Thursday, August 12, 2010

"It's All About You Cupcake"

The theme of our meeting last night for the Needle Arts Guild of Toledo was "It's All About You Cupcake."  Karlyn, below, coordinated the entire event and it sure was a ball. 
We even had a cupcake tower and this beautiful cupcake cake to enjoy for our meeting.




Those who chose to made Cupcake Pincushions to enter into a contest. We only had 8 or months to make the cupcakes but I waited until yesterday to make mine (perhaps I just wanted a fresh cupcake?). I had thought about it several times but the word "contest" really threw me off.  The ladies that belong to this guild are very talented in my opinion.  I have no intent to ever enter into a "contest" with any of them, ever!!!  So I decided instead of participating in the "contest" part mentally....I switched it to a challenge to make a cupcake that I would enjoy looking at and using as a pincushion.  Can you guess which one was mine?

Jenna Morlock was the speaker at our meeting last night.  She is the same gal who spoke at the Wood County Fair last week.   As you can see by her smile she is a fun person to talk to and hear speak.
Last night she shared her love of making ATC's and Fabric Postcards as well as her on-line quilting class.  I really enjoyed looking at the collection she brought with her.  Some were thread painted, needle felted, stamps on cloth, painted and most were embellished with almost everything you can think of.
 
This Morning:
Dale is a friend who owns her own longarm quilting machine and she has offered to let others use it.  With Dale's help and encouragement, here I am actually using a longarm quilting machine.  Not pretending to use one, actually using one :)

 
I followed a pantograph and actually really enjoyed myself.  Prior to today I had touched one and moved it's handles but never really used one. It was such a good time and I am so pleased with how the quilt turned out.  I began to relax a bit and found it easier to move once I was actually breathing in and out...LOL.  I thought I would never want a longarm quilting machine.....I may have to eat my words....I think I want one now.  Of course I'll have to practice some more and learn more, but for today.....I'm one happy camper!!

Time to get that binding on so I can put it in the mail.

Smiles,
Kelly

9 comments:

  1. I have never touched a long arm machine, but I DO WANT ONE! That looks like so much fun Kelly!

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  2. The cupcakes are cute. Love the cake. Yummmo

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  3. Yummy cupcakes! Lovely ATCs. And it certainly looks like your next career is to be a longarm quilter. What delight.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  4. sounds like the makings of a wonderful day! HUGS!

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  5. The cupcakes are cute--so many ideas and too little time. Jenny's postcards are really neat. I'm glad I helped mom get her hooked on quilting and sewing back in her childhood days :) Quilting on a long arm looks fun!

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  6. Oh, and here I thought you were writing a post all about me. Ha ha.

    I would love a longarm of my own, and I have never even tried one. But I don't have room for it. (sigh!)

    I am guessing that your cupcake is the lower left with the purple flower and butterfly on it.

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  7. I would love to have a longarm. I used to work for a fabric store and they had one that I got to play with occasionally and it was so much fun. You meeting looked like it was worth going to, thanks for sharing.

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  8. Those cupcakes are really neat, would make a nice birthday gift for a quilting friend. I wish I could use a long arm, love the idea of putting it on rollers instead of pinning and moving the arm instead of the quilt.

    Debbie

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