WHOOMP There IT Is! #25 – Quilt Show Faves, This Hair! and So Long My Friend

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The Arizona’s Quilters Guild 2016 Quilt Show was fantastic!  After my volunteer shift on Saturday I walked the entire show…for the 2nd time. The 1st time was on Thursday after the awards ceremony.  There were 300+ quilts and a ton of vendors. It was a day spent in quilty splendor and I left the show filled w/so much inspiration!

I entered Gossamer in the Pictorial category.  Here are the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the category.   Can you say AMAZING?!

I love scrappy quilts so it’s no surprise that most of my faves were scrappy delights!

Here are some of my other favorites! Forgive the bad lighting/photography on some of these pics.

Now about my hair….

I’ve worn it short most of my life but I’ve been growing it out for about 1.5yrs.  Here’s a pic I took a few days after my last hair cut in October of 2014.  I went to visit Greta of Material Datchment and we went the the AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines.

I’ve been wearing hair extensions (braids) for the past year, but recently decided to give my neck a break for a while (any braid style tends to be heavy when you have as much hair as I do). I took the braids out and treated myself to a silk press.  It took my stylist, Maranda, less than 1 hr to transform my mass of hair into silky bliss. Thanks again Maranda! It won’t stay like this forever.  As soon as I warsh it, it’s back to my worlds of curls but I’ll ride this silky wave as long as I can.

l to r: warshed, blown-out, silk-pressed

And one last thing before the linky. Yesterday a very dear friend went home to heaven. She was the best Scrabble player ever…even at 91yrs old!

Elinor is on the right

Elinor, you are already missed! Until we meet again, rest in peace.

Now it’s time for sew and share.

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #24 – Award Winner

WHOOMP There IT Is!  Gossamer got Honorable Mention in the pictorial category at the Arizona Quilters Guild Quilt Show 2016!

Not too bad for my first ever show entry! Thank you Janeen for the wonderful pattern! AND thank you Sue for your thorough and patient instruction!  You can read about the making of Gossamer here.  Needless to say, I’m ecstatic!

Ugh! I could not get this centered! 

And in other news…

Last week’s craft sale was pretty much a bust. There wasn’t much traffic at all.  I sold 3 bibs all day. We were out there from 8a – 1p.  I came home and listed everything in My Etsy Shop.

Besides the bibs, I’d made several belly bands for small dogs. I decided to give my bands a name; Mr. PeePotty.  I’ve always heard that baby and dog items sell the best. I sure hope it’s true!

I did manage to get another spiderweb block finished. I’m starting to see webs form!

I had a minor mishap though. On one section I cut off the web strings instead of my guide.  It was an easy fix, but I did want to cry when it happened.

There are several patterns/tutorials for the spiderweb quilt.   I chose to go w/ this tutorial because I found it the simplest.  The blocks measure 11.5″, so I figure to have a decent size lap quilt I need 42 blocks (6 across, 7 down), which means my 1st block will definitely be in this quilt!

This scrappy Jelly Roll Race quilt is basted and I’m hoping to finish it this weekend to get it sent off on Monday. Then I’ll get started on my next commission for 2 baby quilts w/custom labels.

And lastly, for the past few years I’ve volunteered at the AQG Quilt Show. If I’ve had a name tag, it’s been a sticker but this year I have a real badge! Thanks Sue!

If you are local or just visiting this weekend, come see the 300+ quilts made by amazing Arizona quilters!  I hope I see you there!

And one more pic of  me & Gossamer for good measure. =)

Now it’s your turn to show us what you’ve been up to.

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WHOOMP There IT Is! #16 – My Binding Evolution

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How do you quilt? Some people quilt by hand, some by machine…and some by check. Check? Yep! I cracked up the first time I heard it…lol! What it means is, they pay someone to do the quilting for them. In most cases it’s a long-arm quilter.  Now, some long-arm quilters also offer binding services but…some don’t. So I had the awesome idea to offer machine binding services to local quilters who want to bind by check. =)  I’m currently working on a list of services and prices.

When I first started quilting I got anxiety when it came to the actual quilting, but even more so when it came to binding. My teacher wasn’t always available so I went surfing and came across Quilting in the Rain. I used Jera’s Binding and Blind Stitching Tutorial for awhile.

Before long, I decided that hand binding is for the birds.  I then graduated to her Machine Binding Tutorial. After using this technique for some time, I decided I wanted something w/a less bulky ending.  I went surfing again and found Binding by Machine by Carole at Fresh off the Frame. It teaches a smooth, mitered join at the end. It was exactly what I was looking for!

And then one day, either several months or a year later ( I don’t know exactly how long as life is busy and time passes way too quickly), I was visiting my friend jkfreeman13 (IG name). She was showing me quilts she’d made over the years and they were all finished w/a gorgeous and very polished binding that also had an accent color.  She referred to it as Susie’s Magic Binding.   It is also known as Faux Piped Binding  and it is AMAZING! I’ve written about this AMAZING binding before.  In the FPB tutorial, Trisha explains the difference in pressing the seam of your binding and accent fabric one way or the other. The effect is either “stuffed” like piping, or “flat” like a flange. This is my absolute favorite binding tutorial to date and will be an option that I offer w/my services.  Hand binding, on the other hand, will not be an option I offer.

Last week at our Quilters Anonymous Sit & Sew, in spite of excessive socializing, I managed to get all of the squares sewn together for this scrappy lap quilt I’ve named Lap Full of Flowers.

 Afterward, I came home and made a scrappy Jellyroll Race Quilt top.

And one more thing before I get to the linky, Craftsy is at it again! 
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So…how have y’all been? I’ve been seeing lots of fantastic WIPs in blogland and IG but, I’m always thrilled to see more!
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And last but not least, GO BRONCOS!!!