Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fun at Summer Quilt Festival!

We are lovin' California!  And the people here are super!  I guess no matter where you go, if you're in the quilting world, you're surrounded by super people!

Here we are with Jan whose comment was published in our first issue.  Nice to meet you, honorary sis!

Jeni, Jan, Judy, Sally, and Gretchen

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

California Here We Come! (and an embarrassingly funny video)

Four sisters:  Sally, Jeni, Gretchen, and me (Judy), plus Jeni's husband, Glen.
Just left little Williamstown, West Virginia.
Driving to Columbus (Ohio) International Airport.
Will be at Long Beach late tonight!  Yay!

If you're in the neighborhood, stop by our booth at Summer International Quilt Festival...#1838-1840.



video
If you want to see a funny video....this is me trying out my laptop's webcam for the first time.  I was trying to figure out how to take a photo and didn't realize it was recording a video.  Duh!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Avery and Her Spontaneous Scrap Quilt

Avery and Her Spontaneous Scrap Quilt


You might notice we were using the Hootie Hoot prints from Riley Blake.  I'm making a Turning 12 with this fabric, and appliqueing the larger animal motifs onto the larger blocks.  It's looking pretty good!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Kids make quilts too!

My neighbor's grandson (age 8) and granddaughter (age 5) came to visit yesterday while I was putting together a "Turning Twelve" quilt for my grandson (almost 4 months).  Naturally curious, they both wanted to try out my sewing machine.  Turns out they really only wanted to operate the pedal.

So I pulled out a couple scraps, lined them up, and let Avery "drive."  She did a great job, slowing down when she saw the end of the fabric approach the needle.  One look at the two pieces we put together inspired me to add another, then another, and so on (all the while Avery drove), until we had a nice, random, 24" x 36" (approx) quilt.  Wow!

Then it was Jackson's turn.  He had a vision.  "Can we take this piece and sew that piece on it, but leave one end open so it makes a pencil holder?"  "Why sure, Jackson," I said as we sewed one piece to the other, rights sides together.  The looks on his and his sister's faces were worth a million bucks as I turned the item right side out!

Their mother is an elementary school reading teacher; the two of us marveled at the excitement generated by this "old-fashioned" activity.  We both thougth it would be fun for quilt- and sewing-shops to sponsor birthday parties, and the like, for young folks to have fun creating useful and beautiful fabric art with their own hands.

I'll snap photos of Avery's quilt and Jackson's pencil pocket later today and will upload to this post.

Another note about kids and projects.  In our first issue, Lynda Hall's 7-year-old granddaughter Rebecca helped design the "Cold Days" project.

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on kids and sewing.

Take care!
Judy