Week in Review April 21

These postcards were mailed out to friends and family for Easter:

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Most of the time was spent with these boys visiting from out-of-town. Not all of it was spent sewing, but that is where my camera resides. Miss them already.03-DSCN6528 3-DSCN6636 3-DSCN6672I had Good Friday off with big sewing plans. While I got a lot done, I was sidetracked. Here are the results:

This along with lots of other fabric that has collected in piles was folded and put away. (Ahhh, all is well in the world). 1-DSCN6601I  appliqued this on my long arm and then went back through with “waves” going in all directions. 3-DSCN6699I also realized that one of the reasons my long arm quilting isn’t getting done is because that while the quilts and backing are ready, the binding (I am now adding my binding using my long arm, bonus!) and batting are not. So I spent a good part of the day cutting, and preparing the binding and backing for these quilts:2-DSCN6694They are all small (baby and lap or throw quilts) so once I’m ready for the next one I can really zip through them, when time allows.

I trimmed up Scrapitude to make way for the binding. 5-DSCN6122How has your week gone? Do you have “order your world tasks” as I do? Who knew I would need a day off just to do so?

Content on the Journey, Jackie

 

He Is Risen!

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Have a Blessed Easter,

Forgiven on the Journey, Jackie

Grandma, Can I Sew?

This little guy asked if he could sew as he got out of the car on his most recent visit. He sewed for the first time when he visited at Christmas time. 01-DSCN6523 Time with family is limited so I didn’t plan on sewing with the boys, but every opportunity Caiden had, he asked me if he could sew, so when I had an open window, I said yes. The next thing I knew all 4 of them wanted to sew. He choose to use the fabrics in his birthday quilt to make a sleeping bag for his panda bear. A couple of times I found him downstairs sewing by himself working on his pieces. 03-DSCN6528 His quilt sandwiches. 1-DSCN6553Completed11-DSCN6570 And no sleeping bag is complete without showing the inside. :) 12-DSCN6573Great job Caiden. Love you, and I wish you lived nearby. Miss you already… Grandma

We Honor Veteran’s April’s Quilts

This month Ann, Marji and Rosie worked on their quilts with an additional little helper, Noah. Noah and his sister Grace were spending the night. Grace helped make the cookies for our event and Noah wanted to make a quilt.

I set him up with 8 1/2 inch squares, and he sewed 5 pairs together. The rest we will work on another time.

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Ann finished piecing a strip quilt. It will be added to my stack of quilts for the long arm.:)

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Marji added a border to her strip quilt so next time she will be ready to quilt it. 6-DSCN64811-DSCN6491Check out the We Honor Veteran’s organization over here or my page with details on our local efforts.

Grateful on the Journey, Jackie

A Quilter’s Journey

This post is not about me. It is about Judy Elsley and the quilts she made while battling cancer. She was the speaker at the MQS banquet I attended last week. More of her story and pictures can be found in this article in the Standard-Examiner.

Her quilts are made with her own hand dyed fabrics which are beautiful and when you hear the story behind the quilt and its meaning they take on a whole new dimension. Here are some of the photos I took. She had many more quilts telling of her journey.

The quilts are meant to be taken in slowly and pictures are a poor substitute, but still powerful.

Healing Quotes

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Labeling My Fears

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Anna Quindlen Quote

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It Takes a Village to Heal a Sick Person

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Listening to her and viewing her quilts made me realize that all of our quilts have a story. They may not all be as poignant and filled with the same depth of emotion but they are still a part of us. And the range of those emotions are varied. Happy, sad, healing (as Judy’s became for her), funny, fun, prayerful, giving… the list goes on.

As I have mentioned before I believe I was created to quilt. I can’t separate myself from my quilting as it is a part of me. Whether I am learning a new technique, working through a design element, reaching into the depths of my being for creativity, providing comfort, memories, or a thank you, I am in that quilt and that quilt is in me. And while others may view them as just blankets, they are much more than fabric and thread. They are me. And unique to me.

What do your quilts say about you?

A fellow journeyman, Jackie

Week in Review April 11

On the home stretch with Christian’s 3-D Space quilt, sewing on a binding on my long arm:2-1-DSCN6468

These were put in the mail this week for the mini (insanity) charm swap.

