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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Loving Lori Holt Barn-A-Long

Loving Lori Holt

I wrote this post several years ago (2104) and never posted it... so here it is now because I have an update. In the next couple of posts I will show what I have done with some of these blocks. They ended up in an orphan pile and in August 2019 I took a guild workshop called "Orphans and Aliens" given by Leah Zeiber.
Awhile back Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet Blogspot had a Barn-A-Long. I always wanted to do a barn quilt so I started with her design that was free on line while it was a free pattern on line. The barn above was my first barn - I did not like the way it turned out. I always have a problem with picking coordinating fabrics from my stash. Lori's design are simply simple and she has many great tutorials on her website.
These blocks are: 14" x14"

This was my second barn. I think this one turned out much better. The "traditional" red helped define the project - the barn quilt was the problem with this one. Kinda of washed out.

 My third barn used the silo pattern, again the barn quilt just looks plain.
I decided to try the tractor. 16" x 20". Love it.

I really wanted a more detailed barn. I searched Google Images and found this type of barn appealed to me. I copied the idea of the pattern and made it myself so it was free. These barns are 17" x 16"- so a rather large block.

I tried again and added more detail to the door - 

Love it!!

House Blocks

These are a few of the house blocks I have made. Again someday I plan to make a house quilt.

This block is: 7" x 7"
It is paper pieced.
This little house to the right is: 9.5" x 5.5". I really like the sky fabric with the crescent moon.

I will continue to look at house blocks and fabrics.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Orange County Fair

Winning at the Orange County Fair!

In total we won ten ribbons! 

I say "we" because I entered one of my husbands collections and it won 3 of the ribbons.
Mama Mia
Winning two Ribbons
"1st Place Twin Size or Larger" and
a "Judges Award"
Mama Mia shown at the Orange County Quilters Guild Quilt Show.
Winning "Peoples Choice"

My "Recycled American Gothic"
Winning three ribbons.
"1st Place Wallhanging", A "Judges Award"
and the "Division Winner"
So "VATS 69"....

The collection started in 2001 when the historically correct movie BAND OF BROTHERS was made. In WWII officers were allotted a bottle of whiskey, the supply ships from the US were carrying vital military cargo of which whiskey was not a part of.  Supplies for the allotments came from Britain and VAT 69 was considered one of the finest. The whisky was at first bottled in port bottles (1882) and was not changed for the next hundred years.
There are 16 items in the collection. The items presented are the most interesting ones. 
  1.  Vintage VAT 69 Crate
  2. Port style large VAT 69 bottle
  3. Port style liter medium VAT 69 bottle
  4. Port style 28 ml small VAT 69 bottle
  5. Current VAT 69 liter bottle
  6. VAT 69 flask
  7. Ashtray - glass “VAT 69 Finest Scotch Whiskey"
  8. Glass Tumbler
  9. Vats 69 Collection
    Three ribbons
    "Most Unique"
    "2nd Place"

    "Theme Award"
    "Judges Award"
  10. Frame with (a) Band of Brothers VAT 69 advertising.

This quilt will be given to my daughter. She is kinda a farmer.
She LOVES animals. She has a pig, "Gracy",  chickens, three dogs, I don't know how many cats at this time and is always trying to rescue any poor little animal that needs a helping hand. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Comforted by Love

New Quilt

I started a new quilt by One Sister from the Udder-ly Crazy book in the Buggy Barn style. The quilt is named E-I-E-I-O. It has cows, chickens, goats and barns in it. Here is my design wall right now. There are 25 wind mill block and a couple of the animals. All in all it is sewing up quickly. Again I am determined not to purchase any fabric so it is all from my stash. 

OCMQG QuiltCon Charity Quilt
"New Beginnings"

The Modern Quilt Guild charity quilt this year is finally finished. I sewed the hanging sleeve on it last night. Of course - just in the nick of time. Our meeting is Thursday and it should be shipped Friday to get there in time. 
 We used the selected color palette and the theme was "Small Piecing"

The Birch tree represents new beginnings, the birch symbolizes growth, renewal, stability, initiation and adaptability because it is highly adaptive and able to sustain harsh conditions with casual indifference.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Finishing Up UFO's

I finished three quilts that have been on the back burners for a long time. I showed them at my last guild meeting.


To be gifted to my neighbor who recently lost her husband.
The label reads:
 "To my friend Eileen, May this quilt warm your body and comfort your soul.
"Pieced and Quilted by Julie McCxxxxx

Fiesta de Flores

With the look of Catalina Tiles
Fiesta de Flores

 Cutting Corners

 It looks like an optical illusion

For our November Challenge
Skeleton Cat was gifted to
Orangewood Childern's home.

A total of 28 quilts were gifted that night... Good Job OCMQG!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Another Guild Challege

Skeleton Cat Quilt

Each year the Orange County Modern Quilt Guild has a philanthropy Challenge:
Choose a children's book and make a quilt inspired by it.
We then donate the quilt with the book to Orangewood Children's Home which is Orange County's group home for foster kids. This is one of our favorite challenges, you should see the quilts that come from it. I consider myself more of a traditional quilter, trying to turn modern but still I see myself following traditional styles especially in my free motion quilting.... I can not stand straight line quilting most of the time.

Skeleton Cat Quilt
39" x 63"

Here you can see the quilt is pieced and now I am quilting it. So far I chosen a bone motif  and a little ghost man inspired by the book.

I will be writing on the top and bottom of the quilt words like Clickety-clack, Rattle, rattle , clink. Tip tap .... and so on to imbed the book into the quilt. I am alleging going to make a pouch on the back so the book can be incerted and stay with the quilt.
Skeleton Cat by Kristyn Crow    
I love "Story Patches" - I have included one on the label of the quilt. When giving a Philanthropy Quilt I have been told you do not include personal information so this label mentions only the Orange County Modern Quilt Guild and I linked the Story Patch barcode to a YouTube of someone reading the book and showing the pages, this way the book can be read to the child without a reader actually being there. 

The main quilt blocks are from a pattern called: Buster Cat Does Halloween by Judi Maxwell (1999), that I found at a garage sale several years ago. It was partially fused and I am on a mission to clear my quilting room of unfinished projects and this just started to come all together. 

Friday, August 31, 2018

36 Little Kimonos

I am making this for my neighbor who is Japanese - she is the sweetest lady dealing with her husband who is on hospice now. She always admires my quilts and I want her to have this one. I absolutely love all the fabrics. They are joyful, colorful and appropriate for this quilt. I hope to get it done asap do to the situation. 

Blocks on the design wall....

I will be adding sashing of a black and gold oriental flower print I ordered on line. There will be three borders with mitered corners. The black and gold, an inch of red and then two inches of black to frame the quilt. The quilting will probably just be stitch in the ditch u unless I come up with a huge amount of mojo. :)

 Here are a couple of the individual blocks...


A little fussy cutting around the mountains.

Sumo Wrestlers

I hope your Labor Day is a grand one. It is always nice if you get to spend some time with your family.