Thursday, October 30, 2008

1800 Aisle

We're home and another Quilt Market is now behind us. If you want to see the "set up" process, head on over to Anne's site. I didn't take any pictures then because...I was working!!! ;-) Anyway, first I thought I'd take you on a tour of our aisle. We were surrounded by a group of wonderfully talented ladies. I'll start with the Bunny Hill booth and work up the aisle. That's Anne on the left and me on the right. Right across from us was the Henry Glass booth and this was the section featuring Anne's new fabric line, Chelsea Manor.
Next door to us was Debbie Hobbs of Ta Dah Quilt Designs. She's a new designer with Henry Glass and such a nice addition to their team. If I gained any weight at Market, it's Debbie's fault. She kept giving us chocolate!!! We had fun with her.

The next booth belonged to Barbara Jones of Quilt Soup fame. Here she is with her delightful husband, Mark. Barbara is also a new designer with Henry Glass. She has a really pretty new fabric line coming out soon.

Next to Barbara was Lynette Anderson and her adorable son Eddie. Lynette is from Australia and after listening to her speak with that neat accent, I wanted to stow away in her suitcase, live in Australia, and see if I could start talking like she does. (hey, I can dream, can't I?) Her stitchery projects are so cute. She has TWO fabric lines coming out soon.

Then, of course, you all know Pam and Janet from The Buggy Barn. They just kill us when they show up about an hour before set up ends and are gone 15 minutes after the show ends. I think they have the right idea!

Proceeding up the aisle was Leanne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle and her sweet mom, Jan Hinrichs. Leanne told us that she was a scientist in her former life. Wow... that's one smart lady.

Good friend, Brenda Riddle of Acorn Quilt and Gift Co was also in the 1800 aisle. Check out that would make anyone want to come in her booth and buy her patterns.

Like this one. I love this dress quilt. Emma might need me to make her one.

Right across from Brenda was Mary Cowan of Mary's Cottage Quilts. She is so darn sweet! That's Mary on the left and her friend, Valerie, on the right. The quilt behind Mary was done in Civil War fabrics and really knocked my socks off.

And, last but certainly not least, was Primitive Gatherings. I wanted to crawl in there and sleep at night, such luck. I just love everything Lisa does.

Another view.

This quilt was soooooooo tiny. Maybe 8" x 12". I may be off an inch or two, but not much more. Can you imagine making all those half square triangles? Yikes!

So, even though I didn't get to see alot of the booths throughout the convention center, I passed these every day and saw some wonderful eye candy. More later!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

To Market, To Market

Well, I'm leaving for Houston tomorrow on the 6am flight (yikes!) to work with Anne in the Bunny Hill booth. Set up is Thurs and Friday, Sample Spree is Friday night and then Market begins on Saturday and runs thru Monday. It will be fun to catch up with all the designers and see what wonderful new quilts, bags, projects etc. they have come up with. I'm meeting up with Karen again and also Sharon and Nancy who I've never met but feel like I already know through their blogs, so that should be a hoot. I promise to take lots of pictures and let you share in all the fun. I might even come home with some cottons and wool. Hmmm.... imagine that! ;-)

Soooo, while I'm gone, I'll leave you with that "occasional" picture of my cute (yes, I'm prejudice) little granddaughter, Emma, who turned 2 in Sept. She just had pictures taken by a wonderful photographer in Seattle, Danielle Weathers. If you live in the Seattle area, and want some fabulous photos taken, give her a call. Check out her website and blog.

Hi Emma. I love you!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A little cotton, alotta wool and mystery solved

Last summer ('07) I did a block of the week....yes, week, with Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop. I thought I would keep up with it because the blocks aren't very big, got in the way and I didn't finish it until just recently. Here's the completed quilt. (I plan on handquilting it).
Here's a close up of the border. And some closeups of a few of the blocks.
The background is flannel and the applique is wool.

Then, this summer I signed up for their block of the week again. This time I made myself work on each block as it arrived. I actually finished it right on time. Hooray! The background on this is a hand dyed cotton. The sashing and borders are cotton.

And a closeup of one of the blocks.

I absolutely LOVE working with wool. It just feels so good!

The mystery flag gift giver was none other than my wonderful friend Patty who lives in Calif and who I have known for more than 35 years. She sent it to me "just because". Isn't that sweet? Thanks Patty, I love it!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Mystery flag

Isn't this a great garden flag? I love it.

