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2010 Hoffman Challenge

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

I just returned from the Post Office.  I did it – I have entered my first Hoffman Challenge.  Anxious to see how things go.


I have been wanting to try this technique of fussing cutting the points – well now I have done it.  What do you think?


Not the greatest pictures, but I had to hurry because the Post Office was getting ready to close.


The other side of the hexabag with another kaleldoscope affect in the center of the hexagon.

Thank you Anne for coming over and brainstorming with me last night.  I really appreciate it.

Sneak Peak

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

 

Queen of the PROJECTS strikes again.  Here is my Hoffman Challenge – it has to be sent by Thursday.  Guess I had better get busy.  I think I have alot of the kinks worked out.  Of course – it has to do with hexagons for this Hexamaniac.  More on this project later in the week.  Now to just find some time to finish the project. 

Hope is this not like all the other years where I have the Hoffman Challenge fabric and to this day I STILL have the Hoffman Challenge fabric.

Utah Grandkids Visit

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

During the first part of June we had Emily and her three kids for almost two weeks.  Emily’s two friends from high school were getting married so she came for the prewedding activities and wedding.  We had a GREAT visit.

There was alot of FUN Grandma’s time.  I had cleared my calendar so I was able to enjoy them most of the two weeks with my cute grandkids.  

On the first Saturday they were here Brian and Isa had there reception in Central Park.

That evening Emily went to a hen party with the bride to be and some other females.  Tom took his mother and Emil home and did work around her house.  I took the kids home.  They were really DIRTY and it was a really HOT day so……..

I let them play in the water for a while.  They had a blast.


Zephyr was really excited when he found this drawer.


Autumn and Prairie liked playing with Grandma’s box of polyfil.  They were pretty imaginative how they used it.

Movie night at Grandma’s house.

The last day they were here we went to Shrek 4. 
Don’t they look cool in in their  3-D glasses.

Thanks for coming and visiting.  It’s GREAT being a GRANDMA!!!!!!!!!

2010 Annual “Sew” Show

Monday, July 12th, 2010

The “Sew” Show is always so fun.  It is great to see many of the students come together and share what they have been working on.  Thanks for a wonderful year.

Where has all the time gone?

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Since my last posted (just over 1 1/2 months ago) I have:  

Been in 10 states:
1.  New York
2. New Jersey
3.  Pennsylvania
4.  Connecticut
5.  Rhode Island
6.  Georgia
7.  Tennessee
8.  Kentucky
9.  Ohio  (actually just 9 states because the Cincinnati airport is located in Kentucky and not Ohio)
10.  Utah  

Been in or out of 7 different airports:
1.  Westchester (HPN)
2.  Atlanta
3.  Nashville
4.  Cincinnati
5.  Newark
6.  New York – JFK
7.  Salt Lake City  

Slept away from home 11 nights:
1.  Bird-in-Hand, PA  (3 nights)
2.  Providence, RI (1 night)
3.  Paducah, KY  (4 nights)
4.  Salt Lake City, UT (1 night)
5.  Provo, UT  (2 nights)  

Attended the QPN(Quilt Professional Network) Conference
As always, learned alot, enjoyed the company and went home ready to work hard on growing my business.  

Completed and donated a small quilt for the QPN auction and a second small quilt to the NQA Quilt Auction.


“A Bouquet from Grandma’s Hexagarden” – small quilt made for QPN auction – purchased by B J. Titus 

 

“Another Bouquet of Flowers” from Grandma’s Hexagarden – small quilt made for the NQA Small Quilt Auction.  


If you are a hexamanic and will be the NQA Quilt Show, watch for this little quilt to bid on. 

 
 Construction a block for the QPN Honoree – Mary Kerr

Here is the block that I made.  Mary loves vintage and of course it had to have my folded hexagons as flowers.  Her new book “Vintage Revisited” has just been release and I was way excited to learn that two of my quilts were included.  Thanks Mary!

Constructed a Fun Back for the VSQ Raffle Quilt
(Actually this was completed the middle of March but I did not blog about it because I did not have any pictures.) 


When I was helping with layout of the VSQ raffle quilt the back came up and the committee was saying that they needed to go and purchase fabric for the back.  I looked over and saw alot of fabric left from making the front and offered to make a fun back.  I used all the small pieced that they had cut but did not use in making the star blocks.
 The front of the VSQ Raffle quilt.  It was quilted by Teri Lucas.  If you want to purchase raffle quilts, contact me. 

