Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tucson Quilters Guild Show...

This weekend was the Tucson Quilter's Guild show
and the second show I have attended.
I was in awe at the talent of these men and women
and the quilts the produced.
Just walking the isles and looking at these works of art
were very inspiring.
I was able to take a few pictures before the battery in my
camera died on me so I thought you may enjoy...

This quilt depicted the twelve months of the calendar,
unfortunately it wasn't a very good pic on my part.
I like it because of the different textiles and diminsions used.

This one used the reproduction fabrics of the 20's & 30's
that I also included embroidery which I love too!

This is another quilt using grays and blacks along with a brighter
color which I seems to be drawn to.

This little quilt was of the beautiful night blooming Cereus cactus.
The nightblooming cereus is also known as the lunar flower, moon flower and luna flower. This plant is native to the Sonoran Desert in North America. The plant grows as a thin, almost dead looking stick from a single stem in the ground. They bloom just on one or two nights of the year, typically around May 30. Beneath the ground is a large tuber, often the size of a watermelon, that was eaten by Indians and early settlers because of its nutritious content. Pack rats often eat these blossoms before morning, so catching a glimpse of them can be fleeting. They often stay open until the early morning hours, but then close up for another year.

We actually have one of these beautiful cactus on our property.

Anyone who knows me knows I luv Sunflowers!
So of course I had to have pictures of a couple of those quilts!
Aren't they beautiful?!!

This was a fun quilt! 
See the lady in the red top? Well, her skirt is made so that
it lifts up...for those who are curious and want to lift it up
it has a label that says something about "Shame on you for lifting a girls skirt!"

I thought these two were absolutely beautiful...
love the colors, the pictures do not do them justice.

This is the last of my pictures...
this one was in a bed turning they were having.
I love the bubble gum pink of the old days...
I am really partial to the 20's & 30's fabrics and I thought
this was beautiful and in amazing condition considering it's age.
The color combination of the pink and yellow was wonderful.


That was the highlight of my weekend.  Next weekend is the
Phoenix Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival....
It's quite the event and I am so looking forward to attending with my
SILs Beth & Sandy...
I think this will be the first event the three of us have attended together...
I joined my husbands family many years ago...
Beth was the only crafty one...
before too long she had me corrupted!
She taught me to crochet & quilt for which I will be forever grateful!
Then years later when Sandy joined the family...
we corrupted her too!
She now crochets, sews and she is now learning to quilt!
(You know Beth's brothers are none too happy with their big sister!)


Speaking of crafting... I have spent way too much time trying to create this
post and am dying to get to my current project!
I am half way done with the embroidery for my
"Gardener's Journal" quilt!

I bid you farwell so I can sew!


Monday, January 3, 2011

Dear Diary....

Dear Diary.... forgive me since it has been soooo long since
my last entry!
I thought I was going to be better at this the
last time I  did a post but we see I have failed big time!
I usually would get on the computer in the evenings after
work but ever since I started working on my Bernat CAL...
my evenings were dedicated to working on that with
not too many doing nothing.

But....I finally finished it this past weekend!
It's the biggest afghan I have made as I usually stick to
baby size because I get tired of working on the same things
for long periods of time...

Do you want to see it?

Here goes...

I am so excited how it turned out!
I thought for sure it would be pretty cattywhompas!
(Did you like my word? If you are from the South, you know
what I'm talking about!!)
I think I will put it in my Esty shop and
see if I get any nibbles.


I did take some time out before the holidays to make a little
something for the girls at work.
My SIL turned me on the the fabric wrapped clothesline rope...
I believe I had posted a picture of a bowl I had made
sometime ago and decided to make a pencil cup for everyone's desk.
I was really please how they turned out...
unfortunately, everyone's favorite color was purple so there
wasn't much variety in the colors but
they still are pretty!

Cute huh?!!!


I also finished a baby afghan I had started in the summer
for my niece who actually delivered over the holidays.
The picture really doesn't show the details
as the pattern is a self bordering which was really nice...

Then there were the holidays...
Boy am I glad all that is over and back to normal!
If you are like me... you love looking at everyone's holiday pics!
So here are mine...

My Christmas cactus actually bloomed!

This was the view at the hotel where my work party was...
beautiful as the sun was going down..

Me and my honey...

Baby Kael's 1st Christmas...
Mom and Dad could have opened a toy store after
this holiday!  He made out like a bandit!

Next year should really be fun!


Well... I have bored you enough...
I have a couple projects in my head so maybe
some new pics soon...
And now that the CAL is history....
my OCD self can start working on my
Gardener's Journal stitcheries...