Fabulous Floral Quilts – Old and New

Detail of Laura Fraga's Little Brown Bird quilt - incomprable!
Detail of Laura Fraga’s Little Brown Bird quilt – incomparable!

If you haven’t gotten down to the Museum of the San Ramon Valley in Danville to see the Quintessential Quilts – a Floral Fantasy show, you still have ten days to hustle down there.  I’ve worked with the museum volunteers to create a really beautiful collection of quilts which showcase flowers. We were able to gather quilts with flower appliques, flower fabrics, painted flowers, embroidered, embellished and everything in between!

We have fresh flowers delivered twice a week, compliments of our local floral businesses, gardening groups and stores. The rooms smell lovely and it’s a delightful little exhibit.

"Adam" in the Man Cave at the San Ramon Valley museum
“Adam” in the Man Cave at the San Ramon Valley museum

We’ve also been able to include some very interesting men’s quilts in the “man cave.” We wanted to be sure everyone know men quilt, too. Even if they don’t do loads of floral quilts!

My teacher Margaret Linderman and I will be doing a free demonstration and our raw-edge floral work on Saturday, September 28 from 11:00 to 12:00.  Come early to get parking. The farmer’s market is going on at the same time and it’s a bit of a busy corner of the world!

The 1850 Whig Rose quilt and vintage friends
The 1850 Whig Rose quilt and vintage friends
Jennifer Rounds' Zen Roses next to vintage quilts
Jennifer Rounds’ Zen Roses next to vintage quilts
Wonderful wall hangings and wearable art
Wonderful wall hangings and wearable art
Wonderful vintage doll and Sunbonnet Sue corner
Wonderful vintage doll and Sunbonnet Sue corner

Be sure to come by Saturday, September 21, to see the lovely Sandra Newman demonstrate hand sewing hexagons. She’s created some packets for everyone to try them out and then you can see her beautiful work, too! Also from 11:00 to 12:00.

New York Beauty detail, photo from Pati Freid
New York Beauty detail, photo from Pati Freid

This week I was delighted to read a blog post about the New York Beauty quilts and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textile’s current exhibition.

Take a minute to go over to the wonderful blog, See How We Sew, and read Pati Fried’s interesting views on these quintessential American quilts! http://seehowwesew.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/new-york-beauty-quilts-finding-inspiration-in-our-past/

Detail of Pickle Dish-Ish, by Alethea Ballard; 2013
Detail of Pickle Dish-Ish, by Alethea Ballard; 2013

I’ve always loved the New York Beauty quilt design and perhaps need to make one soon in my new quilted applique quilt series!

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Calling all Nancy Drews!

The quilt police have issued a BOLO (Be On the Lookout) for this fabric.

BOLO - find this fabric!!!
BOLO – find this fabric!!!

Can you Deputy Detectives help me identify the name and number of this fabric?

One of my students wants more of this for her quilt and we cannot even find any images of it on my friend Gigi Google.

The label that we have reads Westminster Fibers Inc. Patt# GP-3 … and the rest is CUT OFF!!!

Please write in if you have any information.

The quilt police are offering a reward: No scolding for crooked seams for a MONTH!  Woo Hoo!!!

Thanks to all; now do the secret handshake!

Happy Birthday to me (and you!)

Happy Birthday to me
Happy Birthday to me

This weekend I celebrated my 21st birthday, so I’m legal to drink. Add to that I also celebrated my 18th birthday, so I can vote. Plus, it was my sixteenth birthday, so I can legally speed down the freeway.  Oh, yeah, plus my terrible two birthday because I can be a brat. And one to grow on.

I hope all of that was confusing enough to obscure the large number of birthday’s I was celebrating this year!

My beautiful birthday roses!
My beautiful birthday roses!

I do love my birthday. It’s the one day I don’t have to feel guilty about doing anything I want! This year I did pretty much nothing for the “actual” day and did partying things for the other (not actual) days! Perfecto!

Love the stitches on this card!
Love the stitches on this card!

I did recieve this card from my three-year-old twin grand niece and nephew.

Alethea's birthday portrait, by D
Alethea’s birthday portrait, by D

It came with some portraits included. This is me (a great likeness, if I do say so).

