Wednesday, January 23, 2019

QBTS January Meeting Neonatal Quilts and Show and Tell!

There were a lot of Neonatal quilts turned in this month!!  I didn't get pictures of all of them as people were just moving too fast and I am not quick enough!!  Below is a good sampling of them.  This Guild outdoes itself with participation in this project.

 This is the one I did from a quilt provided on the workshop day.  There are hearts quilted in the center of each square and it has an adorable penguin backinng.  It was flannel and remind me to never work with that again!!

This was one of my favorites.  As much as I dislike half square triangles, this one tempted me!

Carolyn shared the super hero quilt she made for one of her grandsons.

 She also shared a couple of the place mats she had made using the rug tube technique we have all seen.  I may do this.  I have been cutting pieces of leftover batting into 2 1/2 inch strips for awhile now and have a bag of 2 1/2 strips as well.  Not as pretty as these strips though -- looks like a  lot of Kaffe Fassett fabric to me!

 This was a surprise t-shirt quilt made for a husband who had been begging for one for awhlle!

Ann Millard made this adorable baby quilt for a grandchild for her first birthday!

 This wall hanging got a laugh from all of us!

 Great scrap quilt!

This was made from a panel and was just beautiful!

 This clever purse was made from several pairs of blue jeans.

We all "oohed" over this one -- a labyrinthe.  Beautifully made.

 A beautiful use of a panel by Barbara Hatton.

These next three are of the same quilt.  This one is a closeup of quilting in the quilt.

It's a large quilt.  It was done as part of some new year goals -- a Triple Irish Chain and a red and white quilt being combined in one quilt.

This shows the quilting on the back.

I showed the finished "Quilt from Hell" at the end of the meeting.

This is a closeup of the quilting.  I quilted around each of the arms (Snail's Trails) of the hexagon although I didn't do any stitching in the light areas.  I tested some stitching in one and didn't like it at all so let it be.

I showed the Blueberry Bagel quilt as well.
This is a closeup of the quilting on that quilt.  

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

QBTS January Meeting with Becky Bucci as Our Speaker and the Mystery Quilt Reveal!

Our guest speaker for this month was our own Becky Bucci who talked about her evolution as an artist.  In the background is this incredible hexagon quilt -- all hand done and hand quilted as well.  I figured it had close to 10,000 pieces in it!!  

Besides a really inspiring talk, Becky brought many examples of her art work in a variety of mediums.  She discussed how she evolved through embroidery, needlepoint, and knitting before arriving at quilting. 

Many of us have experienced the same journey.  I have sewn since I was about 8, knitted soon thereafter and picked up embroidery and needlepoint later on.  I always knew I would quilt though from about the 1960s on although I didn't take my first class until 1976.

Here is a bit closer view of the hexie quilt.

I was shocked by the number of people that participated in our Mystery Quilt Challenge.  I am sure I didn't get pictures of all the quilts and mine basically didn't show at all as there was just no room!

I got pictures of as many as I could as they were a moving target and there were a lot of them -- I think close to 25 which I think is a really good showing!!  (I think some of our missing members also made one as well.)  I wish I could have gotten everyone to pose with their individual quilts at the end of the meeting!  It was very cool!

 This last one is mine.  I do think that I was the only one that did a scrap quilt version of the mystery quilt.  Below is a closeup of my quilting.  It turned into a pretty big quilt!!

I decided there were so  many pictures that I would have to do 2 blog posts this month so neonatal quilts and show and tell will come out tomorrow!!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Sunsets and Birds

First here is the sunset taken at Ft. Fisher (of course) through the Live Oaks to the west.  Biggest problem this time of year is that the sun is so far south, there are few Live Oaks to shoot through!  They were untouched by Hurricane Florence.

Lately the sunset has been loveliest over the ocean (east rather than west).  There was a lot of color this particular day.


If you look really closely, you can see some pelicans heading back to their roosts for the night.  There were lots and lots flying overhead just at dusk.

This was looking through the Live Oaks to the Atlantic Ocean in the background.  Lots of color!!

I did finally get to see some Oystercatchers which have been elusive this year.  It was quite late and the light wasn't great but you can see his bright red eye.

There were also quite a few Hooded Mergansers.  This is one of the females.

A Willet was also poking around looking for some food.