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Considering design possibilities for quilting this charm pack quilt:

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Got to spend time with this little guy as he started a veteran quilt.

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We had quite the discussion on what a veteran was and why we were making the quilts (more on this month’s veteran sew-in in a later post). He also experienced (though Grandma did it) his first ripping out moment and a seam ripper. He was a little distressed but I told him any sewer in my class is told to make friends with their seam ripper. He thought that was quite funny.

Not sure how much sewing I’ll get done this week as I will be spending time with my daughter, son-in-law and 4 grand-children making memories.

Joy in the Journey, Jackie

MQS Photos, Part 2

Strictly eye candy here. Photos from the quilts at the Machine Quilter’s Showcase in Wichita, KS that I attended last week. I included close-ups since the focus on the quilts was the machine quilting.

Sonoma

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Modern Hexies

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Breaking Wind

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Fern Rising

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Batik Supernova

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Well that’s all folks. Not really but I tried to post the more unique quilts and/or quilting.

Hope you enjoyed all the pretty things. Jackie

Denim Quilt

I’m linking up today as part of Throwback Thursday over at Jenny’s site.

 

It can be difficult to find a pattern and/or fabric for a teen boy. After much consideration, I thought a jean quilt made from old jeans would be a good choice. I collected old jeans and I think I cut 6 1/2 inch squares getting as many cuts as possible from each pair. I also incorporated his love of soccer (and other sports he loved at the time) with embroidery designs. This month is Bryce’s birthday and I made this quilt several years ago for him, before I started blogging. 1-P10201912-P10201953-P1020199I’m not sure if he still used it, though I do know it traveled all over to different sports meets. His next quilt will be next year for graduation. I just want to know how they grow up so fast.

Looking back on the Journey, Jackie

MQS Quilt Photos, Part 1

The quilts in this show focus on machine quilting, on long, mid and domestic machines.

I have included information about the quilt with each photo so credit is given where credit is due. There are many close-ups to showcase the quilting.

This first series won The Viewer’s Choice award. The detail is stunning.

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These are in no order, just eye candy.

“A Rose Well Traveled”

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The Shell Collector

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Nine Lives Animal Shelter

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Radar

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A Walk in the Park

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Spring Flight

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Enjoy, Jackie

Loot, Lectures, Demo and Sewing

The loot (doesn’t count my win).

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This fabric will be perfect for one of next years quilts. And yes, I am already planning for next year. The pattern was free with the purchase, but I have another idea in mind.4-DSCN6458

Aurifil was not at the show :(, but I used the opportunity to purchase other brands. I recently won some Glide from Amy over at Amy’s Free Motion Quilting Adventures and I can purchase Superior from my local quilt shop so I bought (and was given) Wonderfil, and YLI.2-DSCN6452

I also bought a large batting roll and finally batting scissors along with rulers for the long arm and a few gifts for students. 

Lectures

I attended 2 lectures on machine quilting basics. Even though there were a lot of similarities, I was able to take quite a bit away from both. It was interesting to hear different options on how to do the same task and why, but after the little bit of experience I have had, I know what options I plan to try first. The biggest take away: squaring up the quilt, regardless of how off it is. I have a few things to learn and put into practice.

The third class, on design, also covered basics. Lots of tips, and encouragement. Watching it being stitched out in person was a huge help. But then, I am very visual so this should be no surprise. Biggest take away: practice every day, it is like learning a new instrument.

Demos

Each 1/2 hour someone would give demonstrations or hints and tips on the vendor floor. I attended as many as I could which resulted in a lot of note taking and some shopping. :)

This is a result of one of the demos. Quilting Designs for EQ7 which I am super excited about. My biggest struggle with the entire quilting process is coming up with the quilting designs. There were 8 volumes. I resisted the urge to buy 1-3 (have to do it in order you know) and bought the ones that most appealed to me.3-DSCN6454

Sewing

There was a community project set-up where you could sew, quilt and bind. I was able to fit in a couple of 15 minute speed sewing sessions. At first I was turned away because I only had 15 minutes and I said, I could get a lot done in 15 minutes and I would be back. The quilts made were going to a local cancer treatment center.

Next up, quilts and quilting from the show.

Tired, broke and happy on the Journey, :) Jackie