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Using my Christmas Gift - Go Big!

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My DH has watched me struggle to "cut" things with my Accuquilt Go - it seems really hard to crank. I try to cut with it when DGDs are here, but they are "onto" my scheme. For Christmas DH bought me an Accuquilt Go Big - the electric model. Using it is wonderful.

My Sister-in-law is expecting a new great grandson. We collaborated on a quilt, my version of "Baby's Picture Frame" an old pattern from Trudie Hughes. (A variation of a Courthouse steps log cabin.) It uses a lot of 1-1/2" strips. It took me about 10 minutes to cut the strips (most of that time spent in pressing the fabrics). I was able to use the Go strip cutter again to cut the strip sets. I used Minkee on the back for the cuddle factor. I do, however HATE working with its slickness, especially when applying binding. It is finished, and in the hands of my niece - the soon to be new grandmother.



Happy Quilting,
Becky in KCMO

Charity Quilting for guild

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Charity quilts:
I spent a lot of time in July, August and Sept making charity quilts. We always need more twin size quilts - guild members always donate lots of smaller quilts. I sent 4 tops to Houston after the flooding before I took pictures. Here are pictures of the other quilts I made for a teen-age crisis home:
The color scheme of these quilts was picked from this large grape fabric. Greens and purples. I cut 4" strips from fat quarters and half yards and kept adding fabrics, mainly lights to make all the blocks.





I do like the St. Louis 16 patch - just Google it to find the directions. If you want to be able to match seams easily, follow the directions at Exuberant Color  https://exuberantcolor.com/free-resources/  These are all quilted and I made binding. It will be applied by other guild members (thank you, thank you). 

An aside about the Bargello Heart quilt from last post - it did sell at auction for around $400. While this made funds for Friends United, I was hoping it woul…

What I've been up to . . .

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I stopped blogging awhile back - too much other stuff to do. I was Ways and Means Chair for my Guild for 2 years, then helped finish up stuff, taught 4H, sewed with the GrandGirls, etc.
The youngest Granddaughter is working on the one on the left - Mrs. Chillingsworth. We together made the one on the right several years ago. She only sewed a bit on it. The new one she is doing all the sewing - Gma just cuts and pins. She hopes to make Mrs. the same size and Mr. She's started on the next border of squares that will follow another black border on this medallion quilt.
I've been working on this and that. A very young man shared his cold with me and I'm of an age where that sidelines me for a while. My friend JoAnne did the main piecing on a bargello heart for us to donate to Friends United for their 30th Anniversary dinner and auction. I finished the border, quilted and applied binding. JoAnne shared the leftover bargello strips with me so I made two pillows (so far) to go with…

Design Wall - gifts from Africa

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I've been very busy learning IQ on my Nolting - Black Bart. It's coming along, but there is much to learn.

I've also been working on the quilt pictured below. It took a lot of time as I "designed" it to make the batik panels from Africa stand out. I did Prairie points with beading on them. I sewed a necklace I received from a Nigerian seminary student on it as well. Handmade bone beads on that one. The panels were a gift to my sister-in-law from a student from Burkina Faso, a small country near Senegal. Most of the fabrics were from Africa as well, some I bought through AQS and some from the Quilted Fox in St Louis, MO. 

It was donated to Friends United - a group that works with students and teachers in Honduras to improve the education system. They had their dinner and auction last Friday night, and it was sold for $800. The buyer agreed to let me have it back for exibit in our next quilt show.

Happy Quilting,
Becky

Design wall Monday 9/28/2015

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This is what I'm working on. It's not my usual thing. My DSIL had the heavy batik panels / figures and asked me to make a donation quilt out of them. I'm not an art quilter, so this was hard for me. It is now on Black Bart being quilted. The fabrics used in it are almost all African in origin. It is different to work with such low thread count fabric. Go to Judy's designwall to see more fun things.
Happy quilting,
Becky

Design wall Monday - a bit of Guild history

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This is what I've been working on:
We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Quilters Guild of Great Kansas City next week. This quilt is made from the "quiltlets" that were made for the first quilt show - a collection of Flower blocks. I found pictures of these hanging from a display wall. It was in the historical album. This isn't all of them, but the last of them. Some were sold along the way. 40 years is a long time to keep all the quilt blocks people made throughout the years. 

Happy Quilting,
Becky

Beachy at the quilt show.

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Just Beachy is home – to stay, after being in the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival. (edit - I misspoke Just Beachy is going to Des Moines for the AQS quilt show the end of September!) I couldn’t get a picture without someone in front of it as the attendance was so large. Hurray! I took two classes, Feathers with Jamie Wallen and Dot to Dot with Angela Walter. I also did a 4 hour volunteer shift although I gave up a bit early.

I received favorable comments from the judge, but with such noted quilters (winners at AQS shows) such as Miriam Reed, JoAnne Web and Janet Stone in the local guilds, simple quilters like me didn’t have a chance for ribbons. I don’t mind; I’m just glad that Beachy was shown.  Beachy can now hang proudly in my living room.

A better picture of Beachy, and one of me.


Happy Quilting,
Becky