Monday, July 17

Karen's Scrappy Trip


Karen, from Georgia, made this beautiful Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt. 
 
 
 
I can't seem to get enough of this pattern - so many color ways I want to create it with.
Here is the online tutorial from Bonnie Hunter: Scrappy Trip Around the World tutorial.
Karen used all Bonnie & Camille fabrics and the placement of her blocks were inspired by one Camille made - found here.
Every quilt has a story and this is Karen's quilt story from her words:

"Part of the fun of making my Scrappy Trip Around the World was collecting fabrics.  Having made the decision to exclusively use Bonnie and Camille fabrics for this quilt, I began my search for their fabrics.  I decided early on not to limit myself to just one of their fabric lines, but instead mix together fabrics from several of their collections as most all of their colors and prints play together so well. 
 



After shopping several local Atlanta area quilt shops, I realized that I would need to broaden my search for Bonnie and Camille fabrics, so I turned to Etsy where I found a great selection of both their more recent lines such as Little Ruby and Vintage Picnic as well as their older out of print collections like Miss Kate, Daysail, Hello Darling, and Scrumptious as well as wonderful Etsy sellers willing to offer small cuts of fabric. Plus, I love Etsy's low shipping costs, especially when purchasing only a small piece or two of fabric.
 
 
Once I had a good variety of fabric in hand, my piecing began and what a fun top to sew!  Just as I was finishing all of my piecing, one of the fabrics in the middle of the quilt top jumped out at me as not being a Bonnie and Camille. Urgh!!! Nothing doing but I just had to change out those six squares, otherwise I knew that every time I looked at the quilt my eye would be drawn to that renegade print.  Well, halfway into the frustrating task of changing out those pieces, I made the realization that the fabric was in fact a Bonnie and Camille and could stay after all! Oh well!!"
 
 
I quilted a simple cross-hatch design throughout the quilt.
It created these beautiful little 1 1/2" pillows all over the quilt.
Her backing is an extra wide "Vintage Picnic" from
Thimble Blossoms, too.
 
 
I love how Karen placed the aqua fabrics in the #6 position causing an aqua "chain" throughout her quilt - so, so pretty.
 
 
One day I'll finish one for myself - but in the mean time....I get to enjoy quilting others.
This is so beautiful, Karen, thank you for letting me quilt it and have "her" visit me for a short time.

Friday, July 7

Montana retreat - ahhhhhh......

I recently attended a quilting retreat in the mountains of Montana.
I love this retreat and setting. 
It's located at the Upper Canyon Outfitters lodge and cabins.
They are such gracious hosts - it's a family affair.
Donna Trischman, of Timelessquilts, is our quilt hostess.
Here are a few snapshots of our 3 days together...
I'm packed & ready to go.....including my mud boots....it's been raining in the mountains.
 
 
I love the variety of mud boots that showed up.
 
 
Such a welcoming sight - the lodge where we all gather for our meals.
 
 
This is the Upper Canyon Outfitters office - lots of pups hanging around....love it!
 
 
The cabin where I stayed with my sister, Vicki,
and my friend, Carol.
 
  
I love the antler hanging over the dining hall door.
 
 
 We get to eat with the family and the ranch hands - it's always fixed up so nice for meals..
 
 
 Mmmm - pork, green salad with huckleberry vinaigrette, baby broccoli, and mashed sweet potatoes. 
It's the best treat ever to have someone else cook for you!
 
 
Here's Donna - the owner of the ranch, pouring something sassy from Willey's Distillery on Donna's (our quilt hostess) brownies.
 
 
 Warm brownies with ice cream.....the food, to me, is just as important as the sewing!
 
 

OK - now on to the projects. 

Donna offers classes and a mystery project. 
This is one of the classes - "Sugar Cookies".  

 
 
It's a darling quilt - so I bought a kit!
My friend, Carol, had one finished before the retreat - it was such fun to quilt - some swirls, straight lines and feathers.
 
  
 Here are some of the gals who attended - I'm not going to attempt to remember names but I'll show projects
 that were created...
Bonnie's blocks - love the autumn colors.
 
