Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Over The Rail in the Afternoon!

That little bit of cloud cover you see moving in gave us the perfect opportunity to get some shadowless photos - just take a look at this full porch rail of quilts!

I love a good quilt show at the end of a productive retreat.

Many of these quilts were started at previous retreats, finished at home, and brought back for a finale photo over the rail -

They are all so wonderful!

Let's start our line up from left to right with a gorgeous Unity quilt followed by a scrappy and happy hourglass! I love how this one is worked in color blocks.

(Remember our Hourglass medallion Leader & Ender challenge from the Free Patterns tab? Did you start one? finish one?)

That's Sandcastles on the far left in blues/aquas/purples!  The pattern is found in String Frenzy.

Next up - a signature quilt that Rebecca has been working on - here's a shot from the design wall:

Yes, my signature is in there too somewhere!

The beautiful purple panel now sports a lovely pieced border - just look at how it frames everything!

And the alphabet panel also has new borders - perfect for a child's quilt.

Wonky Wishes on the bottom far right - and in hand are two stitcheries: Warm Hands, Warm Heart and Twiga.

Grand Illusion followed by yellow brick road and three beauties I don't know the name of - the last one being a dresden plate variation with gorgeous applique in the borders.

Funny funny funny!

Pay attention to the picture of the face by the far left Jamestown Landing from String Fling! These two quilts were worked on last year on this retreat, and one maker was unable to make it to this year's.  But her finish made it!  Along with a photo for the over-the-rail-photo op!

We kept her with us in spirit all through the retreat.

Also shown are 3 quick finishes from the 3 yard quilt books/patterns (I believe)

Great lap sizes for giving.

I love this so much!

This is true friendship!

And the extras:

Because sometimes there are too many quilts for the full rail shot!

Along with the Sandcastles quilt from String Frenzy the binding was finished on an Easy Breezy Leader & Ender Challenge (Free Patterns tab) and uses the border from my Garlic Knots patterbn! I love it!

Stacey finished her Ruby Jubilee in all aquas!  Gorgeous!

Her Appalachian Autumn is ready for some binding stitching.


And I'm sure to get this story mixed up but here's a go at it.

Stacey has worked for NASA for 30 years. (COOL!) and around the time that Karen Nyborg was in space, scads and hoards of star blocks were gathered from all around the globe in commemoration of Karen's quilting in space.

Quilts were made from the blocks to display at Quilt Festival in Houston around 2016.

As always when making quilts form donated blocks - there were some that just didn't go with the others, they were just extras which also deserved to be made into quilts, so Stacey took them and pieced them together, quilted them, bound them, and here is the result of the last two quilts made from those commemorative blocks.

Even better - There was a Space-X launch on Sunday evening and the ladies watched it by laptop with Stacey giving commentary on how things worked and what they were doing. 

How incredible is that?  I think it's most appropriate to say it was "Out Of This World!"

Side note:  Did you know that Karen Nyborg is now retired, is designing fabric and writing patterns??  Yes, women CAN do it all!

Thank you so much, May Quiltvillians!

(They are the cutest!)

We'll see you next May!

Yesterday was SUPPOSED to be for loading Jacob's Chain into the long arm - but that didn't happen.

There were 10 loads of laundry to attend to, and all else that happens to get the house ready for today's Quilters of the Night arrival - 

Around 1pm as I switched 2 loads from washers to dryers and started another 2 in the washers I decided enough was enough and I needed to run to town to get some supplies - more trash bags for one as the upstairs bathrooms were out - so my quilt loading time became errand running time.

By the time I got back to check on things and flip more loads, I could barely keep my eyes open so I headed home for a nap.  No apologies.

I can load the quilt today. (Maybe)  I can start quilting today. (Maybe)

Or maybe not. And that's okay too!

Thank you, everyone for such a great response to yesterday's PDF pattern release!  The Gift-Away already has over 3,400 entries!

I love that you are as excited about the Right Way Round pattern duo as I am.

The pattern contains BOTH variations, and you can make either of them in either size -

Pattern details:

What do you get when you accidently make more than 1/2 of the main block wrong? A second quilt! Both versions are presented in sparkling patriotic colors of red/white/blue accented with black. Full color photos, graphics and extensive instruction included!

Quilt Sizes: Large: 80’’ X 88’’ Small: 53’’ X 53’’

Optional but helpful: Bonnie K. Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool and either the Simple folded Corners ruler, or the Simple Folded Corners Mini.

Traditional rotary cutting methods and foundation paper-piecing options are given for those who don't have access to these rulers.

So yes - if you prefer to paper-piece square-in-a-square units, we've got you covered there too with a printable page for paper-piecing.

I'm ready for Memorial Day Weekend!

Introductory pricing:  The price marked is already 30% off and the sale is good through 5/30/23.  I leave for Cairo on the 31st, so I'll need to button that up before I go.  So hurry now and save before you miss it - no coupon needed.

You'll find the pattern for Right Way Round in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop.

Enter the gift-away HERE. Drawing happens 5/30/23!

I'll be drawing for two winners who will each receive the PDF pattern containing both Right Way and Wrong Way Round from me - and even more:

One winner will receive a Facets of Black Color Roll, and the other will receive a Facets of Red Color Roll from Cotton to Quilts!

(And you know to check their website for their neutral rolls and other bundles to enhance your scrap stash, right?)

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Any amount of moving forward is still moving forward!
Sometimes progress can't be measured by the eye but it's there.
Oh how I love a simple nine patch! Quilt found in Grapevine, Texas.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!


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