Friday, March 22, 2019

Friendships on A Friday

I've said it before, I'll say it again. What I love most about quilting is the friendships I make!
Before going to the textile Museum (more on that Monday) I had a chance to visit with Laurie and see some of her "new" acquisitions and her recent sewing projects.

Look at this amazing princess star antique quilt! I love that the quiltmaker quilted the hanging diamonds directly over the applique! 
This was a beautiful crib quilt with fantastic Prussian blues and that tiny scalloped binding!

I've tried to copy her decor ideas, but cannot pull it off quite like she does!!

A newly finished quilt top using Judie Rothermel's 25th anniversary collection. (correct me if I'm wrong Laurie)

smalls....very smalls.... 

 tiny....very tiny.....
 She is putting rows together. WOW!

After lunch in LaConner, we met Merry at her house where she offered me her Accuquilt Go.
Of course, it is so fun to see a quilters home!

 She was quilting this lovely piece and I noticed Laurie and Merry matched it quite well! LOL
Merry has been part of the little quilt swap and I thought it was pretty darling how she had them displayed.
 Wine anyone????
On her design wall she was working on this fun self portrait!

She shared with us the most precious story about 2 yo-yo quilts in the flower garden style her grandmother had made. One, from a neighbor friend, was given back to Merry to keep in the family. It was so unique and fun to look at!

It was truly a labor of love! The fabrics were fun to get an up-close and personal look at. 

And she was happy to make some space in her garage! My question for you who use this, where is the best place/price to get dies? I would like the get ones that do strips. 

Last week I made this comment on my Abe Lincoln post, " It has a lot of brushed cottons" and a reader asked me "  I would like to understand what a brushed cotton is.  I don’t recall that term when I have shopped for fabric - so just curious."

If one person asked, than I'm sure there are a few more that don't know either. 
In order to see the below fabrics well, you'll likely need to view them on something larger than your phone. 

Here is one side of a homespun. It isn't as thick as flannel, but somehow in the process the fibers are raised creating a "brushed" look and feel. 

Here is the exact same piece of fabric only it is the other side that is not brushed/raised. 

I love using the brushed fabric to make the quilt softer and more snuggly, without it being a thicker flannel quilt.

I hope that answers your question.

Have a lovely weekend, dear friends.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

QA Quilt Show

Friday my plan was to meet up with Laurie at Quilters Anonymous quilt show in Monroe, WA. 
I was also able to visit with JoAnn from Quilters Coop and Susan, who was helping. The booth was super cute and busy. I can't believe I didn't take any photos!

But here are a few of my favs

The tag on this one wasn't correct so I'm not posting it with the quilt. It was a lovely vintage quilt from the 30's. 

 This is sort of a string quilt. My strings aren't quite this wide. 

This one was nice, from a distance. Be sure and look close at the next photo and read the tag. I think there could have been a better alternative. That's just my opinion.

I'm not sure what happened to the tag on this. What an amazing quilt!

It was a terrific show with a lot of inspiration!!

The doll size quilt swap is on! Everyone should have received a name of who they will be mailing to.
Thanks for wanting to participate! 

Have a lovely day!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Two Thimbles Quilt Shop

On Saturday one of our first stops was Two Thimbles Quilt Shop in Bellingham. 
I've really enjoyed getting to know Lee the past couple of years and I love her shop!

That stripe really caught my eye. I brought some home!

 The blue urn caught my eye as well!! And check out that stripe!!
Lee was teaching me the ropes. 

This is her AMAZING quilt top! 

 She rearranged the shop and brought the classroom out front. It has a lot of light and is a nice creative space.
 Laurie contemplating fabric. 
 So happy to find a shop that still carries reproductions. Lots of them!!

This was lunch after the Textile Museum. Good food, Great company! Left to Right- Merry, Vicki, Laura, Laurie and me in LaConner.

I had such a wonderful weekend! I'll be sharing more later this week.

Let's have a really great week!