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Beauties From The Quilt Show…

The Quilter’s Connection Quilt Guild, to which I belong, had it’s quilt show over the weekend. I have to say that I am in awe at the quilts that were displayed. I worked in the boutique on Saturday morning which also had a stunning amount of unique products for purchase. Later in the day, I worked as a hostess doing the ‘white glove’ thing. Working as a hostess is neat because you can trade off with other hostesses and move around to the different areas of the show. This allows you to have a chance to spend quite a bit of time with many different quilts. The venue for our quilt show is actually a theater building so quilts are hung on 3 different floors including in the main theater and the black box lower level.

I took pictures of some of my favorites, not all the pictures I took came out great but our guild puts every quilt on the website. This takes a little time to appear but as soon as it does, I’ll post a link so you all can see the wonderful quilts. There were about 150 quilts on display.

This quilt was so awesome in every way. This was done by Anne Kimball. The texture was amazing.

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A beautiful one by Susan Stemporzewski

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This one garnered so much attention. It was made by Pam Arsenault. The background quilting includes all kinds of sea life.

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This one impressed my hubby. It was made by Rosemary Bawn.
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This was one of my favorites by Nancy Howard. The picture doesn’t even do it justice.

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Mike McNamara had a very impressive showing of quilts. This first one with the rooster was selected by reps from the Museum of Fine Arts to add to their permanent collection. Having the reps attend was a great way to start the day off!! I really enjoyed his MLK quilt as well.

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The two in the background are also Mac’s.


I especially loved the colors and texture on this one by Raphaela Greenstein…

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My mom entered the following quilts…one she made on her embroidery machine and another she made from one of my patterns.

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I entered the Amanda quilt and also The Lindsey Project…

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Sometimes the most unexpected things happen at a quilt show like meeting a fellow member you did not know before and finding out that you are so inspired by this person and very grateful to have met them. I had the pleasure of meeting quilt artist, G. Wong on Saturday. G was doing applique demonstrations outside of the boutique while I was working. I didn’t get to see her demonstration at that time but later in the day, she came into the theater area and we got to talking. She so sweetly, took out her demo supplies and gave me my own lesson on Hawaiian applique right there and then. I am sending you all over to her blog, Quilt & Bitch, to see her AMAZING work. When you go to her blog, click on the Quilts tab to see pictures of all of her quilts. The Orange Peel quilt was at the show among others (From The Inside Looking Out and From The Outside Looking In). Her color placement is just.so.awesome.

Have a great day everyone! I’m off to work on a t-shirt quilt for a special grad!


Quilter’s Connection Quilt Show

This weekend is my guild’s quilt show in Watertown, MA. If you are local, I’d love to see you there! I’ll be working in the boutique on Saturday morning and hostessing in the afternoon.

Here is the flyer for the show. It’s always a wonderful display of quilts at every skill level!! The boutique is full of gorgeous items including hand dyed fabrics. Check it out!

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Reunited and it feels so good….

Sing it with me! LOL!

Last night I reunited with my quilt guild, Quilter’s Connection, and it did indeed feel so good!! As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I had not been able to attend a guild meeting in close to a year. Being there last night and reconnecting with some wonderful people made me realize that in order to get the most out of your guild experience, you do need to attend and participate and volunteer. It’s a large guild…302 members. That’s a lot of people to meet, learn from and be inspired by. I won’t lie, it can be an intimidating group at times but only if I let it be. There are skills of every level in this guild. We have some pretty famous names as well. Last night was Show and Tell. I didn’t want to bring anything to show because I know that the shock and awe factor of what others are showing far outshines my traditional work. My biggest fan (aka MOM) urged me to bring my Fall Jubilee Bed Runner since it is in this month’s issue of Quilter’s World magazine. I found my courage and brought my bed runner.

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I took it in stride that OF COURSE my turn came after this woman held up a monstrosity of a huge, beautiful, stunning red and white quilt…that she quilted herself because of course she did. I tried not to die on the spot. I didn’t die. I made it through. I participated and overcame the fear. You can do that too. I promise.

