Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dixie Diva September Day Meeting/ Part 2

We had such a wonderful morning at Ricci's yesterday.
Here is the Show and Tell from the rest of the group.

While most of us were sitting and working on hand work, Ricci was busy at her machine sewing on this new Hoot-N-Annie owl softie pattern by Annie Unrein.
If you think the picture is cute, you should see the softie in real life. I can hardly wait to make one myself. In fact it's going to the top of my to-do list it's calling to me that much!

First Ricci stitched some Texture Magic to the back of pink Minkee for the owls tummy.
She showed the group how easy it is to steam Texture Magic. Pat Peters was the first to try.

Texture Magic looks wonderful on any fabric. Ricci did a series of wavy stitches, and look how wonderful the minkee turned out.

Just perfect for the owl's tummy.

I showed you the inside of the Cosmic Trails quilt a few weeks ago. Here it is, now finished. Ricci said it's an interpretation of Turning Twenty.

Margaret brought a present she just received from her daughter. This is an announcement that grandbaby #6 is on it's way, due in April 2010. Very clever way to let the family in on the excitement.

Margaret has made another Bow Tucks tote with Texture Magic. I think I love this fabric the best out of the three she has done so far.

She put Texture Magic on the pocket.

With a big black button to hold it together.

And added Texture Magic with batting stitched on a grid system for the bottom of the tote.

Margaret just finished a baby quilt for her daughters best friend.

This black and white quilt is out of Mark Lipinski fabrics.

Margaret was also binding this signature quilt for a friend.

Pat just won Best Of Show for her "The Birds and Roses" quilt at the Utah Quilt Guild's Quilt Fest. Congratulations Pat!! We are so proud of you! I still feel honored just to sit next to her and watch her applique. I sometimes tease her and say "May I touch your elbow?" and she just laughs. Pat is very unassuming even though she wins and wins and wins....

This is the latest block Pat is working on.

Sometimes I wonder if I have been living under a rock all my life. Bev brought these Hedge Apples she had picked in North Ogden, Utah to share with the group. Hedge Apples? I had never heard of them. Am I alone here?
They are so beautiful!

Hedge Apples, also known as Osage Orange are native to the U.S. and were planted across the nation for fences and windbreakers in the 1800's and early 1900's. They are not toxic, but are often sold to repel insects.
After my scorpion & bug invasion, I just might be putting these in every room of the house.


Sara said...

Lots of great projects going on there!

I'm a firm believer in those Hedge Apples. I put them in my basement and garage every year and they seem to keep those nasty spiders away.

Material Mary said...

Your Diva lady friends really know how to make gorgeous stuff...What a fun group of ladies.

Di~ said...

NEVER! heard of Hedge Apples!??? They are gorgeous!

Carol said...

Your group is just amazing! I've never heard of or seen Hedge Apples in my you are not alone. They are beautiful!

Carin said...

I was at the Utah Quilt Guild Show and saw Pat's quilt it is AMAZING!!!

If hedge apples keep spiders away I gotta find me some! I have never heard of them before.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Nedra, you always have the best pictures of all the projects the ladies are doing. The minkie turned out great with the texture magic, what a fun week.
Love the little chickens on the toddler outfit. Added to my list...
And I never hear of Hedge Apples.
Keep Stitchen'

Jana said...

So do you eat Hedge Apples or just keep them to ward off creepy things? They look beautiful!

I am just amazed at the talent in your quilt groups!

Nanette Merrill said...

Hedge apples is a new one to me. They are really pretty. Almost look fake! The Divas are up to it again. Love seeing what they do. I have my own little texture magic to show on my blog today, too! Really love that minkee for the owl tummy in texture magic.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Thank you for all the photo's and inspiration! What a fun getaway with your friends! I've never heard of hedge apples either, but if they work that well, I need some! ;)

gloria g said...

I love them. They do wonders to keep the spiders away, and look great in metal bowls around the house and on porches! We call them osage oranges here in MS.