Monday, March 5, 2018

Quiltcon 2018

Hello Blog Land! How is everyone? Hope ya'll are all doing well. I am back from my day trip to the other side of the country. And I have to tell ya my mind is still blown away!!!!! I still have to pinch myself!!! lol!!!. So, The jest of this story is I fly to Arizona to pop in on my son and his fiance and rented a car and drove to Pasadena, California. Where Quiltcon 2018 was being held. (Did I tell ya that I got a quilt to hang in the show?? Yes! I believe I mentioned it in the bottom of my last post.) I had no idea what to expect...actually NOTHING really! I was just going to take my 2 half day classes 1 lecture and see my quilt hanging with ALL the amazing quilts. THAT'S it!!! Nothing else.

WELL bless my honey pots!!! THAT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENED!!!!
                                                        5am driving to California
This became my "Hello Quiltcon" picture for Instagram. So those who were trying to find me knew what I looked like.
Super early Thursday morning was the Awards ceremony. Which I had asked for a pass to when I registered. They were free until the seats run out. And since I had NEVER been to one...I thought why not. It could be fun. Little did I know that I was going to get an email 8 days before I left my house ...."If you are coming to the Awards Ceremony Ms. Kaye we would like for you to sit on the front row .... THAT IS WHERE ALL OF OUR RIBBON WINNERS SIT!!!!!!!!


Yeah!! You can image the hysterics ensued after that email!!! Holy Freaking COW!!! A ribbon?!!!

So, I'm sitting on the front row waiting for my category. When it finally comes up ...I am beyond excited!!! As each name is called I get even more excited...Thinking I just pulled 2nd, nope I just pulled 1st place!!!! And then They called someone else for 1st place.! Wait!!! What just happened?!!!....and then they went on to another category. That's it done over. I have to tell ya it was all I could do to keep the tears from falling. It was a mistakes, the email wasn't meant for me. I've never been to an awards ceremony. And I've only been to this show I didn't know what was going on. All I wanted to do was crawl away quickly as possible. Without anyone seeing me!!! But THEY stuck me ON THE FRONT ROW!!!! Once all the awards were passed out the President pauses and says...

"Well, shall we move on to the BIG ribbons now?"  Wait... What? What's a Big ribbon? there is more??? and low and behold there are 4 big ribbons!! 

Best of Show
Best Machine Quilted (with frame)
Best Machine Quilted (frameless)
Equilter Quilting Excellence

These 4 ribbons are the BEST over ALL the quilts in the show. And they are set aside from their categories and placed up front for all to see. 

...and of course Best of Show is the top ribbon of all.

My quilt pulled the 3rd big ribbon listed above... 
EEEEKKKK!!!!!!! I'm still speechless!!!!!!! Biggest ribbon I have EVER pulled in my life!!!!
This ribbon is so pretty!!! 

Ta-Da!!! "Happy Dance" 600) 1 1/2" pluses 

                As you can see I did some really tight organic quilting all over the quilt.

I have a sit-down Martelli. No stitch regulator, No frame, Just Me and Bertha and a lot of music and some strong arms. 
The back.

Here are the 4 Quilts in the front of the show. It took ALL day for me to get a good picture of them without people in the way.

Since I travel on a knee scooter when it comes to long walking. By the end of the 4 days I was at the show I found myself sitting on the floor holding up a wall towards the front of the show. I was completely exhausted!! It was fun watching people walk around my quilt and the others. I took this panoramic shot.
So, let me tell you the story of how this quilt was made. This is Marla and she was my MQG mini swap partner last year in Savannah Quiltcon 2017. I made the mini for her that I am holding. Look familiar? It should... lol!!! I made 48 pluses for her mini quilt. My first modern quilt EVER. Marla loved it. And so did my husband...I had to make another one just like it when I got home for him. It hangs here at home on my mini wall.

But I enjoyed making these pluses so much....I just kept making them!!! 

9 months later I had over 600 pluses.... 1 month after that I had the top behind me...and a month after that I quilted the top...which left me 2 days to fill out the Quiltcon entry form for the Quiltcon 2018 deadline. 
Super excited that I made the deadline!!!!

WOWWWWWW!!!!! There are simply no words!!! It took a day of stumbling over my words at the show....LOL!!! I had so many people congratulating me. It was quite simply the most wonderful Quilty experience of my life. HA-HA....kinda funny that the name of my quilt fits the situation...

"Happy Dance" can bet your sweet honey pots I did a little of that!!!

I had buttons made again this year. I debated with myself if I should put my quilt entry on them or not? Now I am very GLAD I did!
Before I scooted out of the show on my last day... I made sure to take my own selfie with my quilt and ribbon. Cause who knows this could have been beginner's luck or something. 
Yep...shameless selfie....hahaha!!! But I have it on record and that's all I wanted :0)

One last photo to leave you with. 

The Aurifil Booth had this quilt in their booth. It was made by Renee Hoffman .... She calls it "Wings Alight Quilt" I was wearing the perfect sweater that day. :0)

Thanks for stopping by...I will have another post on ALL the AMAZING quilts that I LIKED for you coming up soon. 


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Just a Spot of Journal Play

  Just a spot of journaling today.... Enjoy :0)

       Was feeling a little frustrated with some ugliness going on in the Art community a few months ago and made a spread and put this quote on it. One of the things I love about art you can work out your feelings.

