Friday, October 20, 2023

Quilters By the Sea October Meeting

It was a great meeting on Tuesday morning.  We were supposed to have David Walker as our speaker but at the last minute, he got sick and had to cancel.  Our wonderful volunteers moved up our November program with little notice and we had a really fun time and I got to meet some new (to me) people which was great.  This is the beginning of our jellyfish.  We used Jacquard fabric scupting medium and draped our circles over baloons we blew up!  They dried in shape in less than an hour.

I am sorry I don't have the quilter's names except for a couple.  This was one of the quilts created as a result of Ani Hudson's class.  
I absoutely loved this one.
Beautiful quilt!

Another beauty!  A very large quilt!
One of three quilts made with scraps from our "giveaway" table.
Another made from the scraps.

Another beautiful quilt!
This was made by one of our newer members and newer quilters as a result of a half-square triangle class taught last year.  Very creative!  I tried to picture quilter with the quilts they made where I could.  Sometimes they hid behind the quilt!

It is hard to see but the grey areas are embroidered blocks obtained as part of an exchange in the embroiders group here in town.

I really liked this one as well.
Everyone got a kick out of this cow!

Nancy made several like this one out of the panel fabric in the center!
Nancy also did this one which looks pretty difficult to me but Jenny said it was a quilt as you go.  The hexagons are all in one piece so not sure how this was done.

Marian Egan did this one as a gift for a bee loving child!

Another from Ani's class.  Very subtle!

Beautiful quilt done as part of a Ricky Tims online class (?).

Another from Ani's class.

There were also 40 quilts donated this month to the Comfort Quilts.  I was just in the wrong position to photo these and they were moving pretty fast!


Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Almost Finished all the Tops!

Have been busy, basting and machine quilting the many, many tops I made this past summer and I still have a few more to go!

All of these are about 40 x 60 inches.

This one is a little smaller.  I backed this one and the next one with more Kaffe fabrics -- browns which I really don't work with much down here.  I am really affected by my environment when it comes to color.

I had completely forgotten this stack and whack that I found in a baggie down here!  It was all ready to go except for figuring out a backing.

These quilts plus others shown recently were all donated to our Comfort Quilts down here - 10 altogether.  Lisa claimed one of the "stained glass" ones which she wants to use as a wall hanging.

It's been a while since I posted bird pictures as I haven't seen as many as usual as there are lots of people!  

This is a juvenile Tri-colored Heron.  The above is one of several Ibis in a tree!

This is a Lesser Yellowlegs.  This is the first time I have seen one of these at Carolina Beach Lake (I think!).

A pretty Snowy Egret.  There have been lots of thse at the lake.

This is a Willet, a bird I usually see along the shore not at the lake!

This was the biggest surprise of all -- a Roseate Spoonbill at Carolina Beach Lake, just hanging out!!  I see them frequently down at Huntington Beach State Park in S. Carolina but never up here!  It was a real treat for one of my first days back.


Wednesday, October 11, 2023

It's Been a Bit of Time!


Since heading back down south, I have been trying to get my sewing room into some kind of order.  I left in a hurry in the spring so left things much worse than usual!!  

I have a ton of tops that I did last summer so have been trying to finish those up before I start a couple of new projects.  I had even forgotten I had done some of them!  

This and the next one are about 42 by 58 inches.  I can't believe how much black and white fabric I unearthed down here!  I did sell some of my pfd fabric as I don't seem to be doing a whole lot of dyeing although I may have to for the next project which is a Guild Challenge on the Cape Fear River.

This is the back of the last of the QAYG quilts for awhile!  This one is going to my daughter as she liked it and wanted it.  I still have another one like it and may also keep that one rather than donating.  The previous two will be donated.

Again, one of my favorites and has inspired me to make some more yardage of strips in darker colors.  I have a 2yd+ piece of lighter colored strips which I don't think would work well in this design so will figure something else out.

I am pretty sure what I will be doing for the Cape Fear River challenge and have been gathering my various hand dyes but I think I need more gold/orange and purple/blue.  I haven't gone through all my hand dyes yet so we shall see!  It is due in December.      

I did purchase a 40 yd bolt of batting as I have several tops I need to quilt (those Farmer's Wife blocks that I made into tops which will be quilted in sections as they will be pretty big quilts).