Sunday, July 8, 2012

Hot Hot weekend in Central Ohio!!

Just returned from Columbus.  I was glad our motel had power and air conditioning!!!

Jim and his friends drove their classic cars down for the Good-Guys Show on Thursday morning.  I followed on Friday afternoon.  I visited with my quilter and friend Jennifer McCann and then met the guys for dinner. 

It was in the high 90's and over 100 degrees at times this weekend!!  The guys spend Friday and part of Saturday at the Ohio State Fairgounds walking around on the ashphalt.

I visited 4 quilt shops, picked up 4 speakers and had lunch at the Cracker Barrel.  I think I had the better weekend!!

I started off by visiting the The Glass Thimble in Clintonville, Ohio.  Fortunately they were open, because their area had been hard hit by a storm the week before.  I had seen some Daylily fabric on their website and was able to pick that up for a Fractured Flower quilt. 

I also found a great Mariner's Compass book called Reaching for the Stars by Brenda Henning.  It has a number of foundation pieced Mariner's Stars for beginners to advanced quilters.

She also has a companion disc, with some more blocks and the ability to print off the foundation papers on my printer.

I really like the quilt on the cover and this one called Let It Snow.

I will be looking for fabric on sale because this one needs 5 yards for the background!

My next stop was Quilt Beginnings in Dublin, Ohio.  I was able to add a few Gray batiks to my Scarlet and Gray batik stash.

Then it was on to Red Rooster Quilts also in Dublin, Ohio.   Where I picked up a couple Lil Twister patterns, one for this patriotic wall hanging.

I also found a couple Buckeye patterns I couldn't walk away from.  These are small wall hangings that I think I will make to hang in my cube.

I volunteered to pickup some speakers for my husband so I traveled down to London, Ohio and stopped at the Cracker Barrel on my way back for lunch.  Then back to Dublin for another set of speakers.  From there I went to Quilt Trends in Columbus, Ohio.  I found a couple Red Batiks which are hard to find and a Black batik I already had.  Then it was back to the motel room to cool off!!!

I can't wait to start laying out the Mariner's Compas quilt in EQ7.  One more of many projects to I want to complete some day!!!

Desert Sky Step 1 and 2

The fabric has been selected.  It is 24 different Batiks Fat Quaters with unknown names and different manufacturers.  They range from Dark to Light.

Now it's time to cut out the first pieces.  I had to number nine of the darks 1 - 9 and match them with nine of the lights.  Then I divided the pile in half and followed the layout in the pattern. 

What's cool about Judy and Bradley's pattern is that they have you cut out pieces to use for the foundation piecing.  I was always concerned about not having big enough pieces.

This is a pictue of the first pile.  I have to complete the cutting of this pile and start on the remaining one.  Nine pieces of fabric can be cut with a sharp rotary cutter.

So now 18 of the 24 fabrics have been used.  The remaining 6 will be used for border blocks and solid blocks.

I will return with photos of the foundation piecing!!