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North Platte Hidden Gem

We left Minnesota on Thursday afternoon and I felt like the overcast weather snagged onto our car and followed us. We drove in it all the way to Colorado, with only one break in Lincoln, NE on Friday morning. The next ray of sunshine came, in another form, when we stopped in North Platte, NE.

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Pieceful Monday

It’s Pieceful Monday once again. This weekend was spent with my family, so there was little time spent in my quilt cave, but it was a lovely, peaceful weekend full of conversation, food and naps.

So what’s up for this Pieceful Monday? Well, it will be a little different than last week, and certainly less productive. We are taking a road trip later this week, so I’ll be taking care of things around here and packing. However, I do hope to do some piecing today while I’m making lists of what to bring along.

I could bring my sewing machine along on this trip, and I’m really tempted. It’s good for me to take a break and do something different, so I’ll stay with handwork for this trip. There will be much to see and fun places to go. More about where we are headed in Wednesday’s post.

Here’s what I’ve been working on lately.

Pieceful Monday - Spring Paws (c) piecefulthoughts.com

This fabric came to me through one of the Sew Sampler boxes from The Fat Quarter Shop. I thought it was a layer cake rolled up, but it turned out to be fat eighths. The fabric line is Dixie by Alison Harris for Cluck Cluck Sew. One of my all-time favorite blocks is the Bear Paw, so I just started making them. I have no plan, I’ll just make these blocks until I have no more fabric, then go from there. I’ve given them the name of Spring Paws.

What sewing projects are coming along on my trip? Well, I’m not completely sure yet, but here’s a few I’m considering.

  • Madder Quilt – this little quilt top needs to be finished, and I could hand quilt it while on this trip.
  • Wool Project – I enjoy stitching wool projects, especially when traveling.
  • EPP – I decided to give English Paper Piecing a try. This is definitely going along, I just have to choose fabric and get some prep work done. Any recommendations on tutorials would be welcome!
  • Mug Mats – I may do a few of these and have them ready for binding. It would be an easy and transportable project.
Elephant Quilt Information

There were many of you who loved the Elephant Quilt. If you would like the pattern, it’s available at Laundry Basket Quilts. I would encourage you to purchase the stencil as well; it makes tracing the elephants so much easier. It is a really fun project to make.

2017 New Quilt Bloggers – Week 2

This is Week 2 of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop. Be sure to stop by the blogs listed and enjoy their posts. You can find them though the co-hosts for this blog hop, Yvonne at QuiltingJetGirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and my hive leader, Leanne at She Can Sew. Don’t forget there are giveaways each week from some fabulous sponsors, so be sure to stop in and meet some new bloggers!

Pieceful Monday - 2017 New Quilt Bloggers

That’s my Pieceful Monday! What are you working on this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I so enjoy each of you who stop by and leave a comment. I reply to each comment, so please do pop in and say hello!

See you Wednesday!

Wendy

 

 

Projects Lineup

I went to a quilt show this weekend in one of the prettiest venues, the Owatonna Arts Center. If you are in the area, stop in and see the beautiful quilts in this setting. They are so inspiring. The show is there until the end of the month. Now that I’ve been inspired, I best get crackin’ on my projects for the week.

Little Mini Quilts

I have these little mini mini quilts waiting for me to finish. So I hope to do that this week. They shouldn’t take too long.

Mini Batik Mug Mat Projects (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Mini mini quilts projects (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Harmony Table Runner

I have the backing fabric for this now, so I hope to get this done this week. It’s going to a friend of mine, so I’m looking forward to finishing it for her.

Harmony Table Runner project, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Sundrops Quilt

Okay, that’s not the name of the pattern, but it’s what I call this quilt. This is back from Connie, so all I need to do is add the binding. I hope to show you the completed quilt on Friday.

Sundrops Quilt project, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

The Elephant Quilt

Do you remember this quilt? I am so excited to have this one done and can’t wait to show you the quilting! This one needs a binding and it’s finished.

Elephant Quilt project, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

Commission Quilt

The top is finally done, so I’ll be picking up the backing fabric this week and then taking it over to Connie. So excited to have this top finished! No pictures until it is given to its new owner, so you’ll just have to imagine what it looks like. It has lots of little pointy stars, to give you a hint.

2017 New Bloggers Blog Hop

I have been getting to know a group of new bloggers, like myself, over the past few weeks. This blog hop is hosted by Yvonne of QuiltingJetGirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, and LeAnne at She Can Quilt. The new bloggers are divided into hives, and each of the three hosts are the “hive mamas”. Let’s Bee Quilt’n is the hive I’m in and LeAnne of She Can Quilt is our hive mama. You’ll see a blog post from me popping up on May 8th. In the meantime, hop on over to She Can Quilt and meet some of the other bloggers.

Hope you have a great week in your sewing room too! What are you working on this week?

Wendy

Victoria Miller Quilts

If you read my earlier post this week, you will know that last weekend was our Northfield Quilt Show. Today I want to share with you some of the quilts of our featured quilter, Victoria Miller.