Attended five quilt shows:
1.  American Quilter’s Society – Lancaster
      Quick trip to this show prior to the QPN Conference

2.  MQX – Machine Quilting Expo – Providence, RI
      Machine Quilting to the extreme was seen on most every quilt at this show. 
                       Attened the show with two of my good quilting budies.  Good times abounded!

3.  American Quilter’s Society – Paducah, KY 


      Highlights of my trip to Paducah:

            *The Quilts were BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

             *Taking four classes: 
                    1 & 2.  machine quilting from Sue Patton
                    3.  peeled back paper pieceing with Barbara Vlack
                    4.  Quilt Book Publishing 101 with Andi Reynolds
                                       (time to get working on this project) 


              *Hancocks of Paducah – 
                                 never imagine there could be so much fabric under one roof.

              *Endless shopping with many wonderful vendors!!!!!!
                                    (Hard on the pocket book though.) 


              *Sewing late into the night working on a quilt top for my niece’s 5th wedding anniversary – she was married 5-5-05 and I thought it would be nice to give her quilt to her on her 5th wedding anniversary – so much for the thought.  I did get the top completed, but it is not quilted).  (If you noticed, you are right – this is not a Bernina.  I had taken a Bernina sewing machine with me and it got damaged during the flight.  I purchased this little machine at Wal-Mart so I could work on this project.  It didn’t sew like a Bernina but is did sew. ) 

              *The National Quilt Museum – that in and of its self is worth the trip to Paducah

              *Visiting Caryl Bryer Fallerts studio and having a guided tour of her wonder home 

4.  Northern Stars Quilters – A World of Quilts – Somers, NY
       Always a wonderful show to attend here close to home!

5.  HMQX – Home Machine Quilting Show – Salt Lake City, UT
      On the Thursday of the show I received a call from my sister asking me if I was in Utah.  Our cousin had attended the show on Thursday and called my sister to tell her about seeing the quilt.  My sister had called me in New York and I did not answer the phone.  She then called my cell phone and yes – I was in Utah (guess I need to talk to my siblings more).  What was even funnier was that she was also in Utah.  What great fun it was going to the show with a friend that had lived in New York but now lives in Salt Lake.  After the show we went to lunch at the Lion House and there was my sister and all her family.  Does it get any better than that:  quilts, friends and family all in the same morning.  Oh yes it does, it was a thrill to see my quilt with a ribbon on it in such a good show!
       

Won four ribbons:
       Northern Star Quilters – A World of Quilts:
            1.  Pinwheel Magic #2:  2nd Place
            2.       ”               ”           ”   :  Judges Choice
            3.  To the Beach and Beyond:  Honorable Mention

       HMQS – Home Machine Quilting Show – Salt Lake City, UT
            4.  The Generations Unite  – Judges Choice 

  

Won the Northern Star Quilters Raffle quilt
  
I really do not like to sell raffle tickets, so each year when the guilds passes out the raffle tickets to be sold I purchase them all and just consider it additional dues that I am paying to a member of the guild.  Well, this year the perk for buying those raffle tickets was that I won the quilt.  Now our bed has a gorgeous quilt on it.  Thank you to all Northern Star members who worked on this beautiful quilt! 

Attended Isa’s Baptism
 
We were please to attend Isa’s baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ-of-Latterday-Saints.  

Completed Brian and Isa’s wedding quilt

In April I completed Brian and Isa’s wedding gift.  Not bad – just alittle over three months after the wedding.  I do have some other wedding quilts waiting around to be completed (one is now over five years – the rate I am going it may be a Golden Wedding Anniversary gift.) 
Close-up of the quilt.   

Quilted the Heart quilt for Village Squares Quilters
Members of the Village Square Quilters  made heart blocks and Rosland Yong pieced the top.  I then had the  priveledge of quilting this wonderful quilt.  It was then donated to  Friends Without a Border where it was auctioned off for $4000.00.  Pretty exciting to be a part of such a wonderful project.  

Here is the back of the quilt.  

Attend a baby shower for Chris and Beth’s baby
Here are the proud parents.  

Made a little fleece/minky blanket for my new little granddaughter.  The two grandmother’s think alike because the other grandma also made a blanket out of the same fleece.  I hope this little girl likes animals.  

