Drunkard’s Path variation

I met this quilter at the Anaheim Convention Center years ago.  She was selling her book and plastic templates to make Drunkard’s Path.  Unfortunately, the book is at home.  I’m writing this at lunch at work and can’t give you her name.

The photos and directions were so easy to follow, that the curves didn’t bother me a bit.  I did 4 different squares using 2 templates.  A co-worker was practicing on her new long arm and quilted it for me. She apologized because she used a slightly damp cloth to erase the blue marker.  Well, as we all know, reds can run (not this redhead but red fabric is very iffy). 

It was not a problem because it was just a sample piece and I had the secret weapon – Color Catcher.  These wonderful sheets get tossed in with the wash and any color floating out there gets trapped by this cloth.  No red bleed – no problems.

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Quilts and Causes

I have made a few quilts using this pattern.  It’s a simple 2 block quilt.  One is a snowball and the other is a square within a square and is set on point.  The pattern I use if found in a Trudy Huges quilt book. 

Now there is a rummage sale in Buena Park going on 4/21 & 4/22 at the Buena Park Police Station (6650 Beach Blvd) to help out one of their Explorers.    The Explorer proram gives people a chance to find out about the Police Department and to assist them with administrative work, greeting the residents/business owners, etc.  One of their explorers is going through some major medical problems and the Explorer Post is hosting a Raffle/Rummage sale this weekend from 7am-pm for 2 days.

I had this quilt finished and thought they could raffle it off.  Made up with cute lil’ cowboys/cowgirls and horses, with accent fabric of horseshoes and bales of hay.  The border fabric is boots, hats and stars.   I quilted it with hats, boots and stars to complement the fabric designs.  If you are in the Orange County area and need toys, furniture, clothes, jewelry, electronics, etc…. please stop by.

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Buster and Double Irish Chain

Way back in 1993, there was an Amish Quilt show at the Laguna Art Museum.  Now, Laguna had just gone through the fire storm that wiped out numerous houses but the energizing view of people starting to rebuild inspired me.  It was a rebirth of houses, neighbors coming back together and a calm in the town.

When I started quilting, my fabric leaned towards cutesy calico.  But the Amish show had such beautiful, solid colored quilts.  We weren’t allowed to take photos so I sat and sketched the pattern, notes on the colors and the hand quilting design.  The eggplant, turquoise and brick red made a striking quilt.  The pattern was not hard and I did some hand quilting in the solid eggplant centers.  I would work on this during lunchtime at work while listening to the TV (All My Children was always on). 

My Buster liked to sleep on it.  It became his favorite quilt and th only place where he could rule the house.

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Crazy Quilt Conference


I did an earlier post of going to Omaha for a Crazy Quilt Conference.  Now the nice thing was I didn’t have to lug a sewing machine onto the plane.  The conference had some great teachers.  One was Kelly Gallagher.  Here is a hand quilter, ER nurse, hand model, quilt judge and now a long arm dealer.

Kelly is pictured with a quilt she did and it is a beaut.  What I found out from taking her class is that she was from Orange County (as I am) and she did some work for “How To Make An American Quilt” movie.  She also was the main judge for the Hoffman Challenge (they have fabulous fabrics, don’t they?) and now she and her husband are the Gammil dealers out of Colorado.

She is an inspiring teacher and has a wealth of knowledge that she shares.  I learned some great stitches from her and work on it when I am on vacation. Hand stitching is also a great way to diet – your hands are busy with thread, they don’t have time to put food in your mouth.

I just finished 2 quilt tops and will post a picture after I get them quilted on the long arm.  Thanks for reading.  .