Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tina Craig Visits the Crosstown Quilters Guild

The speaker at today's Crosstown Quilters Guild meeting was delightful Tina Craig from Rhode Island who presented a twenty-five year retrospective of her varied work. She shared many types of quilts, some large, some small; here were a few of my favorites.

Just look at these teeny, tiny pieces! Wow!!!

She does her own spectacular quilting on her Bernina.

Here is her Polaroid quilt . . . what fun!

This quilt commemorates a family trip to Alaska. She purchased the laser cut center and the batik fabric there. She noted that there was a quilt shop in every port . . . another reason to put an Alaskan cruise on your bucket list.

These were only a small fraction of the quilts that Tina brought with her. If your guild is looking for a fun speaker,  contact Tina. We loved her!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday Smorgasbord

Friday was a glorious weather day, so it meant one last lobster roll of the season at Tony's Clam Shack on Wollaston Beach. It was a busy week with breakfast with friends on Monday and lunch with another group of friends on Thursday. (Retirement is so much fun!!!)

I wanted to share a tip with the quilters who are reading this post. You are probably well acquainted with all the wonderful Missouri Star tutorials on Youtube, but have you seen the ones from Jordan Fabrics? They, too, have a great selection of quilt tutorials. Be sure to check them out.

I came across an interview that fans of Jenny Doan will find interesting: "Missouri Star: Meet the Family That Built a Quilting Empire by Accident/ Forbes"This Youtube video is about five minutes long, but you'll enjoy it!

Thursday evening brought the first meeting of the season for the Quilters Connection Guild in Watertown. The speaker was Texas art quilter, Andrea Brokenshire, who delighted us with her stunning flower quilts. I don't know why I didn't take a photo of this whole quilt below, but each of the blocks had fussy cut pieces in the star points. This was one of her earlier quilts. The majority of the many quilts shown were her flower quilts. She does not have a website, but if you google her name, you will see galleries of her amazing quilts.

I was one of the volunteers holding up the quilts which proved to be both good and bad. I had an up close view of each piece, but was not able to take photos until the very end.

One aspect of her quilts which I loved was her confetti backgrounds which provided both color and texture for her flowers. Andrea appeared on episode #1706 of The Quilt Show, and on that program she demonstrated how she creates her backgrounds. These two close ups are of two of them.

The first flowers quilts shown were made with pieced fabric; the later ones were painted then stitched. Her quilting and color sense are truly masterful!

Now, speaking of amazing quilts, (how do you like that segue?), be sure to come see the Herring Run Quilters' Guild show Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30 at the Norwell Middle School, Rt. 123, Norwell, MA, 10:00 to 4:00.

I'm watching Tiger Woods as I write this post hoping that today will be his day. He had a very public fall from grace and a long time struggle with back issues, but he is nothing if not determined and right now is doing extremely well.  I'm also looking forward to watching Sunday Night Football with the Patriots. If I plant myself in a comfy chair for a few hours, perhaps I'll finally get all my labels and one more sleeve sewn on quilts which will be in next week's show.

And finally, always be "grateful' for

smiles wherever you find them. :-)

Wishing you a week of smiles and laughter . . .

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Tomato for Lunch

Yesterday was the first meeting of the season of the Crosstown Quilters Guild in Weymouth, and my first as its president. I am happy to report that all went well at this agenda packed meeting. Seventy ladies were in attendance, and all were delighted to see these teddy bears which were made by Clare on the left and Nancy on the right. They had taken a class on making these patchwork bears at Dragonfly's Quilts Shop in Bellingham, MA. The pattern for these bears is Kwii Sew K 3246.
Notice how Clare and Nancy color-coordinated their outfits with the bears . . . not a requirement for "Show and Tell" but always a lovely fashion statement. ;-)

Clare also showed this adorable cat quilt which she is donating to a cat-themed raffle basket for our upcoming Crosstown Quilters Quilt Show in October. The quilt is even cuter in person. The pattern is "Jazz Cats" by Janet Kime from a book called The Cat's Meow, The Patchwork Place, 1994. It was machine quilted by Maureen Anderson of Foxboro, MA.

I wish I had taken more photos as there were many wonderful quilts shown.

Now, as for the title of this post . . . Meet Cordelia, an eleven year old Cocker Spaniel owned by Joyce, a Crosstown Quilter member. I haven't stopped laughing since she showed me these photos yesterday.

Here's Cordelia approaching the tomato patch.

Joyce said that each day Cordelia goes into the garden and helps herself to a tomato for lunch.

It doesn't matter if the tomatoes is red or green she seems to enjoy them all.

Now, if only they could teach Cordelia to weed. . .   :-)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

A Change in the Weather

Yes, it was another very hot, very humid week until today. (Thanks, Susan, for this great photo :-).
This morning it was in the 60s, a welcome relief from the sweltering weather that we have been experiencing.

It has been a busy week. My cousin Kristin and her girls came for Ladies Lunch on Wednesday as the girls had a half day first day of school. We headed to Tony's Clam Shack at Wollaston Beach and later made a stop at Hornstra Farm in Norwell for ice cream. It was a perfect outing for a very warm, sticky day.

I'm happy to report that I am at the binding stage of the Lori Holt - Let's Bake quilt. I finished quilting it on Tuesday and added the wide, red rickrack to the edge.

Here it is with the binding. (I still have three side to go :-).

I love, love, love the rickrack!!! Wouldn't it be adorable on a baby quilt or a quilt for a child? You sew the rickrack at 1/8" and the binding at 1/4."

This morning was the first meeting of the season at the Herring Run Guild. The show and tell segment, as usual, was amazing. My friend Maribeth wowed everyone with her 365 Day Quilt. (She said it only took her three years to complete.  :-) My friend Edith also made this incredible quilt. I'll be sure to post photos of both quilts when they are hanging at our upcoming quilt guild show. Better yet, make plans to come see for yourself  all 199 + quilts which will be on display Saturday and Sunday, September 29 - 30 at the Norwell Middle School, Rt. 123. Hours  . . . 10am to 4pm. Guild member, Mary Ann Karpinski, will be our featured quilter, and there will be a silent auction, raffle baskets, and vendors.

My garden is winding down after the weather that we have been having, but there are still a few spots of color.

Speaking of color, as I was driving home after this morning's guild meeting, this lone tree caught my eye.

I love all the seasons, and autumn is truly a wonderful time of year but this color is way too early!!! This tree for some reason must have wanted to get a jump start on the season.

Have a colorful, happy week.