I didn't get much sewing done over the weekend, but I did spend some time on quilting related activities. I've been invited to do a trunk show the end of the month for a guild in my hometown. Out of the 100 quilts I've made I needed to select 12 quilts for my talk. I immediately tossed out the quilts that are not quilted and the ones that don't live at my house, taking my total down to around 50. Right now I think I've narrowed my list down to 15. Besides picking out the quilts I also spent some time getting out the original patterns, laying out the quilts, and printing off the blog posts where I talked about the quilts while I was working on them. It was a fun stroll down memory lane but it pretty much ate up all my free time on Sunday. Who knew getting ready for a trunk show was so much work. Although, it is my first, I guess if I'm asked again by another guild I'm good to go!
I also did a little research on the Carolina Lilly block. A book that I often use when researching blocks is The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jenny Beyer.
It has over 4,000 pieced blocks listed and is a great reference. Here are a few lilly blocks pictured in the book.
Most of the baskets don't have handles. So I'm dumping the handles on my Carolina pattern but will appliqué the stems, I can appliqué. The majority of the comments left on my last post suggested that I omit the handles, so we're all good!
I really like this block, the full flower in the center with the half flowers on the sides, maybe I'll make another quilt using this block and more modern fabric. I can't decide if I'm a modern quilter or a traditional quilter, maybe I'm a little of both.
Someone asked me to demo how I'm folding my fat quarters that are stored so neatly in those plastic bins. I wish I folded like Moda, but I don't, I wish I had a nickel for every Moda Fat Quarter I've refolded.
My method has 5 folds, and here we go:
fold fat quarter in half, selvage to selvage.
Fold in half again
Take each end and fold to the center.
bring those two ends together, folding that piece in half.
I fold the fabric in this fashion in order to get this fold on the longest end, so more fabric is showing at the top, making it easier to select and pull fabric from the bin.
Here's a stack of all the fat quarters, folded edges up.
Next hot topic - I've gotten a couple of requests from folks wanting to be notified by email when I create a new post on my blog, the application is now available below my followers list on the lower left side of my blog.
And last but definitely not least, Judi Madsen, The Green Fairy, just finished quilting my Evening Bloom top. She did an amazing job and blogged about it here. She has several pictures on her blog, be sure to check them out.
It's not home yet, but I've never seen a quilt look better in pictures than it does in person, I can hardly wait to see it. I'll be holding my breath and crossing my fingers until it hits my front porch!