Monday, January 12, 2015

World Quilt Show - Florida VI

This past weekend was the World Quilt Show - Florida VI. I managed to attend on both Thursday and Saturday. Astonishingly, True Colors (aka White Lines) won Second Place. What? Yes, Second Place. Wow, I was amazed. I know how hard I worked on that quilt, and I also know the issues and problems in finally getting it finished. It just goes to show you sometimes things even with their little complications and blemishes still work out okay! For anyone that doesn't know about the problems behind this quilt, you can click here to the finally finished post, which includes multiple links to the horror stories).

Here are a few of my favorites from the show, hopefully you can read the info cards (if you click on the photo it should enlarge):

Click here to see the entire Winners list.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

Today is the first Monday of 2015. I am in denial... it can't possibly be 2015 already.

December is a massive blur:
client schedule - still way far behind
family life - hubby had shoulder surgery causing more downtime
class samples - ummm, not yet
class handouts - they look amazing in my head
competition quilt - looks like neatly folded fabric
wholecloth - waiting for transfer to fabric
art group quilt - traced and waiting
and so much more...

My word for 2014 was reevaluation. I did reevaluate... time management, friendships, life goals. Lots of things. As you can tell by December, the time management didn't work as well as planned. Friendships have changed - some dissolved, some stronger, some remain the same. Life goals, well, I've taken the giant step of travel teaching.  For those that don't know, I suffer from severe attention issues as well as anxiety with public speaking (anxiety in general, but extreme with public speaking). So, travel teaching is a very big step for me. Hopefully my teaching style will work, it'll be more of come check this out than just do this type of thing. So in a nut shell, I am truly scared-to-death in this endeavor.  I have so much to share and hoping it comes out as well as I want it to... I'm sure there will be loads of arm and hand flapping and lots of babbling. Those that know me are giggling. This is me.

I don't yet have a word for 2015. Maybe change. Maybe adjust would be better. I'm adjusting not changing. Either way, once I know my word for the year, I'll be sure to let you all know.

Wishing you all the best that 2015 has to offer!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Feels like Forever...

I just realized it has been over a month since my last post. I never shared my favorite quilts from Houston, perhaps one day, but lately there just hasn't been any time. I know we all struggle with time and balance -- it is so difficult for me lately.  I thought maybe I'd try and catch everyone up on my little goings on over here. So here goes...

My one machine went away for service for over a month. That really put a giant dent in my client work schedule. I usually have one machine for the standard schedule and the other machine is for rush jobs as well as my own work. So you can see how losing one really messes things up. I managed... barely, and very far behind schedule. Since then, the machine is back, things running smoothly -- well, as smooth as possible. When you are behind schedule every little thing turns into the dreaded snowball effect.

Wonderlust will be at her final competition during AQS Quilt Week - Albuquerque in January 2015.  She is truly one of my favorite quilts and has had a wonderful journey.  She has appeared in several Gammill Quilting ads, as well as being on the cover and background of their All Product Brochure - an extreme honor!!

Originally all those rings and arcs were supposed to intertwine and weave through the large applique shape. I just couldn't get it to work, and after multiple tries gave up and conceded to just the applique shape over the intersections. To this day it still bothers me and I (one day) might have to tackle that idea again on another quilt. Hmm... not sure I ever shared that before?!!

So, if you've never had the chance to see Wonderlust in person, and you might be in the Albuquerque area, this would be you chance!

I wrote a cool article about saving a botched fabric painting on behalf of Gammill for the AQS Quiltviews blog.  Click the photo to check it out!!

I tried to finish piecing a quilt before Christmas... and I'm really stressing the word tried. Needless to say, it will not be finished for Christmas, but hopefully soon!  I really can't wait to quilt this one - but must finish piecing it first! Here's a peek at the fabrics:

Did I tell you guys that we got a puppy? Yes, we got a puppy... Yes, we are nuts... Yes, she is bad (also known as being a puppy)... Yes, she is growing like a weed! 

Oh... if you're going to be at Road to California in January 2015, make sure you look for Outta the Loop and also Down the Rabbit Hole -- they were both accepted!  If you're there please send me some pics!

