Sunday, October 11, 2015

Catching Up

Hi!  I've been a little busy over the last few weeks.

My dad had a mild stroke, and then complications from medication, but is now doing well, and was released from rehab the Monday after Quilters Take Manhattan, which I attended with Christine. Dad's currently exercising with home care attendants and walking with a walker.  He's hoping to be back to full recovery soon.  I ended up staying on Long Island for 6 days because of QTM and getting him settled back home.

Quilters Take Manhattan was awesome!  Ricky Tims, Edyta Sitar and Victoria Findlay Wolfe were excellent speakers.  It was inspiring, funny, and enjoyable.  The goody bags were nicely filled, and lunch was great.  It's a day of viewing trunk shows, meeting vendors and amazing quilters, and raising money for the Alliance.  We really enjoyed it.  In Mary Koval's trunk show, she explained how to date fabrics, and gave info on vintage colors and styles.  It was so interesting.  I really learned a lot from her.

I finished a dress for Katie in Island Batik fabrics.  She'll be wearing it during Quilt Market in a few weeks.  I can't wait to see her modeling it! The lining is a darker purple Island Batik, and I used it in the side pockets, as well as the lined sleeves.  It has a sweet V neckline, front and back.


I also finished 3 commissioned baby quilts, 2 for twins (a boy and girl) and the third for another family, but more gender neutral.  The customer was from one of the summer events I attended.  She came to East Stroudsburg's Fall Festival yesterday to pick them up, and loved them.

Girl Twin baby quilt
 Boy twin baby quilt
Neutral Baby Quilt!
I had so much fun making these.  She loved the batiks and Zig A Zag by Quilt In A Day design in one of my larger quilts, so asked for similar design and colors.  I played on EQ7 to adapt the pattern to baby size, about 42" square.  I dug through my batik stash, and used some of the same strips in each Twin quilt, but added more blues to the boy one, and lavender to the girl one.  They are twins with differences.  The third is similar, but with green and yellow in the setting triangles and inner border.  I used some of the scraps in doll size quilts.  


Doll and bed courtesy of Alayna and Dietrick Woodworking.

I also participated in the Teal Mini Swap to raise funds and awareness for Cervical Cancer.  More on that in another post (for the blog hop for that).

The 2nd experience with paper piecing was 2 blocks for a surprise quilt.  I'll share photos of them after the quilt is presented.  I must say I enjoyed them, as well, even if they did contain 120 or so pieces in each 12" block.  

AND, I've been working on English Paper Piecing, aka hexies.  I had won a small kit from Featherweight Quilt Co that had hexi papers and 2 1/2" charm squares, the April Showers collection from Bonnie and Camille for Moda.  I've been working on basting the hexies during shows,  Dr. appointments, and car repair appointments.  I loved the design that Jan from FQC had with hers, so I did similar, but added larger borders.  

And, finally, I've been enjoying the show from Mother Nature.  Here are some highlights.  


The colors have been gorgeous.  I love living here, driving by the lake when I go towards Scranton, and stopping to breathe and take in the view.  

Lots more to do, and 2 blog hops this week.  Thanks for visiting! I hope you are enjoying the cooler nights, and gorgeous colors of Fall.  

Maryellen



1 comment:

Barb N said...

You've been really busy, especially with concerns for your dad. I love the purple dress - perfect! And those other quilt projects are great, too. Our weather is starting to cool down, but still unseasonably warm. Forecast for our mountains is 70 and clear a-l-l week l-o-n-g. I'll take it!