Monday, March 05, 2007
Big doings this week at the Crazy 9 Patch Quilt Shop in Ramona, CA. The annual San Diego Cruisin' Quilters Run kicked off on Saturday, March 3rd.
The shop was all dressed up in its finery. Luscious fabrics, tempting kits, and the best notions were everywhere. There were fat quarter ghosts in the classroom. Every wall was adorned with fabric in the form of wall hangings and quilts. It was like a quilters wonderland.
The shop expects to see several hundred quilters this week. This is the 3rd year of the Cruisin Quilters quilt run and this one promises to be bigger than the last. This year there are 18 participating quilt shops in San Diego County.
Martha, the owner of the C9P, ran a year-long promotion selling Block of the Month (BOM) kits every month during 2006. There were over 40 participants. On February 24th, Martha had a BOM Show for quilters to display their completed quilts. There were about a dozen quilts with the BOM blocks in different settings. Martha's entry used gold batiks to showcase the BOM blocks. I quilted it like the branch of a tree with the fruit being the blocks. It is very striking. The quilt is featured in the shop window adjacent to the front door. It says, "Welcome to the Crazy 9 Patch"
I heard that the 2007 BOM club has over 100 registered participants. Martha may have to add on another room to display these beauties.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
This kingsize quilt is done in blues, creams and reds. The back is a cream wide back. Janean wanted me to use Navy blue thread. I was afraid of the starts and stops of navy blue thread on the cream backing fabric. Our compromise was to use blue PermaCore thread on the front and a Superior prewound cream-color thread on the back.
The quilt's three borders were handled separately using stencils. She requested Popcorn LG pantograph by Jodi Beamish for Willow Leaf Studio.
Danielle made this applique beauty. Both Danielle and her quilt are amazing. She first started going to the local quilt shop, Crazy 9 Patch, when she was 15 years old. She wanted to learn applique. She got some one-on-one training from the local applique expert, Mema. And she took off on her own. She even attends the applique club at the LQS where the average age is over 50 years. She holds her own. Her first applique work was called Dancing in the Moonlight with animals dancing. That one hung in the shop for several weeks.
Still in high school and on the school's water polo team, Danielle stays busy. This one is called Dresses designed by xxx. Susie, who works at the quilt shop quilted Dresses with a cross-hatch pattern. It looks wonderful. That quilt is hanging on the wall of honor (behind the cash register) where everybody sees it. This week is the San Diego Cruisin' Quilt Run so there will be thousands of folks that see Danielle's work of art. Way to Danielle.
My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.
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