We are so excited and thankful to be included in Quiltmaker's 100 Block Vol. #8. We are block #706 page 24. You can even see us on the cover. Mary Andra is one of four sisters who own Sisters' Quilting Trunk. She does all the hand applique'. Mary Andra feels doing one block is the easiest part of designing a quilt.
At times putting it into a quilt is not so easy. She did come up with a quilt design suggestion for this block. We hope you enjoy it.
Don't forget to go here to see all the designers who have a block in this issue and are participating in the blog hop. There are always wonderful blocks in every issue of Quiltmaker, so don't forget to check them out too.
Please don't forget to show us what you did with your blocks. We would love to see them.
Quiltmaker is generously giving away one 100 Blocks Vol #8 magazine to every blog participating. We will also be giving one away and a surprise too.
All you have to do is post a message below to be included in both give-a-ways. We will have two lucky winners. Our drawing will take place on November 16th 2013.
That's right. The American Quilting Society is coming to Phoenix February 5th 2014 to February 8th 2014. Contact Laurie Mahan for vendor information. I just did. Won't you join me. Plan on a great week.
What is AQS?
The American Quilter's Society is a quilt book publisher and quilt magazine publisher and membership organization that strives to inspire, instruct and nurture the art and skill of quiltmaking.
AQS provides a forum for quilters of all skill levels to expand their horizons in quiltmaking, quilt design, self-expression and quilt collection. This is accomplished by publishing quilting books, quilting magazines, quilt shows, quilt contests, quilting workshops, and a membership organization.
AQS is the publisher of quilting books and two quilting magazines, American Quilter and The Quilt Life. This quilting membership organization conducts four quilt shows and contests each year in Lancaster, PA, Paducah, KY, Grand Rapids, MI, and Des Moines, IA. These quilt shows and quilt contests attract thousands of quilt enthusiasts from around the world who enter quilts in the contests and attend the shows.
During its 27-year history, AQS has set the standard of excellence in offering quilting products, quilting workshops, a Quilt Appraiser Certification Program, quilt shows and contests and other activities in the world of quilting.
There is always one in every group. "The Finisher" I was so excited (see my previous post) that I finished the top for a class project taught by Pat Slone. Today I visited my BVF, Barbara, and hers was not only done but quilted, sleeve on and hanging. I just gotta love her!
I started quilting in 1980. Self taught I may add. I took my first quilt class in 1982 or 1983 from Blanche Young. Not sure I really liked piecing so I decided to make another just to see if I liked doing this part of quilting. I soon found out that I would rather do it by hand or stick to hand applique'. I didn't know I was actually hand appliqueing at the time. One day Helen Young Frost called to say that "Mother", she always calls her mother, thought I had made a quilt that might be just the right size they needed to fit a small space in their new book "The Flying Geese Quilt". I was so excited I could hardly stand it. I sent it to her and indeed it did fit. A few short days later Helen asked if I had another one of similar size. Remember my second try? Yes, I did have another. They loved that one too. So to my surprise I guess I did piecing OK but I didn't like doing it. I have taken several quilt classes since then and never finished one of the projects. My thought is I take a class for the technique I hope to learn and no thought goes into finishing the project.
The two quilts are actually in our logo for Sisters Quilting Trunk.
We now move to a few short weeks ago 2013. I am taking another quilt class. Pat Slone has come to our guild to teach machine applique'. I kind of thought I might learn something to make it easier, quicker to finish quilts for our business. After all sometimes it takes me a few years to finish a queen size hand appliqued quilt for a new pattern. Then a few more years to hand quilt it. I have given that up and my quilts get shipped to my sister Andee to machine quilt. I do love getting them back all finished and ready for Quilt Market. But could I give up hand applique? I guess the fact that I finished a class project for the second time in 30+ years is my answer. Pat.....I love machine applique. Yes...I will be shipping this quilt off to Andee to machine quilt. It will go above my desk in my office.
I will never give up hand quilting or hand appliqueing but I have given in to the fact that sometimes I need to do what I need to do.
Thank you again Pat for teaching a old dog new tricks.
The loss of a friend is not easy. I knew Fran for about 1 1/2 years. Moving to our new home and finding a quilter living just on the hilltop across the street. I soon found out that not only was Fran a quilter, she hand pieced and hand quilter all her quilts.
We also shared the love of gardening. It may take me years and years to have a garden as beautiful as Fran's.
Never forget to tell your friends how special they are in your life.
Some time during construction of this house the owners changed their mind and made the back patio into two guest rooms. The problem was they didn't take out the sliding door to the patio. I tried to hide it with a quilt but it just had to come out.
The short story of Ruth. She is 90 years old. Needs oxygen on a daily basis. Her biggest fear is loosing her sight completely. To say Ruth loves art is an understatement. Over the next few months I will bring her art to your home for you to enjoy. There are acres and acres of her art on her property. We will start with her "The Traveling Tree". Ruth said it starts with the bathroom and ends at the end of her travels with her husband. He has passed away. (Did she say Bathroom?)
I started this journey by going with two quilting friends to pick apples to make apple butter and canned plums. Ruth is a friend of Fran. Carolyn and I just tagged along. I am so glad I took my camera. With permission from Ruth I was told I could take pictures of anything I wanted.
And the story begins......
Picture of Ruth and two of my friends, Carolyn and Fran.
Sign for "The Traveling Tree.
From afar, Ruth tells me that this tree captures the travels of her and her husband and all the places they have been during their many years together. Ruth asks me...can you see the wheels?
Picture of the wheels and some kind of chain connecting them.
Indeed there is a bathroom. Is this a hoot? I see a magazine rack. I had to enlarge the pic so you can see everything. A can that looks like toilet paper on a roll. And license plates. Oh and the tree...isn't it wonderful.
Looking at the back side of the tree.
More license plates from other states.
The end of the tree.
I hope you enjoyed my little story about Ruth. I can't wait to show you more of her art. This is only the beginning.
Our daughter and her Hubby came for a visit from Orange County CA and they brought Cowboys for her Dad and Ladybugs for Me and they are pink. Are these not the cutest? We ate them for lunch. The cake is delish to say the least. You too can order some from a new company called Jiggles Cakes. You can find them on Facebook@ Jiggles Cakes or Jiggles@gmail.com. We loved them. Thank you!!