Monday, August 3, 2015

Blue Boy Blocks

I sewed up the last six blue rail fence blocks. Here they are.

 I love these rail fence blocks.



 Thanks, Sujata.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Favorites From AQS Syracuse

Since I drove for six hours yesterday and got home at 8 PM tired and hungry, I'm going to limit this post to some of my favorite quilts (in no particular order) on display at AQS Syracuse.

My friend Julie Sefton's quilt, See Rock City. This is probably my all-time favorite, but then, I'm spectacularly biased!

"Almost Amish" by Tamara Watts-McPhail"

"Robber's Roost"

"Weighed in the Balance" by Marilyn Smith    

"Cross Purposes and Loose Ends" by Susan Mogan
"Nine Patch Show and Tell"

"The Falling"

I'll fill in the names I can't remember later, but for now it's bedtime. :-)

AQS Syracuse - Getting There

There's nothing like deciding on Wednesday that you are going to drive six hours to see a quilt show on Friday. It's called planning ahead. (NOT!) I was talking to my Mother, one of those "what are you going to do this weekend, anything interesting?" conversations. I said I was trying to decide if I wanted to drive six hours to see my Black Box quilt in the AQS show in Syracuse.

"That's a national show, isn't it? That's a big deal. You're going, aren't you? You're not thinking of going alone are you?" she asked.

"Why, do you want to come with me?"

"Ly-ynne!" (you know how your parents stretch out your name to many syllables when they think you're being a bit obtuse?)

So OK, she says she's going to ask her husband. I look on the AQS website to find a hotel. I call a hotel, I make a reservation. Done. Mom calls back, says she can go.  Good thing, I tell her, I already booked a hotel and you should have heard the desk clerk laugh when I told her I wanted a room with TWO double beds because "I love my mother a lot, but not that much..."

Before I went to bed that night, I packed a suitcase. I kid you not.

So we leave Friday morning about 9:30ish or so, after I gassed up the car.
Millie is all about the I-was-here-photos.
We drive rather languidly through western NH, stop off in Keene at a grocery store and build a couple of salads at the salad bar, pick up some fruit and nuts, etc.

Just after noon, we drove through Hoosick New York where we saw this quilt block painted on the side of a house.

A few hours later, Millie was wondering why she was wearing a button that said "I am AQS" when her name is Millie.  We found my quilt, and Julies, and bought some show pins, then (because we got to the show late) left to go have dinner. We'll check out the show on Saturday, then we'll head home.

But that wasn't the high point of the day. We got a ride to the show on the hotel's shuttle...

(my Mother: How did you pick the hotel? Me: I made a reservation with the second hotel on the list. When I called the first one, the line was busy. See, a lot of thinking went into this trip. NOT!)

Anyway we're on the shuttle and we get to talking with a couple of other ladies who are also going to the show (they took a break for lunch). They asked where I was from and I tell them I've just driven six hours and that I have a quilt in the show. "YOU DO!!!" they exclaim. "Um yeah," and I reach into my bag and pull out the postcards I brought with me that show The Black Box quilt on them.

"The one in the middle," I say, "I made that one. I mean, I made all three of them, but the one in the middle is the one in the show."

"We LOVED that one," they said. "We spent a long time looking at it."



I hadn't even walked into the show, but these two ladies had already made my day.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Blue Boy in Progress

While watching Father Brown last night on the local PBS station, I pinned three more blocks together, and cut the last set of strips into squares.

But the sewing will have to wait because I am on my way to AQS Syracuse to see my quilt, The Black Box, and Julie's See Rock City on display.

If you go to the show, take a picture of yourself with my quilt (and Julie's too) and send them to me! And if you are there on Saturday when I am looking around, and you see me, please come over and say hello!

Suzanne, I'm glad you loved it, thanks for writing!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

TV watching

It's no secret that I have a TV in my sewing studio. It's not that I'm a TV addict, I just like the company. I sew while I "watch."  Mostly I listen.

 I've cut the blocks for 11 of the 12 Blue Boy rail fence blocks and while watching Dr Blake Mysteries on PBS last night, I pinned three blocks together.

And when the show was over, I sewed them up.

I absolutely adore this one.

so now I have six blocks sewn up.

I am dancing the happy dance of joy on this one!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Chicken in the Sun

 It's nice to have a rack to hang my quilts so I can photograph them.  I hung my chicken quilt, Too Much Chicken the other day and my neighbor said, "Gee Lynne, I love your new garage door."

