Pajama Day


(Photo taken with my iPhone)
Last night was filled with the excitement of the Blood Wolf Lunar Eclipse and a football game. I stayed up way past my bedtime, so I officially declared today to be a Pajama Day.
My morning meditation began with reading one of my all time favorite books that my students and I loved. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. , by Doreen Rappaport is an awarding winning book. The illustrations by Bryan Collier are absolutely stunning. Teacher Tube has a reading of this book.
The rest of my day was spent completing my quilt top. I had all the broken dish blocks already made, so it did not take long to piece the last border together. I had been dreading making all of those broken dish blocks, but it turned out to be the most fun part of this project.
I do not know if I will piece the backing or look at the wide quilt backing that my friend and quilter, Jeana, has on hand.

Freddy Moran advises quilters to never point out mistakes. So, I won’t point out the blocks that are too white and light for the rest of the quilt. 😉
I might rip and redo those two sections.
Or not.

Two Down…One More to Go

This weekend, I gifted the Log Cabin quilt. It took me two days to bind this king size quilt. My friend, Jeana Kubik, did her long arm quilting magic on this quilt. It looks beautiful.
My mistake was making the quilt according to size specifications instead of design. The quilt is missing a symmetrical point. Since I do not have a large design wall, I never really studied the pieced quilt top as a whole. I am still happy with the quilt. I will just add this mishap to my Things I Will Do Better Next Time list.

Yesterday, I was busy binding a second quilt. I had finished piecing this bird quilt back in June. I took it to Jeana for quilting, but I kept giving priority to other pieces to be quilted. I picked it up on Monday. This quilt will be gifted to my cousin.
 
There is one more quilt that I need to bind, and then I am finished for the year.
In total, I pieced 7 quilts this year.  Each quilt gave me the opportunity to learn something new.

Bad Grandma

Last March, I took care of my granddaughter during spring break. I dropped her off at her ballet practice at Central Texas Ballet Studio in Dripping Springs. Just a few blocks down from the studio is Valli and Kim’s Fabric Shop . The ballet class was two hours, with a lunch break after the first hour. After dropping my granddaughter off at class and seeing her settled, I took off for a quick trip to the quilt shop. Big mistake! I got lost in the fabulous fabric selection, and was in the middle of choosing
Kaffe Fassett fabric for a quilt, when I realized that my granddaughter’s lunch break had already started! It was a Bad Grandma Moment that we laugh about today.
I picked up the quilt from my friend, Jeana Kubik, who quilted it for me. I finished the binding today.
I plan to give this quilt to my daughter-in-law. She, my granddaughter, and son, will soon be losing one of their precious dogs due to the dog’s age and illness. I think they need a comfortable quilt to help them through this.

Front

Back
I did an oopsie on the the quilt label, by putting it on the wrong side and in the wrong direction.

Spring Craft Deadline

This morning, I met the  part of my deadline for the spring projects I will be gifting tomorrow.
I completed two sets of coiled rope plate mats and heart-shaped bowls; along with a small coiled bowl and a rock painting.
There is still one more coiled project to do for one of my three sons. I have an extension on the deadline, since he does not live close by and we will not be meeting this weekend.

Fiesta Coiled Plate Mats and Heart-Shaped Dish

Boho Coiled Plate Mats and Heart-Shaped Dish


Small Ring Dish 
Pig in a Wig painted rock
(Pig in a Wig is the character in my sister’s series of children’s books.)

Since I have working to meet this deadline, and meeting with daily life events, I have not been able to work on the hexagon block for my quilt journal. I have the design in my head, but I just have not had the time to work on it. I plan to try something new with this block.
Tierney posted some work she did with fabric painting. She also posted some great information on good habits that can change your life.
Also, my friend, Jeana, who does my long arm quilting, has been encouraging me to try some fabric painting.
I spent my non-coiled mat making minutes viewing fabric painting tutorials and trying things out.
I just played with the paint on different fabrics.
Hopefully, when I return from visiting with two of my sons, I will get started on painting the fabric for my hexagon block.