So here’s my yogurt story. I’m not a fan of it. I’ve been eating the Dannon Greek Light & Fits that are only 80 calories because I discovered they don’t really taste like yogurt. There are a lot of interesting flavors. On Sunday, the woman in front of me at the grocery store had about 12 of these lined up to purchase.

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I noticed the containers were orange and asked her if it was a new flavor. She told me it was Caramel Apple and it was pretty much the best thing she’s ever eaten. I said I would try them next time I was shopping because I was already in line and didn’t want to run back to the Dairy section. After a few minutes of deliberation on her part, she offered me one of the yogurts from her order. I was a bit surprised because she was so exuberant about her yogurts. I asked her if she was sure and she said that she had taken EVERY one of the Caramel Apple yogurts that was on the shelf and that she’d feel much less guilty about that, if I would take one. I laughed so hard. I told her if it would make her feel better about wiping the shelf clean then I’d be happy to take one. Guess what? That yogurt was pretty much the best yogurt I’ve ever had. It tasted like apple pie and had little apple bites in it. Yummmmmmmmmmmy. Apparently I’ll have to try a different grocery store to pick up more of them because I’m fairly sure the shelf is empty at my usual place.

Today is cut and color day. This is my “Before” photo…

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Can’t show the “After” because I haven’t gone to the salon yet. This is what I’m hoping for though…an actual style. I grew my hair longish and now it just gets either tucked behind my ears or thrown in a pony tail. I’d like something less bland. Wish me luck.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


Salvage Chic Visit & Things I Want To Share

Happy Saturday!
Yesterday I treated myself to a little visit at the Salvage Chic antique store a few minutes from my house. I like to go in there every once in awhile to see what’s new and how they display their items. The store has many rooms that you can move around in and it is set up like a house. The kitchen items are found in the kitchen, the bedroom type items are in one room, office stuff in another, etc. It’s a nice place to spend some time wandering through and you never know what you might find! Nothing came home with me but here are some things I looked at…

Pretty little granny square afghan.

This poor old Crazy quilt. It was so tattered and worn it had to be displayed in a cardboard box…someone put an awful lot of care into making this and it was sad to see it in such a state.
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This was an enigma. It was so stuffed into this barrel that I couldn’t get it out even when I tugged on it a bit. Some things are better left alone?
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There were cute and I was glad to see them displayed on a bed…
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But this, this stole my heart. I so wanted to bring this beautiful coffee set home. The aqua and white stripe…oh my. The store wanted $30 for it and I almost caved and bought it. It was so beach-y looking and I was daydreaming of coffee by my cabana and how lovely it would be to have this little set for company then I realized, it’s hot out at the cabana…and it’s glass (not a fan of glass in the pool area) and really I’m usually drinking water or a beer at my cabana! LOL!!! So it stayed at the shop but it’s still calling to me…those cute red spoons in the mugs…seriously.

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I have a few other things to share with you that have come across my path this week…one is the awesome video invite to my quilt guild’s show at the end of the month. Quilter’s Connection has a lovely quilt show and I am sad that I can’t participate this year as I have another commitment. I’m sharing this with you because it’s such a great idea to make a video of the show announcement…maybe you would like to suggest this to your own guild. Here’s the Youtube link.


