Sunday, September 26, 2010

Utah Hook-In

Yesterday was the 5th Utah Hook-in and this rug was the star of the entire day. Marianne hooked  this enormous 5' x 7-1/2' rug in about three months and it's her original design. I helped her carry it in and it is very, very heavy as you might expect. It won first place in the viewer's choice voting and I wish you could all see it in person - it's spectacular! Very graphic - hooked in a #8 cut - and the colors are wonderful!

This is the new rug that Marianne brought to work on for the day - she drew it up and hooked a little earlier that morning before making the one hour drive to the hook-in.......

........and these are the colors that will be included in it when it's finished. Love the brights!

We met at the historic Rio Grande train station in SLC - it's a beautiful old building with lots of good light and an airy lobby.

Here are some of the other rugs that were shared in the rug show.

And here are some of the rugs that we were able to enjoy 'in progress' during the day.

We organized a formal guild during the hook-in and are looking forward to more planned meetings and events, and eventually to bringing in national teachers. Our rug hooking community has grown a lot in the last few years and we'll only get bigger from here...... It was a really good day!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Name Tags

Saturday is our 5th Utah Hook-In and I offered to make name tags again. I'm not sure why I enjoy these projects so much, but I do - even though they the design changes several times from beginning to end! LOL This year I went with a fall theme and put wool pumpkins on each one. In the past I have used some vintage rubber stamps I have to do the names, but this year I just printed them out from my computer - if I had stylin' penmanship I'd hand write them! There are 33 gals signed up to attend - perhaps when we have 100 attendees (wishful thinking) it will be too much to tackle, but for now it's fun. So, without further ado, here they are.

We have some fun things planned for the hook-in and I think everyone will have a good time. One of my quilting friends will be doing a presentation about needle felting and show us some of the items she has made from thrift store wool sweaters - it's all fiber related and will perhaps increase the wooly love among our rug hooking members.

On a side note, I seem to have done some major damage to my arm from the three days I spent striping wallpaper in my kitchen. For two weeks I tried everything I could think of to get some relief from the pain, but nothing seemed to help. Finally yesterday I went to the doctor and got prescriptions for three different medications - today I am finally able to function and I almost feel like myself again. Whew! Nothing like that kind of experience to make me appreciate my normal good health!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I'm a Gramma!

My daughter had a beautiful baby boy on Thursday night - life is good!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Few More Blocks

I got four more quilt blocks made up from the instructions shared on Cheri's blog. It's kinda nice to take a few minutes and make them up each time she posts a new design.

And I tried to do this basket block after reading Quilt Hollow and watching the Alex Anderson video she shared a link to  - the handle was a little tricky but I think I could get the hang of this after making several more.

Hubby & I have lived in our home for 30 years now, and one of the first things we did as newlyweds was hang grasscloth wallpaper in our kitchen - where it has remained all this time. However - it was looking really sad and we decided it was time to update the whole room, so I spent three entire days last week removing it as best I could. It had to be taken off in three layers - first the fibers that kinda look like burlap - then the paper backing - and finally the glue. Whew! Talk about exhausting! Never again will we have wallpaper in our house - even if it DOES come back in style! Now we need to repair damage done to the wall during the removal, then comes fresh paint.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pickles Quilt Show

A couple weeks ago I was able to attend a small, outdoor, neighborhood quilt show. This is the second year that it has been held, and I love going to see all the quilts even though they are more cottagy than primitive. The setting is spectacular and it's so fun to see friends there! They drape the quilts over fences and clip them to clotheslines. A row of them greet you on the front porch of the house as you drive up. Joy and her group call themselves the Pickles - I can't remember the title of the book they took their name from, but it's a perfect fit. I think they meet monthly and take turns choosing which project to work on - then each of them make the same pattern using their own choice of fabrics and colors - it's fun to see how they turn out. Fun group! Here are pictures of the day.

Edited to add: Nedra told me the name of the book I was trying to think of, is the Persian Pickle Club - of COURSE! Now I remember! LOL

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Rug Hooking

Yesterday at our monthly rug hooking meeting we had a really nice turnout. We met in the backyard of Kay's beautiful historic home and enjoyed hooking and visiting for several hours. There were some great rugs that I'd like to share with you.

This first one was designed and hooked by Jennifer - such a fun little Halloween ghost rug, and the braided border is the perfect finishing touch.

Jennifer also designed this Halloween witch rug - I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture, but the rug is irregularly shaped and that adds quite a bit of whimsy to it.

This is Marilyn's version of Jennifer's design - every bit as cute as the original. I wonder if she'll be adding the same braided border treatment? Marilyn is a professional organizer who is an inspiration to all of us - you can read her blog here.

Marilyn's daughter Cindy has caught the rug  hooking bug and this is her first project. She loves Deanne Fitzpatrick's work and her influence can be seen here with all the different fibers that she included in the rug.

Here's a bit of a close up shot showing some of the colors and fibers in the border.

Marilyn brought  her quilting buddy, Julie, to see the rugs and I found out she also blogs, so it was fun to meet her. You can see her blog here. I see that she has already blogged about her visit yesterday, so if you hop on over there you can see pictures of the inside of Kay's wonderful home.

Sharon's newest project is totally awesome - she got the inspiration from this in a book of old embroideries she found at the library - the original sampler was stitched by a 15 year old girl. Sharon's colors are so beautiful and drab - I love it!

Don't know why I didn't think to get a picture of the whole group - guess I got too caught up in my project. I was busy whipping the edges of my latest rug - I've always wanted to try using wool strips instead of yarn on the edges, and since I had lots of 8.5 background strips leftover from the project I thought I'd give it a try. I love how fast it goes and how it looks, so I'm sure I'll be using this technique more often. It was a great day visiting with friends. Next month we'll be back to meeting inside again since the cooler temperatures will will be here - summer hooking outside sure was fun while it lasted!