Friday, October 22

A Plethora of Color

Hello Everyone, 
The Irondequoit Quilt Club has once again out done themselves with another terrific quilt show entitled: A Walk in the Quilter's Garden. Each quilt category has garden themed names like Pansy Place, Tulip Terrace, Sunflower Avenue and Hydrangea Street to name just a few. There are easily over 150 quilts on display. Here is a little glimpse:

Love the use of thirties prints in this quilt.
30's Subway Tile
Many quilt shops around the US were busy earlier this year with a "Quilter's Football" program. This quilt is one of the many projects that were offered.
Pre-Game Butterflies
Stash and scraps is where this award winning quilt came from. It is king size! You too can create a great looking quilt using only fabrics and scraps from your stash.
Bear Paws
The quilter that pieced this beauty was trying her hand at a new applique technique (in the border) that she had recently learned. What an outstanding job she did!
Country Haven

The simple quilting design here is just right!
Four Star Squared

Woof, Woof. These dogs are all in the dog-house!
Lucien's Quilt
The greens and purples in this quilt are luscious!
Purple Snowball
You can almost hear the waves crashing and taste the ocean-side candy.
Salt-Water Taffy
Brrrrrr it's getting chilly outside.... We may need this fun loving quilt to cuddle up with!
Snowmen Row
If you are in the area be sure to check out the show. The hours on Saturday, October 23rd are 10am - 4pm at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. (3736 St.Paul Blvd. - Corner of St. Paul and Cooper Roads in Irondequoit.)

Until next time…  
Happy Quilting, Kathy

Wednesday, August 25

Before, During and After

Hello Everyone,
Many quilter's ask me, "How do you decide which design to use on a quilt?"
It is a process.

First I look at the quilt...
This is a customer's Carpenter's Wheel quilt. It measures 39" x 39" and it is going to be used as a wall hanging, and not as a table topper. 

During ~ 
Since this quilt is going to be used as a wall hanging, I should choose some designs that will enhance the piecing. If this quilt was going to be used as a table topper; then I would consider an all over design. The thought here is that the quilt will probably not be seen in it entirety as a table topper; there would be items on top of the quilt (lamp, book, etc.); thereby making the quilting design less important to the overall quilt design.

The blocks of this quilt top are only three inches square. I need to be concerned with size and scale. I would not want to place any very detailed dense design in those areas. I need to choose simple and open designs to complement the over all feel of the fabrics and the piecing.
Here is a look at a design for the outer border, inner corner, and center side areas.
The designs are all very simple and open. They do not take away from the over all feel of the Carpenter's Wheel wall quilt.
Once I have a plan, I am ready to start quilting. Although, sometimes part of the plan may change as I quilt; I may become inspired to go in a little different direction.

After ~
Here is the wall hanging after quilting.

Here is a shot of some of the details.

I hope this blog entry has given you some insight as to the process, Before, During and After that I go though with each quilt that I quilt.

Until next time…  
Happy Quilting, 

Monday, August 23

Saturday Show and Another

Hello Everyone,  
Twice a year one of our local quilt shops exhibits quilts made by their customers. The quilts range from beginners to advanced quilters. The quilter may have taken a class, purchased the fabric or pattern at the shop, or maybe even was inspired by a quilt from a previous show!
Here are a few quilts:

Ruth and Cheryl from Irondequoit Quilt Guild were selling raffle tickets for this beautiful quilt entitled Mystic Garden, that the guild members made. The tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held at their upcoming guild quilt show, A Walk in the Quilter's Garden, in October. The quilt show is Friday, October 22nd from 2pm - 8pm and Saturday October 23rd from 10am - 4pm. At 4pm they will be drawing the winner of this wonderful quilt. Will you have the lucky ticket?
The guild is also doing a raffle for an entry level Bernina sewing machine that was donate by a local quilt shop. Those tickets are $1 each. Who will be the lucky quilter with a new machine?

Until next time…
Happy Quilting,

Friday, August 6

Did You Notice?

Hello Everyone,  
Did you notice the new icon logo on my sidebar? Or the tab at the top of my blog?

We are so very excited about being an authorized Accuquilt retailer! Yes that's right, you can get all your Accuquilt needs met right here at True Creations.
We are working on setting up a shopping cart for your convenience. But until then please check out the tab above to find out more.

Until next time…
Happy Quilting, Kathy

Monday, August 2

Ooooohhhhhh Fabric!

Hello Everyone,  
 Look what I found on my travels while in Connecticut...

