Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Some More . . . .

How about some more boring Settler's Trail update pictures?

So, last time you saw this, the beginnings of 2 inch nine patches . . . 

And now I have this . . . 

Beaucoup (i.e. a great many) 2 inch nine patches.

I'll be honest, this part of the project has been tedious, but it feels good to have all the two inch nine patches done.   I'm ready to move on!

How about some more AQS Show news?

At the AQS Show in Paducah I bought one thing!  Some pressing sticks. I've not used them yet but the demonstration was good enough to convince me I needed them.  As soon as I'm pressing something bigger than a 2 inch seam I'll give them try and give you an update.

I have to say I was a little disappointed with the vendors at this year's show.  There weren't as many vendors and the ones that were there didn't have as much as in years past.  I'm usually tempted to buy more kits than I can make in a lifetime, this year, there were hardly any kits at all, and the ones that were there just didn't appeal to me.

I did buy some fabric at Hancock's of Paducah.  Some Seasonal Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings for Moda.  I'm hoping to come up with a pattern and be working with this fabric in December.  As I've said before, I like to work with Christmas fabric when it's Christmastime, not in the summer when all the Christmas fabric hits the shops.

I'm guessing the glory, prestige, ribbon and cash that comes along with owning a winning quilt from the show is amazing, but here's what I think is the best thing about the being a winner, 

you get a chair with your name on it!  

I'm not sure if they are always red, but if I were lucky enough to win, I would want the red chair!  Throughout the show the winners sit in these chairs by their quilts so you can visit with them about their inspiration, techniques, and whatever else pops into your mind.  Pat Holly, the owner of this chair, has won at least 4 times at Paducah, she must have a room full of these chairs!!  She has so many of these chairs she probably actually sits in them all the time!  I'm not sure I could actually sit in mine, if I were to ever get one!  

I thought it would be impolite to show Pat's chair and not her quilt.

This is Imagining India by Pat Holly.  An original design that was machine appliqu├ęd using silk fabric and purchased trims.  
The workmanship is amazing.

Pat Holly has some Youtube videos and has written a book or two about machine quilting. She has a very famous quilting sister, Sue Nickels, google Pat to find out more about her, I could not find where she maintains a blog, which is why she's won so many chairs, she's actually working on quilts, not blogging about them!  

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