We’re set up!

It feels good to have the booth ready to go. Mostly. The floor needs vacuuming and the lights aren’t on in the hall but we”re done until tomorrow. Here”s how we look:

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We’ll foof it up a bit in the morning. And this is Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts fame (below). She made that cute quilt with circles that she is standing next to that she is graciously letting us show in our booth. She has a pattern for the quilt and I’ll you will see it if you check out her blog at http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/ . She also blogs for Robert Kaufman Fabrics and I think you’ll see us there soon!

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I’ll send more updates tomorrow.

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We’re setting up!

Having a booth at quilt market is really nice – we get to re-connect with old friends and make new ones. It’s a time to see what’s new in the quilt world. There is, however, some work involved. This is what our booth looked like when we arrived. The very wonderful folks from Robert Kaufman had already hung our drapes and dressed our table!

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We got a lot done today and I’m not sure how much I can show, but here’s a look at the booth in progress. I’ll be back with more tomorrow!

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We really are working hard!

AtTheIroningBoard Linda and I have been hard at work since last Thursday. Quilt Market is practically here and we're not ready yet. Oh my!

And, in even more exciting news, we've gotten the sample yardage from our 2nd collection of fabric! We can't really say (or show) more but you are going to love this fabric too!

There are new patterns, a new book, and lots of new fabric coming from Piece O' Cake in 2011. We can hardly wait (and as I type this Carly Simon is singing about anticipation in the background… really, she is!)

Applique With Attitude

Linda is here and we made a movie to show you the applique with perle cotton that we've both been having fun with. I made my AAQI World Series Quilt with this kind of applique and it has lots of attitude.

The perle cotton is here on our site. Our favorite crewel needle is at the bottom of that page as well.


 

We are really having fun with this and we hope to post some more movies soon. Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

Support Alzheimers research with quilts!

Be sure to go to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative booth at Quilt Festival in Houston. After you  enter the show, hang an immediate right and it is just before you hit the wall. Look for the big booth at the front corner, row S (like Simms).

There will be lots of mini-quilts for sale AND the World Series Challenge quilts will be hanging! Remember that these are the quilts I've written about before. Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Bryer Fallert, John Flynn, Judy Mathieson, Sue Nickels, Mary Sorensen, Ricky Tims, and I each made a quilt. If you are there, you can drop $1 in the jug to vote for your favorite – I hope it's mine :-). Later you'll have a chance to own these quilts!

Here's a video that will tell you more about what you'll find in the AAQI booth:


 

More fun with spray paint…

The last time I was up visiting my mom and sister in Oklahoma City, mom sent me home with a 'vintage' brass lamp. I grew up with this lamp and now the brass was spotted and discolored. I like to think that I've aged better than the lamp.

I offered it to Jeff when he was home and he assured me that neither he nor Celia wanted it. Next I offered to my DIL, Lorna. By then it had occured to me that paint could really help this lamp. Luckily I remembered to take the before photo before we had painted the whole thing.

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You may notice that it's the same orange that I painted the light fixture in my dining room. It's what I had on hand in the garage and this color works in Lorna's living room. Later, if/when she wants it to be a different color she can repaint it.

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Here it is wearing a borrowed shade so you can see how it looks with fresh paint. It took all of 10 minutes to turn a sad old lamp into a happy eye-catcher. Don't you just love what you can do with paint!

PS – Celia, I hope Jeff was right and you still don't have a place for this…

 

 

I’m still quilting…

Quilt market is practically here and I'm not ready!!! Can you me taking deep, calming breaths? I did finish the quilting on this one and I took a photo of the quilt clamps in use that I thought I'd share:

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This quilt is not that big and there were times when I had to have some of it hanging off the table. The quilt clamp helped to support that weight like this, and they worked even better when most of the quilt was on the table. I will continue to use the clamps because they really do help.

NOTE: The clamps can swing around a bit if you aren't careful when you release them. I've had to clear the cute stuff off of my windowsill so that I didn't break anything.