Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Shop Hop (and Tutorials)

The other day our Quilt Guild went on a shop hop through Clarkesville, Tennessee up into Kentucky.  We had sooo much fun and I wanted to share our adventure.

Last year I planned a trip for our club in Missouri and we had a blast.   So this year we decided to go the other direction.  I contacted the shops 2 months ahead of time and spoke to the owners.  (I got the hours of the shop and their complete addresses.)  Then 1 week before our trip I called each shop to give them an approximate time to expect us and how many of us were going.    First stop, was the "Clarksville Sewing Center".  They were such pleasant, happy, energetic girls.

There shop was very neatly decorated. 

They specialize in selling Janome and Baby Lock machines.  They also have different classes going all the time.  We we so excited when each girl gave us a different tutorial on different techniques.

   The first was folded flowers:

Another was an easy way to make a square in a square:

They had another tutorial, but for some reason I cannot download it, sorry.  

From here we had lunch at Cracker Barrel.

After that it was off to Trenton, Kentucky to "Quilt and Sew at Golden Theeads".
They too had a tutorial for us showing us an easy way to make the Lemoyne Star using the proper ruler:

From this...to this:

Their shop was small but packed full of wonderful items.

The last stop was the "Kentucky Star Quilt Shop" in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.   Here they had a large shop just full if quilting fabrics, notions and yarn.

Plus a cute little nook to sit and relax.

I hope you enjoyed seeing our trip.
Who know what we will do next year.
till next time,


Monday, May 4, 2015

Hamburger Anyone?

It's getting warmer and so are the grills.  This was a beautiful warm week.  People are planting their flowers/gardens, cleaning up their yards, And getting the grills going. While sitting out on out porch we could smell grills going somewhere almost every night.  It made me hungry and wanting to yell, "I'll take mine medium well!"

My son and his wife got me lots of fabric this past Christmas and one of the stack of fat quarters was food.

This week I got the idea as to what to make with some.
Do you remember Mr. Whimpy?

(I could't help drawing him)
and here....All layered up.

I fussy cut 1 inch squares of hamburgers for a boarder.   
I quilted randomly in the center and in the ditch, in the boarder.

"I will pay you Tuesday,
for a Hamburger Today"

Ah, but what do you need for Grilling? 
How about potholders?

I made these for my Daughter-in-law. 

Then I made myself one.  

(I need to make a few more for myself, perhaps an apron too)

So, what are you working on?
I hope you are enjoying the weather and your hamburgers on the grill. 


Friday, April 24, 2015

Paducah Quilt show, 2015

Oh, what fun we had this past Wednesday.   We left at 7:30 am and got up to Paducah just before the doors opened at 9:00 am.  We got to see the Paducah High School drummers enter the building as the doors opened up for the first time.  Following them were the venders carring one of their quilts from their booth.   Then we got our first souvenir and entered ourselves.

SO many beautifel quilts.  Here are just
 a few of what we seen:

The stitching and imagination were 
just stunning:

It is hard to see in a picture, but these birds were plan blue pieces for feathers.  The stitching was magnificent,  that is what made the feathers!

And talk about thinking out of the box:

Check the quilt out in the picture above very careful.  Those are real pincher pins holding quilts on a cloths line.  And the one quilt on the left, yes it is the quilt itself!

Third place, it was so realistic!

Check out the picture above.  There was one individual that made this very unique quilt.   This is ONE quilt.  If you look at it from the right, you see Mother Teresa (above)

Same quilt...looking at it straight ahead (above) is Oprah Winfrey. 

Looking at that same Quilt from the left, (above) is Jackie Kennedy.

AMAZING, huh? And the boarder was brown...the stitching made it look like a frame around a picture.

The small wall hangings they had in back of glass.  I kept getting glare from all the lighting, so I could not get good pictures.

By the end of the day, we were soo tired, (and unfortunately didn't get to see it all). There was so much.  But we seen as much as we could.  We had soo much fun and am looking forward to going again next year.

I hope I did not bore you too much with all my pictures.  I actually took more, just tried to pick the best ones I had.  And I only took a fraction of the quilts there.  I just had to share with all of yous.

If you are ever near Kentucky the middle of April... or have the chance to to go to the Paducah Quilt show, I would highly recommend it.  You will not regret it.

Till next time,