July 27, 2013

I Got Fractured at QBL ...

So I ventured to Quilting By the Lake for the very first time.  QBL is associated with the Schweinfurth Artcenter in Auburn, NY and the QBL classes are held at the Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY.  Everyone stays in dorms, you have room mates and suite mates, you eat in the dining hall...so very back to college. 

I had a blast at QBL. (Quilting By the Lake).  Granted I would have had a ball simply by virtue of the company I kept.  Bumblebeans, Helen no Blog, and the redheaded mermaid.  My NYC Metro Crew... So we all traveled up together to spend some time stitchin in Kathy Doughty's "Fractured" class.  What we thought would be an easy no brainer class, turned out to be a bit of a challenge.  As you all can see, I am not a pattern following kinda gal.  I like free form, free flowing.  So it always takes a while for my brain to grasp the why's of a pattern.  Like, why do you want me to do this like this, and not like that?  Why do you want me to cut this way and not that way. Etc..  Lol

We prevailed, thankfully, complete with giggles, laughs, food, fabric, and fun.

It was also great catchin up with other quilters, and meeting new people.  Lisa and I met some folks from Canada, as they were our suite mates.  Soo college...lol.

We got pinned by this woman, who makes this things....from recycled material and has been handing them out for over 30 years.  We are in...smiles lol.

Came home...and back to the grind.  But just finished stitching the top together.

I got fractured... See the lovely pictures below... And for more pictures and a video of our class. Go to bumblebeansinc.blogspot and helennoblog.blogspot. 

And for next year, I shall be back again.. as my dear Victoria (Bumblebeansinc) will be teaching.  So be sure to go sign up for classes!  She will have a two day 15 Minutes Play Improv class, and a three day, LeMoyne Star Improv class.(July 2014)  Sign up for their newsletter to get connected!  The classes fill fast, and they use a lottery system, so you have to get your sign ups in, and hope you get the class you want... All the classes are great so come join us next year at http://www.quiltingbythelake.com.

Finished the top today.  But it is missing something...

Our pilot for the trip.

My roomie Lisa helping me with my travel EPP.

Dear Helen.. Sooo stylish..

Unpacking in our dorm room.

Quilt Geek Alert...

Victoria has her bed made... I want this..

Lisa's as well..

And what would stitching be without cocktails.. Dorm style lol.

Our lovely teacher Kathy.

Work work work.

I got pinned... ;-)

Working overtime.

Teachers pet lol

51 out 56 done.. Last 5 already cut and partially stitched..woo hoo because lord knows I won't finish the blocks at home lol

Lisa's is great.  Love the black an white.  And she was almost done.  

And the queen stitcher has this gorgeous orange and blue top.  Rest assured she is not finished with it, there is more to come... 

And I love all the fabric in Helen's.. So wonderful...

Shout out to all of my Fractures classmates

Trouble makers.. I had no idea she was behind me lol.

Fabric love.... 

Oh so blessed to have a stitching good time...

And another of the top put together

Monday Star Count July 22

Quilting By the lake was a blast.. But before i post about that, let me follow up with my Monday EPP tally.  While driving up to QBL I had some help from the "redheads mermaid" an finished 4 stars...

Thanks Jess... For making us accountable... 

July 19, 2013

DWR Challenge - hmmm now what do I do?

Okay blog world... My NYC Mod Guild is hosting a Double Wedding Ring Challenge. (Details of the Challenge is below) 

I have all the pieces... Now what and how do I use them... Lol.  I guess I have to come up with an idea.  For starters I will make one or two just to get the hang of it.  After all it's not due until December 1.  Smiles..


NYC MOD Double Wedding Ring CHALLENGE!!!

The NYC MOD quilters are excited to announce the

 Double Wedding Ring Quilt Challenge!

We have partnered with EZ Quilting/Simplicity, Interweave and Juki to Use the Double wedding ring template/or pattern to create a project, then enter it to win amazing prizes from our sponsors!

 Don’t be afraid of the Double wedding Ring! This is a challenge to learn a new skill, try new techniques and let your creative exploration shine through on this traditional pattern!


This is a challenge FOR EVERYONE, All quilters… of any style, from anywhere!

This is an international challenge.


Please note : in each category, a quilt must be made of three layers and bound. To get your creative juices flowing, The Quilt Alliance (one of our generous Sponsors) has put together a PINTEREST page with examples of Double Wedding Ring quilts included in their Quilt Index. Feel Free to pin Double Wedding Ring quilts.


July 8th
​NYC MOD​ Quilters
 July 9th
Emily Bailey
Shelly Pagliai -
July 10th
Amy Ellis
Faith Jones
July 11th
Amy Smart

Monica Solorio-Snow
July 12th
Dan Rouse
Elisa Albury
July 13
Jenny Cameron

July 14th
Jane Davidson
July 15th
Joanna Wilczynska
Jackie Kunkel-
July 16th
Kathy Doughty

 July 17th
Lisa Mason
Flaun Cline
 July 18
Pat Sloan
Jessica Alexandrakis
 July 19th
Jacquie Gering
Lee Heinrich



size: under 20″ or smaller… This is a great way to play and learn your curves, and try your own version of making this fun design!