Too funny.

It was almost totally overcast, but I think the photo came out pretty well.

I can't quite decide if I want to try submitting it to an AQS show, and whether it would fit in the "Modern" category where they put the "improvisationally pieced" quilts. I'm pretty sure making a quilt without a preconceived plan, no patterns, no templates and no paper-piecing qualifies.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blue Boy Rail Fence

A colleague of mine and his wife are expecting a baby boy in the fall. I'm making a baby quilt.

It will be a rail fence in blues. All these fabrics came from my stash.

I've cut all the strips, cut the curves and sewn them together.

Here are the first three blocks.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Does This Look Familiar?

Pop Quiz. No prizes for correct answers. Just some fun.

Does this look familiar?

Yes, it's my attempt to match the colors in my favorite quilt ever. (I had a D'oh moment on Saturday when I realized the solid REDS at QT were around the corner from the oranges. Oops.) For you Kona nerds, the red is LIPSTICK, the teal is JADE, the blue violet is BRIGHT PERIWINKLE, the green is GRASS GREEN and the binding is DARK VIOLET.

Here's the original*.

You all know how I like to push ideas around. So how does this next one look?
 This is made with blenders. Practically simple (Not!)

Would you like to try another?
This one is mostly batiks. I'm trying to push this around a bit more than the other one, but still keep the basic feeling of the original. So how much farther can I go with this?  How about one more?

Actually the limits of how far I can are dependent upon how far afield I am willing to shop for fabrics and the bottom of my checkbook.

So, big question, am I gonna make all four?

Um, yeah, but the last three won't be very big. I really haven't decided how big any of these are going to be yet. I have to start drawing and then I'll know.

*The original, btw is... made in wool, 78" x 78", circa 1900, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The maker is unknown. I found it in the book Sunshine and Shadow, the Amish and their Quilts by Phyllis Haders, Universe Books, 1976.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Rail Fence Class

I like to have everything set up before my students arrive to any class I teach.

Edela, working on a layout.

Sharon, rearranging her pieces.

Barb, with her first finished block.

Sharon, with her finished blocks. Most students made three blocks.  We had a great time.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Rail Fences

I collected the Rail Fence quilt I gifted my nephew, Lightning in the Night Sky, from his house last night so I could show my students on Saturday at Quilted Threads in Henniker NH. 

There's still room in the class if you'd like to join us. It will be a lot of fun.

The Lightning quilt uses Left and Right blocks, but this quilt, the one I call Picnic Table,
is made from blocks that are all the same. Either way, this is an easy quilt to make and is a lot of fun.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Stash

A few posts ago somebody made a comment about my stash. So here, without any fussing or cleaning up, are photos of all the fabric I have.

 Most of my stash lives in this bookcase. The little scrap bins hold all my little scraps (anything bigger than 2" square that I don't have to fold lives in the accessory bins.) Everything is stored by color.

Underneath my ironing table are "Shoebox bins" where I store long strips and larger cut pieces, also organized by color. On the floor you can see bins of BOB, WOW and selvages.  ALL my plastic bins are from The Container Store. They stack neatly on top of each other and are otherwise wonderful.

This is stuff I bought in Maine and have not put away yet. I wash ALL my fabric before I use it. Then I iron it, fold it and put it away.

Some of these stacks of fabrics are stacked for an idea I have. Some are just there because I was thinking of something, pulled the fabric, and haven't put it back yet.  I work for a living, so I have a lot of other stuff to do. Cleaning in the studio isn't always a high priority. Right now I consider the studio pretty clean.

There's always one table that has a pile of stuff on it. This is mine.

I like to keep the top of my ironing table clear, but that doesn't always happen. Here I've got the fabrics for the Amish project, the tumblers and the solids bin. You can also see a bit of my inspiration wall.

That's all, folks!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wrapped Wednesday

There's nothing like an action shot of a quilt in use to show how it is loved and appreciated.

Even if there's not much "action."

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Happy Birthday!

It's my birthday today, and I'm celebrating with cake. It's the Tiger Cake from Food52. I didn't add black pepper. Instead I added the grated rind of an orange, a bit of Grand Marnier and to the chocolate batter I added instant espresso powder and cinnamon with a touch of cayenne pepper.

Yes, I am having a slice of this cake for breakfast.  I'll bring the rest to work to share with my coworkers.