Sunday, January 13, 2008

getting ready for the big show!

We had a fabulous Christmas here at our house. Kevin took two weeks off and we enjoyed every minute of the vacation. Personally for me it was the most pleasant Christmas as far as shopping and planning goes. I did a lot online, early. One thing that didn't get done was Christmas cards. I have always sent them out. The picture at the top of this page is the from our 2006 Christmas card. The kids all got the things they really wanted for Christmas and that feels great as a mother. With Kevin home (playing guitar hero on the Wii) I was able to spend a lot of time in my sewing room. I decided to take the two weeks off from work (making window treatments, etc.)and just quilt. I got a lot done.

Below is our Raffle Quilt to be raffled at our upcoming Quilt Show. Thanks to Piece O' Cake Designs for giving us permission to use their pattern. I am the publicity chair for my guilds quilt show Thimble Pleasures. I have begun the mailings to local shops and quilt guilds. I will be busy these next few months.

Show Details:
Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild Quilt Show
Nipmuc Regional High School, 90 Pleasant Street (off Rt. 140), Upton, MA
March 29 & 30/Saturday and Sunday from 10 - 4. This Biennial show will feature:
· 180 Quilts - Made by members with Viewer’s Choice Awards – voting on Saturday only.
· Raffle Quilt – Brightly colored stars with hand appliqu├ęd floral border
· Silent Auction - Quilts made by guild members
· Boutique Table – Various quilts, quilting related items, patterns and books
· Vendors – 10 vendors ranging from sewing machines to our favorite local quilt shops
· Round Robin Exhibits – 40 quilts featuring traditional round robin, block robin, slice houses and row robins
· Boxer Shorts Exhibit - Embellished boxers made by guild members. Proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to Prostate Cancer Research.

I am really excited about this show. The Round Robin Exhibit will feature several rounds. I participated in the slice houses, the display is going to be so cool. There will be 16 of these quilts in the show and they are all incredible. You can see some of the quilts in progress below in an older posting. I am working on the border to my house right now. It is coming out great. Here is an example of one of the slice quilts- it is incredible. It is Suzanne T.'s house. Isn't it beautiful?

The other part of this show is that I am looking forward to is the Boxer Shorts exhibit. We had a Embellished Bra exhibit at our last show and it was terrific. We donated the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Embellished Boxer Short exhibit was born when a friend Tammy D. was talking to a reporter about our last show. The reporter Linda Bock asked how we would top the Bra Exhibit at our next show and Tammy said "We will do boxer shorts". The proceeds from this exhibit will be donated to prostate cancer research.

Here is a a quilt I started at our last quilting weekend at the Cape. It is for my master bedroom. I have plans to use bias around the circles. I will show it when it is complete. I love our room. It is so relaxing an peaceful. We painted the ceiling the same color as the walls. One of the walls is painted brown-to camouflage the dressers.

I am working on a landscape for over the bed. I am using the story of the Blue Willow as my inspiration. I used most of the fabrics in the circle quilt in the landscape. I am almost ready to quilt it. It will be in our show.
We went to Albany to visit my cousin Jimmy and his family including his mother, my Aunt Aggie, who is like a mother to me. The have a new baby named Quinlan and a 3 1/2year old daughter named Shea. They graciously offered to watch the four kids overnight so Kevin and I could go to Saratoga for the night to celebrate our
19th wedding anniversary. We had a blast! We ate our dinner in three different restaurants! We bought ourselves a beautiful piece of art in a gallery.

This is the quilt I made for Quinlan. I used several of the fabrics I dyed. I love using them. I put flannel on the back and binding. I did a lot of quilting on it. I was pleased with the way it came out.

Our Guild is headed to Sturbridge MA 2/1-2/3. It will be great to have three days to finish up projects for the show. My friend Sharon T. is coming up from NC. She used to live here in Mendon. She is the one we made the first slice house for. We are all really excited to see her and to laugh for three days.