Thursday, October 28, 2010

Quilt Show Ramblings

My local quilt guild has some amazing quilters among its ranks! We host a phenomenal quilt show every two years. When walking through the show, one quilt is better than the next and the one after that is even better than the last. You would be fascinated by each and every one. There are traditional quilts, art quilts, pieced and appliqued quilts. Colors and patterns abound.

This year I entered 4 quilts in the quilt show. Like always, I signed up to have them judged. I do that, not necessarily in the hopes of winning anything, but just to see what the judges have to say. Some quilters find entering their work in shows nerve-racking (at best) and absolutely excruciating (at worst), but I find it exhilarating. While the judges negative comments can sting, postitive comments confirm (or inform me of) the things that I do well.

I have friends who are "ribbon driven." They enter quilt shows expecting to win ribbons. They are sorely disappointed when/if they don't. I like to go in with a more positive attitude. I enter to share what I've been working on since the last show. Of course, I 'hope' to win a ribbon! (I'd be lying if I said I didn't.) The difference's a pleasant surprise when/if one of my quilts is a winner.

This year, I entered as a professional since I make quilts for money from time to time. Although, quilting isn't my primary occupation the definition was a bit vague and I decided to err on the side of caution. This dashed my hopes of winning ANYTHING this year!

Are you a follower of my blog? YOU may have seen my show entries in a previous post. When I located my quilts, this is what I saw:

Oops! The camera is unavailable. I'll have to show you later.

Until then...Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 15, 2010

My 1st Finish for the Fall 2010 UFO Club

The (Ravelry) Fall 2010 UFO Club only began 14 days ago and we've had a number of finishes already. This session has 10 members and, so far, 4 have completed at least ONE quilt each. We're off to a good start!

Butterfly in 3D - #3 is fresh off the sewing table. It's the third in a series of butterfly quilts using the same butterfly print and an easy technique that I developed for making the 3D butterflies. It's my first finish for the Fall 2010 UFO Club.

This butterfly quilt is a bit larger than the last one. At 9" square, instead of the 8" square of the last quilt, I'm hoping that I didn't throw the balance off. Hopefully, the recipient will be pleased.

I plan on making these butterfly quilts until the fabric is all used up. I may even sell kits in my new Etsy shop. More on that later...

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

UFO Club - Fall 2010 - The List

Here’s my list for this session:

1. The Margaret Mystery
2. QE2 Goodbye Quilt
3. Hollis’ Iris Garden
4. Circle Denim Quilt
5. Black, White, & Red All Over

These were leftovers from the Summer 2010 UFO Club and can be seen in an earlier post.
Additional UFOs un-earthed after the Summer session began (shown from top to bottom, as listed below.):

1. Circle of Friends
2. Friendship Stars Rav Swap
3. “New” Green Batik Jacket
4. Crumb Quilt
5. QUILT Quilt
6. Purple & Green Coins
7. Patriotic Improv Jacket
8. Anne’s Butterfly Quilt (DONE!)
9. Patriotic (With a Twist) Donation (DONE!)
10. Teal, Turquiose, Burgundy Twist Donation

Yes. That’s 15 UFOs for this session. The scary part is…there are MORE!!!
I better get busy!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

UFO Club - Summer 2010 - The Results

Eight members participated in the (Ravelry) Summer 2010 UFO Club. Those eight members churned out 21 quilts. Congrats! to the following finishers:

basketcase9702: 5 quilts completed
fidissimus: 1 quilt completed
MonsoonCalamity: 5 quilts completed
barbknits: 4 quilts completed
liebschien: 1 quilt completed
IvyW: 3 quilts completed
needleb: 2 quilts completed

Thanks for cheering us on. We are now gearing up for the Fall 2010 - UFO Club. Watch for the List!