Monday, June 28, 2010

I never know what to title my posts!

Hello. Remember me? Not too much sewing happening and we are still embroiled in selling our house. What a pain!

Much of my time for the last few months has revolved around the guild's raffle quilt. It's a gorgeous vintage grandmother's flower garden top that was donated to us. The talented Karen Comstock of Quiltricks designed a border for it and we've put in over 180 hours hand quilting it after appliqueing the border. I've been one of the many who've been hand quilting "Little Orphan Annie" as well as traveling to various local venues with other committee members to sell raffle tickets. We have quite a bit more raffle ticket selling to do before the drawing in October. Same as last year, our charity partner is Military Missions in Action.

It has been so hot here! The first picture is from the Rural Reunion in Raleigh this last Saturday, and the heat index was about 107F. Yuck. This is the first event we had the finished quilt to show.

Before this week we took the quilt, frame and all, to each venue and chatted to the crowd about quilting while we worked. This was at the Carthage Buggy Festival.
Our first outing with the quilt was at Spring Daze in Cary.
The quilt has also spent time in several of our living rooms. This is mine.
This is Mom's.

I'm looking forward to taking a photo of the quilt hanging. It's glorious!

The other quilty type thing I've done recently is attend the North Carolina Quilt Symposium in Charlotte, at the beginning of June. I took a class with the lovely Kim Diehl. She was teaching a quilt from her upcoming book, "Simple Graces." She was worried about looking short in the photo and I was trying not to look like an Amazon. LOL Can you tell I'm hunching down?

And a class with doll maker Patti Medaris Culea. So much fun! It was a class on doll face painting and we got to play with Patti's Shiva Paint Sticks. I admit it. I'm hooked! Got to get me some of those paint sticks! :-) Those are Patti's hands on the right, demonstrating.

And my doll heads. They still need the details added in order to be considered done.