Road to California Quilt Show 2012

In Ontario – new vendors, great quilts and fabulous classes/teachers.  Here I am on Wednesday with Eleanor Burns.  Her class was Radiant Star (Texas Star or Bethlehem Star).  She has a template that makes cutting on the diagonal so easy.  Wearing my Martini In The Morning T-shirt.

During lunch time, you have the opportunity to wander around the show and check out the quilts.  Here I am Friday by the  “Come Quilt With Me” booth.  Pat Yamin is the owner and also has some great templates to make your fabric cutting go so fast.  There is also a new vendor there – Bohn from Paris who sells some great needles, scissors, thimbles, etc.  One, he is the best dressed (suit & tie) and his company handcrafts scissors (start @ $300).  So beautiful but I had to walk away.  But tomorrow, I am going to purchase some of his needles.  It is a terrific show @ Road.  This is their 17th year.  Woo Hoo.

Red, White and Curves

Ladybug Quilt

I thought this was the cutest quilt.  I already had the templates to make it and pulled fabric from my stash of reds.

The ladybugs were appliqued on and some stitchery completed the legs and antenna.  The fabric for the body has ladybugs on the pattern.  I had Diane Beachamp quilt it and I ended up selling it to a friend of my Mom’s who gave it to her granddaughter.  Curves don’t come easily to me but I got it done and think I did a pretty good job.  The pattern was in one of the numerous quilt magazines I subscribe to annually.
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Time in a Bottle

Pat Yamin, from Come Quilt With Me in Brooklyn, taught this class at the Road to California conference a few years ago.  It was a class with curves and Pat taught it so even the most beginner quilter could do it.

The template she has makes it so easy and it is a great scrap buster.  A few months later, I was learning how to use a long arm quilting machine and this was my first piece I quilted on the long arm.

I gave it to my Mom’s friend Mary in Seaside, Oregon. 

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“Y” Not Seams

  For the non-quilter, a “Y” seam is where you stitch to 1/4″ from the end, turn the fabric and add another piece.  It’s time consuming and I’m not that fast at it.  The pattern is close to Tumbling Blocks.

A wonderful person took the “Y” seam and figured out how to do the pattern in strips with straight stitching.  With this cute cat fabric, I did the quilt.

Below is the class project and the Box of Kitties was done within a few weeks.  It’s a nice 3D effect.  Thanks for reading.

Inside the Box

Friendship Star

This was a Roxanne Carter class which I did the first time in 30’s style fabric.  I did another one in solids and gave it to Martha Soldan on her retirement.

The pattern is still available – just google Roxanne Carter.  She is a wonderful teacher and I think I have made about 3 of these.

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