Lookie, Lookie, Lookie!!!

It came…it came!!! Look what came in the mail the other day. My first doll quilt from the Doll Quilt Swap has arrived, and I LOVE it! I wanted to share it with you sooner but it’s been one of those weeks. My little quilt, made for me by Miki, came all the way from Washington state. I asked her for yellow, purple, and green and that’s exactly what she sent. It measures 12″x16″. Now all I have to do is figure out where I want to hang it so I can enjoy it on a daily basis.

Here’s a closer look at the blocks. I’m not a great photographer and while I thought I had good lighting when taking the photo realized when editing it that I didn’t. You just need to come by the shop and look at it for yourself.

What did I send to Miki? I sent her a blue, yellow, and green quilt that came from a past issue of Quilt magazine. I followed the directions so the quilt she received measured approx. 18″x 23″. I’d thought about making one for myself because I like the design and the colors. If I do that though I think I’ll make my squares a little smaller.

I renamed the quilt from Trip Around the World to Trip Across the Country because it had such a long way to travel. I quilted it like the photo in the magazine as well as on a vintage quilt that I have in my collection. My vintage quilt has quilting lines going across one diagonal. Some of the lines go in one direction and other lines go in the other direction. I’m thinking there could have been two quilters and have wondered whether or not one of them was right-handed while the other was left-handed. There’s no label on the back unfortunately. The little quilt I sent Miki does have a label so she and anyone else who sees it will know the who, when, and why of the little quilt. Yes, I’m really going to have to work on my photography skills.

After I finished quilting the top I decided to put a line of quilting across two of the “squares”. One is in the upper left-hand corner, that’s where Miki lives, and the other is in the lower right-hand corner, that’s where I live.

It was so much fun working on this little quilt, even more fun was the receiving of a little quilt made just for me by a complete stranger whom I’ve gotten to know a little. Turns out, she used to live in Virginia which is where I grew up! I’m always amazed at how small our world really is.

If you want to get in on the fun you still can. Just click on the link above and send Barbara a note asking to be added to the group. It’s an international group! One of these days I might get a quilt from Germany or Australia. How awesome will that be?! You can even find some cute FREE doll quilt patterns at Country Lane Quilts to get you started. It can’t get much easier than that!

The Old Dog’s Still Learnin’!

Techno savvy I am not! You’d never guess that my minor in college was Computer Science given the problems I often have with this box of wires. Of course, that was umpteen years ago, and lots of things have changed since then. It was a challenge just to learn how to use my digital camera. I can honestly say that about all I know of how to work it is pushing the button to take the picture and zooming in when the mood strikes me. Oh yes, I do know how to take the photos off the camera once I take them. All those little squiggles, etc. never get used though because I don’t know what they’re supposed to do. Yes, I know I could read the manual, but I don’t know where it is now.

Why do I need to be taking photos? Because we have so many wonderful quilts that walk in our door, that’s why. I just have to have a photo of them! One, because they’re so gorgeous and two, because I want to be able to share them with you. Since I don’t always have my digital camera handy, and Miss Martha makes me have my cell phone tied around my neck at all times, I decided that I’d better learn how to take photos with the phone, but taking photos with my “new” phone, i.e. Victoria’s hand-me-down, has proven to be almost more than my tired old brain can handle. After many tries and many failures, I finally got the taking of the photos down, more or less, but the editing and figuring out how to get them from my camera to this blog was another journey. Holy cow!!!

Victoria had told me that she’d show me how to get the photos from my phone to the computer. So I waited…and waited…and waited…but because she’s been so busy with school it never happened. Then one day a lovely lady, Tina, came to the shop and showed me how to get the photos to my computer by e-mailing them to myself. Who’d of thought it!? Once I’d done that, I was able to edit the photos and can now share with you some of the more recent quilts that we’ve been privileged to see.

First I’ll show you Miss Phyllis’ quilt from our Basket Bounty BOM. Not only did she do a great job on the front of the quilt (left), but you’ve just got to see the back (right)! She designed the back of the quilt by enlarging the center star and one of the basket patterns. This is truly a reversible quilt. Outstanding!

Then there was this cute, cute, cute doggie wall hanging that Deborah brought in. You can’t see it, but there’s bling on that thar quilt! The dog on the upper right hand corner has on a “jeweled” collar. There are a couple of dogs with dog tags as well. I believe one of those tags had belonged to a beloved pet that is no longer with Deborah. What a wonderful way to remember that special little dog.

Last, but not least by any stretch of the imagination, are the two quilts that Sara brought in. Can you say WOW!? The blue quilt was gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. The HST in the border are leftovers that are pieced which means that the coloured section of the HST is made of two fabrics instead of just one. Love it, love it, love it!

As if that wasn’t enough, she also brought in a quilt that she’d made from Kaufman’s Holiday Flourish fabrics (I wasn’t supposed to show her in the photo so don’t tell her you can see her head!). Breathtaking would be a good adjective to use on this one. The photo absolutely does NOT do this quilt the justice it deserves. Can you tell which pattern she used? It’s a very simple pattern but one that allows you to really showcase larger prints. Give up? It’s the Turning Twenty pattern. Can’t believe it can you!? It’s always amazing how quilts from the same pattern but with different fabric choices look nothing alike. It’s for sure my red, white, and blue Turning Twenty top doesn’t look anything like this beauty. And you should have seen those mitered corners! The one on the other corner of the quilt was perfect, absolutely perfectly mitered. Amazing! The quilting on both of Sara’s quilts was done by Pam and she did a super, super job.

The temptation to start making one of my own with my stash of fabric gets greater each time I look at this photo. I might wait though until the new Holiday Flourish comes in…if it does that is. The new fabric group has purple in it. YES! I did say PURPLE! It’s to-die-for gorgeous. See…

So, from now on when you bring in a quilt to show us I will try to get a photo of it to share with those who weren’t fortunate enough to be here when you visited. Don’t be shy! Bring in those wonderful quilts, wallhangings, and even smaller projects. We love to see them ALL!

In case you need something to work on so you’ll have some show ‘n tell, or maybe you just some inspiration in general, we received the latest issue of Quilt Sampler today. You definitely want to get a copy of this bi-annual magazine. It allows you to travel to 10 of the best shops in the country without even leaving your most comfortable chair. Plus, you’ll get 11 great projects to make from your own stash of fabrics. The number of copies I have are limited so don’t delay!

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