Greetings! Fall colors are at their peak right now in seacoast NH so Al and I took advantage of a beautiful day to go kayaking on the Lamprey River, which is just minutes from our house, this AM. We are so lucky! Enjoy these pictures (click on pics for enlargements):
Notice the turtle! When we got too close he slipped into the water. We also saw a loon, but I wasn’t able to snap a picture.
I finished the blue star quilt top!:
I’m really happy with how it has turned out and will now move on to get signatures for the back and then have it quilted. You probably won’t see this again until I’m putting the binding on. Time frame will depend on when the machine quilting can be done as I will hire someone to do it. Now I can focus on my own projects again. I finished the leaves and berries for the 4th border of Stardust and now will attach the borders to the center of the quilt and plan the connecting vines for the corners. This is going to require some time and concentration; it might be a good project for the quilt retreat I’m going on in 2 weeks. Meanwhile, I’m working on another block for Sweet Journeys. Right now it doesn’t look like much but you can see what I’m aiming for in the picture from one of Ellie’s books:
My guild – the Cocheco Quilters Guild – had their annual show this past weekend. I’m always amazed at how good our show is!! I helped all day with the setup – first time I’ve been able to do this! – and worked a few hours during the show as well. I have quite a few pictures to show you over the next few posts. I was awarded blue ribbons on Stella Nova and Many Moons:
Joyful Noise was in the show and got lots of compliments. (I didn’t have it judged – not sure why I didn’t!)
My trio of doll quilts was in as well, but I forgot to download the pictures so will show those next time.
Today I’m sharing the 3 quilts that were awarded Judge’s Choice. They were 3 of my favorite quilts in the show too!
I LOVED this orange spider web quilt and I think the big stitch quilting is perfect for it!
What fun this umbrella quilt is! Great details, too – love the raindrop quilting and the buttons on the border!
I love the soft romantic look of this next quilt and the simple, but excellently done quilting seems just right for it:
Next post I will share with you the incredible hand work of guild member Rainy Stevens. I was in charge of our “Meet the Quilters” annual exhibit at the show in which we highlight the work of 3 guild members. Rainy agreed to be one of the exhibitors – she does truly extraordinary hand quilting and appliqué so stay tuned for that and other great work from the show!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi