Friday, July 25, 2014

The Eagle Has Landed (In my sewing room)

I'm prepping for the center block of Flags of the American Revolution Quilt. You can find it HERE or check ebay.

I'll trim my seam allowance as I turn it under. I plan on doing the center  as reverse applique with the background showing through. 

I had a white background with blue stars but it needed tones down a bit. Leftover coffee to the rescue. 

Uh, it doesn't seem to be lining up very well. 

My star background is too small! Aargh! I like Jan Patek's designs, but the patterns are about as primitive as her designs. 
Larger piece in place, pinned with short pins ready to applique.  When I see it like this, I have to remind myself it is primitive! It's been a while since I've done needle turn applique, so it will be even more primitive! 
I'll do the inside curve of the arc first, then the wavy edge, then the reverse applique, then the outside of the eagle, adding the branch and arrow before appliqueing the feet. 

 For hand applique (and machine) I use size 50 DMC in the color that matches the applique piece.

My favorite applique needles and my sewline needle threader. 

I have 7 of you that are sewing along. If you want to do this quilt there is still time.Let me know.

Cathy S from Maryland - no blog
Patty Nordahl- no blog
Karen Beigh- Log Cabin Quilter.
June- She spins Wool
Kathy from FL- no blog
Brown Dirt Cottage
Terry- no email, no blog. (Terry please send me an email)
Nashook- no name, no email, no blog! lol *contact me.
Janet Y- no blog

MJ in Michigan is on the fence, but she already has the kit, so why not use it up????? Right?? Right???

August 31st is the first date to complete the eagle center. Who has started?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Oh, Oh, Oh It's Magic.....

If it is at all possible you need to make it to the 40th Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in 2015! There is something very magical about a western town draped in quilts.
Stitchin' Post employee challenge is always on the east side of the Stitchin' Post.  (You can get see them better by attending the picnic in the park on Friday night before the show)

The next photos were based on Kaffe Fassett's book, Dreaming in Color. 

What a fun stool!

I hope you enjoyed a few excerpts from the show!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sisters Quilt Show

Hopefully you are not tired of reading blogs with Sisters Quilt show quilts. These are a small sampling of lovely quilts that "Ring my Bell" in one way or another.

Such a different very up close and personal.  Pretty amazing!
I really adore the quilting in the border.
What a fun and quirky quilt by Sue Spargo.
Fun quilt. But what I really liked was the unique border.

I love the border fabric on this one continues with the theme. 

Another cool border treatment.
Cityscape of Portland with the reflection on the Willamette River.
I could tell immediately that this was Haystack Rock on the Oregon coast. 

My friend Phyllis orphan block sampler quilt. 

My friend Bill's (Wonkyworld)"Oregon July"  in the manland exhibit. Love the pictorial quilting!

Such a fun variety of quilts. Of course I love the antiques but these spoke to me in one way or another. I hope you liked them too.

Monday, July 21, 2014

First Thursday in July

This month's First Friday at Quiltworks was on Independence Day so they celebrated with a First Thursday! I was on my way to Boston, but was able to head over the week before the Sisters Show and enjoy the exhibit.  It was another fun exhibit!
The featured quilter was Cindy O'Neal. 

This is the quilter's family. (including dogs) Isn't that adorable?!

Got a good LOL out of the quilt below. Here's the description which you must read to enjoy the quilt fully.
Got to love a quilter with a sense of humour!

The theme for the other side of the gallery was "Let's Laugh"

Made by Kristen Shields- she is so talented!

Hope you enjoyed the show!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Online Quilt Shop Review- Negative

I like to keep this a positive place, but I'm getting on my soapbox today. I won a gift card to Primitive Gatherings. I was so excited! I've never ordered from them before, but know that many do. 

I had to email to figure out HOW to use the gift card. 
I had to enter my credit card number. (they would bill any above gift card amount)

Anne Bryson wool applique on tobacco raw silk

I ordered tobacco colored raw silk like in the background of this. (made by Anne Bryson Cotton's and Woolens blog) and 1 roll of thread.

I received my order 2 weeks later. (they aren't breaking any speed records here!) 
My credit card was charged for the whole amount.

I wrote an email telling them how I loved the products I ordered but was disappointed at the whole ordering process and told them they didn't credit the gift card but instead charged my cc for the whole order. I didn't feel like I was rude, just stating the facts. (I took the time to scan all the receipts as well) 
The email back was not professional and 4 days later I'm still waiting for my credit. You would think for as much online business they do, they would have it down to a science. My husband and I are business owners and we understand the nature of business.  There was no apology for the mistake, only an apology that I was disappointed. Yea, whatever. 
I won't be ordering from them again and I do write reviews on a regular basis, so I don't have a problem writing one here.

I had to get that off my chest. Now back to our regularly scheduled quilting.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Quilt Week Shop Hop

One of our quilt show week traditions is to go to the quilt shops in Bend. (I showed you the Stitchin' Post a couple of weeks ago) Here is Sew Many Quilts- full to the hilt with gorgeous displays!

How hilarious is this?!!

Here is the only shot I got of BJ's Quilt Basket. Stand still too long, get ran over by quilters!



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