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This is where I yap about the quilts I'm making, ideas for new quilts and little things about life that gets in the way.

February 2014 - Posts

AAAARRRG...didn't realize until now these all posted upside down, on the ipad they always look fine.  When I come and look from work, it's all messed up.  I will fix this asap, probably tomorrow (2-25-2014).

I am fairly new to Las Cruces, and new to quilting.  I don't have many local friends and I have yet to join any quilting group or guild.  As I have mentioned before I am intimidated by large groups of people, and somewhat insecure of my quilting abilities.  So I was in the dark about  the quit show until I drove past our convention center las weekend.  Oh wow, I was so excited to go!  

Ive been on a diet, I'm on week 2 of a 12 week program....so I'm not allowed food candy, but I can enjoy as much eye candy as I want. 

This first item I purchased.  They didn't have the pattern any more, and kits were long gone.  This was just an example of a kit they used to sell, so I had to purchase the finished piece.  I knew it would look fabulous on our kitchen table.  It's called chili rounder.

Now here's something that was both spectacular and unusual....

And one of my favorite (non) patterns, the one block wonder

Anyone who can create a scenery with fabric has phenomenal talent in my eyes.  It's like painting with fabric.

And my favorite of them all, this beautiful traditional yet fabulous spool quilt.

There we're many many more, but I can't share them all...

Going to the show and seeing all of these awesome quilts just intimidated me even more about joining a group.  However I do think I will face that fear and give it a try.  I'm sure I can learn so much from the people making these gorgeous pieces, if they are willing to share their expertise.

i hope,you all enjoyed the eye candy!

sew, til next time.....

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I went to a local quilt show over the weekend.  I didn't even know there would be one here in my home town until I drove past our convention center Saturday.  Well, they were there Sunday as well, so I got the opportunity to go to my first quilt show!

The show was put on by the local quilting guild another surprise to me. I didn't know we had one here.  I always thought this would be a great way to meet friends, I am really very shy.  I can write to you folks all day, but put me in front of a group of people and I clam up.  Once I get to know folks I'm a forever-type friend and love to keep in touch.  I really need some local girlfriends and I would really like to start here, but I don't know how to begin.

After looking at all the beautiful quilts, I feel that I would be ashamed to join the group.  Most of the quilts were spectacularly machine quilted and extremely detailed.  Because I do all my quilts by hand, my stuff is pretty basic.  I enjoy doing my quilts my way and I'm afraid I will be ridiculed or laughed at for being "old fashioned" or so slow a snail can quilt faster than me.

I looked at the guild information online and so many of these ladies make 100's of quilts a year.  I will be extremely lucky to do two. 

I have heard other ladies complain that some guilds are full of quilt police, and I don't want to be arrested by the quilt police and have my hobby taken away from me!  I have also heard the great stories of all the friendships made through the guilds - lifelong friendships.  I cherish my friendships and I would love to meet new people, but I am so torn by my novice ability and my old fashioned ways. 

Do any of you feel this way?  Are you in a local quilting guild?  Would they accept anyone, or do you have to be an expert quilter to be part of the group?

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A few months ago I mentioned here that I was accepted as a finalist (1 of 30) for the Grand Central Terminal Quilting Challenge.  This was my very first contest, only my 4th quilting project, and a very big long shot to be even chosen.  I am still in shock and almost disbelief.  But there I was, my little quilt shown next to the masterpieces, it's all very exciting to me.

The final judging results were published in the current issue of American Patchwork magazine.  WOW, the competition was fierce.  WOW, I can't even believe my little piece was compared to all the fabulous items shown.  In the magazine they only showed the winners, runners up and honorable mentions.  I still feel as if I'm a winner because my quilt will be hung alongside these wonders.  They will all be physically on display at the Grand Central Terminal.  I hope someone somewhere will actually go and take some real photos of the display.

Here's my photo and a the link to my piece as written up by the magazine's website I'm on page 36 of 44.  If they are shown in order I'm 8th from last, and I still feel really happy about it.  It's really encouraging especially when I look at the details on the competition.

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/american-patchwork-quilting/grand-central-winners/page/35/0

 

Here's a link to all the winners which includes grand prize, first place, runners up and others like me who didn't get honorable mention but did get accepted to be put on display:

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/american-patchwork-quilting/grand-central-winners/page/35/0

They are all so spectacular, I feel that my little piece will look puny next to the other beautiful pieces of art.  I suppose mine was more "traditional" in the quilt sense...all of the others are simply lovely scenery quilts.  Here's my personal favorite which was actually first place

If you look at the details on this it is remarkable!  There is a little clock inserted in the center! 

Also, I did receive a prize of sorts.  The City Quilter sent me a fat quarter of the New York City line by line fabric, probably all of us finalists received this.  You can never have too much fabric, as we all know.  But this is special, I will likely save it and frame it next to my quilt hanging when I get it back along with the letter acknowledging my participation.  I frame and mat art as a hobby and this will be a great piece framed next to the original fabric, and the letter, another little project for my  to-do list.  I will likely never come this close to winning again, so I will hang it all with pride, for sure!

It was such a great experience to have done this.  I have to thank my partner, Jim, for the encouragement to enter.  I would NEVER have done so without his insistence, pushing, nudging  and the confidence he instills in me in everything I do.

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