Thursday, July 6, 2017

Quarter 3 Quilt Up

What am going to work on next?  Let me recap the first half of the year so far: I've finished 3/6 projects that were on my Quarter 1&2 lists, plus a couple smaller swaps that popped up during those months. Hooray! This quarter gets a bit more ambitious of a list.
Charm About You

With Quarter 3 link ups here, I had a look through some of my unfinished projects for inspiration. Here's what I'll be attempting to finish (or at least make progress on)::

project: medallion


 project: radar wave 270/584


project: marsala


project: frosted windows


Each of these are finished tops waiting to be finished quilts and hopefully they'll make it! I'm linking up with Charm About You for the start of Quarter 3 2017 Finish Along.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Shatterpoint

  
 Finished up the binding on Shatterpoint this week! Really happy with how this turned out in the finish- I used the same colors as the piecing in the binding so the design flows right off the edges.

     
Found a great new photo spot today in a nearby park & Momm was quilt holder extraordinaire for these pix- thx Momm! The sun angles really help to showcase the quilting texture. The curves against the angles of the piecing is just what I'd hoped.

 
Gratuitous magic light sparkles through the fountain that I couldn't resist.

  
A look at the pieced backing & the extra blocks used as my label. The quilt top was created in a class I took with Denyse Schmitt back in 2013 and I had Denyse sign that triangle in the square on the back. I really enjoyed this class and am happy to mark this one complete! 
I call it Shatterpoint and used Aurifil 2810 & 1125 for the quilting. So smooth. Measures 50" x 58"

It was one my Quarter 2 Finish along list found here, and am linking up at Charm About You for the 2017 Finish Along! Linking up with 2 finishes this week over at crazymomquilts for Finish it up Friday - don't miss my other post Mai tai. 

Mai Tai anyone?

...pineapples are in my head...                    *lyrics from song Pork Soda by Glass Animals*

This quilt uses blocks I received in the #pineappleblockswap through Instagram last Fall and it's a perfect Summer time finish. Found the perfect backdrop to photograph this quilt around town & show-off these technicolor pineapples!


The backing is a fun travel themed print that even has pineapples on it too! 


 
  
quilting detail




My signature bee made it into this quilt as well! 

I'm calling this quilt Mai Tai and it's already been promised to a friend who loves pineapples as much as I do. :)  

This was on my Quarter 2 Finish Along list (original post here)so I'll be linking up with Charm About You with the finish! Also linking to CrazyMomQuilts for Finish it up Friday - with two finishes this week so be sure to check out my other post: Shatterpoint!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday WIP



Over the weekend I managed to start quilting my Shatterpoint Improv quilt! Super exciting, considering the top has been waiting patiently since 2013 for me to get it basted. :)


I'm quilting multiple spirals into it with my walking foot and guide bar to keep the spacing consistent. I'm using Aurifil thread #2810 on top and #1125 in the bobbin. Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Star Wars Day

May the Fourth be with You! :D Happy Star Wars Day friends!

<-- I saw this on FB earlier and it made me laugh so I had to share.

On an endlessly rainy day that looks like Dagobah outside my office window, it's thrilling to celebrate all things from a galaxy far, far away. I'm rocking my lightsaber earrings and sharing photos of my Star Wars themed quilts, which you can also get a peek at over on my Instagram: @bumblybzs

This was my second year participating in the Instagram #maythe4thmqs2 mini quilt swap and it was fun creating a quilt to send off to my partner. I went classic Rebel Alliance with the logo and free-motion quilted in the words. You can read more about this one right here!

Here's the quilt I received as part of the swap - I'm a fan of the locations/travel posters around the web for Star Wars and am enjoying this Dagobah themed quilt:

Last year I went all-in on a pop art-Andy Warhol inspired mini to send to my partner - see this here!

In return I got a BB-8 - what a character!

I'll leave you with the trilogy set I made for Christmas gifts for my Dad & brother & one for me a couple years ago. (Episode IV - Episode V - Episode VI)





Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spring Quilt Week

So just like that, Spring Paducah Quilt Week is over and done. This year marked my 7th show!

It's still exciting to meet quilters & see amazing quilts from all around the world.  We host a reception for our members- Friends of the museum- at the start of the week to get the party started. Momm & I even managed to get a photo that night which isn't always the case. We also went to see the Rotary Antique Show and shop a little for fabric.
  

Tulip Quilt by Kathryn McClintock, 1970 
Tuesday night means the awards ceremony to get first looks at the winners & then sneak preview where E & I explored all of the quilts in the show itself.     
A few things I noticed this year about the show: brighter colors & more modern designs in some of the Japanese quilts, quilts from Brazil, quilts from Spain, a handful of wholecloth designs and lots of great ideas!
The Woman by Kyoko Ochiai, Japan
   
  
Anne's Favorite Cherry Tree Road in Avonlea by Mutsuko Shindo & 9 Friends, Japan 
 
Moonflower by Molly Hamilton-McNally, CA, USA
 
Wearable Art by Philippa Naylor, UK 
 
Golden Glow by Mary Ann Van Soest, IN, USA
 
The Navigator's Star by Aline Bugarin & Natasha Bugarin, Brazil 
  The rest of the week at work I'm kept busy working the shop registers, minding the shop and taking the occasional turn through the galleries to soak in the sight of loads of people admiring the Museum. I did get to meet/see some familiar names including: Shirley Kelly, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Sue Nickels, Pat Durbin & Philippa Naylor - what a joy! Even managed to say hello to our resident superhero: Quilt Man!


 
A Garden for All Seasons by Victoria Findlay Wolfe- 9' x30' !
 I'll be taking today to chill out & catch up on house things. If you didn't make it to Paducah this past week, never fear! Mark September on your calendars and join us here for Fall Paducah Quilt Week!
Quick selfie with Victoria Findlay Wolfe's quilt






Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Snapshot #27

With temps in the 80s and sunny sunshine outside, it was easy to get my bike out for the first ride of the year. Simply gorgeous out on the greenway trail even if it was a tad breezy.


Colored Easter eggs - because you are never too old for that. :) Happy Easter readers. 
I tried a new recipe: Cardamom Lemon rolls which turned out well. It felt a bit like my own baking show challenge since these had to rise twice. I'll make these again- thanks Pinterest! 
  
Also got a quick walk in this afternoon as the storm clouds rolled in and got to enjoy the dogwoods which are in full bloom here. Hope you had a great weekend too!