Wednesday, April 25, 2018

On vacation in Texas.

We are in Texas with my Dad and my sister, having a good time catching up and touring around. Tomorrow, I give a talk at the quilt guild, The Killer Bees, about restoration and the new binding technique.
I hope you enjoy the slideshow of the quilts I liked in Paducah. Mr Wazoo even liked the show for a couple of days...then he went off on his own to look around the town. We had a wonderful time!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Next stop...Texas!

We returned to a jubilant welcome from Miss Molly, fresh from the kennel. After a couple of loads of wash, mowing the lawn, cleaning up a bit, and re-packing, we are ready to leave tomorrow for Texas.
I unpacked the purchases from Paducah and was happy I didn't crazy there. Mostly things I meant to buy, but some fun purchases, too.

My loot

Cute buttons, thread, indonesian fabrics and some bears for pillowcases.

1890s vintage blocks, Kaffe Fasste stripes and shot cottons

Japanese yukata, Indonesian batik, civil war fat quarters and we also bought a roll of Pellon 80/20 to try.

I got 15 vintage blocks. I wish there was one more, but I have already laid out fabric to make one.

Kay was interviewed by AQS for her award, and I tried to make her laugh, but she was too professional for that. She got to meet Ricky Timms, who awarded her the judge's choice award, and was happy to do so.

Kay's quilt," Daddy's Boy"

The interviewer was as nervous as Kay was!

Kay on You tube!

She's an old hat at this. She wins a lot!

Almost done.

After lunch, Kay held court at the quilt, answering questions and chatting with people. Mr Wazoo and I hit the vendors!
Tomorrow at 6 we'll be snug in the car and off to warmer climes. Molly doesn't care as long as she has her food and bed. I should be able to have a slideshow done while on the trip, and I will post it as soon as I can.
Wagon, Ho!

Thursday, April 19, 2018


We are about to leave for the second day here at the AQS show, and there is still a lot to take in. I looked at the ground floor quilts at the convention center yesterday, as well as the antique quilts at the Rotary. I haven't been to the upper floor to see my friend, Kay's quilt, bit will go there this morning to see her interview in front of the quilt at 10:30.
We have to leave the house in a minute, so I will only tell you that there will be a slide show posted later today or tomorrow.
Here are just a couple of my favorites so far.
Until later!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

3-2-1- AWAY!

Yesterday, I finished quilting the last customer quilt before we leave for Paducah. A lovely tee shirt quilt made by an adoring Grandma for her granddaughter who graduates high school next month.

It is a colorful quilt she'll love forever.

Grandma says the girl works with special ed children, who have signed the blocks along with their teachers.

A peek at the back

Mr Wazoo also finished his last quilt. We're both ready for some R&R!

Someone in Texas should like to see this!

Panto: featherize

Seen better from the back

The yard is coming along nicely, and should be blooming like crazy when we get back. Mr W has it spick and span for now. 
I'll try to remember to take some pictures at the show and pass them along to you. Until tomorrow!

The dogwood just starting to bloom

Two nice bunches of lilacs! And they said lilacs wouldn't grow here.
They don't know Mr Greenfingers...

The side yard is beginning to fill out, too.

The little pink dogwood is blooming like crazy, too!!

Welcome sign and phlox.

Even in the dreary rain the back yard is looking pretty.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Storytelling Festival with quilts!

The festival went well, and the quilts were a hit with the patrons. We explained our own quilts and gave little lessons in quilt documentation to the people looking at the many old quilts. Kay and I had a workshop with little kids that was sponsored by the festival. The kids made paper quilt blocks and had a lot of fun cutting and pasting (and running around like silly bunnies). I really like hanging out at quilt shows. I met some very interesting people, and heard some wonderful storytelling. Well worth going again next year!
Here is a little slideshow of the festival.
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Boring but busy

I spent the day typing information cards for the 53 quilts I have collected from people for the Storytelling Festival quilt display. It probably would have taken someone who knows how to type a few hours...sigh.
Then, I measured all the quilts and made ID tags for them so the hanging people will be able to identify them. Wouldn't you know, when I thought I was done, an email came with four more entries! Yikes! This has turned into a bonafide quilt show! Hopefully, everything will go smoothly and all will be lovely.

Quilts, quilts, quilts!!!

