11/16/2018

Houston Quilt Festival

On my bucket list for many years was a trip to the
This year I fulfilled that when I went on a bus trip with 50+ other quilters.
(We spent 2 days at the show.) And I wasn't disappointed. 
They say Texas does things BIG - I had no idea how BIG "big" was! 
The George R. Brown Convention Center is the largest venue I have been in for a quilt show.
This is a photo I took from one of the round windows in the hallway above the 2nd floor, and shows only about a fourth of the vendor booths. 

I met Suzy Webster, who blogs at "Adventurous Applique and Quilting."
She is an ambassador for Island Batik fabrics and I am an alumni ambassador from a few years ago. She came to the show with her mother.
We went to see the quilts she had in the show. 
 This was digital art that her dad designed and she quilted it. 
She tells about quilting it HERE.
She has a series of whimsical houses she is working on. You can see some of them HERE. 
This is "Dotville Jr."
She made it for the quilt auction.

On our way to see her quilts, Suzy stopped to talk to Karlee Porter, who was standing by her beautiful, award winning quilt shown below called,
This is a wholecloth quilt made using a custom-printed quilt top that Karlee designed. 
My photos didn't catch the true beauty of this quilt. Karlee had another fabric print of this design as it looked before she quilted it. It is the quilting, the threads and beads, and Karlee's talent that make this an award winning quilt.

I studied graphics and printing as an undergraduate in college. 
I am amazed as to the means and methods of printing and graphics some 40 years later. If only I had more time in a day! 

The bus trip included other stops along the route from Michigan to Texas and back. 
I will post more about those events in the days to come. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.

10/31/2018

The Endeavourers Challenge Reveal

Happy November 1!
The Endeavourers Challenge projects for this quarter 
are being revealed today.
You can see and read about each member's post HERE

Our theme for this quarter was IMPROV.
I usually work with some type of structured pattern 
that I have designed when making my art quilts. 
"Improv" to me means a free experience, no rules, no boundaries. So in executing this quilt I did come up with a means of direction (because I am left-brained in that respect). 
I wrote the names of five of my favorite quilt blocks on small pieces of paper. I looked at my 10 scraps drawers which are arranged by color. I wrote names of the 6 that were stuffed with the most fabric. I drew one block name and 2 color papers. This would give me some boundaries (sorry, Improv!). 
I would not use any rulers to cut pieces. I would allow myself to trim with scissors or a rotary cutter (eyeballing it). I'd use the 2 colors to make the log cabin blocks. I started with wonky, white 4-sided shapes for the centers. I probably should have sewn whatever color I picked out of my color bags to the next side of the block - for a truly improv piece, but "lefty" was a bit controlling. 
I put a border of orange pieces, which I think now should have been a mixture of both colors. BUT! I did do some improv quilting of the layers. 
I used my free motion foot, starting in the middle. I began with straight lines like triangles that began to wobble and finally I just wiggled around as I moved toward the outer edges. 
My wallhanging (or table topper) measures 18.5" x 17.5". That's somewhat wonky. 
I found a batik for the bakcing. I haven't used in 10 years and it worked well to hide the orange-ish stitches from the thread. 
I made an improv label by writing on the backing.


Visit the other Endeavourers' blogs to view their Improv pieces. 

Nancy (me)

10/25/2018

My Peek A Whoo Blog Post Projects

I really like participating in the yearly Halloween blog hop that Marian of Seams To Be Sew hosts.
She arranges giveaways, too (see the Rafflecopter entries below). 
We bloggers are free to post about anything we have made for the Halloween season. 

I used fabric scraps again this year to make a wall hanging and decorate a pumpkin. 
I had so many orange Halloween fabric scraps 
that I thought a wall hanging using strips would be a nice decoration.
I sewed the strips to illustrate Halloween Town on 
October 31 with trick-or-treaters having fun 
going house to house for candy. 
I liked the witch flying high in the sky over the town. 
I added tabs for hanging. 
 The idea for the patchwork pumpkin came from the tutorial on Alisa Burke's blog HERE.
I had a carvable pumpkin that I bought from a craft store last year.
I gathered the supplies
Modge Podge
a brush
fabrics
parchment paper to protect my mat
a fine tip paint marker for drawing the stitching threads on the patchwork.
and some leaves to add around the stem

This was fun to make.

Visit the other bloggers who are participating.
And, Marian has a free block each day of the blog hop!
The giveaway entries are found below the list of participants. 

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Patchwork Breeze (you are here)

Friday, October 26, 2018

One of the giveaways is a 50% off coupon
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First of all, my fabric cuts like it is butter when I use the Calibre mats. 
The mat arrives (it is only shipped in the U.S.A.) packaged well. 
It does not have that "skunky" smell like some of the other cutting mats have. 
If the mat has a bit of a bend or bow in it (one of mine got one), you just lay it flat on the floor or a table in the sun and in a few minutes it flattens out. 
I have a 14" x 14" rotating mat and it turns so smoothly (comparing it to my "other" rotating mat from a big box store). 
So, if you are in the U.S.A., you should enter the Rafflecopter for the Calibre mat. 

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10/22/2018

Peek A Who Halloween Blog Hop

Peek A Who Halloween 
begins today!
It's a blog hop organized by 
Marian of Seams To Be Sew

The participants are sharing something they have made or done for the Halloween season. 
Check each day because you probably will find great ideas for your Halloween decorating!

See what the Pinterest page has from the bloggers.

Each day, Seams To Be Sew has a free pattern to collect!
But GO each day to get all the patterns.
Each one is free for only that day!

Enter for a giveaway chance from the sponsors:

Timeless Treasures
a Rafflecopter giveaway

and

The Fat Quarter Shop
 a Rafflecopter giveaway

I look forward to having you visit my blog on 
Thursday, October 25. 

The Schedule

10/10/2018

Electric Quilt Discount Code

If you have been following 
My Happy Place Row Along, 
has worked for months 
organizing the Row Along and getting sponsors. 

Electric Quilt has been a wonderful sponsor
and they are giving all our row along visitors 
a discount code for 20% off any of their products--no limit (with the exception of EQ Academy). 

This discount code expires on October 23, 2018.
Place your order through the EQ website and use 
the discount code:
STBSRA20