Now what to make with these luscious fabrics?  Do you have any suggestions?
What do you think about this quilt pattern?  
If you would like your very own Fruit Cake pattern it can be found here, from my friend Jackie. She may even have a bundle or two of fabric to go with this pattern!

Happy Quilting, Kathy

Monday, July 26

Can You Guess?

Hello everyone!

I took a little trip last week to visit a Statler Sib. I'll give you a few clues and maybe you can guess who it is!

Clue 1: I met her in Overland Park, KS over two years ago at the first SUGAR Conference.

Clue 2: She has a very active blog (always in my sidebar); and is the one who encouraged me to start blogging.

Clue 3: She has lots and lots of bolts of fabric.

Clue 4: These are some favors. But she also loves 30's prints.

Clue 5: Wow, what an array of color of threads she gets to use! She really loves those purples, pinks and lime greens.

 Clue 6: These are some of the half yard bundles that she sells on her on line store.

Did you guess, Jackie from Canton Village Quilt Works?

We had such a great visit last week! It's always fun seeing friends. Make sure you go over and check out Jackie's blog

Thank you Jackie for the wonderful visit. I'm looking forward to another and hope that it will be sooner than later. 

Until next time…  
Happy Quilting, Kathy

Monday, July 19

Quilt Festival Vendor Mailing!

Hello Everyone,  

The Genesee Valley Quilt Club is gearing up for our June 2011 Quilt Festival. I devoted this past weekend to organizing all the vendor packets and mailing them out! I can't wait to see who will be  at our next show. If you want to see a glimpse into our last show you can read all about it here.

If you know of anyone who may be interested in vending, please have them contact me at: I will be sure to send them a packet as well.

Until next time… Happy Quilting, Kathy

Saturday, July 3

Happy Birthday America!

I just love our small town parade...
Let's find a seat.

Here is one of the many marching bands.

A tractor with a barn and silo.

We need some firetrucks.

A unicyclist juggler with flames! Oh my!

How about some candy?

Of course a 4th of July parade would not be complete without Santa!

What are these clowns up to?

Parades, cookouts, great summer weather, family, friends, fun and fireworks - what's not to love about America's Birthday?!

Enjoy your weekend.

Tuesday, April 13

Friendship Blocks

Hello Everyone,
Some of the ladies from the Tuesday night quilt group that I belong to have decided to do a block exchange. Each person decided which block they wanted to make as "their" block. I chose a block called Honeymoon also know as Sweet Sixteen Star. My quilt will be made using pink 30's prints and Kona snow.
Honeymoon / Sweet Sixteen Star

Here are the basic guidelines we used:
1. Each participant will provide two pieces of fabric: 1 fat quarter of you main fabric, and 1 fat quarter of your background fabric for each participant.
2. Using 13"x15" jumbo (2 gal) Ziplock bags place the two fabrics in a bag for each participant. Put your name, email and phone number on the bag.
3. You will add fabric, either from your stash or bought to compliment the fabric in each bag and make the block that you have chosen. These will be 12" finished (12 1/2" unfinished blocks).
4. You will have from March until the September 2010 meeting to complete all bags, at which time they will be given back to the original owner. Note that you may return finished block to the original owner at any time before September if you complete them early, also return any left over fabric that was in the bag.
5. When you have all your blocks back, you can set them however you want.
All of us are very excited about this great Friendship Block exchange. Here are some of the blocks that I have completed for others:

Peggy's Fabrics
Honeymoon with Peggy's Fabric

Chris' Fabrics
Honeymoon Block with Chris' Fabric

Cindy's Fabric
Honeymoon Block with Cindy's Fabric

Donna's Fabric
Honeymoon Block with Donna's Fabrics

Pattie's Fabrics
Honeymoon Block with Pattie's Fabric
I hope everyone likes what I did with their fabrics! I am so anxious to see what they will create with the pink 30's fabric I gave to each of them.

Have you done an exchange with some of your quilting friends? I would love to hear about your block exchange, the type of blocks, the fabrics you used, or maybe the final setting that was used for the blocks. This is going to be sooooooo much fun!
Until next time…
Happy Quilting, Kathy

Monday, April 12

Rolling Along Jelly Roll

Hello Everyone,
Today is the day that the fourth block is announced for the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along. I can't wait to see what it is going to be.

Here is my third block. This block was designed by Debbie Maddy.

You might remember that I am using Verna by Kate Spain for Moda.

Until next time…
Happy Quilting, Kathy
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