 
 These pretty fabrics were incorporated into Dianne's trellis quilt top.
 
 
So many pretty pastels.
 
 
This was Dawn's first retreat - I think she's hooked!
 
 
 
 Such nice ladies - that's one more thing I love about retreats - you get to meet new friends.
 
 
Chain piecing - oh, yeah!
 
 
And more chain piecing...
 
 
Here are my "parts" to the mystery quilt.
I am finally using some of my Kaffe Fasset prints.
 
 
 My first block - I love it!
 
 
Mystery revealed - it's a Fig Tree pattern.
 
 
Here is a finished table runner Donna made
up for the "reveal".
Her quilting is gorgeous!
 

 
 
 I also worked on these cute basket blocks. 
I'm using Amy Smart's tutorial from her
blog, "Diary of a Quilter." 


 
I also worked on these funky tree blocks.
They also came from Amy's blog here.
Thank you, Amy, for such cute quilt block tutorials.

 Carol was busy, busy creating these amazing blocks.
 

Don't you just love them? 
I can't wait to see them in a quilt.
 
 
Mr. Elk watched over us the entire time. 
 

 Thank you, Upper Canyon Outfitters, for letting us soak in your surroundings and hospitality.
 
 
Here's the link to their beautiful ranch.
 
 
 I know just how you feel, Mr. Pup. 
I'm all relaxed and ready to tackle the world again.
 

Tuesday, June 27

Sam's quilt....

My friend, Sherri, from Alaska, made this beautiful quilt for our friend, Sam.
 
 
Sam loves lots and lots of color - so this quilt is perfect.
I love how Sherri always seems to be able to pair the right colors and prints together. 
It's a simple 1/2 square triangle quilt, but notice how she pieced the 4-patch block colors to create a larger
diamond shape.
 
 
Her fabric stash is phenomenal - she might have used the same print maybe twice in this quilt, but that's it.
I quilted a simple all-over swirl design.
 
 
 
 Sherri chose a Kaffe Fasset piece for the binding and a pretty red/white print for the backing.
 
 
Binding - finished!
 
 
 
 I have not met either Sherri or Sam in person, but I consider both of them my very good friends.
One day I will get to meet them.
We all live in different states, but we will make it happen! 
 
 
Sam was completely surprised by this gift -
didn't even see it coming!
 
 
Enjoy this beauty, Sam, and yes.....we both hugged it before we sent it to you.
 

Friday, June 9

Patriot Guard...

My husband and I belong to the Montana Patriot Guard.
We escort fallen soldiers from the airport to their resting place while riding our motorcycles.
It's a national organization created years ago because a young wife was in the position that no one wants to be in - she had to bury her military soldier husband. 
As she was heading to the funeral, there were protesters standing in her way
yelling terrible things about war, soldiers, etc. 
Her heart was already broken - then to face such cruelty was almost unbearable.
So - the patriot guard was established. 
(These are the patches on my motorcycle vest).
 
 
We ride our bikes and surround the casket at all times, protecting the family from any protesters.
We are always escorted by State Troopers.
We stand, holding American flags, as long as the family needs us, at the funeral home or the final resting area.
If we need to, we can play the National Anthem from our motorcycle speakers to drown out any protesters voices - pretty awesome!
It's - to say the least - a completely humbling experience every single time.
I find myself with tears streaming down my face each time we ride for the "guard".
You can read more about the Patriot Guard here.
I'm getting ready to ride.....headbands are essential!
 
 
We have an annual meeting every June 
which includes a raffle. 
The funds go towards accommodations, food, and any other expenses incurred by the members in order for them
to be able to ride.
I decided to donate a patriotic quilt for the raffle this year.
It was my honor to make it for this program that I am so proud to be a member of.
I chose to make a Lone Star out of a patriotic jelly roll.
 
 
I used the left-over strips for a border.
 
 
The backing was pieced with solid blue
& the red/gold star fabric.
 
 
The label...
 
 
I think it turned out pretty nice.....
 
 
 
I love this crew of riders....I would ride anywhere with them.  (that's me - 2nd from the right - the only girl rider that day.)