Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Where has the summer gone?

Not into the studio, that's for sure! Except for a few activities, my summer has flown by without touching a sewing machine or fabric. But now my mojo is back, I'm back at the machines and our quilt show is coming up rapidly, so I'll try to catch up over the next few days.

The quilt show is coming! It's amazing how a deadline can focus your mind. Our guild's show is mid-October and I have a ton to do to get ready. (link to High Cotton Quilt show in my blogs list for details).

Entry forms for our show were due last week, so I spent two hours Saturday morning sorting through quilts, measuring them, deciding what class they belonged in and filling out the forms. Then I drove to town, where we were having a work day for our boutique, turned in the forms and spent a couple more hours working on pillowcases to contribute to the boutique. I'm doing a simple cuffed pillowcase using some juvenile fabrics I found in my stash.

For the entries to the show, wow! I entered more than 20, because this is our first show and the entries were coming in slowly at first. Better too many than too few. A half dozen were my little art quilts. A few more fell in the small quilt category, both pieced and mixed piecing and applique. Several more went to the large quilt category and the final batch go to the group category, as they were made with blocks from Treadle On exchanges.

And four of them aren't finished yet! One has been a flimsy for ages, the other three were finished blocks. Since last week I've assembled the tops for two, a Boxy Stars started in class with Bonnie Hunter last year, and a bow tie top using Civil War repro fabrics. I'm in the process of putting borders on both of them now, so that just leaves one top to piece. The blocks shown are from the Boxy Stars. The combination of blue, pink and brown with black was inspired by the fabric in the top right corner of the brown block. I'll be using that fabric for binding.

I'll have more to share later, but for now, on to other stuff!