Saturday, May 18, 2019

UFO Busting #61

It's Saturday again!  I imagine right now I'm probably (hopefully) sitting in the shade taking in the sights and sounds of the 2019 Strawberry Festival Parade.  I will have my tissues with me because it will the last time my daughter marches down Strawberry Lane as part of the mighty BU Band.  My heart swells just thinking about it.  Today I am full of hometown pride and mommy pride.

Needless to say, not much in the way of sewing happened in my world this week.  Actually none at all.  I did however help prepare quilts for judging at our annual quilt show.

I love this part of the process; getting the quilts in order in their categories and seeing/touching them up close (no gloves....gasp).  It's just a special quite time before all the hustle starts.  I entered five quilts into the show (the max you can enter).  Our largest entry categories is always the large and medium long arm quilted quilts.  Since those do not apply to me, I play in the smaller quilt size and domestic quilted categories. I think next week I will do a post to talk about the show, highlight some quilts and maybe share some of the judges comments (which I haven't read myself yet).  I'm curious, have you entered any shows?  Was it a good experience for you?  If you haven't entered any (judged or not judged) why not?  We do provide an options for quilts to be displayed and not judged at our show as well.

So with my lack of sewing, let's see what happened at last week's party.  Chris at Chris Knits Sews celebrated a UFO finish!  I bet it tasted sweet and delicious.

She kind of skipped over some projects and decided to drink the Pineapple Punch and I'm glad she did.  I LOVE the ghost geese she created with the quilting to mimic the actual pieced geese.  When she pieced this one she imagined doing feathers in the blank space (but I do think those geese rock it).  If you haven't popped over to have a sip of her sweet punch, make sure you go over and congratulate her on this finish!

Feathers...oh those little beasts.  They are so beautiful yet so intimidating.  I struggle with them.  We see so many quilts that look like this...

Perfect.  Majestic.  Billowing.  Beautiful feathers.

But unless you are using a computerized long arm where they come out perfect every time, we forget something; those feathers didn't just start out looking like that.

Totally not the same birds, but you get what I'm trying to say

It takes practice and time for them to look good.  We have to start out, more than likely, wonky and shaky and graduate to a slightly awkward stage, but we will have a day to fly!  We just have to keep working!  I know I keep forgetting this.  It's so easy to get frustrated with them...but I digress.

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Nancy J said...

From baby fluffy down to full blown glory, so true in quilting as in the bird life. Love your words today.

chrisknits said...

Oh my, what a sweet story to highlight my little mini! And I love your description of feathers, it fits a lot of things in life!

KaHolly said...

Our kids grow up way too fast! Love Chris' pineapple mini and enjoyed visiting her post. Thanks for the link. I practice feathers, a lot, but have yet to feel confident enough to actually put them on a quilt.

Louise said...

Oh, how I'm thinking about that learning curve this week! I'm not doing feathers, but swirls and pebbles and other motifs that aren't easy for me. Some are pretty good, most are wonka-licious. Thank goodness for matching thread, right??

Lisa J. said...

Having just spent a couple of afternoons working on our new Mid Arm I could really appreciate your comments about learning curves. Stitch length all over the place, tension issues, you name it. But I love my quilt all the more for it. I also love that term Louise mentioned. Wonka-licious! Just awesome.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I hope you had fun at the Strawberry Festival. I saw on Facebook that some of your quilts won ribbons. Congratulations!

Emily said...

Love your baby bird analogy!!!!

I have not entered any quilts into shows and have no plans to do so. I'm not a perfect quilter. I don't try to be. I don't want strangers pointing out all my mistakes to me. I know myself--that will kill my creative energy. I get that criticism is how you get better. The thing is, I don't necessarily want to get better. I do this for fun. Anything that removes the fun isn't something I want to do.

Now, that being said, I love attending shows and I love seeing the accolades my quilty friends receive at shows.

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