Sugar snap peas and sunshine!

In my very own backyard!  : )

Piecefully, Pam

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Warning! Warning, Will Robinson!

Here are some cute Easter projects!!!  And, check out Jean’s Bunny Peeps.  ; )

Has anyone seen this?!  I LOVE it!!!  Quilting is s-e-w amazing!!!

All that, AND it’s to be sunny today!!!

I see the glass as half FULL and I’m glad I do!!!  : )

I’m going to give an opinion here.  Consider yourself warned.  I will make no apologies.  You do not have to continue reading…

I live in a free Country.  We have freedom of speech.  You are entitled to your own opinion.  That said, I was raised to not say anything if I didn’t have anything nice to say.  I LIKED the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show!!!  I LIKED the quilts – ALL of them!!!  There may have been some I liked more than others, but I see the merit, craft(wo)manship, skill, time, love that each quilt holds.  One of the things I like BEST about quilting is the great variety this hobby and art form has to offer!!!  Art, bed, modern, traditional, wall hanging, beginner, intermediate, advanced, embellished, simple, Amish, wholecloth, painted, trapunto, crib, doll…you get the idea, right?!

I feel INSPIRED looking at quilts hanging in a Show.  I go to a Show expecting to see AMAZING quilts.  I want my jaw to drop and my socks to be blown off.  I look for inspiration.  I was rewarded with all those things at the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show.  There were BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING, GORGEOUS, SPECTACULAR quilts!!!

Some of the quilts that were entered and awarded a ribbon were produced by professional quilters.  Folks who make a living as a quilter – whether they write books, design patterns, make award winning quilts, design fabrics, tour, teach, longarm quilt, etc.  I would EXPECT to see their finest work…that’s what I’m going there to see, right?  There have been comments made about “over achievers alley.”  Rather than feel envy, be inspired.  You don’t have to make those quilts.  Make your own quilts.  Quilt where you are!

OK, I’m off my soap box now and I don’t think that was too harsh or mean.  It has been my experience that gardeners and quilters are two of the nicest groups of people I’ve ever met.  Can we keep it that way, please?!

Piecefully, Pam

From here

to there.  During our 2009 Spring Break we began to renovate our bedroom.  We finished on Easter weekend.  It was a LOT of hard work!  One of the things my husband was thrilled about was getting rid of the old closet, the doors most especially.  He hated them!

Once removed, they stood in the garage awaiting their destiny.  A strange thing happened.  They were repurposed and given a new life!  They have become a very large table.

Now the Monday Night Game Guys have enough elbow room for drinks, cards, a game board, tokens, dice, maps, books + sundry other items!  ; ) And I get to use the table too…for my quilting purposes!!!  This has been a wonderful re-use for doors that were destined for the trash!

I had to wait ’til tonight, but I have layered and basted my Bunny Hill A Tisket A Tasket quilt top!!!  : )  I tried the Kwik Klip device.  Can I tell how terrific this product is?!  I am a skeptic.  I admit it.  It sometimes takes me a really long while before I will believe in something or give it a try. Well, the covered safety pins with the Kwik Klip closer is magic – truly!  It usually takes me several sessions to pin baste.  My fingernails wear and break and my fingertips hurt.  NONE of that using the Kwik Klip!  I got my entire wall hanging basted this evening – in ONE session!!!  Tomorrow, I’ll be ready to begin fmq’ing…!!!

The old closet doors...

Here are those doors, uh table 4 months later with my Flower Pots pattern spread out.

And, here it is tonight with my basted ATAT quilt!

Reduce, reuse, recycle, and RE-purpose!  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

Here is that renovated space with the new closets!

Lancaster

Quilt Show…  There has been much discussion about this Show – between friends, Bee peeps, quilters, blogs I visit, etc.  Hmmm.  Before I give my two cents, I need to mention that I made the conscious decision to stop going to the Quilter’s Heritage Celebration.  For reasons too numerous to recount, I believe 2006 was my last trip to the Host.

I decided to go to this year’s AQS (new) Lancaster Quilt Show.  I had a fresh perspective, a new attitude and an open mind.  I must say, I was QUITE pleasantly surprised!!!

Here are some of the things I LOVED about this new Show:

1. Having ALL (or most of!) the judged quilts in ONE building!!!  NO golf carts, no traipsing down to the Tennis Courts, then back up the hill and into the dimly lit hallway maze hoping to find the remaining rooms where the Quilt Show was being held.

