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MACHINE QUILTING CONVENTION

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MACHINE QUILTING CONVENTION

Recently returned from a great show in Manchester, New Hampshire.  This trip was not in the plans but an opportunity presented itself and, well, when does a quilter turn down a great opportunity to smooze with other quilters.  Of course we left the spring heat of Houston and headed to a somewhat snow-covered Boston and Manchester area.

I have to admit, these next two pictures are still making me chuckle.  The first is a picture of an elevator I had to opportunity to push the buttons on.  Makes you wonder just what the BS button was really meant for.  The obvious answer was Bus Station since that’s where the elevator stopped, but sure does make you wonder.

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Well now, this is in an elevator in Manchester, New Hampshire…BS ????

The second, and even more amusing thing we found was on the menu at an Italian restaurant, and NO, I didn’t try it!  Read the Cinghiale under Plates.  The waiter assured us it was incredible and very tender!

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Happened to be traveling along with other friends, most from the Houston area and Linda, from Sante Fe, New Mexico.  Had a great time and learned so much I can’t wait to apply to new quilting adventures.

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HAPPY QUILTING….Karen

 

 

TALENT, TALENT, TALENT…GREAT QUILTS

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TALENT, TALENT, TALENT…GREAT QUILTS

When you wander down each aisle of a quilt show it brings to the top the amount of talent that goes into making each and every quilt.  Matching points, picking colors, strong stitches, pattern flow….so many things to see.  I had to walk the quilt exhibit a couple of times (would have walked more if time was there), in order to begin to see the beauty!  Here’s some more from Tri-County.

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Happy Quilting…Karen

Off The Table Today

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Off The Table Today

This is a gift for a retiring lady.  What a gift to receive!  The fabric choices were great and centered on shades of coral and blue.  The back matched the border fabric and was just so happy.  I embroidered and attached a label in remembrance of the retirement.  It included the ladies name, the date of retirement, the name of the pattern, the piecer and quilter’s names….great idea!  Barbara did a wonderful job on the quilt and I heard that everyone is excited to give it to her.

Look closely at the blue backing to a Quilts of Valor quilt I finished recently.  First time to use the quilting design…I really like it on the QOV.  I believe that it was designed by Nancy Haacke from Canada.

Enjoy…happy quilting.  Karen

Label Your Quilts

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Label Your Quilts

“I know that putting a label on my quilts is super important but I am so bad about doing that.  Really your quilt isn’t complete without a label. Name of quilt, date and made by are the most important thing for a label. However, adding more information like pattern name, technique used, even information about fabric and embellishments.  I have so many quilts without labels that I am adding that to my UFO list for 2016.  Join me!

There are so many ways to make labels.  I often embroider mine, most simple is to write with a permanent marker, but my favorite way is to use my light box and trace using permanent gel pens.  Of course, all of you artists can simply draw your own label.  Several years ago I found a dealer at the Houston Festival that was selling books of great traceable pictures and I have truly enjoyed using them.  Her name I Kim Churbuck and her books are available on good ol Amazon.  Here is a slideshow with one of her books(she has many), along with several labels I have prepared.  They are lacking the text but it can easily be filled in when I am ready to put them on a quilt.

 

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As I said you can still find her books, but with the onslaught of coloring books this is also a great, fun way to make your labels.  I iron the fabric to a piece of freezer paper to stabilize the fabric while I color it.  Lots of fun.  You can find lots of fonts to trace your words, simply put a piece of lined paper under your picture on the lightboard.  Her books do include fonts though.

So, have fun and get labeling!…..happy quilting, Karen

 

LOVE BLUE AND WHITE QUILTS!

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LOVE BLUE AND WHITE QUILTS!

These were the last quilts to come off the quilting table.  Mema does beautiful work and her fabric choices are wonderful.  I really love the blue and white quilt.  Its a blend of lots of blue fabrics and I quilted it with swirls to make the orange peels spin.  Looks great!  The second is another of Mema’s quilts, this one done with 30’s fabrics using the Dresdan shape to create the flowers.  Great idea!

Enjoy your day….Happy quilting!  Karen