Vici is one of the kindest women I know, always ready with a smile and encouraging words. She doesn’t talk much about her accomplishments, which are many. When you see the quilts below, take note of the descriptions and the awards.

I only took a few photos. She had many quilts there, both hanging and on display on tables. Many of them have been in magazines and calendars.

Each of her quilts are done by hand appliqué and are also hand quilted. They are absolutely stunning.

Mrs. Miller’s Quilt by Victoria Miller

Mrs. Miller's Quilt by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Vici willingly allowed me to take a picture of her with this beautiful quilt.

Look at the beautiful appliqué and the gorgeous hand stitching.

Detail Photo, Mrs. Miller's Quilt by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Another view.

Detail Photo, Mrs. Miller's Quilt by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Quilt Info, Mrs. Miller's Quilt by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Remembrance by Victoria Miller

The detail in this quilt is amazing. So many pieces, all hand appliquéd!

Remembrance by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Look at the beautiful colors in the bird’s tail.

Detail Photo - Remembrance by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Another view of the detail of her handwork.

Detail Photo - Remembrance by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

1840’s Revisited by Victoria Miller

This quilt is one of my favorites. The colors are so bright and vibrant.

1840's Revisited by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

The appliqué is just gorgeous!

1840's Revisited by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Up close photo of the border.

1840's Revisited by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

1840's Revisited by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

There were so many more of Vici’s quilts to see, but I’m going to leave you with this beautiful one.

Patricia’s Baltimore Odyssey by Victoria Miller

Patricia's Baltimore Odyssey by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

I wish I would’ve asked Vici how long this took to make. Look at all that handwork!

Patricia's Baltimore Odyssey by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Another view of the Vici’s amazing talent.

Patricia's Baltimore Odyssey by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Patricia's Baltimore Odyssey by Victoria Miller, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

I hope this little tour has inspired you. I wish I could have shown them all! I’m grateful that I’ve gotten to know Vici and be able to see her work firsthand.

What’s up next for me? Well, I’m playing in my quilt cave this weekend, but I will be out and about at another quilt show too.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Wendy

 

Northfield Quilt Show Highlights

This past weekend was the 2017 Northfield Quilt Show “Spring Radiance” hosted by our quilt group. I thought I would give you a little peek at some of the quilts in the show. These are just a few that I thought you’d enjoy seeing. I have a difficult time picking favorites. I liked them all.

I’ll show you the quilt first; the label follows last. These ladies are talented! So without much more description from me, I’ll let the quilts do the talking. Enjoy!

Fractal by Jessie Pendergast

I like the color and design of this quilt.

Fractal by Jessie Pendergast, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Fractal by Jessie Pendergast, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Hosanna by Rosie Werner

This block has long been a favorite of mine, one I would like to make someday. I like the use of different colors for the blocks. Rosie’s quilt is a beauty!

Hosanna by Rosie Werner, Norrhfield Quilt Show 2017

Look at the lovely hand quilting.

Hosanna by Rosie Werner, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Hosanna by Rosie Werner, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

French Quarter by Sharon Detert

The colors in this pretty quilt are so bright and cheery. I also like the layout and the curved pieces.

French Quarter by Sharon Detert, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

The machine quilting done by Connie, and a close up of the pretty fabrics in this quilt.

French Quarter by Sharon Detert, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Rhapsody by Mandy Roberts

Mandy showed us her progress as she worked on this quilt. It was such fun to see her work on it. All those little pieces!

Rhapsody by Mandy Roberts, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Here’s a close up.

Rhapsody by Mandy Rpberts, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Rhapsody by Mandy Roberts, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw

This quilt is just so much fun. I enjoy looking for all the little details.

My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

The only time woodticks are cute . . .

My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

And, of course, the skeeter . . .

My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

My Minnesota Memories by Barbara Drentlaw, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

I have to show you just one more, a quilt that just amazes me whenever I see it. The quilt is so large I couldn’t get it all in the photo (it was a challenge to hang as well).

Family Legacy by Elaine Strese and Cookie Williams

Look at the beautiful spring colors in this quilt!

Family Legacy by Elaine Strese and Cookie Williams, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

Take a peek at the size of those squares . . .

Family Legacy by Elaine Strese and Cookie Williams, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

The quilting is all done by hand. I believe Cookie said it took her over a year.

Family Legacy by Elaine Strese and Cookie Williams, Northfield Quilt Show 2017

These are only a few of the over 100 quilts at the 2017 Northfield Quilt Show. I wish I could show them all. We have a talented bunch of quilters.

In Friday’s post, I’ll show you a few of the Northfield Quilt Show Featured Quilter, Victoria Miller. You need to see her beautiful work. I can’t wait to show you!

Hope this inspires you to do some amazing quilting of your own today! See you Friday!

Wendy

Pieceful Monday

It’s Pieceful Monday once again, so let me show you what I’ve been up to. I’ve been having fun with some purple batiks, making a mini quilt, and getting down and dusty with my machine.

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