More quilts!
Not all the quilts will be picked up by or brought to me. The people running the storytelling part have also entered quilts that I haven't seen and don't know what size they are. Set up will sure be an adventure!
Mr Wazoo stayed inside today even though the sun was shining and the temperature was perfect. He said he wants to go to South Carolina and visit his Mom tomorrow, because we'll be away for a while and she expects him every other Wednesday. I'll still be busy with show prep, so I don't mind staying home with Molly. Here is one of the quilts he quilted today.

Cool graphic quilt

Panto: Basketweave

The stars glow in the dark!! I took the quilt in the studio bathroom and turned the light off to ooh and aah at them .
Tomorrow morning I meet with my set up guy to plan the layout for the quilts. On Thursday, we get the show up and then the next two days we watch the quilts, answer questions and man a table with  colorful cardstock pieces for kids to make quilt blocks with. Saturday night, it all comes down. Thankfully, my set up guy is taking over for me as far as getting the quilts back to the donors. I'll only have a couple of days to prepare for Paducah. Yippee!

The flurries begin!

I don't mean snow flurries...I mean quilting flurries! Today was the final block of the month class, and I was happy to see some finished and almost finished tops! One was sandwiched and partially quilted!  Yowza! Here are the ladies, and their quilts.

Yup! Mine is done but for the binding!

Panto: Diamond Spiral

Cindy Did her quilt in Southwestern colors. She even cut the sashing with arrow print so they are all going the same direction! You go, girl!

Nancy's blocks are finished, and she is ready to join them together.
I love the blue palette. Very soothing.

Pam's quilt is scrappy and just sparkles.

Joanne finished her blocks, and the result is stunning. It reminds me of Florida. The color combination is perfect.
Mr Wazoo has been quilting half days lately because the weather has been decent. He is getting everything planted or mulched in preparation for us going away for a while. He has been doing smaller projects in the Man Cave, 

He still can't take a decent picture...
It is a pretty baby quilt by a newbie quilter.

Panto: Daisy swirl

Far away, but better. Cute four patch scrappy quilt

Panto: Popcorn

I was in the studio making the first of the two queen sized tee shirt quilts. It needs the side sashing, and borders. Its a work in progress.

Maybe tomorrow... if I get all the quilts for the storytelling festival logged in and organized.
Gotta go to bed. More 'flurries' tomorrow!!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Working toward a goal

Tick, tick, tick...time is passing quickly here at Wazoo, and we are trying to get as much work done as possible before taking off for a much needed vacation. The weather is keeping Mr Wazoo's nose to the grindstone, being too cold and rainy to work in the yard. Sometimes bad weather is a good thing!
We have both been doing customer projects, reducing the load and preparing for a two week hiatus. Here are a few of the quilts that are out the door from the last few days.

We love tee shirt quilts! Happy memories stitched with love by Mamas and Grandmas.

This one has photos, too. Very special to the recipient!
Panto: Dazzle

The backing is primarily this pretty horse print.

I was charged with quilting a couple of Comfort quilts for guild members who are having a tough time. They are all so cheerful and made with soothing colors.

I use the digital panto: Flower Power for these.

The backing is from my stash.
Wow! This eye popping quilt is my favorite of the week!
Panto: Yodel

Great backing, too!

Another comfort quilt. I love the fabrics in this one.

Same panto: Flower Power

Pretty yellow flowers on the back.

This was a 'hurry-up' project. The customer is leaving tomorrow, and needed it done quickly.

It is for her Mom, and I used the panto: Beauty, for the quilting

Gorgeous backing!
My Block of the Month class finishes up on Monday, so I spent some time getting my quilt top assembled and ready for the big reveal. At this point, I will be there for support, hoping someone in the group will finish their quilt, too.

My top is finished, and just needs some quilting!

I used two fabrics for sashing; one is red with letters on it, and the other is black with small red cherries. The inner border is this red and white stripe, and the final border, (my favorite fabric), big cherries and white dots. I'll try to get it quilted and bound later today.

The last task of the day was loading this king sized quilt top  made from African fabrics. It will be custom quilted with African motifs in the 196 black squares. That should take a few minutes...ha ha ha. The customer's vision is clear, and I will do my best to carry it out. Most of it will be done after we get home from Texas.

Beautiful...and huge!
It is another gray, chilly day, so I think we'll get a lot of work done. I'll be in the studio, doing what makes me happy. Quilting!