Saturday, August 24, 2019

Sisters, Part 1

Sisters... no, not my sister and I... that perfectly charming small town in Oregon which hosts the world's largest outdoor quilt show every July.  I went there with several friends this year, and I am so glad that I checked it off of my bucket list.  I may even go back for a second experience.  It was that wonderful!  Why part 1?  Well, I have such an overabundance of photographs from the week, that I am breaking it up into two posts.  The official outdoor quilt show was on Saturday, July 13th.  We headed up a few days early so that we could also partake in the Sisters Garden Club annual Garden and Home Tour, called Quilts in the Garden.  It always takes place on the Thursday before the big show and consists of a number of homes that are opened up for the day with quilts hung out in the their gardens.  Today's post will be less words and more photos than most... all from the Garden Club show.

The first stop on the tour was at Hawks Haven Reserve, the home of the Rognlien's, and a 90-acre wildlife reserve set amid the Three Sisters Mountains with lovely views.  The quilts were hung amid a grouping of trees right off the back patio of the home.

The Best Time by Kay Gutierrez

Pick-Up-Sticks by Kim McCray

Sunset on North Temperance Creek by Kathy Chism

Eastern Oregon by Ruth Kinane

Back Country by Dawn Williams

A photo of the quilts displayed at this home.  Beautiful views!

Steppin' Out by Cindy O'Neal

Gleam of Snake River by Linda S. Ripsch

Trout on the Metolius by Cece Montgomery
The second stop on the tour was at a farm instead of a house, Seed to Table Farm.  It's a non-profit educational farm that works to increase the health and wellness of the Sisters community by providing farm based health and science education.  It is a 2-acre organic farm that grows 30,000 pounds of produce, feeding up to 200 families weekly during the season, as well as providing fresh produce for school lunch programs and Central Oregon Food Banks.  And, on this day, it was surrounded by beautiful quilts!  These were all made by the same woman, whose name I didn't write down (sorry!).

We asked if this was a vintage quilt... no!  It was actually the makers FIRST quilt.  She really picked a hard one, and it came out so beautifully!

A shot looking down on part of the farm.
Third stop was at Apregans' Black Diamond Ranch.  This is a historical ranch surrounded by hayfields and beautiful views of Black Butte and Mount Jefferson.  The ranch has traditional gardens, including perennial borders, a rose garden and greenhouse, a raised bed vegetable garden, and a chicken yard.  And many antique quilts on this day...

A number of antique quilts laid out on the fence around the vegetable garden.

Some lovely stars right next to the chicken coop (the coop isn't in the photo).

Hexagons and Baptist fans!

The views behind these antique hexi quilts!

Dresden plates blowing in the breeze.

A gorgeous Victorian crazy quilt, dated 1913.
The fourth stop required us to catch a ride because there wasn't much parking at the home.  It was worth the wait!  This location is home to the Patty and Craig Apregan, who created lawn-free gardens around the house which reflect the different garden styles she has seen on her travels... woodlands, shade gardens, perennial borders, prairie meadows, a French dry garden, and native grass plantings.  And, of course, beautiful quilts!

A birdhouse quilt right next to the bird house.

A lovely water feature just behind a gorgeous garden.

Check out that view from the living room!

Last stop for the day was at the Cline property, right across the street from Black Diamond Ranch.  The home and barn were just completed a few years ago, in 2015.  It was lovely.

I think I've probably overloaded the photos in this post, so I'll cut it off here.  In a couple of weeks, I'll post Sisters, Part 2 with the photos from the big show.  I hope you enjoyed these and got some inspiration!

Keep on quilting!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

A Quilted Summer

It's hard to believe two months have passed since my last blog post.  I guess time just slipped away from me, and I got too caught up in summer break, planning vacations, and quilting!  Whatever the reasons, I've been busy, busy, busy, and I have a bunch of quilts to show!

First, and I can't believe I've never written about this one previously, I quilted a vintage Hawaiian quilt top for a friend of mine.  It was such a great learning experience for me.  First, the blocks were humongous!  I mean, they were approximately 26-inches square... giant!  I have a 30-inch throat on my longarm, but that's not all stitchable space, so the blocks wouldn't fit completely.  Luckily, the applique fit... barely.  I opted to quilt the top with traditional Hawaiian-style quilting, echoing inside and outside of the applique.  I got to practice using the echo function of my Statler, which was quite the experience.  First, I outlined the applique and stitched that out.  Then, I did the echo inside of that outline.  Surprise!  I couldn't get it to work for more than one echo inside, and I couldn't do the outside echo at all since it wouldn't fit in my stitchable area.  So... I got a TON of practice with free motion quilting.  Ta da!