Melanine, of Catbird Quilt Studio, posted some great essays and thoughts on creativity.
Reading these posts gave me the encouragement I needed to persist on this new fabric painting venture.

I know it seems that I am going in many different directions…rope baskets, improv quilts, quilt journal, fabric painting…but that is the way I work. For better or for worse.
It would probably be better to focus on one thing at a time, but I have never been able to stay focused for too long.
But I am okay with this… I am having so much fun!

Brackenridge Park Conservancy Quilt

In previous posts, I talked about a project that I proposed to four of my buddies.
My friend Jeana Kubik offered to donate her long arm services.
We called ourselves the Brack Pack.
We had visited the Brackenridge Park Conservancy, and I thought it would be a great to make a quilt that tells the story of this beautiful, people’s park in San Antonio.
I purchased a pattern by Debbie Grifka that I thought could represent the river and the park.
We had fun fabric shopping at Creations in Kerrville.
The people at the conservancy gave us the photos, and my friend’s brother printed them for us.
This project gave us the opportunity to meet, sew, and have many lunches.
I picked the quilt up from Jeana this past week.
Today, I was able to add the label and bind the quilt.
The five of us will be presenting it to the Brackenridge Conservancy on November 30.
Of course, a celebration lunch is planned.
 

What a Surprise!

Last night, I was not able to attend preview night for the Salute to Texas Quilt Show.
This morning, my sister Adri and I went to the first day of the show.
When we started down the first row in the Salute to Texas section, I was in awe of some of the gorgeous Texas quilts.
It was cool to see my little Wild About Texas quilt hanging in the midst of all these quilts.
I wanted to show case the floral photos by Richard Reynolds.
Two women were talking about how realistic the photos were, so I gladly told them about Richard.

As my sister and I went down each row, admiring the beautiful quilts, we got a text that my sister, Emma,  had driven down from Austin. She was up front, so we went back to get her and started viewing the quilts from the beginning.
It felt so good to see people talking about my second quilt, Hope.


I heard people talk about liking the theme, the use of color, and the keyboarding.
This was basically made from scraps. I did not know if I liked this one, so hearing other people’s positive review was good feedback.

We continued on to the last section, which was the First Entry category.
I had entered the Tribute to Tonie , the memory quilt in honor of my mom, under this category.
This was the quilt that my friend, Jeana Kubik, had suggested that I enter.
There was a collective gasp as my sisters and I saw the Honorary Mention ribbon on my quilt!
I was speechless…not common for me at all.
I know my mom had her hand in me winning this ribbon!



The top two rows cannot be seen, since the height of the hanging poles is 90 inches.

It was great having my two sisters with me.

Jeana Kubik is the person who long armed the quilt for me.
She does beautiful work.
Jeana had texted me on Thursday night to see if I was coming to the show on Friday.
I thought it was strange that she would be asking me this.
Today she told me that she had a hard time keeping the ribbon a secret.

It has been a very surprising and exciting day.
My first quilt show has been a great experience.

Anticipation


In 2016, I went to a couple of local quilt shows.
It is always so inspiring to see the beautiful creations on display.
A thought came to mind, that maybe, one day, I could have one of my quilts in a quilt show.
Then, this past February, I visited my friend, Jeana, and dropped off the quilt top of the Tribute quilt I made in memory of my mother.
Jeana is always so supportive and informative; and I admire her work.
I was surprised when she said that I should enter this quilt into the Salute to Texas Quilt Show.
This was a boost to my confidence as a quilter.

Since then, I added two more quilts to be entered to the show.
The Wild About Texas quilt was inspired by the beautiful photography of Richard Reynolds.
I discussed design and fabric with my friend, Nancy. She was a great help on this Texas quilt.

