Sunday, May 22, 2016

Catching Up & Paducah Photos

How is it that we are already over halfway through May?  It doesn't seem possible that summer is around the corner.  I feel like I've been doing nothing but playing catch up over the last several weeks since we were in Paducah, but then that always seems to be the case after being away!
I have been trying to get several quilt tops quilted and so far, I am only on number two.  And these are little quilts!  Here is a glimpse of this little nine-patch quilt that I've marked with an allover orange peel quilt design.  I've showed this quilting design before on another small quilt I did awhile back.  Several of you asked how I get the lines to curve and line up, so I am showing you here.
I used nothing more than a plastic circle template that I had laying around, part of a set of several different sizes.  You can use pretty much anything that is round as long as the circle is large enough to intersect the corners of the block.  This is a 4" circle over a 3" block.  You can see how I line it up, above.  You want the circle to intersect the block about 1/2" to 3/4" on each of the four sides.  Then I just draw around the edge of the template with a blue water soluble pen four times on each block.  It goes very quickly and it is an easy and effective way to quilt with a walking foot.  Click HERE if you would like to read more on how I do this type of quilting.

Since I am so behind on blogging, I am going to jump right in and share some photos from the AQS Paducah Quilt Show.  Hopefully this won't be an overload for most of you!
We stopped over in Chattanooga, Tennessee on our way to Paducah.  Of course we had to check out the antique malls across the street from our hotel.  This beauty was in one shop.  I didn't buy it, but I definitely lusted after it!  Don't you love the scrappiness and the mix of colors together?

Here are a few antique quilts that were part of a patriotic quilt exhibit at the Rotary Center in Paducah.  I apologize for not getting more details on each quilt.
This one was made entirely of yo-yos.
The following quilts were in the AQS Paducah 2016 show and are in no particular order.
Eternal by Kazuko Noto
Yumemi by Maiko Ogawa
Yumemi (detail)
Summer Stars by Cindy Behrens
Bodacious by Claudia Clark Myers & Marilyn Badger
Bodacious (detail) by Claudia Clark Myers & Marilyn Badger
Arabella by Deborah France
Arabella (detail)
Sunburst by Sherry Durbin
Sunburst (detail)
Extraneous Female:  Escapement Mechanism by Beckey Prior
Extraneous Female:  Escapement Mechanism (detail)
Arandano by Marilyn Badger--Best of Show Winner
Arandano (detail)
Ben's Midnight Garden by Barbara Korengold
Victory by Colette Dumont
Oscar the Great by Nancy Sterett Martin & Kristin Sistek
Oscar the Great (detail)
Sparkling by Mitsuko Hashimoto
Sparkling (detail)
'Twas the Night Before Christmas by Linda Neal & Jackie Brown
'Twas the Night Before Christmas (detail)
'Twas the Night Before Christmas (detail)
In a Spring Breeze by Rumiko Ooiwa
In a Spring Breeze (detail)
A Garden for Your Peace of Mind by Kazuko Yamada
A Garden for Your Peace of Mind (detail)
Plates on Lace Napkins by Dawn Larsen
Plates on Lace Napkins (detail)
Supernova by Anapolis Quilt Guild
Tulips in a Vase by Betty Sweet
Tulips in a Vase (detail)

That brings me to the end of the first portion of my quilt photos.  Hopefully some of these inspired you!  I have more photos to share, including some of the wall size quilts, which I will post next time around. Have a fabulous week and Happy Quilting!