On another competition note, True Colors (aka White Lines) was accepted to the World Quilt Show - FL Competition, yet another show in January!  I'll be at that one!

And I'm sure you all know by now that I have started teaching!  You can always find my teaching and travel schedule on my website, here's the link!  Here's what we have so far:

January 2015 - East Coast Gammill/Statler Conference - Richmond, VA
April 2015 - MQX Quilt Festivals-New England, Manchester, NH
May 2015 - Machine Quilters Showcase (MQS), Cedar Rapids, IA

There's some more dates coming, I'll add them as soon as they are finalized!  Hope to see you at one ore more of the events!!

I managed to attend two out of three Christmas parties - not too bad.  Three would have been better, but we'll take what we can get!

My Journeys Thru Art project deadline is quickly approaching and I have yet to truly start on the project. Unless you count picking up the fabrics and moving them across the room starting then I am really behind!  Hoping to get started on this (as well as finishing) in the next few weeks!

I think that catches everyone up... now, if only I could catch up!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Home from Houston

This year's Houston trip is over. It was not nearly long enough. Our plan of a full two and a half days was quickly shortened due to the delay of our connecting flight. And it wasn't a waiting in the comfort of the airport delay, it was a we're all in our seats sitting on the runway waiting for takeoff delay... with no A/C. So instead of arriving at lunch time, we didn't get to the convention center until later afternoon. But it's all good, we still managed to squeeze in a couple of very short hours on Friday.

This post will be the fun pics, I'll save the quilts for another post, once I've narrowed it down to my favorites.

The view from our room:

Oh look!  There's Elphie hanging in the Cherrywood Fabrics booth!  

The view at the Gammill booth:

And look at all the camo color options available from Gammill!!! They have a gazillion colors -- something for everyone.


And some more Gammill booth fun:

Nancy's first porthole pic:

So glad Nancy got a scooter... that was way too much walking for her!

The view from the 24th floor at the Hilton -- I can't miss a sunset now can I?!!



And of course, what would a trip be without a margarita pic!

Funny pic of the day... what you don't know is Nancy just poked herself in the eye with her glasses and was using the heat from the coffee lid for some relief.  I quoted it as "she's a little lid headed"...

And my favorite, rice krispy treats!

Some doodle quilting on Ole Glory!

Here I am with Judi Cogliati, my buddy from Queensland, Australia:

And two of my most favorite people and very dear friends - Sharon Schamber and Cristy Fincher of Purple Daisies:

And my name twin and very good friend, Karen Farnsworth. Hoping to collaborate with her on some stuff real soon!!

And really, a pink camo Gammill... OMG! I want one!!!
Why yes, that is a Statler, but watch what happens when you drop the belts:


Love this pic - me, the hand guided quilter with Paul Statler, the computerized quilting genius:


Look at the amazing hand-guide capabillities while stitching with a Statler!



And Nancy waving goodbye for this post!

More pictures soon, once I can organize the quilts and info cards into something post worthy.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Catch Up Time... what?

It's been much too long between posts - I know! So much has been going on over here - I'm still down to only the one machine. And with still being only one machine I have been like a crazy woman working on quilts. Working during the week on my already behind client schedule and quilting all weekend long on secret stuff for market peeps and a couple of other things (and no, I can't share any of that stuff - secret or other) -- I lie, I'll share that they were amazed by my quilting. I don't care who you are, hearing those words feels great! On another note, I truly have to laugh (out loud) - I've been posting my client quilts on my client Facebook page as well as my other blog and every one is like OMG you're so fast. Not really, I'm just quilting every hour of every day... it's like being an accountant at tax time. I'm just working really long days which online appear as being really fast.

So, back to the many things going on in my little quilty world. Let's start with the sample quilt I stitched on for Quiltworx - OMG, what a beautiful quilt. I've already posted it on my other blog with many more photos, but I'll share the full picture again here. This is one of the quilts for market that I am able to share:
Weathered Windmill - Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer
Isn't is awesome? Click on the links above for more details. I know that you will be able to see this at market, it'll be in either the Quiltworx booth or the Timeless Treasures booth -- as it is pieced in Quiltworx new fabric line, Reclaimed West -- so if you're at market check it out and feel free to send me a pic! I can't wait to be able to share the other stuff I've worked on -- absolute beauties, hopefully you'll see them soon!

