Saturday, March 14, 2009

Some Things I Love

Life's been a little busy around here this week. I'm not even sure where to begin. Let's see, oh yeah, the quilt show. Last Saturday the engineer was nice enough to join me in attending the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. Where I was awestruck by the beauty of this little number.

It won the Exemplary Workmanship Hand Quilted category and as far as I'm concerned is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. Linda Roy of Knoxville Tennessee put so much detail into this piece you have to gaze at it for a very long time to take it all in. As did most of the quilts in this show. I loved it.

I didn't buy much but I did have to come home with a little kit from Back Door Quilts to make this vintage pincushion. I hated chasing my cushion all over my desk. This one's not going anywhere. It's perfect. I love it.

The whole town of Bloomington was involved in the show. The history center featured Red & Green Study Quilts from the American Quilt Study Group. I'm adding one of these to my to do list. I loved them.

And the Wylie House Museum was a beautiful old building and had lots of antique quilts on display. I think I'll make one like this someday soon. I love it.

Back home in Sheville the engineer finished making the quilt shelf I wanted and it's up and displaying the quilt I just finished. I love it.

I also received my coneflower in the mail from Paul's Metal Petals. Now I can start using those large cones of thread in style. I love it!

It's time to take my sewing machine in for service. I had an old Brother machine that I thought I could use as a backup until I realized it ate thread for dinner. It would cost more to repair it than to buy a new one. So that's what I did, I traded it in on a new little Janome Jem. It fits well enough into the table to use while my other machine is gone and it's perfect for taking to class or retreats. I LOVE, love, love it!

And I've been using it to work on Milah's challenge quilt. She sent me and three others one of these Beatrix Potter panels and we all are to make a quilt with it. Then we'll all show our work on our blogs on Easter. I can't wait to see what every one else comes up with. So far I'm pleased with the way mine is turning out. So I guess you could say I'm loving it, too.


Wendy said...

Speaking of love - one thing I love is your blog! I love your sense of humor; I've gone back and read dang-near every one of your old posts. :-) I just really love the way you write. And all the pictures. And the fact that you have chickens! And the inventive and cute names of all of those chickens.
I just LOVE your blog!

I was reading this book, "Hattie Big Sky" by..... I can't think of her name right now, and I'm not at home so I can't look at the book, but...
In one chapter, she received 3 hens and a rooster, but the hens wouldn't lay. I'm wondering if you've *ever* heard of the solution her friend told her to make them start laying. I thought it was hilarious and awful at the same time. I'd love to quote the book, but, again, I don't have it with me... Anyway, the man told Hattie to tie a string to the hens' legs that was just long enough for them to get to their food and water, but basically makes them stay on their nests. Then, at night, she should put a bucket over them on their nests. And if none of that worked, then he told her to dunk them in the rain barrel three times real fast!
It worked in the book...
Have you ever come across this advise?!?

I know. Now you know I'm crazy.

Milah said...

I have never been to the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. That's just another one of those things on my to-do list.
Your husbands shelf and your quilt looks great! It looks like you used stripe material for the binding, am I right?
The pin cushion looks awesome. Does it come with the clamp? If I had your Sheville room I don't think I could have passed that pin cushion up either. You definitely HAD to bring that home.;D
I love the antique quilt. I call that bubble gum pink. It's so 1800's.
I have some more stitching to do on the border of my Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit quilt top then it will be ready for quilting. I'm anxious to see what everyone comes up with. It should be interesting,;D
Oh yea...that quilt you posted from the quilt show is stunning!

Terri said...

Those quilts are lovely - the one at the top of the page was made by somebody in my neck of the woods! How cool is that?

I love your quilt shelf and I *heart* the cone-flower!

Christine said...

Wendy, you cracked me up! I've heard of the rain barrel thing to calm a mean rooster but the tying them to the nest thing is a new one on me. lol

Milah, next year we'll have to plan on going to the quilt show together. Yes, I used a stripe for the binding on that quilt. Yep, the pincushion kit came with the clamp. And I'll bet if anyone wants one they can contact Back Door Quilts and still get one. I'm to the quilting stage on my Beatrix Potter quilt. It's been fun.

Sandra said...

The red & green princess feather quilt from American Quilt Study Group challenge was made by Lynn Cooper of California. I'm sure she'll be thrilled that you enjoyed seeing it. As an area rep for AQSG, thanks for the publicity and let me know if you want to join, it's a great organization.