Friday, May 29, 2009

Charity Quilt

I just put the binding on this cute charity quilt for Zoe. This 34" x 44" charity quilt was made using a kit I have pre-cut. Zoe added an inner and outer border and did some really cool long arm quilting on it. Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild Charity Committee will receive this quilt, among lots of others, at the June birthday party. Want to make one like it? I've got kits and instructions. Give me a holler!!!

PROOF (I do not piece accurately)

When I saw the kit, I thought it was a good idea. You know how that is.

I have pieced a larger Storm At Sea Kit from The Flynn Company and loved it. Of course, no border yet and then to quilt it, but when I saw this smaller one, I thought, hey, that will be fun! It's only 17" x 21". How hard could that be? I think I could have done 5 regular sized tops in the time it took me to cuss, I mean, sew this little puppy.

I need to remember I just don't care enough to be accurate!

But, hey, this is my favorite thing -- done!!! None of the points match, the seams aren't the same, there are puckers, didn't have enough binding so had to improvise. . . but it is bright and catches the eye. Just don't look too close and it will seem really cool. I think I like the back better than the front!!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Popparazzi in action!

Liz sent me a great picture she took in Paducah! Liz caught Jan T and me with Eileen Sullivan in front of her booth. Eileen is from Atlanta and has spoken at Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild several times. I am so envious of her work and she is so much fun in a workshop. Check out The Designers Workshop at She's got wonderful paper piecing patterns and her brand new ones are the seashells between Jan T and me. Just lovely. I, of course, bought all the seashells (she says more are coming) and the wildflowers I have been lusting after way too long!!

Thanks for sending it along, Liz.
Check out Liz's continuing adventure with her RV Harvey at

Thursday, May 14, 2009

'Stash Builder Babes' own Paducah 2009!!!!

'Yes, we girls know how to have fun!! What a blast! I haven't had such a fun time since spring break that one year. . . Excuse me, about to be TMI. But, we did have a tremendous time and it was laid firmly at the feet of Jan, who came up with the whacky 'Stash Builder Babes' concept, and Joan for being BFF with the Best of Show winner, and my little boy Matt, who let me drive his precious truck all over the place!

First, I pick up Betty (from Michigan) and Joan and Di (from Australia) at the Nashville airport. Yes, I am pretty easy to spot on my own, but Matt's big orange truck really helped complete the vision.

We girls head straight to Paducah and of course hit Hancock's immediately!!!! Got to get warmed up for the big show!!!

Needless to say, this was not our last stop at Hancock's - we only went three times though. I think that is good for 5 days! We paced ourselves!!!!

The fun really started at the airport in Paducah. Joan "Batik" Walker just happened to be BFF with the 'Best in Show Winner' so we girls dressed in our finest and headed to the airport to surprise poor Mayria Waters as she got off the plane. And boy, what a welcome. Teresa Hasty, owner of the Moore Flats where we stayed, called Channel 6 and had them send out a camera crew! Jeez! And Batik made friends with a crw shooting a documentary, too! Ole' Batik will just talk to anyone!! We welcomed Mayria along with 2 Paducah Ambassadors (in the red coats). She probably thinks folks in the US are nuts and she may just be right!!

Once all the girls got in town, we hit a local 'pub' to watch ourselves on the local news. Yeah, thats right, we made the nightly news - at 5pm, 6pm and again at 10pm. Everyone must have seen us.

The next morning, bright and early, we all dressed in our finery and headed to the show! Yeah, we cool. . . From the top left you have Susan 'Long Arm' Riser, Dianne 'Sampler' Anderson, Betty 'Seam Ripper' Duff, Diane 'Thimbles' Berdis, Joan 'Batik' Walker, Holly 'Bobbin' Anderson, middle sitting on the steps is Helga 'Needles' Diggleman, sitting on the bottom step from the left, Jan ' Fat Quarters' Antranikian and me, Lisa 'Accucut' Throneberry. What a crew.

Jan is the Crew Chief 'cause this was all her idea and Helga is the exhibitionist 'cause she had a quilt in the show!!!

And I can just make friends anywhere. I really liked the way he was dressed!! And the next guy even wanted my hat!

And so off we go into the show. You would have thought Ricky Timms and Alex Anderson had walked in the door. Everyone had seen us on TV and wanted to take our picture. It was a hoot!!! It was kinda fun when we were all together but when I was off by myself, I just felt kinda silly. I'm not sure why. . . But I did tend to stay close to Betty. Betty and I were sitting having a sandwich and talking to a man who was waiting on his wife. After we had talked for a few minutes he asked us - are you ready for this??? - how long we had been working for the hotel!!! Betty choked on her sandwich! Someone asked Diane if she made her vest and she said, "Yes, and sewing on this vinyl is a b***h." I think we brought her over to the dark side. She seemed so sweet and innocent at guild meetings. . .