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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Projects I'm working on

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sorry I missed blogging last Thursday.  I didn't feel like I had anything important to say, so I didn't! LOL

I decided to blog abou the WIP (works in progress) that I have right now. I have 2 hand projects going--one for home and one for the car.

The one I keep in the house is a locker hook rug project.  I only use scraps of strips, so I work on it sporadically as I have strips available.  Originally, I had actually planned to use this as a rug in my house.  Now I'm not so sure I want something that has taken me this long to complete getting dirty.  I guess if I can put it in the wash machine it might be OK.  If I can't use it as a rug, however, I'm not sure what I'm gonna do with it.  It's pretty big as you can see from the next picture.  I use a hand quilting frame and that works really well.  You can see that I also use it to hide the various toys that are kept and played with in my living room on a regular basis. ;-)

The project I keep in the car in a backpack is a scrappy GFG.  I only use scraps for this as well.  I like to keep this in the car because I can work on it anywhere.  I'm rather addicted to the hexagons, but when this quilt is finished I am planning to make one with diamonds.  In my head I'm planning one is batiks and black.

I also have several machine projects that are WIP.  I have been REALLY busy with customer orders (bring it ON!) and haven't had much chance to get to my sewing machine.  Those who keep up with me (as if that is possible) know that I have 2 small boys and rarely get to my sewing machine.

I prefer works in progress over UFO (unfinished object).  Hopefully a WIP will be finished at some point.  Maybe there is no difference to some between a WIP and a UFO??  Please comment and tell me what you are working on!  and I would love to see pics!  you can email them to me at and I will post them here for all of us to see!

Keeping quilting!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Star Quilter's Guild Show--Roanoke, VA

Hi Everyone!
I'm home tonight with the kiddos--my husband is in NC racing.  This may be a short post depending on the boys' behavior.  It's almost bedtime...

I was able to visit a quilt show last week on Spring Break.  I took my mom and 3 yo.  Both behaved's amazing how they entertain each

I'll post a few pics here--but because its such a pain, head over to my FB page (Custom Quilt Kits) and "like" it to see all the photos I took.  You can send me a "friend" request, too.

My BOM club is coming along nicely and everyone is enjoying that the pieces come pre cut.  Most report the block is contructed in 30 minutes or less.
I am still looking for Civil War fabric for my next BOM.  I was hoping to start in May---email me if you are interested in being on my "list".  There is no obligation.  This is to help you stay in the loop.
It is DEFINITELY bedtime now!
Until next time, keep quilting!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

thank you!

Hi Everyone!
I am happy to report that my wisdom teeth came out yesterday and I am back to my old self!  I have had headaches worse than this--darn those migraines!  I have a few stitches on my right side that is a little tender and yesterday my jaws hurt from having someone else's hand in my mouth, but all things considered--piece of cake!

Here is the Quilt of the Month from the Internation Quilt Study Center--if you haven't signed up for their emails, please do! They are very educational and I love how it broadens my perspective!

Quilt Of The Month
Click on the image to see a close-up.
Longpo Yi (龙婆衣)—“Dragon Wife’s Robe”
Yi people
Malipo County, Yunnan Province, China
First half of the 20th century
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Acquisition made possible through the Robert and Ardis James Foundation Fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation
The Longpo Yi or “Dragon Wife’s Robe” is a ritual garment made and used by the Hua Luo (“Flowery Lo”) people – a subgroup of the Yi ethnic minority of Southwest China. This group’s folklore recounts the tale of a young girl who married the River Dragon’s son. When the girl’s mother died, she wore the “Longpo Yi” to the funeral; ever since, the Hua Luo people have done the same. A female descendent of the recently deceased wears the robe in the funeral procession, during which she gently dances to the sound of two bronze drums.
This example is composed of squares pieced together from triangles of silk mostly, but also of cotton in select areas. These squares, which resemble pinwheels in American quilt tradition, are appliqued onto an indigo-dyed cotton background. A wax-resist indigo print forms the bottom border and is decorated with a row of tassels. The woman wearing this garment must have made an impressive impression as she solemnly and rhythmically moved along in the funeral procession.
To see two more Longpo Yi examples, visit the collections website of the Musee du Quai Branly, in Paris here and here.

Until next time, keep quilting!