Monday, October 21, 2013

Open Sewing & Ten-Minute Table Runner

At Gruber's Quilt Shop in Waite Park (suburb of St. Cloud), Minnesota, there is open sewing on the third Monday of each month. Today was one of those fun days of sewing when we not only had a great time visiting, eating lunch, and sewing but Teresa of Gruber's gave us a challenge. The shop supplied the fabric to make a "Ten-Minute Table Runner" if we were willing to be timed to see how long it actually took us to sew one of the table runners. Well, my friend Maureen finished first at twelve minutes. There were six of us that had taken up the challenge.
Mary sewing her table runner.
Maureen squaring up the end of her table runner.
Bev pressing her table runner
From left to right: Bev, Mary, Diane, *Me*, Maureen, Rosie with our finished table runners.

Everyone had a fun day but here they are looking all together too serious!! LOL Can't let that happen for long! 

Hope you all had as fun a day as I did.

 Hugs, Beth

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Stash & Snow

Used since last report:        0.00 yards
Used year to Date:            61.00 yards
Added since last report:     7.00 yards
Added Year to Date:         71.17 yards
Net Used for 2013:            - 10.17 yards 

I did add seven yards of background fabrics for "Lollipop Trees" by Kim McClean. Having a problem holding off starting the quilt because there are other projects to finish first but I couldn't resist purchasing the background fabrics. I love to do needle-turn hand applique but may just do invisible machine applique on this one.

Lollipop Trees by Kim McClean
There are no finished projects to report. Have been cutting "Talkin' Turkey" by Bonnie Hunter. This is a project that I plan to work on at retreat. Also, trying to have several other projects cut out and ready to go. After all, need to make sure I do not run out of things to do at retreat!! LOL Seems like I always have way more projects with then I need.

It is snowing in Minnesota and is so pretty - especially since this snow will not last. Here is a view off my front porch on this wonderful Sunday, October 20th. 

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Stash Report & Quilt Show

Used since last report:        0.00 yards
Used year to Date:            61.00 yards
Added since last report:    15.00 yards
Added Year to Date:          64.17 yards
Net Used for 2013:             - 3.17 yards

I sure made up for last week. Either I was a very good girl or a very naughty girl!! Haven't decided yet. Between a trip to the quilt shops in Brainerd, MN, and our St. Cloud Heritage Quilters quilt show, I managed to add fifteen yards to the stash.

A few weeks back I had purchased a FQ Bundle of a fabric line called Collage. When I was at Country Fabrics in Brainerd, I purchased more of a few of the fabrics from the collection for borders and binding. The gray print is for a main border. 

Course, I also had to purchase a couple of other fabrics to enhance the stash. The white with black was from Country Fabrics. Who can resist a good white/black fabric?? Guess I can't. I also just had to purchase the wonderful colorful stripe from Colorz in Brainerd. Stripes are always such a good addition.

To top some off the fabric purchases, very nice friends just had to tell me there was a deal on Kaffe Fassett fabrics in one of the vendor booths at our quilt show. Who just had to trot over to the booth and check it out?? Three guesses and the first two just do not count!! LOL Here are the wonderful Kaffe fabrics that I just had to add - I needed it!  Right!! 

Then I added a little pattern for twelve inch Halloween little quilt for my wire hanger and a couple of fun fabrics - just cause! The two fabrics are actually a border print. 

We wrapped up our quilt show today. While I enjoy the show a lot, I am sure glad that it is only every two years. We had around 500 quilts in the show. Some were small art quilts but so very interesting.

Here are samples of some of the quilts. I should have had more pictures but when I got to the show today, I found I had forgotten my camera. BooHoo!! So I have to make do with the few pictures I took on Saturday.

Favorite scrap quilt.

Fun use of stripe fabrics.

This wallhanging was all 1/2 inch finished squares.

Quilt made by Chris Hoover (Whirligig Designs) of Downton Abbey fabrics by Andover.

The show went down so fast and smoothly. The organizers did an awesome job. Guess I am already looking forward to the next show in two years.

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