Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A word of warning

For all my quilting friends I offer a warning. Do NOT sign up for QNNtv. This is a website that offers quilting videos. Some are free and others are available through subscription.

The subscription is cheap but they automatically renew and when that happened to me recently I found that I can no longer log on as a member. There is no response to emails. There is no one at the phone number they post.

I finally resorted to posting on their fb page and found a number of other people with their own stories of woe with this company. It is too bad that some of the well know quilt celebrities are associated with this company.

Trust me, stay away from them. I'm not going to waste any more time on them and will just wash my hands of the $12 they took from me.


Update 11/20/2014 I received word from QNN that my membership status had been updated. If this had not been on automatic renewal I would not have renewed. The videos are awkward to use and the website is slow. Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims of The Quilt Show have a much better production. They are professional and there is a lot to offer on their website. I highly recommend their show but a big thumbs down to QNN.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Camping and Crazy Quilting

We decided to go on one last camping trip over the weekend recently. We drove up to the Big Eddy campsite on the Dead River near the dam at Flagstaff Lake. Flagstaff Lake was created in the 1940s by flooding an area for a hydro dam. You can see photos on the internet of the houses and towns that were submerged in the process. It must have been heartbreaking for the people who lived there and there is still evidence of habitation on the shores of the lake. This area on the Dead River is very popular with fishing enthusiasts in the early summer. We were the only ones camping on this November weekend. We did see one couple stop and fish in the river in their fishing waders. Must have been chilly and I don't know what fish would be biting at a lure this time of the year. 

Soup and grilled cheese. Lunch is served. We were very cozy in our warm camper. It was very chilly on our first day here. We hiked up the river and along the road. There is a lookout spot where you can look at the rapids. The water looked mighty cold.

I printed some images onto fabric. I really like the way these turned out. Don't you love the cowgirl? I used to want to be a cowgirl when I was little. That was back in the 1950s when there were lots of cowboy and Indian shows on tv. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans loomed large in my younger years. I am experimenting with sewing these pieces into crazy quilt blocks. These are from the Graphics Fairy. 

Halloween Crazy Quilt block. Halloween is not really my thing but it was fun to have this up. I had a fat quarter of this fabric and added some orange and black. 

Experimenting with hand dyeing some cotton swatches. I really like the smoky pale colors. 

I loved working on this piece. I made the wreath first and then decided to put the kitty in the center. Isn't she cute? I really like using the pale colors for the crazy patches and using that as a background for more embellishment. So fun to add the stitching and all the trims. I haven't finished this with backing and binding yet. That's the boring bit, isn't it? On to something new is my habit. I will finish this as a little wall hanging. 

I've added a Pinterest button to my blog and hope you will pin some of my pieces! I finally figured out how to do that. Hey, I'm a quilter not a computer techie. 

Happy Stitching! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nice video of a bed turning. I'd like to examine those quilts a little more closely, wouldn't you?

Here's a little Halloween wall hanging I just finished. I did a little crazy quilting to make this piece. Do you like the bats? They are silk flower petals. I embellished the quilt with fabric yoyos, buttons and beads, ric rac and embroidery. This is about as scary as I get. 

This is part of a wonderful quilt my friend Donna made. It was on display at the Tacoma Lakes Quilters show in Litchfield this past weekend. Donna said she loved working on this quilt as each block was different and a challenge to figure out how to piece. The pattern is by Jen Kingwell from the UK. You can see more of this quilt and other quilts from the show at the Tacoma blog. The ladies put on a very good show with lots of quilts and friendly faces. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cocheco Quilt Show

On Saturday October 18 my quilt group took a bus trip to see the Cocheco Quilters Guild annual show in Rochester, New Hampshire. They did a fantastic job displaying the quilts. Everything was bright with wide aisles for easy viewing. Lots of vendors along the perimeter walls. There were 55 of us on the bus and we had a great time. After the show we boarded the bus and drove to Henniker, N.H. to the Quilted Threads quilt shop. It is a really special quilt shop and worth visiting. We spent two hours at the shop and by then we were ready to head for Kittery, Maine where we ate a delicious dinner at Roberts Maine Grill. On the way back home we watched Miss Potter starring Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. What a lovely day and the fall foliage was a bonus treat!

Sue Spargo design by Linda Bevins

Wool applique with embroidery details. So much fun!

Love the ombre fabric background

What if the Hokey Pokey is what it's all about? 

This one was darling. We got to talk to the woman who made it, too.  Her name is Laura Sue Parsons and this is a red-brolly pattern.

Lovely soft gray fabrics

The machine quilted trees were very nicely done on this very calm quilt wall hanging

Cute posies and patchwork blocks

Gray is the new black in quilts, too

Bonnie Hunter design

Beautiful wool embroidery. Buttons are fun touch.

Round quilt!

Bugs in jars with some star blocks, too. Fun for a child. We still have the bug jar quilt I made around here somewhere. 

Gorgeous Kate Spain fabrics

Aboriginal inspired fabrics. I like the white diamonds that help break up the patterns. 

Lovely border fabric on this pretty quilt.

Here comes the sun!

So funny-kitties with ric rac whiskers

Hard to get the color right on this one. Brown and pink

Bonnie Hunter design-Quilter used brown and blue rather than Bonnie's scrappy style. 

Bright! I like this pattern. I think it would look nice in a modern palette of  grays, turquoise, and yellow, very pale.

These were really big fun blocks. 

Circles are appliqued on. 1930s fabrics, always cheery

Look Ma, no curves! Those are all triangular pieces. 

Judy Niemeyer design

Pretty pretty

Another quilt by Laura Sue Parsons. We got to talk to her about this quilt, too. I really like it. She calls it Quilt Me a Dream and she used applique blocks from Lynette Anderson and Bunny Hill Quilts combined with traditional quilt blocks. She said her stash is all these colors and she just used fabrics from her stash to make this. Lots of soft blues and reds. 

Love the camper

Really nice fabric for the borders, too

Beautiful blue and white quilt which was machine quilted by Margaret Solomon Gunn. 

This is a "potholder" quilt. I took a class at Maine Quilts this summer by Wendy Caton Reed where she taught us this old technique. Each block is pieced or appliqued then quilted and then bound. These bound blocks are whip stitched together to make a complete quilt. It was fun to see one at the show. 

The back of the potholder quilt. 

Someone used a lot of orange fabrics for this juicy quilt. You just have to smile when you look at this one. 

A little doll quilt. 

Wool applique

Love the crow's necklace

Old quilt blocks made into quilts. 

Another little quilt. Seems that it is difficult to hang the little ones so they often look rather rumpled. 

That's it for the show!