Sunday, May 15, 2022

A Spring Finish and More

May is one of my favorite months and its going by too quickly. Spring has been busy, therefore, this post is a photo overview. The needlepoint skate ornament was finished and gifted.  My first attempt at finishing included making the cord and backing then putting it all together.  Luckily, there was a the perfect shade of blue moire in the stash. It was difficult to take a clear picture.

Close up beads used as holly berries.

Quilt retreat in the first week of April.

Having fun at retreat ~ sewing for two days and no cooking :-)

My project

Lovely completed quilts were on display at the retreat. 

The following photo is just one block from a gorgeous quilt. All hand appliqued wool. The quilt will be entered into shows, so its best I don't post picture of the full quilt. The maker mentioned it was a Primitive Gatherings pattern.

A local guild, Cameo Quilters Guild held a lovely quilt show.  
There were many Lori Holt designed quilts

Two weeks later was the Sauder Village Quilt Show held in Ohio. 
This won Best of Show, deservedly. 

There was a category of miniature quilts. 
The embroiderers out there will appreciate this block.

After two years of not much happening, everything seemed to open at once. Not only was I able to attend two quilt shows, there were two figure skating shows that I saw live. One was Stars on Ice which is a tour of the current champions of the US Figure Skaters.  Yeap, I saw Nathan Chen do his Rocketman routine in costume although from the nose bleed section.  
Photo from Pinterest

However, the BEST ice show was a local one!

My skater's costume required a little help to avoid "pickiness."  Red sequins had been sewn, from the factory, into the underarm seam (ouch).  Fortunately, I had black velvet scraps which covered the 'picky' sequins.

The extra fabric was barely undetectable and extra soft!

Speaking of the month of May, we had a welcome, 
migrating visitor in the yard.
Baltimore Oriole with a quick stop on his way north.

Today's hand stitching project,
while joining Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitchers,  
is finishing up a long ago, forgotten cross stitch UFO.

Thank you readers who made it this far! 



CathieJ said...

I love how you finished the skate ornament. That two toned cording is fantastic. Thanks for all the quilty photos. Most of the quilt shows around here have been cancelled until 2023. Some of the local guilds don't even have any planned.

Created by Kathi said...

Wow Jill... you have had a busy couple of months! Glad you got to go to a retreat and so inspiring to be surrounded by all that creative finished quilts & embroidery pieces too!
The ice skating must have been fab.. I love the ornament you finished or art piece as the skater who received it may enjoy your art to them year round on the wall!
Enjoy the hummingbirds... we have them too... we planted elephant ear bulbs last night then after watering all the plants it rained a bit! lol God laughing at our efforts to water as good as him I bet! lol Have a fabulous Sunday my friend and thanks for linking to Kathy's too <3

The Cozy Quilter said...

Thé skate ornament looks wonderful! The cording and backing complète it perfectly. I enjoy seeing the birds and spotted a pair of orioles when I was out on a walk this past week. Your old sheep UFO looks like a fun project…time to finish it!
I’m looking forward to going to quilt shows again.

Deb A said...

Great post! Loved seeing all the quilts and the figure skaters! Your skating needlework is wonderful.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a wonderful blog post! I enjoyed seeing the wonderful photos of retreat. Looks like so much fun!
And the skater costume fix was brilliant!
Enjoy stitching sheep today - so relaxing!

Quilter Kathy said...

...and I forgot to say how beautiful your skating ornament is... fantastic finish!

Ivani said...

The skating ornament turned out beautiful, Jill.
Beautiful quilts photos from the show. Thanks for sharing. Have fun with your cross-stitch Project today. Happy Sunday.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Hi Jill, how nice to visit you! Lovely projects on the go. Pretty ornament finish and I like the piece you are working on too. Thanks for sharing those photos of wonderful quilts. So much inspiration!

Jenny said...

How pretty your skate ornament it, such a lovely design. And I'm sure you look very glamorous in your red sequined skaters outfit!