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Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, Fall 2011!

The Bloggers’ Quilt Festival is back!  Wohoo!  I participated a few years ago, and I’m back again!
This quilt is for Elvin:
Elvin is the sweetest octogenarian in Lincoln, Nebraska!
I met him through a dear friend, when one day I said “I need storage for all these cones of thread.”
A few weeks later, a thread rack was custom made for me!
Then came along a setup to hang all my quilting rulers in because “he wanted something to work on!”
Another day I mentioned how I needed a ruler deck for my longarm & the commercial ones they sold for my machine weren’t up to snuff.
Elvin made me one that was perfect for ruler work!
Then in the eternal attempt of “modifying” my longarm setup, I needed to trim some conduit.
Let me warn you- I am NOT the handiest person in the world, but I believe that with Google & some gumption, you can do just about anything.
Here I was, just about to start cutting & Elvin says “STOP!”
I normally don’t listen when people say stop (few people have a sense of adventure & if I listened every time told me to stop, well, let’s just say I’d still be living in Texas, having done nothing & gone no where.)
But I knew to listen to Elvin!
He came up to Omaha & taught me there was a lot more than just “trimming some conduit!”
So my friend & I decided he needed a quilt for all his awesomeness.
She pieced, I quilted, we found all the fabric in our stashes.
It’s a Carpenter’s Star Pattern, aka the “4 hour quilt.”
The quilting was super custom!
I did some computerized, some freehand & some ruler work.
It was a blast!
Best of all was seeing his face when WE got to surprise him finally!
Is there anything better than seeing someone wrapped up in love?

A Quilting Kaleidoscope

There once was 4 yds of yellow fabric that had purple & pink flowers on it. Young girl inherited this fabric & thought it was the ugliest fabric imaginable- you see young girl had a very different outlook on fabrics from her mother.
So ugly fabric sat in closets & moved from apartment to apartment in Texas. Somehow ugly fabric even managed to follow her to Alaska. (Young girl did not understand how this happened- maybe it was in a box mailed by a dear sister?)While in Alaska young girl saw an amazing quilt on display at her LQS based on the One Block Wonder. She knew she had to make it! She quickly signed up for the class & while reading the supply list realized she needed 4 yards of 1 fabric. Young girl was trying desparately to pay down debt & did think she could afford that. Sadly she went home and decided to look in her closet. After going through fat quarter after fat quarters, she thought she was going to have to spend the money. Then she saw some ugly yellow fabric peeking at her from the closet floor! She snatched the 4 yards from the closet abyss and was eagerly hoping this would work. After making some measurements she decided it would!

Young girl then went to read her book before class & realized what perfect fabric this was! There were 3 main colors (purple, pink & green), one one solid background (that ugly yellow) & the leaves provided “movement.” She couldn’t believe her luck!
Class turned out great & young girl sewed & sewed & sewed. The arranged, rearranged & rearranged until it was perfect. She found great complimentary border fabrics at the LQS & in the end, she was mostly amazed at how she made an ugly fabric into a beautiful quilt!