Friday, January 17, 2014

Highlights from the 2014 World Quilt Show in West Palm Beach

I had the chance to attend this show last Friday. 
And here are a few of my favorite quilts.
Everglades Sunset
by Candice Phelan of Wellington, FL

Dancing Mangroves
by Waynette Pennell of West Palm Beach, FL

Rafflesia Arnoldii, The World's Largest Flower
by Joan Balmer of Port Charlotte, FL

A Taste of Sunshine
by Deb Crine of Marco Island, FL

by Laura Ruiz of Malabar, FL

Fish House:  Pine Island, FL
by Carol Elrod of Bokeelia, FL

To Good to be True
by Gabriele DiTota of Melbourne, FL

One Hundred Years at Rest
by Nikki Hill of Saint Augustine, FL

--my favorite of the Hoffman Challenge Quilts--
(I did not get the information about this quilt so if you know anything
about it please leave a comment so I can give proper credit)

Into the Light
by Judy Momenzadeh

Mr. Grim
by Holly Dominie

Sunrise, Sunset
by Melody Randol

Sue Bee's Flower Garden
by Sue Burnett of Wellington, New Zealand

by Maria van Buel of Auckland, New Zealand

Let's Go Party
by Keiko Ike of Kochi-city, Japan

Cherry Blossoms in the Full Moon
by Noriko Matsutou of Toyama-shi, Japan

Tiptoeing into the Future
by Kathryn Harmer Fox of East London, South Africa

Don't Go
by Laura Kemshall of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

by Yemima Lavan of Modiin, Israel

The Unicorn's Garden
by Eileen Campbell of Kew, Australia

The Drought
by Beth Miller of Kambah ACT, Australia

Reaching for Our Roots
by Shani Leser of Ginot Shomron, Israel

Naturally Crazy
by Linda Steele of Park Orchards Victoria, Australia

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

You'll never guessed what came up to our beach just in time for Christmas!

Exotic Florida sea for each grandchild!!!

...with a couple left over just for Grandma. 

Yes...this is what I spent a good share of my time making during the month of December. 
Way back in October a plan was hatched to have all the grands and their parents
come to Florida for Christmas.  So when I saw the pattern in Houston at Festival,
I knew I would be making one for each kiddo for Christmas.  It was perfect!
The pattern is called Shell Shelters by Java House Quilts.
Here is a view from the top of one of them.  As you can see, I opted to make simpler eyes that weren't in the instructions since half our grands are three and under. 
For the eyes I used two felt buttons found at Joann's and one black button. 
I stitched them together to create a single eye and then hot glued them
using a glue stick made specifically for fabric and washing.
And here's a view of its belly showing the zipper. 

To save time and make it more durable to lots of
"loving", I also hot glued the heads in.
Here's wishing y'all a FABULOUSLY AWESOME 2014!!!
Till next time...