I follow Lindsey Cheney’s The Pleated Poppy blog and I love her What I Wore series. She is a stay at home, home school mom, crafting entrepreneur and she got tired of wearing yoga pants and pajama pants all day so she started dressing better and takes photos of her outfits each week to post. Others are welcome to link up to her. Last week she did a post on packing light for a trip to Barcelona that she is going on. She lays out several basic wardrobe pieces and accessories and turns those pieces into 11 days worth of clothing. I’m fairly fashion challenged at the moment as I’m home also and naturally gravitate to the comfortable. I made a list of all the pieces Lindsey shows and then check marked what I already own and then I went out and bought some missing items to beef up my own wardrobe. I confess, I got some of those basic pieces at the Salvation Army Store because they are a treasure trove of basic pieces!! I didn’t really need much, I think I just needed to see how to coordinate what I have in a more fashionable way. Check out her blog, you won’t be disappointed! Here’s the link:


Today Nancy Zieman has an interesting post on what size rotary cutter is best for which job…worth the read and there’s a cool new rotary organizer gadget at the end of her post…


Have a beautiful Saturday!!!


Quilt Guilds

Do you belong to a quilt guild or quilting circle?  I belong to a really wonderful 400 member quilt guild out of Watertown, MA.  It’s called Quilter’s Connection.  We have a meeting once a month on Monday nights and it usually runs from 7:30-9pm.  The President gives her message first and then invites other members to make their announcements.  The guest speaker gives his/her presentation for about an hour after that and then there is time for questions and answers.  Usually the speaker has conducted two days of workshops on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the meeting and we all get to see what the members who signed up for the workshop accomplished.   Before the meeting the doors open early and we have a library of books to borrow from, an Adopt A Fabric table where members can sell unused/unwanted sewing items and also a table with some new sewing notions for sale.  The guild hosts a show in the spring and also a series of winter free workshops which are taught to members by other members.

I was sitting here today looking at some pictures from the quilt show and I realized how fortunate I am to be part of such a group of talented individuals.  We all have our own strengths and abilities.  We are not there to criticize each other’s work.  It’s a nice feeling to share a passions with so many others.

Does your guild run in a similar manner?  Do you belong to more than one guild?  Feel free to comment and share how your guild works.



Monday, Monday

So the weekend was a really busy one with the quilt show going on.  This was Quilter’s Connection’s 34th annual show.  The guild has 400 members and some are international.  It was a wonderful show with over 170 quilts, each more beautiful and unique than the next.  I took a lot of pictures but everyone there had to sign a release that we wouldn’t publish them so with the exception of my own quilt and my mom’s I can’t put them up 🙁    However…the show organizers do eventually publish all the quilts on the website and I can put up the link when I see the quilt pics are up.

My mom and I both worked at the show.  I white gloved while my mom did a few other jobs as well as white gloving.  She worked the gate and she also sold raffle tickets for the whole cloth quilt that was hand quilted by members.  There was also a very nice boutique filled with all kinds of unique hand made gifts.  My book was also there for sale and the ladies in the boutique felt I should autograph them, so I did!  I can’t wait for the show next year!

My mom’s quilt was “A Whimsical Look Below The Sea”.  She spent many hours beading the outlines of the fish and embellishing them.  You can’t see that from the photo here but it was so beautiful with all those beads on there.  My quilt was the photo quilt of my daughter, Leah, in the pumpkin patch near our home.  I received a lot of compliments on it so I was happy with it.  I was white gloving near the quilt and thought to myself, ‘you really shouldn’t stand near your own quilt during a show’.  Just as I thought that I did overhear a woman say that she felt I should have sent the photo out to be printed through a service on a large piece of fabric to avoid the “seams” down the middle.  It was constructive criticism and a great idea.  I had printed the photo tiled on four sheets of fabric paper and seamed them because that’s how I learned how to do it but if I could find somewhere to print on fabric that large, I would do it!

That’s it for today.  I’m still working on the orange twist block table runner as well as many other projects…sock knitting, hexagons and embroidery…I’ll never finish it all but that’s ok.  Summer is almost here and every minute feels like it counts.  We had kids in the pool all day yesterday which means my husband mows and I lifeguard!  I’ll have to bring my projects out to the pool, I guess.

More later this week when “the book” arrives!  I’m trying to update my Etsy store and online shop for the books to be sold.  If you know you want a book, let me know and I’ll put one aside for you…shoot me a comment here or an email at sewsandi8@yahoo.com