Saturday, October 27, 2012

North Louisiana Modern Quilt Guild

The modern quilt guild is here in north Louisiana.  It's new and we are lovin' the fresh feel of it.  Many decisions still need to be made:  what will our name be....when and where will we meet to benefit the majority.....will we swap fabrics, and blocks, will we?.......oh, well, the list goes on.   Come join us for a brief meeting, show and tell, sit and sew.   Let's talk about who we are and what modern means to us.  I'm traditional with a modern twist.  Or am I modern with a traditional twist?  Yes, I can be either or I can be both, depends on the day! 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Quilt LABELS don't have to be mundane

Kay put a new spin on the label for her Furry Sweetness quilt she was gifting to a sweet child.  An envelope! And when asked what she used as a pattern, she smartly replied "an envelope."  Enough said!



Thank you Kay for  inspiring me to add quilt labels! 


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Northeast Louisiana Modern Quilt Guild

It was our first formative meeting, and we are on the map........NELA Modern Quilt Guild website, Flickr  and Facebook

We met yesterday and started the ball rolling with a brief business session:  What will be the name of the modern guild?  Logo?  How about dues?  Meeting place and time?  Bylaws?  Lots to think about in organizing a new group. 

It was a refreshing visit with folks with a kindred spirit....those who can be traditional quilters, yet punch it up a bit with pattern variations.  Fabric choices these days are just delightful and it may take stepping outside the traditional frame of mind to really enjoy newer fabric lines in our quilts.  And solids?  Have you ever seen so many solids?   Quilting, yes, very liberating and forgiving for the at-home quilter.  Lots of free motion.....and lots of straight lines too. 

Ramona, Melisa, Sterling, Sherry and Kristi.....and I'm Marty, the one in the mirror with the camera

Show and Tell:  Ramona Putnam aka ThreadTime brought two of her quilts, free motion quilting by Ramona herself on her sewing machine - not a long arm!  Great work.  Ramona says the on-line classes she's been taking helps a bunch to push down the fear and get a jump start to find new quilting ideas.  Craftsy is a great resource.  The Angela Walter's quilting in negative spaces is a class Ramona recommends. 

This modern quilt is all about Dick and Jane: 

I do wish I would become a better photographer....the back of Ramona's Dick and Jane quilt is like the pages out of the story book!

I'm sure this quilt has a name and a pattern; however! 

The back of modern is as exciting as the front of the quilt.  Simple, but makes a statement.

I also brought a couple of my more modern works...a table runner with Kaffe Fassett fabric.

And here is my variation on the half-square triangle.  Yep, even the old half-square can be cut and sliced, twisted and  restitched to give this very traditional block a modern twist. 

Fun afternoon - a fresh view on a traditional art from. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

I stepped outside the box yesterday ~

Some new fabric selections from The Brandon Mably....for Rowan fabric line that I couldn't resist bringing home with me.  Of course, I was shopping at Hannah's Quilts.  She had lots of new fabric in the shop and I saved you some.   It was a day that I wished money was no object!

I bought this  gone fishin' fabric just for grins!  and will add some of my Bali shot cotton to it to complete a totally easy quilt. 

I needed these modern yellow fabrics for a color wheel fabric swap I'm participating in with City Stitches

Yep:  I stepped just outside the box and loved the feel of it. 


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Walking Foot Quilting: Made Easy

My discovery of the day that I just had to share....Petit Design Co. makes walking-foot-quilting easy as can be.  These quilting ideas are just a tease at what else can be found on this most delightful blog:  Now, we are quilting:    31 days of Walking Foot Quilting.   

Day 12:  Orange Peel or Pumpkin Seed

orange peel 2 - - walking foot quilting

orange peel - walking foot quilting

Day 13:  Water

There is also a day on CIRCLES, GRIDS, WAVES......and on and on!  Once you go, you'll get it!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Northeast Louisiana Quilt Guild Sunshine Chapter: show and tell

The meeting was full of sunshine, especially with Linda Easterling demonstrating how she makes the most delightful Christmas ornaments.  She demonstrated how easy it is to make something that looks complicated not very complicated at all.  Just one step at a time and round and round the Styrofoam egg or ball or cone, she went with her little fabric pieces. 


And these quilters always have quilts to show: 

Listen closely....Pat has a story to tell about this one: 

Mary just has this much left to  finish her handwork on the binding!

This Razorback is going to Texas

Lyndae says it's been a long time finishing this one....started in Arkansas.  Down the road a bit, now in Louisiana.  Maybe it could be called Crossing State Line. 

Juanita is delighted to have all her flowers put into her just to finish the border:  in grass green

and she likes her I Spy quilts LARGE:  as in queen size large. 


Lil and Theresa never tire of making their table runners...a new one for every season...and then some!


Monday, October 1, 2012

2012 Louisiana Chicken Festival....and quilt show

I never get enough pictures.....well, I do take a lot of pictures; however!!!!! but by the time I get them home, they are blurred or crooked or too dark or sun splotched.  How does that happen between there and here I'll never know.  And, if I do get them downloaded, I never remember who to credit in the picture.  Prayers to me and my mind.  Okay to throw in one for my camera. 

It's the 24th annual Louisiana Chicken Festival and we had a clucking good time while there ~

The whole town opens its doors and welcomes the masses.  Dubach is a small rural town north of Ruston....and the folks here take great pride in the restoration and beautification they've done to make their community a place for themselves and visitors to enjoy.   


North Louisiana Bluegrass pickers and singers on the porch of the Dubach Welcome Center:  the T.Y. Colvin Dog Trot house moved to this location from Pea Ridge Road!


As part of the Louisiana Chicken Festival, the Piney Hills Quilt Guild puts on a quilt show.  This year, we enjoyed a  special exhibit of the quilts made by participants in the  2011 Hoffman Fabric Challenge....what a treat this was to see how so many quilters took the challenge fabric and made such diverse quilts.  This is only three quilts of about 20 that were on display.  FYI history of Hoffman fabric challenge.

And inside the Piney Hills Quilt Show where many  quilts were on display by local quilt artists:

Best Of Show

A picture never gives a quilt it's due.  It is a beauty and the workmanship and fabric selection is divine.  Quite the perfectionist here!  It truly was the best of the show. 

Original design by a local quilt artist

A Debbie Maddy quilt design

Original design by a local quilt artist

There was something for everyone......of all ages and breeds

Cubs got into the show for  free

while the canine had to wait outside
Vendors in the house
and on the street

At the end of the day, I needed this bench ~