Next we'll jump to the MQX Quilt Festivals - Midwest show. I had entered The Thing with Feathers and also True Colors (aka White Lines). Honestly, I wasn't expecting much so let me tell you how tickled I was last week when I received the email stating I had won a ribbon... OMG really?!!

Let me tell you, the excitement I feel when reading those words never gets old! Unfortunately I wasn't going to the Midwest show so I was depending on my peeps to keep me informed, and they did! Turns out, The Thing with Feathers won an Honorable Mention - wooohoooo!  I love this quilt, but then, you already know that. Several of my friends snapped the pic for me (thanks again to all of you):


Ooooohhhh lookie there, that's a beautiful ribbon next to that quilt (with some awful fold lines)! But wait... the news gets even better! Turns out True Colors (aka White Lines) snatched up a Faculty Ribbon as well (thanks Linda for snapping the ribbon pic and letting me know). For those that don't know this about me, any choice ribbon (teacher, viewer, judge) is one of my favorite ribbons -- it means that my quilt was some one's absolute favorite -- how can you beat that?!! So here's a picture of True Colors and also her ribbon:


Winning anything on this quilt is pure amazement to me... seriously, super sweet icing. There were so many issues with  this quilt creating, quilting, the lines, blocking, painting, etc -- I truly just wanted to share her with people so they can see that mistakes and problems can still turn out beautiful! 

Now on to the non-quilty stuff. In all that craziness I did manage to sneak away for an afternoon of family fun - it was much needed and even more appreciated. It all started when the littles came over with a surprise:

One of those is mine!!! OMG, pure deliciousness. What started out as a quick visit turned into an all-day adventure.  It was one of those super-amazing unplanned days! Aren't they the best?!

Some of you know this has been the year of pool issues. We've been fighting with the pool since March -- chemical balance, crazy algae that wouldn't go away, broken salt generator, etc. I have been in my pool a total of 3 times since March... really!  It has been depressing, disappointing, I've actually gone numb to the entire pool issue. Well, in the past two weeks we have finally resolved ALL the issues - and yes, I spent yesterday afternoon floating my stress away - it was nice! 

Oh and last night I found out we are the proud grands of a little fluffer-nutter! She weighs in at a whooping less than two pounds!

I hope all of you have been enjoying life - both quilty and non-quilty. Til next time... 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Just a little catch up...

That's all I'm doing anymore - catching up.  Come to think of it, I can't even recall when I was ahead of myself.  Perhaps it has never been?!!  Hmm, I might just have to ponder on that...

Until that answer arises, let's see what has happened in my little quilty world:

Client quilts - still behind, but working some crazy overtime (kind of morning, afternoon, and evening stitching).

Old Gam had a maintenance check up.  Well, it turned into a maintenance pick-up as she had to go away for repairs.  So instead of having my usual two machines for multiple chaos I am now down to just the one for a few weeks.  Here is Richard (Pat's Calico Cottage) prepping old Gam for her road trip for some heavy maintenance and new parts:

I finally ordered the purple fabrics for Lucy.  I went back and forth between solids or prints, it was all I was thinking about, but finally decided on solids.  Shocking, I know!  I ordered them from Cherrywood - the eggplant 8 step gradation - because yes, my Lucy will be purple!  I can not wait to get started on this!

Oh, remember the JTA field trip a couple of weeks ago? I had purchased the ladybug fabric for place mats.  Well, I made them:


True Colors was chosen as The Quilt Show's quilt of the day on 9/5 - that was cool!

I wrote a little article for Gammill on the AQS QuiltViews blog - check it out when you get the chance - http://www.quiltviews.com/light-it-up-or-not-a-how-to-from-gammill  - I'll have a couple of more of these in the very near future.  I will definitely let you know when they become available.  In the meantime, check out the other great stuff on the AQS Blog!

I think that's about it... for now!