Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Addicted to Zipper Pouches

I'm hooked!

Sometimes I just need to make something that I can accomplish quickly. Little zipper pouches can be done in all kinds of shapes and sizes and are a great stash buster.

Over the past couple of weeks, I made these using lots of different patterns and fabric scraps. I used interfacing and lined all of them because I like for the bags to have a little stiffness. The zippers are getting easier with each one that I finish.

My Mom confiscated this one for a make-up bag. Using fabric protection spray makes it washable.

These are a good size for phones, and other small electronics. 

Thread, bobbins, seam rippers and other small tools fit nicely to carry to classes.

This one is a favorite! It is just the right size to hold your rotary cutter.

What a cute way to organize all of my stuff!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Milford Valley Quilters Guild Show and to Guild or not to Guild (part 3)

 Mind Blowing Quilting!

This Tree of Life Quilt was created by Gayle Shelton as part of the 2011 Botanical Keepsake Challenge using machine applique and quilting.

Both of these quilts maybe good candidates for my sister Michele's Stunning Stitchin Sunday series!

 Jackie Belton created this 2014 Keepsake Challenge quilt using Carl Bryer Fallert-Gentry's "applipiecing" technique. She exquisitely quilted this 30 x 30 quilt by machine.

So, to Guild or not to Guild? In general, how much does guild membership mean to you? What are the benefits? I am the sort that would rather not commit to something if I can't commit to it 100%. Especially if people are depending on me. With working full time and a 2.5 hour per day commute, I am concerned that people may be disappointed in me when I can't participate at the rate they may expect of members. Am I just being silly? I have never been a member of a quilter's guild. I would love to hear your comments on the MVQG show and how you feel about guild membership, in general, pros and cons.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A New Charm Swap!

Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 My sister Michele at is hosting  a new charm swap showcasing beautiful Kate Spain Christmas designs. I know there are some spots left so if you love Kate Spain designs like we do, please follow the link to Michele's blog for instructions!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Milford Valley Quilter's Guild Show (part 2)

More beautiful creations from the show.........

French Knot Fun is a whole cloth, trapunto quilt  by  Reggie Kirkwood.

Buggy Barn was created by Linda McKerrell and quilted by Cindy Curcio. I can really appreciate this modern pattern and color way.

 A Little Bit of Red by Mary Murray and quilted by Mary Van Patten was created using the Five Minute Block technique by Suzanne McNeil.

Star Burst is by Lind aMcKerrell and quilted by Cindy Curcio.

Colorful Baltimore by Judy Brumbaugh uses block patterns from Baltimore Album books by Elly Sienkiewicz.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Nature of Quilting, 2015 MVQG Show (part 1)

The Milford Valley Quilter's Guild Show, The Nature of Quilting was this weekend. It was not hard to spend all afternoon studying the quilts and being in awe of the amazing local talent. There was a variety of traditional and modern quilts, hand and machine quilted, beginners and experts. The member that I met were very friendly and helpful. I even scored a real bargain on a gently used rolling sewing machine carrier.

This is a sampling of my favorites, not necessarily which quilts won ribbons. 
This years Raffle Quilt, above, was designed by Cheryl O'Sullivan for the MVQG.

 These had to have been a labor of love. The first, Dear Jane created and hand quilted by Jane Kroener. The second, Enchanted Garden, each block individually designed by Jean Gannon and quilted by Nancy Wall.

 This American Valor quilt is by Linda Edwards and long arm quilted by Clara Ulmer, Twiltworks.

Butterfly Baby is a Jelly Roll Race quilt that was made as part of the MVQG National Quilt Day celebration by Cheryl O' Sullivan and quilted by Nancy Wall.

I studied Dreaming of Alaskan Glaciers for twenty minutes!
This very complicated quilted is by Debby Siccardi and was quilted on her domestic, sit down machine.