Friday, April 25, 2014

May Swap for All Seasons

The theme for this month's Swap for All Seasons was Wedding.  Color was Ivory/White.  I decided to feature black also.  This month I send my swap items to Jayne.  Her favorite card style is vintage.  The image below is from a vintage shower invitation.  I used it on this month's tag.

 Below is the card I designed using a vintage image from the web.  I decided to add lace, flowers and scrabble letters.

We also send de-stash items  in the month's colors.  I decided to include this photo from an album I purchased on Ebay a number of years ago.  I cut the page from the album.  The words "newly wed" are written to the side. Also  names of the bride and groom.   The photo is 1940's.  Thought this would add a special vintage look to the package.

Here are the remaining de-stash items.   Lots of black/white/ivory.

To continue the vintage theme, I decided to use a vintage scarf as my packaging this month.  You can see the before and ready for mailing below.  I did cheat a little because the scarf also has pink in addition to the black and white.  I hope Jayne doesn't mind!

If you would like to participate in a Swap for Seasons, click on the link above.  Sign-ups are the first of each month and mail by the end of the month.  Looking forward to June's swap.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Honorable Mention Arizona Quilt Guild 2014

I recently entered my quilt in the 2014 Arizona Quilt Show.  This was the first time I had entered a quilt in competition.  Imagine my surprise when I received a call that my quilt had won an award.  I was invited to bring a friend to the awards ceremony prior to the opening of the show.  How exciting!

I won Honorable Mention in the Embroidery Category.  I posted about this quilt previously.  The design is Anita Goodesign's Great Outdoors.  Borders are Mix and Match Quilting.  Also by Anita Goodesigns.  I'm considering entering the quilt in another show this summer but haven't decided yet.

It was nice to see that other's appreciate the work I do.  My sister has told me for years that I should enter my quilts in competition but this was the first time I listened to her. 

If you haven't attended a Quilt Show, I encourage you to go.  There are many wonderful "works of art" to see.  Many of today's quilts are designed and quilted using the latest in technology.  Digitized designs are very popular today in  both machine embroidery and long arm quilting.  As a friend and new quilter commented after the show "the designs are very simple but it's the quilting that takes it to another level".  If you are a traditionalist, you will see beautiful traditional quilts also.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sudoku Quilt Finished

I finished this Sudoku Quilt this week.  It is for a granddaughter who is graduating from high school.  I began the quilt last fall and waited until this spring to do the quilting.  We delivered the quilt yesterday and she was thrilled.

You can see one of the squares above.  I decided to use my Janome 15000 to do the decorative quilting.  I used Coats and Clark Multicolor Thread.

You can see a closeup of the design above.
I used one of the decorative stitched on the 15000 to stitch two lines of quilting along the border.
This was a fun quilt to make and I'm very pleased with the results.
I have a new computer and photo program.  Please excuse the photos.  Hopefully I'll get better at this.