Saturday, April 30, 2016

Spring Time in the Pines Quilt Show

Hello Everyone,

We did it!  Our booth is all set up and ready for visitors.

This is how we looked at 12:30pm Friday.  By 3pm we were set and ready to go.

First, all of the quilt stands and quilts go up.

That takes us the most time.  They only toppled over once.

We have our routine down.  I place the product and Gail (Ethel) gets the patterns placed in the rounder.  She also tags all the quilts with their name tags.

I love my lanterns.

My booth is so cozy, customers don't want to leave.

I love seeing all of my quilts together in one place.  I didn't bring the new quilts for Spring Market......just in case.  If I lost them now, I would turn into a pile of putty on the floor!


Our next challenge is working the new cash register.  Lucy and Ethel aren't the sharpest tacks in the box when it comes to the register.  We just had another crash course with the manual.  All went well so maybe, just maybe we'll balance at the end of the day.  (Ethel is a former accountant so it had better balance to the penny!)


Friday, April 29, 2016

It's Showtime!

Hello Everyone,
The cars will soon be packed and we are off like a herd of turtles!


I'll be demonstrating Patchwork Math.....I mean Finessing the Figures each day of the show in the demonstration area.  Drop by my Sew'n Wild Oaks booth and let's swap howdys.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

If It's Tuesday, I Must Be Sew'n Wild Oaks Day

Hello Everyone,
My girls......what can I say about MY GIRLS that I haven't already said?  They are incredible quilters, finishers, friends and all-round great people.
Barbara took a Bargello  (spell check just changed bargello to bordello....gotta watch that) class at In Between Stitches taught by Jim Hahn.  Jim is teaching this class again on May 28th.  For more information click HERE
This is a stunning quilt.  Barbara said it is much easier to make than you'd think.  It is all quilted and bound and ready to gift to Barbara's niece.  What a lucky gal!

Look at what she put on the back of the quilt!

Melody finished her quilt top too!  Incredible colors and a feast for the eyes.  Well done, both of you.  Both Melody and Barbara loved making their quilts.  They each started with 20, one-yard cuts of fabric.  Both girls highly recommend taking the class.  They had a great time, learned a lot, and look what they have to show for it.

Pat made this adorable red work top and put the last border on during class.

 Each blocks features a different nursery rhyme.

Carol is working on her beautiful, little blocks, all delicately appliqued.

If you ever wondered what 250 small yo-yo's look like......well here you go.  Lynette is on a roll.

Melody completed another flimsy during class.  She has been collecting candy fabric in her travels and put them all together in her candy jars.  Sweet idea.....pun intended.

Now we have the parade of Lil' Orphan Scrappy blocks.

Piles of Lil' Orphan Scrappy blocks.

Beautiful combinations.

......and bags of blocks.

Now we have the Walk in the Park parade of blocks.  We all helped Irene pick out her sashing for her quilt.

Spending the day with my girls, is a day well spent with love and laughter in the classroom. It's quilting soul food.

My living room looks like tornado stuck as I'm getting ready to leave for the quilt show in Grass Valley tomorrow.  Gail and I, (Lucy and Ethel), are hitting the road at 0-dark hundred with two SUV's packed to the gills with quilts, patterns, props, and product.  I think it's time for me to buy a small trailer to schlepp all of this "stuff" around.  But then there's the issue of backing up with a trailer.  I don't know if Lucy can do that.....maybe Ethel would be a better backer-upper.


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Grammy Squares Class Was In Session

Hello Everyone,

This mornings mini quilt block show is brought to you by some very talented quilters in Turlock at Cloth and Quilts who took my Granny Squares class last Saturday.

Linda had a good head start on her blocks.  She paper pieced them to make them "spot on".  Well done!

This block looks so delicate and lacy.

Peggy was going for a less scrappy look, and chained pieced.

She sent me this picture of her blocks the next day!  This method gave her a more controlled, and less scrappy version.  Brilliant!

The Kansas Troubles fabric is going to work up beautifully in the blocks.  All blocks will have the same center and the final row is going to be the blue.  Love it!

Love the use of the black floral stripe.

I love how the diagonal stripe on the last round makes this block look like it is spinning.

Susan began with this beautiful selection of color.

Her quilt is going to have an Amish look to it.  So different and so attractive.

It all begins with interesting centers.

It is fun to see how the blocks got their beginning.

There were strips all over the classroom.
Susan brought in her Country Charmer quilt to show me. She is going to have applique in her border.  I can't wait to see it!
The girls did a fabulous job on their blocks.  It was so much fun for me to spend the day with you. 
I'm off to In Between Stitches this morning to see my Sew'n Wild Oaks girls.  The rest of the week I'll be preparing everything for my booth at the Springtime in the Pines quilt show in Grass Valley this weekend. I hope I will see some of you there.