The twins & Uncle Steve, by O
The twins & Uncle Steve, by O

The twins on the bottom. And my darling husband is the green scribble – practically a photographic likeness!

The Art of the Quilt Calendar 2012 - Starring Alethea Ballard!
The Art of the Quilt Calendar 2013 – Starring Alethea Ballard!

For my birthday I am giving out a present!

back view of The Art of the Quilt Calendar 2012 - Starring Alethea Ballard!
back view of The Art of the Quilt Calendar 2013 – Starring Alethea Ballard!

Orange Circle Studio, who has put out a calendar with THREE of my quilts, sent me some 2013 calendars as a gift to share with you, my dear readers!

It’s very cool, because there is a pouch in the back with the full instructions for each of the thirteen quilts in this calendar! Wow! That’s such a great addition!

I would like to send the first calendar out on Friday to one lucky blog reader.

All you have to do is comment that you’d like one for yourself or some dear friend and I’ll pick a winner. If you don’t win this time, stay tuned for another give-away next week!

Make socks not war – or sock it to me, fishy

sock circles
sock circles

I have been traveling my b#*t off. (Strange because it’s still very visible back there!)

My patriotic Santa Cruz man
My patriotic man

A different port every week – and a different man in each port…

But last week’s traveling was for a fun, a two night mini-break to Santa Cruz with a girlfriend!

The super-hip Dream Inn in Santa Cruz!
The super-hip Dream Inn in Santa Cruz!

We did all the sites,

Beach view from our room at the Dream Inn
Beach view from our room at the Dream Inn

beach,

What is a boardwalk without a scary chair swing ride?
What is a boardwalk without a scary chair swing ride?

boardwalk,

Building from 1887 - yes, Please!
Building from 1887 – yes, Please!

Victorian buildings,

The only plants worth photographing (huge, BTW)
The only plants worth photographing (huge, BTW)

plants,

Harts Fabrics in Santa Cruz
Harts Fabrics in Santa Cruz

fabric store,

I'll have a third wave please!
I’ll have a third wave please!

third-wave coffee place (although I prefer 4th-wave coffee)

Pumpkin Boranee - out of this world!
Pumpkin Boranee – out of this world!

amazing pumpkin dish at Laili called Boranee – Out of this world!

Vintage shoes!
Vintage shoes!

shoe shopping,

Ummm... YES!
Ummm… YES!

antique store (where I MIGHT have bought these mid-century modern dishes),

Sea Lion family off the Santa Cruz Pier
Sea Lion family off the Santa Cruz Pier

the long pier walk,

Socks and more socks!
Socks and more socks!

and the sock shop!

Fish Sock
Fish Sock

But it was the trip to the sock store that produced the best results!

Still the fish sock
Still the fish sock
Supplies (not including sewing machine and stuffing)
Supplies (not including sewing machine and stuffing)

And I made it all into a fish toy!

Handsome side view
Handsome side view
Attractive top view
Attractive top view
Sexy angle view
Sexy angle view
ready for her close up
ready for her close up

I think I’ll call her Pucker.

I have to thank some sock maker somewhere for making such a great sock for me to play with.  And I have to thank my dear friend for the GREAT trip!!!

Vintage Fabric is Sooo Yummy!

Remember when I wrote about the great vintage fabric store in San Francisco, Urban Burp? No? Read about it here!!!

Well, Urban Burp has moved to a new location – less traffic and better parking!

I am happy to share with you the information about the new spot, hours and the $20.00 Burpbucks coupon you’ll get for being one of the first 100 customers!

I’ll be by there on Monday for the big day – see you there!

Urban Burp Opening Information
Urban Burp Opening Information

And the tote bag goes to…

grumpy cat
grumpy cat

England!

Congratulations to Wanda, who posted from the UK.

I put two-sided tape on the entries and the first one grumpy cat stood on was the winner!

Watch the award-winning film of the big event! (Hair and makeup forgot to come to the shoot and no CGI was available.  Sorry!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCV0SfxvQvk

Thanks to all (6) of you who participated in this big event!

Wanda will be getting her special bag super soon!