Presented demo on the Folded Hexagon at Sampler Medly of the Northern Star Quilters Quilt Show
Tutorial for the folding instructions for the folded hexagon can be found on my website.  

Presented 2 lectures

I was able to present my new lecture “Fun Back – Going the Extra Mile” to my own Pelham Quilters and the Quilters on the Croton.  It was fun to organize the pictures and my thought process of how I do fun backs.  

Helped with a Relief Society hummanatarian project to make over 21 baby quilts 



Attended my stepson’s graduation University of Utah where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therap
 

 I am very proud of Jason and how he has applied himself.  Christy has been so supportive and manages their finances very well.  We are so thankful to have her as part of our family.  They are wonderful parents to my little grandson and we are looking forward to the arrival of their little daughter in a few weeks.   


Spoiled my four adorable grandchildren
  


Notice the cute suit that my daughter made her little son.    


Grandson that is soon to be from Nevada. 

WHEW!!!!!!!

Quilting A.D.D.?????

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

A few days ago I decided that I would be a loving wife and have dinner all prepared to eat when Tom arrived home from the Gym.  I put a pot with water on the stove.  When the water was boiling I added spagetti to it.  Wanting everything to be perfect, I figured that I could set the table while the spagetti was cooking.  I walked into the adjacent room  (we have a VERY SMALL kitch and no room for the table in there) to start setting the table.  Then the problem distraction came.  When Tom had arrived home from work he had placed the mail on the table.   


I had EVERY INTENTION of setting the table, but there was the new Machine Quilting Unlimited magazine.  I thought  to myself – I will just GLANCE at it for a few seconds.)  Well the seconds must have turned into minutes and more minutes.  Then I SMELLED something burning! 

Oh no – I was cooking burning spagetti!

So much for dinner – but the magainze sure had some fun stuff in it!!!!!!

Needless to say, this is why this wallhanging hangs right next to the stove!

Happy Birthday Jennie!!!!

Saturday, March 6th, 2010


(a day late – computer problems).

We welcomed Jennie to our home 24 years ago.  She is a wonderful daughter and I am so glad that I have the opportunity to be her mother.  She is planning on celebrating her 25th birthday at the hospital where she was born (I hope the head nurse has a sense of humor) and I want to be there to welcome her next 25 years in.

Take care and I am glad that you had a GREAT Birthday Jennie !!!!!!

Snow Day

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Yesterday was a Snow Day here in New York.  Tom did have to go to work but the office closed at 2:00. 

I really love having an excuse to stay in and just be at home.  We decided to have a special dinner.

After dinner the party was over and there was work to be done! 

The official measurement for the Ciccotelli’s home was 10″ of snow.  Even though I didn’t get to the gym yesterday, I think I got a pretty good workout shoveling snow.

New Hexagon Project

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

At our last mini group meeting Susan Wolman taught us how to make Hexa-flexagons in paper. 

Being the Hexamaniac that I am I decided that I wanted to make one from fabric.

This Hexa-flexagon along with many other hexagons items will be for up for auction either Feb. 16 or 23 at –

Submitted – but still more to do!

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Back in 2004 when I started having the Annual “Sew” Show for my sewing students we had the first couple at the Pelham Art Center.  It was a great locations, except we outgrew it.   Since the Pelham Art Center is just a few blocks from my home, having taught a few classes there, and have the association of the “Sew” Show held there I really wanted to support them and submit a piece for this exhibit.  (I am not sure how their jury feels about quilts as art – but I was hoping to find out.) 

Everything ALWAYS takes LONGER than I think it will. 

And the quilting was exception to this rule.  But, I wanted to be true to this project and give it the quilting it deserved and not just some lines to get it done.  Anyway, on Friday afternoon I could see that I was not going to get all the quilting comleted in time to get pictures taken and submitted by the Feb. 5 deadline and make it to volunteer at the Manhattan Temple that evening/night.  I decided to call Lisa (the director) and see what she suggested.  After talking with her she thought that I since I had the top completed I should just submit a picutre of it. She felt this should give the juriers a good idea of what the piece would look like.


Overall picture submitted.


Detail of one of the presents.


Detail of the quilting.

Stay tune for what I have planned for the edge of the quilt (that is if I can get it to look good).

I had better get quilting!  (Life is rough – but somebody has to do it.)