Monthly Archives: April 2014

a quilt I will never make

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Every now and then I run across a quilt that I know I would never ever make. And here’s a clip featuring one of them. I like the original name for it: Insanity! I know that many traditionalists will absolutely love this quilt; we have a separate category in our guild shows for quilts of this type. I appreciate the workmanship, the precision, the patience but as I said…Insanity!  click here

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more morning thoughts

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Lovely sunny spring morning. Shh! don’t jinx it! Here in WNY we’re still in the “anything could happen” stage of weather.

Was thinking about going out to get new sneakers today and came across this in my inbox. Love it! All of you zentangling ladies might like it too. click here

Lovely idea here for coloring stitchery blocks. She has a free BOM quilt available too. click here

Same woman’s site-great idea for a mother’s day gift, either the gift itself or its wrap. click here

If you have an upcoming graduation or wedding for a social media junkie, then this hashtag block might be just what you need for the quilt you are going to make. (Don’t we always make quilts for those occasions?) click here

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Rabittat

Happy Easter! Mary Ellen here.

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Perusing the internet for springy, Eastery,” bunnyish” things today as I enjoy my morning coffee. Found the picture above, the inspiration for this post, at Pinterest. The work looked a bit familiar so I chased down the originator of the stitching. Sometimes for no particular reason I like to go to Barnes and Noble and just browse for a few hours. I will often spend a bit of time in the children’s book section, especially enjoying those books that are richly illustrated. I think that is where I knew of this stitcher’s work. Perhaps you will recognize her style too. This is a link to a very short film about her work, with links to her own blog posts about the stages of the construction of Rabittat. click here.

What beautiful work she does-and amazing to me-all by hand!

Have a beautiful Easter everyone!

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musing #2

It’s M.E. back again,

I think I might be on my way to “Queen of the World” status! Any one out there also in the running?

Quilty Quotes

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musings…

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

I’ve been cleaning up a bit in the sewing room, adding larger and larger pieces to the scraps (because I have found someone to give them to who provides a good life for them…they actually end up in quilts). I’ve decided I may have an issue with the amount of fabric I have. Seriously am trying to cut back on new purchases. Maybe you can relate to this. Am I a hoarder or a collector or just way behind on my “to do” list of quilts?

 

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Virtual visit to our quilt show

Hi everyone,

well – WE DID IT!

Show was wonderful, colorful, full of visitors, old and new friends, demos and shopping…well done Amherst Guild!!

Special thanks go to our two show co-chairs – Kelly and Kit for all the hard work, as well as all and any committee chairs, volunteers and last minute, impromptu helpers – ALL together made yet another wonderful quilt show! I am almost sad that we need to wait for two years now! Ha, ha!

Did you take lots of photos? If you want me to share them here, please, please email them to me and I will!

Here are some of mine:

we had our first participation of many members of new, WNY Modern Quilt Guild – thank you to all who entered their quilts!

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Cheryl’s quilt had so much lovely embroidery, it was so much fun to look and look again! 🙂

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Some scrap-quilts out of this world…

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some with only few colors and great visual effect:

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There is so, so much more! My main impression from the show (other than sheer JOY) is that we have such an amazing VARIETY – in styles, in colors, is sizes, in ideas…AMAZING!! Don’t you think?

I will have to divide all this beauty into few blog posts but of course will leave you with the grand-winner, the Best in Show – Lauren’s beauty:

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Marija

(appropriately heading off to start another Beginners Quilting class and add more “addicts” to this world!)

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This is it!

Hello all, Mary Ellen here!

This is quilt show weekend here in Amherst. Hoping to see you out at the village from 10-4 today, tomorrow and/or Sunday. The quilt auction is at 3:00 Sunday afternoon. Saw them all at the preview party last night, and as always there are so many gorgeous quilts!

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

3755 Tonawanda Creek Road (corner of New Road and Tonawanda Creek)

Amherst, NY

716-689-1440

See you there! Come up and introduce yourself. I’ll be at the seminar table all day, each day.

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