As mentioned in a previous post, the third quilt, Hope, was inspired by an Emily Dickinson poem.
Both the Tribute and the Hope, quilt were made from block patterns chosen from Lucinda Ganderton’s book, Block a Day.
I learned so much from this book.

Since January, I have been anticipating and preparing for the experience of being a quilt show participant.
I finished binding the last quilt yesterday.
Today, I checked and re-checked each square, seam, and inch of the quilts…more than once!
My OCD is on over-drive.
I think the quilts are ready to be delivered tomorrow morning.
The anticipation as I prepared for this quilt show has truly been very exciting.

I would like to thank my family and friends who have put up with my craziness.
I would also like to thank my blogging friends for their comments and support.


Checking over the fronts and backs of the quilts ONE MORE TIME!

So Worth It

(source)

Binding is still not my favorite thing to do, but it is done.
The inspiration for the Wild About Texas quilt came from looking at wildflower photographs taken by Richard Reynolds.
I told my friend, Nancy Reynolds, that I wanted to make a quilt to showcase these photographs.
Nancy steered me to the Moda Wildflower viii fabric collection.
Richard printed out the photos for me.
Thank you, Richard and Nancy.

I started this Wild About Texas Quilt on April 1.
I finished piecing the quilt on April 3.
My friend, Jeana Kubik and I consulted designs for the long arm.
Jeana did a beautiful job.
Thank you, Jeana.
She encouraged me to include this quilt as one of three entries in the Greater San Antonio Guild Quilt Show.
Finishing a project is such a good feeling.
It was so worth taking the time to do  it slowly, instead of rushing through it.
   

After I finished working on the quilt, I accompanied my husband to Wal-Mart. As we entered the store, he told me he would meet me in the fabric area when he found what he needed. I guess he knows me well.
I found some more fabric for the #iwishyouamerryquiltalong.

I also saw this bundle that put me in a fall state-of-mind. I thought I could use it to make a fall tote or something.

The other day, when I was with my sister, she reminded me that I had promised her a mug rug.
She reminded me that she wanted polka-dot.
Black and white polka-dot, to be exact.
So, I saw these and added them to my basket.

These fabric purchases are my reward for finishing the binding. 

Pepe’s Plaid

When my dad passed in the 90’s, I pulled all of his plaid shirts and stored them in my closet.
This past April, I got up the nerve to cut the shirts and make a quilt.

I had planned on trying to quilt this myself, but the frail fabric concerned me.
I consulted with my friend, Jeana Kubik , and she said she could long arm the quilt for me.
We decided on a softer batting.
Jeana did a beautiful job.
It is such a special quilt for me.
The front, backing, sash, and binding are all made from my dad’s shirts.
I kept the pockets and the tags and used them as part of the blocks.


I love what Jeana did for the center heart block.

I used the remaining large shirt fabric to piece the back.
Jeana’s quilting is fantastic.

This is one of the pocket and tag blocks. The pocket is buttoned shut, but is functional.

I made this quilt carrying tote using  the six remaining pockets.
This way, I can carry my quilt whenever I travel.
It has been a great day!

Brackenridge Park Quilt

Since the members of the Brack Pack are off in different directions, I picked up the Brackenridge Park quilt top in order to continue from our last stopping point.
I had used interfacing to make the photos ready for applique.
Then we placed the photos on wool felt and pinned them in the appropriate spots.
When I first tried to sew one the photos and felt frames onto the quilt, I had difficulty keeping the photos straight.
The group thought it would be a good idea to use double-sided fusible interfacing, so that is where I started today.
We were so wrong about the interfacing.
It made the felt a bit goopy and it didn’t stick.
I ended up slip stitching the photos.
We might still slip stitch the felt border, but we will all have to make this decision.
Our friend, Jeana Kubik, of Busy Bees Quilting, has offered to long arm the quilt for us.
We plan to consult with her to see what else we should do, if anything.
We can always count on Jeana for great ideas.

Click on Alamo Nature Challenge for information on these photos.

Dionicio Rodriquez Bridge

Pump House