Monday, April 23, 2012

Learning Something New

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.  
~Ivy Baker Priest

Whew!  Such a busy weekend - well, really only Saturday.  Saturday we were out the door at 9:00 headed to the farmer's market before I was to attend a quilting workshop.  While I was at the workshop, DH worked in the yard, made a run to Lowe's, and attended a garden fair up at the local college.  After he picked me up we made a stop at Petsmart for dog food.  Next we headed to the library to return and pickup a couple books on CD, and a final stop at Joann's where I purchased some flannel at more than 50% off (for Loving Hands quilts) and some spray adhesive that was half off.  We finally returned home just after 5:00.  It was a long day and a hot one, too!  Sunday was more subdued with only wash and general pick-up around the house.  I'm ready for today - a new week!  I have several quilting projects planned for the week.  What's your week look like?




Eggs!  They come in a variety of colors and sizes.  You can use them to cook with or throw at someone you don't like (I hope you don't do that, though).  They protect the unborn and are available worldwide.  Here are some fun facts about eggs:
The color of the egg shell is not related to quality, nutrients, flavor, or cooking characteristics. White shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and white ear lobes. Brown shelled eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red ear lobes. Araucana chickens lay blue eggs.
China produces the most eggs, at about 160 billion per year. In the US, about 65 billion eggs per year.
There are 150 species of chicken. A rooster is a male, a hen is a female, and they are both chickens.
A hen can lay about 250 eggs per year.
Eggs usually can last six to 8 weeks if refrigerated. To find out if eggs are bad, you can always use the "float" test. If they float in salt water, they are bad, or crack one open and the smell will tell.
* The ostrich lays the largest egg
Eggs contain the highest quality protein with just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissues,  second only to mother’s milk for human nutrition. There are about 70 calories in an uncooked egg and 77 calories in a cooked egg.
In France, the bride breaks an egg on the threshold of their new home before stepping in,  for luck and healthy babies.
Chicken are descendants of the red jungle fowl (gallus gallus spadiceus) that lives in Asia. The chicken is one of the first domestic animals, appearing in China around 1400 BC.



Last Thursday evening I attended my guild meeting (Cotton Patch Quilters of Kern County).  We were honored with a trunk show from Molly Hamilton McNally, one of our very talented members.  Molly is well known for her reverse applique and has won numerous awards both locally and nationally. Here are a few of the quilts Molly shared with us...

Sorry for the bad angle but I was sitting off to the side.  Molly's work is so detailed and amazingly beautiful. I don't remember what she called this one.

This one is called "China".  Molly was raised in China but that is not why this one has that name.  She told us a story of how the Red Soldiers came into her house and burned her mother's beautiful china.  So she made this quilt with herself as the bird guarding her mother's china.

Blurry picture - sorry.  Molly created this one after a deer came visiting in her yard.  This is called "My Deer".

Can I remember the name of this one?  No.  Maybe I should start writing down things when the speakers are giving us information.  I do remember Molly saying that the birds depicted the changing seasons.

I just loved these two small wall hangings.  Simple but so exquisite.  Molly practiced her fmq on these and you should see the pebbling she did in the borders.

Yet to be quilted, but Molly wanted to show us that you can mix piecing and reverse quilting.  Gorgeous!

This quilt is simply stunning.  Molly did all of the reverse quilting and the machine quilting was done by Cindy Seitz-Krug.  

Here is Molly in front of  her quilt, "Peony Dream Melody".  She told us about the process she went through to pick the hair color.  She has quite a sense of humor and it was so much fun to have her share her beauties with us.

Saturday, Molly gave a workshop on reverse applique that I attended.  Through her excellent teaching abilities we all started to attempt some reverse applique.....

This is the piece we worked on.  The top red petal was the my first attempt.  It was also my first time trying needle turn.  My stitches were a little too tight so there is a slight ridge at the edge.  The lower petal, only partially finished was much smoother.  Molly even complimented my point :) 

This is what our pattern is.  I don't know that I will ever complete the project but it was fun to learn something new.  I even picked up some good hints that will work for regular hand applique.  It was a nice day spent with fellow guild members.



Today I will continue to work on the doll quilt



Quilting Gallery is having a giveaway.  You could win a Sashiko Collection of threads.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, April 25.

Hawthorne Threads is having a giveaway.  You could win a Carolyn Gavin Soul Garden fat quarter bundle.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, April 25.

The Jolly Jabber is having a giveaway.  You could win one of  Amy Webb's Blogger Choice Fat Quarter Bundles.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, April 25.

Sew Bitter Sweet Designs is having a giveaway.  You could win a prize pack of assorted Colonial Needle products.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, April 25, at 9:00 pm PDT.

Stitch This! is having a giveaway.  You could win a copy of  Scrap-Appliqué Playground eBook.  This giveaway ends Thursday, April 26.

It's Sew Kiki is having a giveaway.  You could win an assortment of Colonial Needle products, 4 books, a set of Tri Tec rulers, and some Aurifil.  This giveaway ends Wednesday, April 25.

Little Miss Shabby is having a giveaway.  You could win a fat quarter bundle of Brrr!  This giveaway ends Friday, April 27.

Cat Patches is having her Fun Fact Friday Freebie.  You could win a fat quarter for answering her question of the week.  The winner will be announced next week.




Melody said...

It's been lovely to visit and read yet another of your fascinating posts. Thank you.

Cheryl said...

It is always fun to learn something new! Molly's work is wonderful.

Melissa said...

I have always wanted to learn how to do needle turn applique...maybe it is time to find a class. Learning something new is always wonderful :)

Josie McRazie said...

haha Throwing eggs... my Daughters BF just got community service for that!! OOPS! Kids!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the opening quote. What gorgeous quilts and how wonderful to have a quild member of that calliber available to you. Learning new techniques is always good - I enjoyed my first class and have another next month.

Needled Mom said...

Loved all of the egg facts. I always enjoy being educated by reading your blog.

Your reverse needle turn applique looks terrific. Your point is wonderful. I need that class!!!!

I hope it has cooled off a bit for you. We had some rain overnight. Interesting!

May you be lucky enough to have many sewing hours this week.

Barbara Sindlinger said...

Molly won Best of Show at Best of the Valley last weekend. Her quilts are just beautiful. Was wondering how she did that applique. Thanks for the insight.

WoolenSails said...

Love those quilts and the colors in them.


WoolenSails said...

Love those quilts and the colors in them.


BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Wow.....reverse anything looks confusing to me....grin.

Snoodles said...

That is so neat! I think your project is going to look the pictures of her pretty!
Hey, don't you have a Go? You can use some of those dies for reverse applique, too! (I did it with the hearts one.)

Tamara said...

they are beautiful! have a great day.

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