Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wonderful Wednesday - NC Quilt Symposium Edition - Day One

Welcome to another edition of Wonderful Wednesday!!  This week, I am singing the praises of Durham Orange Quilters Guild and the North Carolina Quilt Symposium.  I haven't attended Symposium in quite some years, but DOQ was the host guild this year and it was only (one more) trip to Raleigh.  (As you may recall, I was just there twice in one week to retrieve DS1 from NCSU for Summer Break.)

The people responsible for the hang did a phenomenal job!!  I "worked the show" Thursday afternoon and all day Friday.  Each time I went through, I noticed a quilt that I hadn't spotted on my last pass.

Photos were taken during the first two days of the show and they are presented in no particular order.  Yes, I realize that this IS a photo-heavy post...

This quilt was the first to reach out and grab me.  It embraced the the theme for the show, Building Friendships - Building Skills, with the use of Friendship Star blocks.  Of course, the super-scrappy selvage blocks probably helped draw me in:

Maker tag:

You may not be able to see the texture of the fabric on the "wrinkly" side of the ironing board, but the "irony" side is obviously flat and smooth:

Apologies to the quilts maker, as the tag is blurred.  It was made for a challenge and the theme was **irony**.  I bet the organizers didn't see this depiction coming!!

Ties turned into a quilt:

Maker tag:

Some time must have passed  between the last photo and this one, as I took a shot of the maker tag BEFORE the quilt...

This quilt celebrates a special breed of people:

FINALLY, this quilt's maker was revealed:

Our quilt bee saw this quilt during the quilting process, as the quilter is a member and she wanted to bounce a design idea off the group:

The quilting turned out beautifully:

Just inside the door...

... Was THIS stunning Bargello quilt:

I'm still wondering if anyone spotted the surprise!!

I couldn't resist a shot of this adorable village:

Again, I switched my photo sequence...

The evening cityscape quilt's maker tag:

This photo is for my friends from the RSC Quilters:

There was some fine longarm quilting on it:


And... Here is the maker tag:

A fellow NT Nights beemate created this beauty:

Maker tag:

A mini and its maker tag in one shot:

Have you ever seen a fairy garden quilt?

Well, this one is a gnome home:

Along with its maker tag:

A grouping of challenge quilts...

I couldn't decide, but this one might have been my favorite:

Maker tag:

A group of thread painted life-like cats by Karen West:

A raw-edge appliqued landscape, best viewed at a distance:

Maker tag:

Stamping, painting and dyeing, anyone???

Another landscape, but VERY different construction:

Same maker:

En Provence, anyone???

Its maker:

Kaffe-esque, but tamed:

Maker tag:

Do you BQ???

I love the big, bold print paired with black and white:

Maker tag:

50 may have been a year or two ago, but this quilt is timeless:

Maker tag:

Hilary will like this one:

Maker tag:

Here is another textural piece:

The maker tag:

That's it for today's show post.  I hope you enjoyed the quilts that I photographed.  Please come back next week for another look at the 2017 North Carolina Quilt Symposium show.

Until next time...
Quilt happy!!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sew Some Love Sunday - A Finish

Welcome to a long overdue edition of Sew Some Love Sunday!!  Since I last reported in, I have finished my Law Enforcement Appreciation quilt for the local Police Department.  Here's the full story from start to finish...

I began with a pattern designed by bee-mate, Joanna:

Here is the quilt prior to quilting and embellishment:

This is what it looked like during the quilting process, but after the patch and creed were added:

I am quite pleased with how the quilt turned out:

(Even though it COULD do with a bit more quilting!)

Thanks for checking in on my progress.  I will try to remember to add a link back in a future post, once the quilt has been delivered.

Be on the lookout!!
I'll be linking up with Kat on Wednesday

YOU can make a difference, too.

Until next time...
Sew Some Love!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Scrap Happy Saturday - RSC17 - Week 20

Welcome to Week 20 of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge!!

SUNDAY - Happy Mother's Day!!  My MIL actually came to our house for this holiday.  Amazingly enough, we calculated that she hasn't been here in 2 YEARS... shocking!!

MONDAY - Knit Group was followed by accompanying DS2 to a dental appointment.  Bad news!!  He's got some cavities.  :o((

The good news is that I made my dark GREEN block for the RSC:

TUESDAY - Spent some time in the sewing room this morning and the afternoon was taken up by a doctor visit with DS2.  The evening hours were occupied by a Graduation Party:

WEDNESDAY - It was Assembly Day for my light GREEN block for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge:

THURSDAY - Hello, North Carolina Quilt Symposium!!  Hello, Libby from Life on the Hill blog!!  We walked the show.  We shopped the vendors.  We checked into our hotel and went off to an early dinner.  A relaxing evening was followed by this...

That is NOT mud on my tire.  It's a missing chunk all the way around the tire, so it's a miracle that I got here without a blowout.  It's also a lucky thing that I didn't schedule a morning class!!!!!!!

FRIDAY - Work, work, work.  AFTER getting a new tire @ $80 bucks a pop!  Sigh...  That REALLY cut into my fabric budget!!

Two happy quilters:

Oh, wait!!  Let's get a shot with the symposium shirt:

Tomorrow, we'll try for a shot with BOTH of us smiling!!  :P

SATURDAY - Goodbye, North Carolina Quilt Symposium and thank you, Fairfield Inn and Suites, Crabtree Valley.  My quilt, Out on a Limb (circa 2003), looked lovely on your comfy bed:

And there's GREEN (of the teal variety) in it!!

My final day at NCQSI is just beginning as this was posted, but suffice it to say, I'm planning on having an AWESOME day!  I'll catch up with you over at Angela's So scrappy LINK PARTY later tonight or sometime tomorrow.  Here's hoping YOU are having an enjoyable weekend... because I certainly am.  :o))

ETA... The day was wonderful!!  I enjoyed meeting up with one of my best quilting buddies...

... and Needleb and I enjoyed meeting up with Graylagran from the Quilting Knitters group on Ravelry:

Sorry!!  I chose the least fuzzy of the 2 photos.  Must be all of the humidity in the gym!!!  LOL

It's always fun to put a name to a face on the computer screen, but even more fun when you get to meet live and in person.  Hope you enjoyed your time at NCQSI, D.

Until next time...
Get Scrappy!!!