But... I don't know where it came from. Yesterday I received a package in the mail from Flag Fables. I didn't order it and there wasn't any invoice or note in it.

Anyone out there know anything about this? I want to be able to properly thank the sender! ;-)

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Anne

No, not me....I'm talking about Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs!
She's so busy right now getting ready for Quilt Market in Houston next week that she probably doesn't even remember that it's her special day, so I'm going to make sure you all know about it! (only 7 more sleeps till we leave...yikes)

I'm sure she's probably planning the booth display so that she can win 1st place again like she did in Portland last spring. This is what the booth looked like.

If she's not planning the booth display, then she's feverishly writing patterns, creating a last minute pincushion (Bitty Doggie), finishing up the binding on a quilt that just came back from being quilted, shipping all the supplies and props to Houston, editing photography, dealing with the printer, making signs etc. etc. etc. I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.

She's an amazingly talented woman whose birthday never gets the recognition it deserves because it always falls during her busy "season". She's a wonderful friend and confident with the biggest heart you'll ever find. Generous almost to a fault, and always there when someone needs her. I'm lucky to call her my friend.

This is the only picture I could find of the 2 of us together. That's Anne on the left, our friend Sandy (no blog) in the middle and me on the right. So, head on over to her blog and wish her the happiest of birthdays ever! And while you're there...check out the sneak peak of her newest designs. I've seen them and, as always, they are wonderful!

Happy Birthday Anne!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fall in the High Desert

I've been reading lots of blogs that have gorgeous pictures of fall foliage, so I thought I'd show you a bit of what fall looks like in Bend, OR. You probably think of Oregon as having lots of rain, therefore, lots of trees with lots of color, right? WRONG! There are two parts of Oregon. The wet side (west of the Cascade Mountains which is probably brilliant with color right about now) and the dry side (east of the Cascades, which isn't. LOL). We live on the east side at about 3500 ft. There are mostly Pine and Juniper trees which are evergreens, color. When you do see colorful trees, you can bet that they were probably planted by those of us who moved here and wanted some variety.

This is looking out from our deck. Don't get too overwhelmed now!
Our front yard.. which will be covered in snow fairly soon. Oh No! Pretty red bushes planted by us for........color!
Mother Nature blessed the mountains with some snow this week. We only got a dusting at our house.
And, a close up of those gorgeous Cascade mountains. This was taken at the end of our driveway. We live in a beautiful part of the country but, we just don't get to experience autumn like some of you do.

So, keep posting those pictures of your glorious trees for us here to enjoy.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A Few Pumpkins

This is a project I've been working on with a group online. The pattern is "The Great Pumpkin" by Briar Rose Designs and calls for 15" blocks. I didn't want a giant pumpkin quilt, so I decided to reduce the pattern by 50%. The blocks now measure 7.5" and they are pretty cute if I do say so myself. I still need to add embroidery on some of the blocks, machine blanket stitch all the applique and then pick out some sashing and border fabric. Maybe it will be completely finished by NEXT fall. LOL. I used my stash for this and hardly even made a dent in it.

I think the quilt will finish at around 36" x 38" depending on how wide I make the borders. (nice size for a little wallhanging)

Friday, October 3, 2008


The next 2 posts are reversed. Sorry about that. Hey, I'm still learning, remember? Aghhhh!
So here are more kits that we all bought. They are all part of Jo Morton's Little Women's club. I'm completely in love with these little quilts and just knowing that they can be finished in a short amount of time makes me love them even more. I'll be joining the next installment of the Club! It will have to be via internet because none of the quilt shops in my area offer it. Too bad...they don't know what they are missing out on.

This kit includes fabric for all THREE quilts. Woo Hoo!
Looks like I'm gonna be busy, huh?
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Pardon the interruption

Thought I'd take a break from the quilt show and take you to the vendor's booth that took our cash! It is Carriage Country Quilts located in Des Moines, WA.

That quilt hanging under their sign was wonderful.
Here's a close-up of it.

Has anyone seen this fabric or know what it's called? I think it's by Joined at the Hip.

This is one of the kits we all bought. It's called "Jo's Pick Up Sticks". Don't you love the way it's displayed with all the wonderful colors of floss and perle cotton? No, they weren't included in the kit. Darn!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Quilt Show - Part 2

I love applique quilts.

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Look! A Bunny Hill Quilt

This quilt is by Bunny Hill Designs. It's called "Market Morning". Check it out on Anne's website. Different fabrics can sure change the look of a quilt.

I saw this one in Houston last Fall.

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