It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Hello friends, my favorite time of the year is here! International Quilt Festival season!!! Let the classes, late night sewing, manic shopping and general craziness begin! It all started for me this week, I got the quilt festival bug as I starting digging through all my supplies, double checking when my classes are, planning lunches, and thinking about it 24/7.

While doing this I found all of the projects I bought in the previous years and I wanted to pull them out and start working on all of them, all at once. But… I found the will power not to and settled for re-organizing them and getting back to my 30 Week Wonder. I got a little behind while making the quilts for my beautiful cousins but I was able to make three blocks in the last week. So I am getting back into the swing of things. Including blogging!

Allie's Quilt

Allie’s Quilt

String Pieced, Quilt as You Go

String Pieced, Quilt as You Go

Back of the Quilt

Back of the Quilt

But Back to Quilt Festival…

My good buddy Kay and I are taking two classes together this year. We met several years ago in a very horrible Quilt Festival class (the teacher to remain nameless) and we have been taking classes together ever since. Quilters really are great people, I can’t wait to see what new, fun people I meet this year. Kay and I are taking Gyleen Fitzgerald’s Trash to Treasure pineapple quilt class and a 3D illusion class and both look really good.

Just before Quilt Festival I will be taking Jacqueline de Jonge’s Be Colorful class for the 3rd time. I am determined to finish the quilt I started last time I took her in this class.

What will you be doing this quilty season?

Get Quilty Ya’ll

-P

Who starts a blog and then doesn’t actually blog?

Me, thats who!

“Beautiful Girls” Quilts

I have been very busy over the last month working on two quilts for by precious cousins who were both hurt in an accident. The quilt below was made for Reagan. She and her sister Allie were in the accident and while Reagan is healing quickly, Allie’s has a longer road ahead of her. The girls are very close in age and I am making both of them quilts in hopes that it will provide some comfort. This is the absolute happiest fabric in my collection, I have had it for years. Allie’s quilt is about half way there.

It is a string quilt done as a “quilt as you go”. The joining of the blocks was interesting. Didn’t go exactly as I had wanted. Hoping I can apply some lessons learned to Allie’s.

Reagan's Quilt

Reagan’s Quilt

30 Week Wonder & More Pineapples

Before I got started on the girls quilt I did get block 8 done of the 30 week wonder. However, I am now 3 blocks behind! I have at 19 weeks to get back on track, so all is well. I had also tried a new pineapple block ruler/technique and this is my favorite, by far! I will write a big blog about pineapple blocks after I take a class at festival this year.

Block 8

Block 8

Pineapple Block using Creative Grids pineapple trim tool.

Pineapple Block using Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool

Until Next Time!

– Paula Sue