I really am still here...lots going on the last couple of weeks. My friend, Tammy (she's also my husband's cousin), came for a 10 day visit! She is an avid quilter too, so we had a blast shopping, quilting, sightseeing, and chatting! Of course she had to try out the longarm...she did great! She also brought 3 other quilts for me to quilt for her. I'll share pictures of those in another post. This one is going to be loaded with pictures already!
Of course I had to take her to the Lancaster area shops....she took to them like a duck to water! What quilter wouldn't!
|look at all those shades of Kona!|
|A row of bolts at Burkholders!|
|Of course, I didn't need a thing, but somehow ended up with these beauties. They are for an upcoming workshop I'm taking with Bonnie Hunter!|
We also took a trip to NYC...
...and saw this show. It was great...highly recommend it.
It was a quite foggy the days we were in NYC, but this was the creepiest. This was getting off of the Staten Island Ferry walking back to our car, which was in the parking garage about 1/2 mile away.
On the last day of Tammy's visit, we met Peggy and Robin in Burlington, NJ, for one more quilt shop visit. :) We all bought fabric for purses and Tammy and I went home and started ours. Well, we didn't start them until about 9pm that night and almost pulled an all nighter to get them done. I had a bit of work to do on mine the next morning and Tammy took her's home still needing a few steps. I love mine! The pattern is Mini Miranda by Lazy Girl Designs.
I made a little bit of progress on the Florida Gator orange and blue quilt...
This is a dark picture, but this is the layout. I'm still not 100% convinced this quilt isn't going to be so obnoxious no one will be able to look at it....but I'm just going for it!
Yesterday our guild had a "Sit & Sew" day. One of the gals presented a Mystery in a Day quilt....well, almost a day. If we had another hour or two, I think we could have completed them. :)
The pattern called for 11 FQs. I had a pack of batik FQs that were gifted to me a few years back. Now, some of you know that I do not do batiks. I can appreciate and admire the beautiful quilts made from them, but they just aren't my cup of tea. But I thought....I might as well use this FQ pack up and also save me from needing to go buy 11 FQs.
|Here are my FQs, all cut and ready for sewing. You can see from the scraps on the left, it really did use up almost ALL the fabric....|
|One of the gals did purple/green...very pretty!|
|someone was working with orientals...|
|Another batik colorway!|
I got all my blocks assembled at the Sit & Sew and last night after dinner, I assembled them in to the top. You can see Quilt Inspector #1 has no qualms about batiks....she promptly assumed her duties as soon as I laid the rows on the floor.
I waited until this morning to get a picture with better lighting...but the wind was blowing, everytime I turned to take a picture the corner was blown over again! Grrrr.... Not a great picture...but you get the idea! All in all, I'm happy with it. It's definitely different for me, but it's good to step outside of your box once in a while. It just needs a border and it will make a great gift for someone. :)
Now, "orange" you glad you stopped by? Did you see all the ORANGE projects I am working on? Crazy!