Quips from the Q

8 Sep

Wow! Things have been hectic at the Q, a lot going on! My daughter’s wedding celebration party brought in family from far and wide.

It was so great to see 2 of my sisters and their daughters and my nephew (and wife) representing my 3rd sister. Along with some really special friends it was a lovely party!
Now it is time for the Capitol of Texas QuiltFest Fiesta! Ginger and I have quilts entered and tomorrow is the drop off day.
Ginger’s entry is “Steppin’ Out”.

IMG_0275.JPG. I love this festive quilt! It is for sale at the show.
My entry is “La Feria de Colores”.

IMG_0289.JPG. I love these bright colors! I made this quilt for my husband’s beautiful daughter, Maria. She has been very patient waiting for her quilt. When the quilt show is over I can finally send it to her! I know she will be glad. 😄
So I am pretty excited about the show. I have volunteered to work at the show and I really think it will be lots of fun!
So the QuiltFest ends on Sunday and then I can start talking about all of the other great projects that are waiting in the wings.
Oh yes, and I will report back on the show!
Dawn in the Q, signing off.

Quips from the Q

3 Aug

Well we had a pretty good weekend in the Q. Saturday I did a bit of quilting on my current project and then we went to the Harry Ransom Center in Austin to view an exhibition of the 1st World War. It was very interesting and they had lots of everyday items that the soldiers would carry.
So about my current quilting project. I have named it Foxy Frolics. It will ultimately be residing in my daughter’s guest bedroom and is designed to coordinate with the curtains I already made for the room. However, I also am planning to enter it in the 2015 QuiltCon show.

I am trying a new quilting technique on this one. Rockin’ G Quilts has a Nolting Fun Quilter, Nellie, that I love! Nellie is a hard worker and completely dependable. But straight line quilting, with a ruler, is a new challenge for me. It is no problem for Nellie, but there is a learning curve for me. 😁
However, I have passed the midpoint, so it should be easy going from now on!
I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel…hope it isn’t a train!

Quips from the Q

1 Aug

2014 Capital of Texas Quilt Fest, presented by the Austin Area Quilt Guild, will be held September 12 – 14 at the Palmer Events Center, in Austin. The theme for this year’s Fest is ¡Fiesta!
Well Rockin’ G Quilts will be at this Fiesta! We are entering 2 of our latest creations.

Ginger’s entry is a very festive quilt named, Steppin’ Out!


My entry is a king size splash of color named, La Feria de Colores!


This week I finished all of the extras required when you enter a quilt in a show. A 4″ hanging sleeve must be attached to the back and each quilt needs a custom label to identify it and the entrant. The labels are covered during the judging process so the judges won’t be influenced. And each quilt needs a cloth travel bag. Check! Check! & Check! The quilts are ready for check in. I feel pretty good about getting these details taken care of. The drop off date is Sept 9, so there will be no last minute scrabbling!
The sleeves and labels have to be stitched on by hand….my least favorite part. I only stuck myself with the needle about 1/2 dozen times and did not even bleed on the quilts!
Since I am an AAQG member, I have even volunteered to work at the quilt show a few days. I am really looking forward to it and am keeping my fingers crossed that our quilts will be well received.
Well that’s all for now from the Q.

New Braunfels Quilt Fest 2014

26 Jul
Water Dance

Water Dance

My Water Dance quilt won a 2nd Place ribbon at the New Braunfels Quilt Fest! 

Mark and I took a leisurely drive through the Texas Hill Country to get to New Braunfels.  The drive was beautiful and we were met with a very pleasant surprise when we checked in at the Quilt Fest!

My name was on the list of winners!  Woohoo!  I really loved making this quilt.  It was a lot of work but well worth the effort.  When I pick it up on Sunday, I will prepare Water Dance for a trip to it’s “forever home” in beautiful San Francisco!  I will be sorry to see it go, but am so happy to know that it will be lovingly cared for and enjoyed. 

Well, back to work!  So many quilts…so little time!  🙂

New Braunfels QuiltFest

24 Jul

Today I drove down to New Braunfels to enter “Water Dance” in QuiltFest 2014. The show will open on Friday. I am so excited to see my quilt hanging in a show!

Quips from the Q

11 Jul

Woohoo! It is TGIF day! I am hoping to make some progress on my new quilt project. Working title is “Foxy Frolics”. I really need to figure out how to add some photos! Stay tuned!

Quips from the “Q”

10 Jul

This is Dawn, here. I have decided that I want to start blogging. I don’t know if anyone is interested, but I believe it will be cathartic to write.
So the title, Quips from the Q refers to my sewing studio. Ginger & I decided that a good name for our collaboration was, “Rockin’ G Quilts”. Mark & I have always referred to our domicile as The Rockin’ G and since this is where the studio is located, the name seems fitting.
So my concept is to write a bit about what is going on at the Q.
The past few weeks, Mark has been absorbed in the World Cup. But that is in the house, not in the Q, so I regress.
I have been working on a couple of quilts that are entered in the AAQG “Fiesta” QuiltFest. I have a BIG king size quit that I am entering. I named it “La Feria de Colores”, which translates as the Festival of Colors. The other quilt we are entering is a collaboration between Ginger and me. Ginger made the blocks and sewed them into rows. I added some borders, quilted & sewed on the binding. I actually hand sewed the binding!! Right! I can’t believe it myself! But I have buckled to peer pressure and went for the “perfect” over the “easy”. Ok! Call me whatever you call someone that sews something by hand that could be done in a fraction of the time on a machine. I deserve it.
So 2 quilts are complete and have been entered in the AAQG QuiltFest. I have another quilt entered in the NBAQG quilt Fest, but that is another story.
Still need to add the sleeves and labels to the AAQG entries, but I have some time to get that done.
So all is well at the Q! I didn’t even get a chance to tell you about the great sister visit I just had at the Q! So I guess that too is another post.
Adios from the Q!