I am doing a challenge with a friend. She and I bought these Jumbo composition journals. And we  each take a turn in the subject matter. This page was my idea...Wings. Love how it turned out. Darlene's theme is next and she picked.... Trees. 
Was doing my scripture for the day and a doodle. Jasper is always mesmerized by my drawing. And because he was sitting there he got doodled onto the page. :0)

LOL!!! I love this picture!!! I just had to share. My boys in their Sweaters. It was as close as I could come to Christmas sweaters.  Jake and Jasper....such good Boys.  If your wondering they are Cornishrex cats. Hypoallergenic and they don't shed.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Quilts and Happy News

Hello Everyone...I can't believe it's February already!!! What happened to January? I said I was going to blog better...and I lost January!!! LOL!!! Oh well! 

I have a bunch to share...Above is my first UFO finish for the year...."Scraps off the Floor". It is my goal to get at least 10 UFO's done this year....and now I only need to get 9 done!! Yeah!!! 
The back .... super love this small quilt. Made with batiks. Literally made from scraps off the floor.

Made this mini for my Sit and Sew group I have in my house.
Laura the Happy owner of the new mini now.

Here is the group with all our new mini's. 

Back row....Laura (mini made by: Me) Sandie (mini made by: Becky) Becky (mini made by: Kate)
Paula ( mini made by: Laura) and Kate (mini made by: Paula)
and my sweet little Zoey in her Christmas sweater.

It was a very fun night.
Joined the #Starbucksbemyvalentine mini swap again this year. This is the pattern used this year. Absolutely love it!!! 

 Quilting this mini with tiny swirls and curls.

Binding it next and sending it off to it's new home. Will come back and do a post of a finished picture of this mini and the one I receive.

I also, I got a chance to go to Orlando in December with a friend ...We went to Animal Kingdom. Which is the place of the brand new Pandora exhibit as well. I am A HUGE fan of the movie.!!! I was soooo looking forward to going.

It was just mind blowing the way they have made it look so real!!!
I really enjoyed my day!!! 
Darlene and I had an AWESOME day!!! You can see the Big TREE of Animals behind us.
And Of course I had to wear my Pooh ears!

Well...I believe I have caught you all up...

 Oh wait ... one more thing...

I entered my first juried quilt show (Quiltcon 2018)
and my quilt was excepted!!!! It will hang in the show!!!! WHAT?!!! YES!!!!

So, I will be flying to Pasadena California in February for the show to see it hanging with all the other AMAZING quilts. 

As you can imagine....I'm beyond excited!!!

As always...Thanks for your time...


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Wow...Is it the end of another Year?!!!

I can't believe it's the end of the year already!!! WOW!!! 

Well, I thought I would end my year on a project I am working on....(still working on)
Debbie from A Quilter's Table had a Improv Stripe QAL on Instagram a while ago on improve stripes. I thought "Yes!" I totally want to give that a try and played along.

You can find her instructions for the Improv Stripe QAL on her blog HERE

So, here are my beginning stripe sets.

I of course was pulling from my stash of strips and adding solid strips in between.

...and as you can see once I got going I found it really hard to stop. 
Now I believe this is where the large group on Instagram started putting their strip sets together into really cool stripe improve quilts. 

But....I was NOT liking the idea of putting all this together this way. It needed more somehow.?? So, I set out to cut all this up ....ha!!!

....And I ended up still needed more....

I started adding solids again and just made units... and put them up on the wall.

Then when the units were big enough to fit together...I added solid strips again. 

Then before I knew what I was doing I grabbed some solid strips and made an improve word....that fit the quilt. "HAPPY" which also happens to be my favorite word.

And this is going in the quilt ....not sure where? But it is going in....

....and sadly that is all I have to show you....Ha...but, my next post will be the finished top.

I pinkie swear!!!!

( I needed a pedicure!!!)

Hoping you all had a wonderful Blessed Christmas!!!

And HAPPY New Year!!!!!!

2018 Here we come!!!!!!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Camp WatchaWannaDo :0)

Off to camp I go... Its been a long time since I've said that! But I joined a new Quilt Guild...and they do a yearly sewing camp!!! YEAH!!! I was so glad I joined them just in the nick of time to catch the camp fun.
Plenty for room for 34 quilters to each have their own 6 foot table. (everyone was at lunch when I took this pic)
We even got a chance to go to the local Quilt Shop. And as I like to take Selfies (to document my life) The sun played into my picture perfectly :0)
These are the things I worked ....above is my giant cross-cut quilt...pattern by Debbie from A Quilters Table.

Mary Anne showed us all how to make folded fabric stars!!

And I'm doing a travel Round robin quilt...and the quilt I got in the mail this time was Halloween themed ...LOL!!! So, out came Lillyellasworld paper pieced Spider. To add to the quilt. Pretty spooky right?!
We were gone for a five days...So we got some good sewing time in. We had show and share night...and here are the picks of finishes or how far Ladies got. ( and I'm sorry I can't remember names, I'm still very new to this guild)

I got a few selfies with the Gals the morning we were all leaving...I look like I'm wearing my PJ's..I'm not...just the top over my sleeveless dress, because it was butt freezing COLD that morning we got up to leave the camp!!!! And I had NO sweater. So I was stuck walking around with my PJ top on....LOLOLOL!!!! :0)

Vicki - Linda - Me

Me - Sunny

Me - Sherry - Sunny

Thanks for stopping by blog....see ya soon. 
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