Did you miss me yesterday? I went to the CQA (Canadian Quilters' Association) Quilt Show. It was a juried show and there were many amazing quilts to be seen. I was hoping to be able to share some pictures but no photography was permitted in the juried show. However the winners are posted on the CQA site.
There was an invitational show and photography was permitted. One of the featured artists in the invitational show was Renske Helmuth who is an extremely talented appliqueist and teacher. Renske coordinates efforts amongst quilters in her Guild to create quilts which are auctioned off at the Mennonite Relief Auction each year. This year the theme for the quilt project was Africa. Although my Mom is not part of that guild she was allowed to submit a small quilt and it was included in the quilt. The finished quilt was on display and I was able to take a picture to share with you! The title of the quilt is A Cooperative Effort. How appropriate!
Isn't this quilt stunning? Do you recognize my Mom's quilt? It is in the upper left hand corner with the three Masai. This is what it looked like before it was trimmed. These pictures and a few others were posted on my blog on July 19, 2013. It was so exciting to see Mom's contribution in the quilt. I just LOVE her block and think it glows in the finished quilt!
I now have a few more Godstone Grannies (GG) blocks to share. Most of them now have the path stitched to them so this means I can start sewing the blocks together. I'll be sure to share my assembly plan with you in the next few days.
Today I plan to continue removing the ink stains from my Mom's Lazy Punk blocks with hairspray. Karen left a great comment explaining why the hairspray worked. I thought I would share her explanation with you. Karen wrote that "the reason it worked was the alcohol in the hairspray acted as a solvent. Works great on most ink stains. It can also work on grease as it breaks it down, although I've found original blue dawn to work best on grease.
I keep hydrogen peroxide, blue Dawn, and alcohol in my laundry
cupboard for just such emergencies. I call it my first aid kit for fabrics!
Hydrogen peroxide works on protein stains like blood and grass. Blue Dawn for grease based stains. And rubbing alcohol for inks, dyes and lacquer based stains."
Thanks Karen for a very informative and helpful message! Stains will be no match for us now that we are armed with this great advice!
On Friday I test drove the Juki TL2010Q and I'll share my thoughts on that machine with you tomorrow. Until then, happy sewing!