Monday, June 29, 2015

2015 Row by Row Finished

Finished and ready to go into my local quilt shop tomorrow morning.  I basically spent most of the last weekend working on this instead of packing for our move... I should feel guilty for doing so, but I don't really... I'm glad I finished it. 

California Row by Row Experience on Facebook hasn't reported a California finish yet - I've seen a few from Texas but that's it so far... I'm not counting on being first in the state, though that would be cool if I were, but I DO intend on being first at my LQS.  Wish me luck!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Row by Row Experience

Row by Row is a yearly shop hop-competition that is all over the US and Canada - you go from quilt shop to quilt shop collecting patterns, and make a quilt using at least 8 patterns... this is the top I made using the patterns I collected.

 I still need to quilt it, bind it and put a label on it, but it is almost done!!!  So happy to have gotten this far with it! 

I an hoping I have time to  make a backing for it on Sunday and start quilting it then too... maybe finish up by Monday and bind it by Tuesday... wish me luck... that's where the 'competition' part of the Experience comes in... the first to take their row into a participating quilt shop wins 25 fat quarters and possibly more... fun times!

I won last year, and hope to win again this year.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Insanity Prevails

Right now, things are a little wild and crazy around my house.  We are in the middle of getting ready for a major move...  We haven't moved now for 21 years, so we've accumulated a lot of 'stuff'...  Currently we are in the process of 'de-stuffifying' ourselves (I know that's not a real word, but I'm using it anyway, as it fits what we are doing).  21 bankers boxes full of books for donation, and we still have many many books to go through and sort out ones we can part with.  Oh, this is so devastatingly hard... Both my husband and I are bibliophiles and have been collecting books since the 60's...

Not just books though.  We are getting rid of LOTS of things!  Anything we can part with, we are letting go - donating, selling or giving away.  I have spent a few days sniffling back tears over what we are parting with, but I know in the long run, it's been a long time since we've used these things, so we don't really NEED them.

I don't think it's in an artist's nature to enjoy a move... We like the comfort of our usual surroundings and our studio space...  It is a matter of being grounded and knowing where everything is and how best to use it as it is.  I look forward to the time when I am settled in at the new house and ready to resume my quilting life.

Still among all the chaos, I've managed to partly keep up with projects.  A few of my block of the month commitments have fallen behind, but a few I've managed to keep up with.  I also took a class in how to make a Buggy Barn quilt called Crazy Eights.  If you're not familiar with the Buggy Barn method - it is a 'stack, slash, and shuffle' technique that results in some really fun quilts.  I wish they were still in business publishing new patterns.   Here is the quilt top I finished in this class:
It's a little bigger than the original pattern called for, but I don't like making square quilts when I can avoid it, so I added more rows to the bottom.  It needs to be quilted soon, but the top is constructed and just waiting for a backing.  SO much fun to make!  And to make it even more fun - I got to meet some fascinating and fun ladies in the class, so win-win for me.

We enjoyed sewing together so much, we decided to make class-night a regular thing, where we will meet each week and work on our different quilts - Either the same pattern or something individual, depending on personal preference that week.  Anyway - lots of fun to make.

I also did another round robin block:
 My contribution was the applique in the turquoise rectangles (trees/presents/flamingos).  The round robin deadline is this coming Tuesday, so I'm done in time, and I'm happy with the results.


A Mysterious start to the year

Well, I finished one of last year's mystery tops... The Meadow Mist Mosaic Mystery.  I have to say I really like how this one came out.....