2. Not having to park in the grass/mud.

3. Not having to slog through the grass/mud to and from The Show.

4. I liked the way this Quilt Show was laid out…3 floors, 3 clearly designated rooms all under ONE roof.

5. I liked how the vendors were placed.  I liked the sizes of their booths.  I liked their wares!

I went with Bee friends on Saturday.  We had ZERO trouble parking and walked a short distance (half block) to the Show!!!  VERY easy!  I LOVED the Convention Center!  There were LOTS of bathrooms, places to sit, tables and nooks for eating, visiting, taking a break.  The food venues were (IMO) a BIG improvement over what the Host offered.  I liked the Downtown venue within walking distance to other points of interest.

I do know this Show was organized in a relatively short period of time.  While lighting, programs, shuttles and pins were not in perfect amounts to please all, I thought AQS did a remarkable job with this Show!  It is a NEW Show.  The Convention Center is new.  And, quite honestly, I’m glad Lancaster is still having a Quilt Show at all.  It could have very easily just died.

Don’t be disappointed but, I’m not posting any Lancaster Quilt Show photos.  The AQS website forbids it unless you have permission from the quilt maker. However, you can go to their website and see the winners!  ; )

That’s my two cents!  Care to give yours…?!

Piecefully, pam

Purchases…

I didn’t buy much at the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show.  My shopping list was short as I was mostly looking for thread…to eventually use for my Flower Pots quilt, to practice with on less important projects, to see what is out there and what I might like to try.  Oh, plus a couple Oakshotts too!!!  ; )

So, this is what I bought and here is my first practice sandwich using this thread…

What did you get at the Show?  What did you think of the Show?  Dolores – have you tried your new foot yet…?!

Piecefully, Pam

Mahabat Maqbara

by Shyamala Rao

The quilt community is as diverse as the quilts.  I LOVE that!!! Here is an amazing pictorial to appreciate. Enjoy.

Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!  ; )

Piecefully, Pam

P.S.  Thanks Quilt Mamas for a delicious evening.  (Cathy we MISSED you!!!)  : P  And, here’s looking forward to tomorrow!!!

It’s free motion Thursday!

Here’s my practice from this evening, in the darker blue thread.  On the bottom right I tried my own fmq’ed version of a zentangle.  Hmmm…?

When I first entered the amazing world of quilting, I heard, read and was told when fmq’ing PUT THE PEDAL TO THE METAL!  GO-GO-GO!!!  Speed!!!  Move your hands and quilt like a bat out of h-e- double hockey sticks!!! Well, I did that for a LONG time.  I became quite frustrated with my inability to ‘know’ where I was going and my inability to quilt my way out of a corner.  Well, I have discovered that I need to SLOW down!!!  Quilting at that break neck pace was intimidating me.  So, for a while now, I’ve been going slower and finding I can actually *think* as I’m sewing.  It feels much less overwhelming and I CAN breathe!

Piecefully, Pam

BIG and small. Fun and necessary. Stuff.

These are some things that have caught my eye or got my attention this week.

Sock monkey hat – how CUTE is that?!?!?!

Bunny peeps – perfectly adorable, calorie-free, smile inducing.  ; )

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution – speaking of food…this is MIGHTY important!!!

Piecefully Hand Applique Yahoo Group – what a surprise this endeavor has been!  Thanks ALL!  : )  How did you find/discover my Yahoo Group…?!  Is it from here, my Piecefully blog?  Flick’r?  Word of mouth?  Or some other way?  Whatever it is, please, keep coming!  It’s FUN and a delight.

Updating my blog – posting a tutorial doesn’t come easy to me.  I’ve added a new one and updated/tweaked a couple others.  Any feedback you give would be SEW appreciated!  I think they’re clear and sensible, but it’s kind of like writing a term paper…I’ve read it SO many times I don’t see the mistakes and errors!?

Pressing matters – has anyone seen these?  Do you use one?  I wonder what they’re like…?!  Hmmm.

With a name like this – it shouts F-U-N to me!!!  ; )  I added to my sidebar for now too.

Happy Thursday!  May you enjoy a bit of sunshine and stitching.  ; )

Piecefully, Pam