U.S. Postal Service Fan of the Month

Sandy and I do a lot of mailing back and forth through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).  Since she lives in Upstate New York and I live in Central Ohio, it’s really the best (and least expensive!!!) way for us to pass projects back and forth.

Look what she just sent me!  It was a big box of fabric for a project we started in August.  I am a huge fan of all these beautiful grays, yellows, golds and creams.  This box not only made my day, it made me the USPS October Fan of the Month!

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Truth be told, Sandy hit a creative wall while trying to work out a new pattern design.  I jumped at the chance to give it a try because the combination of these colors and fabrics will provide me with a great cold weather project.

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Then, as luck would have it, I was at the Red Rooster Quilt Shop with my dear friend, MJ, when I stumbled across a scrap pack that had the same large floral fabric along with some other gray, black, yellow and cream fabrics.  What a find!

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Sandy, I’m working on it, I promise!

Well, I mean at least the fabric is out of the box and Norma has given it her sniff of approval!

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County Fair Extraordinaire

Hello!  It’s Cindy hosting the blog today.

Last week, the Delaware County Fair was in progress here in Central Ohio and even with temperatures in the 90’s (not to mention the humidity level), it was a lot of fun!

Of course I have a quilt report for you!  Here are some highlights:

The fabrics in this quilt spoke to me!  The hand quilting made it even more special and as you can see, the judges thought so too!

These poinsettias were lovely and the applique was something I can only aspire to!  Check out the cute little french knots in the center.

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This quilt with batik fabric stems and leaves was just incredible!  I could have studied it for hours, admiring the fabrics, the colors and the quilting.

I’m working on my own “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” quilt and so I spent time studying this.  I always appreciate the antique quilt entries because we have so much to learn from the quilters of days gone by.

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These embroidered blocks were beautiful on their own, but adding them to a quilt made them even more special.  The outline quilting was precise and must have taken a lot of time.

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Moving on to the knitting section, how pretty is this?

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What’s a county fair without agricultural products?  Baked potatoes, anyone?

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These were pretty, stuffed peppers for dinner?

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How cute is this pumpkin pig???  Very creative!

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How about this teal pumpkin with bling?  Very cute and a real eye catcher!

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Well, this concludes my Delaware County Fair Extraordinaire tour for 2018.  I hope it inspires your creativity in quilting, cooking or crafting!

Have a great week!

 

 

Patriot Inspiration

Thank you to the Veterans of the United States Military for your service to our country!

My quilt guild held a two day retreat this past weekend.  Since it was Veteran’s Day Weekend, I decided to finish tacking down the binding on my American Flag Quilt.

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The flag in the quilt is actually a panel by Timeless Treasures Fabrics that I purchased at Red Rooster Quilts in Dublin, Ohio.  Red Rooster designed the quilt by adding a wide inner border of off white fabric and a wide outer border of Timeless Treasures blue & white stars.  The quilt is finished with a red binding.

I fell in love with the fabrics in this quilt because they all have a “weathered barn” look which can hide a multitude of wear and tear.  Hopefully this quilt will see more wear and less tear!

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My quilter, Ms. SJ, used a stars & loops design to add another patriotic dimension to my fast and easy masterpiece.

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This quilt is now on my couch where it will provide patriotic inspiration all year round!

2017 Ohio State Fair Quilts – III

I wanted to share a few more quilts from the 2107 Ohio State Fair with you.

Pinwheels are a favorite of mine and these batik fabrics were quite lovely.

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No words can describe the amazing quilt below.

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Another pinwheel quilt….love it!

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The quilting below was as interesting as the colors and patterns!

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This quilt depicts downtown Columbus, Ohio.  Lots of nice quilting details!

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Below is a favorite of mine.  Notice the words quilted into the design.  They are all words relating to the State of Ohio.  LOVE!!!

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Check out these Cathedral Windows…wow!  I mean wow!

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Color, pattern, texture, dimension… this quilt captures it all!

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The quilt below is just amazing!  Close ups follow.

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How cute are these ducklings?  The flowers?  The leaves?  The butterfly?  But wait…there’s more!

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How about these little birdie eggs?!  And the nest?!

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Well, this concludes my tour of 2017 Ohio State Fair quilts.

I might enter something in the 2018 Ohio State Fair quilt exhibit but as you can see, the competition is intense!  To even get “honorable mention” would be an honor.