Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Super Quilt Seminar

This past weekend was the Ricky Tims Super Quilt Seminar in Newark, DE.

There were about 12 ladies there attending that I know from the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Pictured with Ricky are: Nancy, Kitty, Sharon, Lou, Cyndy, Nita, Beth, Sherry, Suzie, Gloria, Fayette, Jan, and me. 

Lou and I went together. Here is Lou with Ricky.

There I am with Ricky.

 The entire seminar was just amazing. Ricky has so much knowledge about quilting and he loves sharing what he has learned. His presentation is interesting and entertaining.

I can't say enough about the seminar. There was so much to take in I think my brain was on overload. I came away from there wanting to try it all. The way Ricky explained everything you come away thinking "I can really do that". 

I hope after I try some of these things they will be classes that I will offer at Quilt Vine.    

Ricky's Self Portrait.

Ricky's Caveman Piecing is quick and easy.

Ricky is also well known for his Rhapsody Quilts. His first Rhapsody quilt is in the picture behind Lou, and here is a close up. 

Another Rhapsody Quilt. 

This is a new quilt of his that is going to be featured in a magazine soon. 

Ricky is showing how easy it is to put together a Kool Kaleidoscope Quilt.

Two of his kaleidoscope quilts.

Two of his Convergence Quilts.

Ricky's side kick Alex Anderson was also presenting. Here I am with her. 
Remember her from Simply Quilts on HGTV?

This is Alex' new quilt and she said she will be making it into a pattern. 
I love it.

One night we had Sushi for dinner. 

Lou and I even had some time to do a little sewing in our room.
Remember, don't leave home without your sewing machine. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

All Together Now

Choosing the sashing fabric was one of the hardest fabric choices I had to make for this project.

Everyone consulted definitely liked this dark gray fabric the best. 

I still need to finish writing up the pattern. 
We will be starting to cut kits soon. 

We look forward to seeing you this Summer when you stop in for your free Row By Row pattern of "H2O 4 Shore".

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fall H2O

For the Fall H2O block I did make a few changes from our monthly mini. The biggest change was I had to stand the little guy in water. 

Some of the fabrics that I chose initially did change.

For this block I did not want a blue sky. If standing in the marsh, the boy would be surrounded by dry reeds and cattails in the Fall, so I wanted the background gold.

The water really would not be blue. I tried several fabrics before coming up with the right one. The background was also not working for me, it was just too dark.

And like the Summer block I needed something else in the foreground. The dog from the monthly mini would not work since he was standing in water. I am very happy with the final fabrics and the cattail.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Summer H2O

Choosing the fabric for the Summer H2O block was a bit easier than Spring, but I had a little more problem with the composition of the block. 

I do believe all of these fabrics made the final cut and then some.

Right off the bat I did like these fabrics.

I also liked the sky and the ocean.

But, something was just not right with the composition. 
This girl does not look good standing in the middle of the ocean all by herself. 
I needed to stand her a little to one side and add something; maybe some birds in the air or a sailboat in the background. 
No, she needed something right there in the foreground with her. 
My daughter suggested the beach ball and that is exactly what she needed.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring H2O

Choosing the fabric for the Spring block of our Row By Row was not nearly as easy as Winter.

Some of the fabric here did not make the final cut. 

These boots just were not working.

The blond hair did not show up like I wanted it too.

I do not like that umbrella.

Something is not working here but I am not sure what it is. 
Could it be the hair?

Blond hair is not the answer.
Maybe I just need to put it on the background to see how it looks.

Big NO to the puddle!
I think maybe the umbrella needs to be only one fabric.

I was fortunate to be able to order more of the fabric I used for rain in our April Monthly Mini last year. Don't you think that is the most perfect fabric for rain?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Winter H2O

After I had all of the blocks designed for the 2015 Row By Row then the fun began; choosing the fabrics. 

Actually, Winter was really pretty simple since it is taken for one of our Monthly Minis. 

I really like this monthly mini so I kept the fabrics as close to that as possible.

 There were just a few changes because of fabric I no longer had. 

Stitching around the applique with a contrasting thread using a blanket stitch really brings out the detail.