Saturday, June 25, 2011

Omaha Quilter's Guild Show

This weekend was my local guild’s show and I thought I would share a few of my favorites.The quilt in the post headers is Patti Kennedy’s Farmers Wife quilt. A lovely block setting and a great little applique border.

Lime and Lavender, very aptly named, by Pat Sears, a block exchange with her small group. Probably my favorite in the show was Sandy Bernasek’s Scarlet Sunset. She started this quilt with a paper pieced pattern from Judy Neimeyer but then changed up the layout. I just loved the quilting on this quilt and how she incorporated crystals into the quilting design, this quilt just twinkled.

I also love the applique quilts, so I think the rest are applique quilts

Sandy Petsche’s Birds of a Feather, a pattern by Alma Allen and Barb Adams. Jonah’s Berries and Buds by Sharon Paladino. 796 grapes! This is a Kim Diehl pattern that was published in the December 2005 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. The Best of Show quilt was named Blooming Flower by Harriet Hagedorn. It was a pattern by Bee Creative. The lattice setting on this quilt is so pretty. A Quilter’s Garden by Patty Kennedy and Harriet Hagedorn. This is a raffle quilt for Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. I am sooooo buying tickets! Floral Enchantment by Caroline Nish. This is a Jane Spolar pattern named Floral Meditation. I really like the smart background fabric Caroline choose and then quilted on the design in the fabric giving this great cobblestone appearing background filler. And finally, my Civil War Bride quilt.

This quilt continues to be a joy. It won a 2nd place ribbon for it’s categoryand then two special ribbons: Viewers Choice - voted on by quilt show attendees, and President’s Choice - voted on by past Omaha Quilt Guild presidents. The quilt received so much positived feedback, it is a wonderful pattern and I hope maybe some nonappliquers will be inspired to give it a try.

Happy Stitching all,


Friday, June 17, 2011

Red and Green Inspiration

I spent more time outside working in the yard than with quilting this week. I realized my love of red and green applique quilts translates to my flower choices. And every great red and green palette needs just a touch of yellow.

I did have a couple more customer quilts that I completed this week. My mother's dear friend Lil, (who is in her 90s) still enjoys piecing table runners, and pillows and then she sends them to me to quilt.

Also one more charity quilt from the ladies at St Luke Methodist church. This very pretty and scrappy blue and white quilt ended up with stars on it. I really wanted to quilt feathers all over it, but I kind of saw the quilt eventually for a male and did not want to make it to feminine.

Just found out cutest grand baby in the world (and his parents) will be coming up from Texas for a little visit over the 4 th of July holiday. He loves water, as you see him here with Grandpa, and I have been having fun buying pool toys and other goodies to do a little spoiling. Hoping for hot, hot weather...

Have a good week all,

Happy Stiching,


Friday, June 10, 2011

Sewing Seaweed

I just finished a customer quilt (actually it is a donation quilt made by the good ladies of the St Luke Methodist Church) on the long arm machine. This little quilt had such a cute sea theme I could not help but add some waving seaweed fronds to it.The back of the quilt is as cute as the front. I also got Home Tweet Home (pattern by McKenna Ryan) completed this week. Quilted, bound,

and labeled--my LEAST favorite part of the quilt making process.

I have been wanting some new kitchen and dining room valances for a LONG time. I have a little Dutch theme going on in my dining room (courtesy of my Mom who does not let me forget my Dutch heritage by giving me Delft for Christmas every year) but I did not want the delft look in the curtains. A few weeks ago I found this cute Moda print from Urban Chiks in their Daisy Daze line. Along came Leslie, friend extraordinaire, who turned this cute fabric into mock roman shade valances. She just finished them this week and I think they look AWESOME Leslie! Happy Stitching and have a good week all,

Sunday, June 5, 2011


It is 90 degrees in Omaha, and walking around the yard the clematis,
and my one year old climbing rose bushes are all in bloom
and I am working on Christmas things.

Happy Stitchng,