Overall photo of Hawaiian quilt.
Close up of four blocks and echoing work.
Another close up of the echo work.
Another quilt that I quilted for a friend, Becky Stephenson, is this Pioneer Braid Quilt that she purchased as a laser cut kit from Common Threads Quilting (no longer in business).  She wanted an all-over quilting design, and I figured something curvy would look good and give the quilt a lot of motion.  After getting approval from Becky, I ended up using Waves and pearls E2E simple from Nancy Haacke at Wasatch Quilting.  It turned out really nice!

Overall Pioneer Braid Quilt

Close-up of braid quilt.
Another quilt that I quilted for Becky, but that is actually being donated to my guild's auction next month.  This was yet another of Mom's UFOs that she gave to Becky to finish.  The blocks were all complete, and were from an exchange that Mom participated in many years ago.  I used the New Bountiful e2e pattern from Karen Farnsworth at Wildflower Quilting.  That gave some soft curves to all the straight lines of the quilt top.  I know Becky had fits getting these all put together and squared up.  The thing about exchanges... you don't get equal quality from every participant!  And, in this case, there was a lot of room for error with all of those stitched lines in every block.  Still... I think this turned out striking, and will hopefully bring in a decent amount for the guild.

Overall photo of block exchange quilt.

Close up of block exchange quilt.
I also quilted a community service quilt for Becky's sister, Jerrianne Evans.  It's another one that she made using the Mother Goose line of fabric that was designed by Mom.  So cute!  I'd been looking for ways to practice Joyce Lundrigan's Skill Builders sets, and this top was the perfect opportunity!  I used the instructions for the March 2019 set, which used concatenating E2E patterns.  Great practice and a great quilt!

Overall photo of community service quilt.

Closeup of community service quilt.
And now, a few of my very own quilts that I finished!  I posted a photo of the top for my mini Storm at Sea from Flynn Quilt Company back in February.  Well, here she is all quilted up and ready to hang up somewhere!  I just did some ditch work around the larger squares, and then stitched straight lines through the "waves."  Her name is A Little SAS-sea.  Hahaha!

Overall photo of the top of A Little SAS-sea.

Photo of the back of A Little SAS-sea.
Another mini, and another kit I picked up at Festival last year is this totally adorable mini pineapple quilt.  I bought the kit from Yellow Creek Quilt Designs.  The pattern and design are from Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine, and it is originally meant to be a holiday or winter quilt, with snowflakes embroidered in the corners.  I opted to un-seasonalize this little cutie and turn it into an Aggie quilt for my alma mater!  I was honestly amazed at those little blocks.  Each one is 2-inches square, but still has 45 pieces of fabric.  Wow!  I used the mitered feather border set from Nancy Haacke, which turned out really nice for this little guy.  Then, I used the Statler to stitch the words in the corners.  Gig 'em Aggies!

Itty Bitty Aggie Quilt
Last, but most certainly not least, I added that last border to my Antebellum Album quilt, the block-of-the-month for 2018 from Barbara Brackman.  And, I got her all quilted up!  Woohoo!  I used wool batting for the first time because I wanted to try out the puff that it gives, and really have my quilting pop.  It worked!  I used single irish chaine fleur 001 and 002 from Kimberlee Diamond at Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio for the blocks of the quilt.  For the border, I used Joyce Lundrigan's Feather Vein Scallop Border Corner Set.  I love this quilt!  My plan is to get her bound in the next week or two and ready to hang.  Love, love, love!

Still on the machine, loving how the quilting is turning out.

Close up of a corner all quilted up.

Overall of my Antebellum Album.
What else exciting is happening around here?  I'm glad you asked!  I'm heading out in a few short days for the 2019 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  If you haven't heard of it, it's the largest outdoor quilt show in the world, with over 1400 quilts hanging... outside!  It's kind of a bucket list thing for many quilters, so I'm getting it checked off of my own list this year.  I can't wait!!!

That's all I've got for now.  I'll take plenty of pictures in Sisters to share next month.  Keep cool and keep on quilting!