo I always think of this song by Dashboard Confessional:
so long sweet summer
I stumbled upon you and gratefully basked in your rays.....
I thought I'd post a few photos I shot in the garden today.
I probably should have flicked that grasshopper away, but I couldn't bear to. I thought he made the shot a little unusual.
My favorite flower of all time!
Hopefully I'll have something quilty to show you the next time I post.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
I met up with her recently and after a lovely visit over lunch I got the quilt tour! Wow!! I was blown away. What a talented woman, creative and diverse. She said she'd love to share her quilts on my blog. You ready for a little quilt tour?
I thought I'd start out with a photo of her and one of her many quilt tops. Isn't that lovely? It's a little funky but a little elegant too with that black border.
This amazing quilt is on her bed. The blocks that look appliqued- it's a cheater panel! I never knew what to do with those. There sure isn't anything cheating about the rest of this quilt! BTW, the border and basket is appliqued.
This photo is hard to see but Phyllis used John Flynn's method of making a diagonal pieced backing. Apparently you don't need as much fabric doing it this way. The pieced stars you see are also on the diagonal. It really makes the backing exciting and different.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I won this awesome bundle of wovens from Sew Cindy. I have a project I've been wanting to work on for some time and these will fit right in!!
So that's a little peak into my life. A few random thoughts that's for sure!!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Actually this first quilt was what I slept under at my friend Randy's house. She had an antique quilt on all of our beds when we arrived! I did have plenty of pillows too but removed them so I could get the full effect of the quilt. It is a simple 25 patch but what joy it is to see it and get to sleep under it.
Look at this happy quilt from the 30's!! What an awesome blue and so much fun to see the variety of fabric. It had a cute little flower hand quilted in the center of the plain blue squares.
And how about this great quilt? Simple, big and effective. I showed you the toile on the back on my last post. That gave it such a nice touch.
Here's another terrific scrappy quilt top. I love the bold use of the pink and green print.
Here's the quilt top that I bought. It has a few issues, so I think I'll be removing a row and using the setting fabric to replace the damaged squares.
The clover fabric looks purple but I'm not sure if it started out that way. It is such a fun print and really caught my eye.
Here you can see a little damage. Looks like it was probably good mouse nesting material. Check out the wonderful lightning-type tan print. Another fun and unusual one.
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Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I hope you are all having a nice weekend. It is beautiful here. I planted 2 plants of zucchini and have quite a few. I am going to make zucchini bread today and have grilled them a few times this past week. Does anybody have any great healthy recipes they'd like to pass along to me? I'd sure appreciate it. Next year I think I'll just plant one!!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
It also mentions Vicki & Jan's blog What A Load a Scrap and Kathie's Inspired by Antique Quilts.
Click on the photo to enlarge, then you can click again to actually read it. Can you believe my son just showed me that trick. I guess I'm a slow learner. ;)
Next up is a few wonderful backings on old quilts that I saw at the Sisters show. I was surprised to see so many beautiful fabrics on the back, especially since fabric wasn't readily available to most quilters like it is today.
This pink one is my favorite.
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