We didn't have a quilt group meeting in February, (instead we went to Sew Expo at the Fairgrounds) so it was great to meet with everyone and see what they've been up to! Some of us, okay, one of us, has been in a quilting funk lately - not much has been churned out - so I was really looking forward to our meeting to get some much needed inspiration!
Our Block-of-the-Month project is finally over! February was Terry's month and she requested blue and green...Seahawks colors - those blocks will be added to the ones she already has. March was my month for blocks and I asked for orange...and they are orange! Remember, we work off the theory that all oranges go together...all greens go together, all reds, etc. Sometimes the theory works beautifully and sometimes one of those blocks has to be used on the back of the quilt! (We also collected more American Hero Quilt blocks - we must have about 200 of them by now! IF you live near me, mark your calendars for May 13th, we are going to have an American Hero Quilt Sew Day and sew all of our blocks into quilts - we would love for you to bring your machine and join us! More details coming soon!)
Terry spent 3 weeks in South Korea visiting her daughter and while she was there, she was working on this beautiful applique. It's not finished but she brought it to show us and I wanted to show you - her work is just impeccable! This piece will eventually be sewn into a quilt - it's going to be fabulous!
Jenny brought in this show stopper!! Take a minute and look at how this strip-quilt is pieced - very simple and yet it looks like it was difficult - my favorite kind of quilt! Jenny made this for a friend's daughter - I don't think she ever keeps any quilts for herself!
Jenny also put these homespun blocks together for a baby quilt for a little boy...for another friend. Jenny has a lot of friends - and they all get quilts! Lucky ducks! I think Jenny picked up these blocks at the Block Party Quilt Show Sale...it is such a fun sale, everything is priced super cheap and quilters get rid of blocks and fabric they know they will just never finish or use. I picked up a few things at that sale, too...stuff that I will never use but it seemed like a good idea at the time! I'd show you but you'd just roll your eyes and laugh...
Helen is known for her bright quilts - hot pinks, lime greens, sunny yellows and her funky blocks...so when she unfurled this top we all ooohed and aaahed...and then she had us look closely...it's a CHEATER!!! It's a big piece of fabric Helen purchased years ago and dug out of her stash! She really fooled us because this is exactly the kind of quilt Helen makes! She sewed on the borders, called it good and now it's off to be quilted by Terry!
Denise is getting a jump on the holidays! She finished up her pumpkin table runner and then made a turkey wall-hanging - and they're pretty cute! This is what smart people do - they work on Easter stuff in November, Halloween stuff at Easter and Christmas stuff in July...not-so-smart people start Christmas projects on December 23rd and then wonder why they're crazeeee and nothing gets done!
Speaking of crazeee...Denise is at it again, paper-piecing a bazillion little trees!!! We all loved seeing these little blocks - but thinking about making them gave me a headache! I'm still not over my last paper-piecing project a few years ago...probably will never get over it! It's just sooooooo hard! Way to go Denise!!
This Easter quilt has been shown here before but as we were leaving Barbara's beautiful home, we saw it hanging on her wall and I just had to snap a pic and show it again. The border fabric looks like gold-leaf - and if you could see this in person you would see perfection. Barbara is meticulous, every point is pointed, every seam matches perfectly, and the fabrics she used are so beautiful. Nicely done Barbara...I want another Easter quilt...one is not enough!
That's it! Short and sweet but definitely full of inspiration! Thanks for stopping by - I do love it when I can show you something good! Spring has come to Seattle, birds are singing, the tulips are out and now the big question is, do I work in the yard or do I work on a quilt!!!