TRADITIONAL: 4 rings or larger…  Make the traditional double wedding pattern by using the template and your choice of fabrics…not straying to far from the traditional style. Four rings or larger for this category… must have three layers and bound.


MODERN:  4 rings or larger… ANYTHING GOES!  How can you interpret the double wedding ring, put a MODERN spin on a traditional design? Piece it, applique, fuse, whole cloth?  Possibilities are ENDLESS!!!  No rules other then, it must have three layers and bound.

You don’t need to use Darlene’s Double Wedding Ring templates to enter, but we’d sure like it if you did! Any double Wedding ring template will work.

Make your project then come back to NYCMETROMOD webbsite to link up your projects in their correct category. You can enter up to three times, one project in each category, any project you have started this year.


EZ Double Wedding ring challenge and single arc is available at www.simplicity.com or at your local store. You do not have to use this template to enter the contest.

Judges: Darlene Zimmerman ( EZ quilting), Vivika DeNegre (Interweave magazines), Lisa Mason(president of NYC MOD), Victoria Findlay Wolfe(Quiltcon Winner, with Double Edged Love) Elisa Albury ( last years host of the Dresden challenge)

We have some amazing sponsors who have donated FANTASTIC prizes! See below for the list of goodies!


go to the NYCMETROMODQUILTERS.com  website to upload your entry. 

Images must be uploaded by Dec 1st.

Winners will be announced Dec 15th, 2013  **Winning quilts with need to be sent in by January 1st.


Winner categories:
1.       Grand Prize from any of the 3 categories
2.       One winner from Small
3.       One winner from Traditional
4.       One winner from Modern
5.       Judges Choice
Prizes include:
Grand Prize:
·         Photo of the Grand Prize project in EZ/Simplicity advertisement in Modern Patchwork Magazine,
Complete collection of EZ Templates by Darlene Zimmerman, Deluxe sidewinder and Deluxe Bias Tape and Quilt Binding Machine
·         Juki HZL Exceed F600 Sewing Machine
·         Featured in an article in Spring issue of Modern Patchwork 2014
·         15 Minutes of Play
·          FQ bundles of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton & Darlene Zimmerman collection
Additional prizes for all other categories will include:
o    EZ Quilting Templates and Notions
o     Special gift from Modern Patchwork
o    15 Minutes of Play by Victoria Findlay Wolfe
o    One year Membership from The Quilt Alliance
o    Oliso Irons 3 small traditional and modern
o    Gutterman Thread (In-home Cabinet) 100 spools, 100 m, 100% cotton
o    $50 Gift Certificate to Canton Village Quilt Works
o    Gift Certificate from Fabric Depot online store
o    American Spirit by Fairfield queen-sized
o     FQ bundles of Robert Kaufman Kona cotton & Darlene Zimmerman collection
o    Fabric Bundles by New Castle Fabric
o    Fabric Bundles by Fabric Traditions
o    Darlene’s latest quilt
o    The Spray and Fix Sewing Adhesive Collection by ODIF USA traditional
o    A  FREE class at Craftsy.com
o   Joy of Quilting by Kathy Doughty, Material Obsession

July 17, 2013

Um the last two Monday Morning Star Counts

I have been negligent these past two Mondays.  I was away last week.  I started to post and got caught up in grandma tasks to complete.  So I did finish a few base stars.  Don't have a pic to post.  Planned to work on them, while lounging with my grandma by the pool or sitting and sipping cocktails with my auntie, or chatting with my oh so learned uncle.  However, none of that happened. See pics at the end of this post as to what did happen.  (I didn't take pics of everything I made, lol.

This Monday I have a big far ZERO on my EPP.. I will be sure to work on it and have a post next Monday.  I will bring it on my ride up to QBL (quilting by the lake).  Headed up with my quilt buddies, Victoria, Helen, and Lisa..  That's gonna be loads of fun.  Also found out Kathy Doughty (our lovely teacher) will be traveling along side us.  So a fun trip indeed.  

Gotta say I love all my fancy, famous, and fabulous quilty friends lol. Smiles

Grandma and I...87 bless her heart... Smiles

Grandma at Mes a Mie quilt shop in NOLA.

Grandma sporting her house dress I made for her from quilting fabric.

Auntie modeling the dress I made for her.

Finishing it on the dress form.

And lots of fun was had eating and sipping and hanging with my family.

July 1, 2013

Monday Star Count 2 - aka EPP Weekly Tally

So what have i accomplished in the EPP world.  I accomplished 4 completed hexies from another EPP project.  LOL

This has not been touched since this past winter...I think I should focus on completing the larger one...as it is quicker.  I began this two years ago as a way to cut up my "good" fabric.  then along the way it just became what was available...lol

  I have managed to carry my traveling quilt EPP around and not use it.  I have also been very successful in pining away at other EPP projects that I have seen, as well as wishing and wanting to begin a new one.

I was looking at paperpieces.com's blog and saw a 1/4 inch hexagon king size quilt and thought...oooo i wanna do that...lol

and then i though about a random scrap diamond EPP project and thought about the other EPP projects I have laying about and decided...finish something.

So stay tuned for next weeks edition of Unfinished English Paper Piecing Projects...