Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Yesterday Wanda came over to gave her "Seale" of approval to my landscape project, and then we went out to lunch.  I've been dragging, so I didn't get much else done the rest of the day except nap off and on between movies.

This morning I decided to get stuff done.  First I picked up my quilts at Jeannie's, and was very happy with the judges' critique of Mr. Popper's Penguins in the 9 categories of workmanship, appearance, and design: 4 Good, 2 Very Good, and 3 Excellent.

Then it was time for errands.  For starters I gassed up the car and made my first trip to the grocery store.  The frig (which I cleaned yesterday) looks considerably happier now with some food in it.  I forgot to get stamps while I was there (so I could mail all the bills I paid yesterday) so after putting away the groceries I made a second stop at the store before heading off on the rest of my errands.

When I stopped in at the printing store to get the hummingbird picture blown up I showed Donna how the first picture she blew up for me turned out.  She was most impressed with the landscape project, and can hardly wait to see how this hummingbird turns out.

As long as I was right there by TOQS I stopped in to show Sherri my landscape project.  Lots of ladies in there, and everyone oohed and aahed over it.   When I mentioned that I'd tried to stop in at the bead store on Bell by Kohl's only to discover it has gone out of business, she mentioned there was a very nice bead store just a mile away, at 43rd & Cactus.  So I popped over there, only to find out that that store is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Still, I did manage to cross a fair number of items off of my to-do list.  I was thinking about doing some yardwork, but it's already pretty warm out.  So I'm rethinking that! 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Pretty lazy day today, although I did finish quilting (and binding) my landscape piece.  It's still not quite completed, though.  I picked up some beads at Michael's and want to do some embellishing.  (FYI it's squarer than it looks here, and also has a 3D effect after quilting that doesn't show through in the pic.)

The quilt show finished up yesterday afternoon, and the convention center sure looked sadly empty after all the quilts were taken down and returned to their owners, and the vendors had packed up and gone home.  

But not to worry - 
I still have a bunch more photos of quilts to share this morning!

Of course not everything on display was an actual quilt.

This whimsical quilt made me smile.

As quiltmakers we are often "playing with blocks"...

The gorgeous fabrics in this quilt set off the center panel beautifully.

Some fun patterns -

You can never go wrong with batiks!

Guess I had my flash turned off on this floral quilt.  

Darlene's Sun Bonnet Sue quilt garnered a place of honor
 in the Exemplary Quilts display area.

Love the scrappy quilts - 
and do keep trying to make a dent in my collection of scraps....

This orange quilt was dramatic, and I know Mom likes orange!

The fabrics in this were eye-catching, though sadly photo seems washed out.

One of these days I'm going to try a fractured quilt.  
And no, I didn't really jiggle the camera on this photo!

Here's another take on the Arizona sky.

I'll end my post with this Baltimore album.  For those of you who don't quilt, know that an INCREDIBLE amount of work goes into these beauties.

And now you've seen (part of!) the quilt show.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

I've been quilting my landscape project this afternoon, 
but now it's time to post some more pix from yesterday's quilt show.

It's hard to argue with her favorite things; most of them are my favorites, too!

Here are some close-up views of several of the blocks.

a tree to sit under and think

sunshine on my face

best friends

birdsong in the morning

It seems I did not snap a picture of the description/quiltmaker.  :-(

I did, however, take some close-up shots of some of the blocks.

This is a stunning quilt!

Obviously the judges agreed with me!

Here's a close-up of some of the quilting.

Another beauty.

Inside the circles are various seashells, beautifully embroidered.

This one is simple yet striking

with more beautiful quilting.

This is an incredible quilt, though it's hard to tell from my picture!