Red Sky at Morning

This is the sky that greeted us when we got up this morning. I was hoping it wasn't a commentary on the day.

My day started early with a trip to the grocery store. I needed to get the grocery shopping done early because I had an appointment for a perm at noon with my new hairdresser. The perm is okay...it's always hard to tell on the first day. I'll say this about it though...the process of getting it was a lot less painful than with my previous hairdresser. I was happy about that.

When I got home, I finished the top-stitching on my block for September's Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Since I've finished the blocks for Wind in the Whiskers, I'm ready to move on to my next McKenna Ryan project, "And on that Farm". Here's the picture of the whole quilt.

Yes, indeed. I am a glutton for punishment, but when I saw the quilt, I knew I had to make it. The first block for the quilt is the largest. It's called "With a Big Quilt Here, and a Small Quilt There." Here's the picture from the pattern cover.

In a day or two, I'm sure I'll be telling you how much I want to slit my throat for ever starting this project. Keep your fingers crossed for me, okay?

And now I'm posting the last of the quilts from the quilt show. There are an embarrassing number of pictures to follow, but I wanted to finish these off. Here you go:

This quilter is in the guild I was attending several months back.

Her trees are three dimensional.

I love how she captured the eyes.

Here's a quilt you've probably seen before.

Although I'm not a fan of the Grumpy Cat, I did like this quilt.

Here's an interesting technique. Wait til you see the detail.

These little squares of fabric appear to be either glued or fused down, and then caught just with the quilting. Tedious work. Yikes.

Pretty quilting here.

This next quilt won first place in the non-representational art quilts category.

June Jaegar is the quilter who got me started making pet pawtraits when I took her "A Cat is a Cat" class at last year's expo. My pawtraits are quite different from hers, but she taught me the basics. I like the use of brightly colored fabrics, and I'd like to try this sometime.

This next quilt won first place for "free-hand quilting".

Here's another interesting technique.

I love the story behind this next quilt.

This next quilt was a part of a special exhibit honoring Native Americans. There were quite a few of these, but this is the only picture I took. By the time I got to this exhibit, I was tired of taking pictures.

So there you go. You've seen all of my favorites. 

Tomorrow is going to be a cooking day, for at least part of the day. Mike and Matthew are taking off for the weekend to go ride ATV's in Central Oregon. I'm being a nice spouse and mom by providing the food. It's fun for them when they get to spend some time alone, and so I'm happy to make it easy for them to do just that.

16 comments from clever and witty friends:

Jennifer Evans said...

That cow is so sweet!

DeeDee said...

Okay, so for the And on that Farm quilt, will you be doing paper piecing and applique? Because some of those pieced blocks on the barn look tiny! And I'm glad I'm not the only one who isn't a fan of Grumpy Cat. I was starting to think I was alone in the world on that one.

Quilting Babcia said...

Great photos, I especially loved the turquoise and orange cat, and the cow of course. You took the words right out of my keyboard - you are a glutton for punishment!

Ray and Jeanne said...

Thanks for sharing all of photos of the quilts. I'm very interested in your newest McKenna Ryan project - that will be quite a quilt! ~Jeanne

WoolenSails said...

Amazing sky, I never wake up early enough to see the sun rise, lol.
Love all the art quilts and the different techniques, really inspiring.
That is going to be a beautiful quilt, can't wait to see your version.


Anonymous said...

Amazing quilts!! You know I love your Seating for Two....
Also love the ones with kitties....all those little squares with kitties are great, and the one with the cat on the chair back....my Cosmo does that all the time!!!
Thanks again for taking us to the quilt show through your pictures!
Sandra B.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Some more fantastic quilts! What a fantastic sun rise, too. I think you are a bit insane doing another McKenna project so soon - but that does look interesting.

Kate said...

Have fun with your new project (if you feel the need to vent frustrations, you know my email). So many beautiful and interesting quilts at the show. Thanks for sharing.


Here in Florida on the East coast--you almost always have a red sky in the morning--I have a wonderful collection now of the sunrises after being here only a year--
thanks for sharing all the quilts from the show--what work they all have in them--wow!!
love and laughter, di

Natureluvr57 said...

Love the sunset...and that cow!!! I bought that same McKenna Ryan quilt pattern shortly after it came out. I just love barn and farm quilts. I look at it and admire it and that's about it. I did one Q.I.A.D barn block though. I made a M.R. wall hanging and I'm not a huge fan of fusible applique however with it being so detailed I can see why one would not go with needle turn unless they are looking to become deranged. I have several "long term" quilts started so after they are finished I may start this one. If it's complicated, lots of hand stitching, etc I label it long term because it will take a long time to finish. I like to work on small, quick projects when the long term ones get to me so I can keep my sanity. I'll look forward to your Farm Quilt journey and become inspired to get going sooner.

barbara woods bewtjw@gmail.com said...

the cat quilt looks like something you would make, thanks for the quilt pictures

LA Paylor said...

fun! Great pictures. The farm quilt looks ambitions. I love the cow.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thank you for a tour of the quilt show. You got some great shots!!

Jo said...

What a great show. Thanks for the written notes too.

PaulaB quilts said...

Thanks so much for sharing that fantastic show with us, especially the close ups. So much talent! Your farm project will be a great piece to cherish.

Brown Family said...

The cow face is so realistic! I love the cat pawtraits. Again, great eyes! The different techniques are interesting, but I don't think I will be trying them!