Saturday, February 25, 2023

AQS Daytona Quilt Show 2023

What better thing for a Michigan Quilter to do in February than head to Florida and take a day at the Daytona AQS Show? I am always inspired and usually find some goodies to take home with me and this year was no exception.

I am always floored when I see the current Cherrywood Challenge - even if my quilt is in a different collection. Coming around a corner to see the display is always a treat for the eyes. This collection is from the Graffiti Challenge and is just delightful (as always!). I love how everyone interprets the theme in such creative ways.

I found some interesting quilts -  Selvages A La Rococo was more and more interesting the closer you got. You start with the tilted elements of the design, step closer to see the lacy on the circles and get caught up in the details of the embroidery and buttons.

I always enjoy seeing Pat Holly's work. Her choices of color and fabric inspire me. She has such clean, graphic illustrative pieces.

In with the special exhibits section, I was delighted to see Tick Tock - an interesting take on a "Baltimore Album" style quilt. At least one of my "kids" has been into Steampunk for a while, so this one caught my eye.
The quilts that look like one thing at a distance, but become much more close up are some of my favorites at the quilt show. This one is beautiful from a distance, but as you get closer, you see so much more! I wish I had taken more photos of the details.

What is it about quilts with high contrast? They draw my eye so quickly - this one with the black, white and sherbet colors is beautiful!
Art quilts fascinate me, too. I dabble in art quilts, but am the veriest beginner compared to some I see. This one has so much movement!

I took many, many more inspiration photos, this is just a peek at some in various styles that intrigued me ... Now I am looking forward to the Paducah show at the end of April!

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Winners from the Villa Rosa Blog Hop!

 I hope you all had fun Hopping with the Villa Rosa Designs Blog Hop - I sure did!

I used a random number generator to determine the winners from my blog and the generator gave me these winners:

    Darlene B - winner of the Pocketful of Sunshine Panel

    Janice - winner of a set of the Blog Hop Patterns

and - I submitted these names to VRD for their drawings of MORE prizes:


    Kathleen McMusing




Thank you to Tricia from Villa Rosa Designs and Quilt with a View for inviting me to join in this fun Blog Hop, thank you to Abbi Mays Fabric Shop for donating the materials for Springtime Charm and than you to the other bloggers and the generous sponsors! AND thank you to the readers/hoppers for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Villa Rosa Blog Hop

Hillside Charm becomes Springtime Charm

Hello! I am Joy from Shout4Joy Quilter and I am taking part in Villa Rosa's Blog Hop - an adventure worth exploring! Lots of bloggers, with even more giveaways, all highlighting five delightful Villa Rosa patterns (click on the link to grab your own!). Read to the bottom of the post to find out how you can win some of the prizes!

For the blog hop I chose to use the Hillside Charm pattern and Abbi Mays Fabric Shop supplied the fabric for my sample. They are a local quilt shop that has lots of happy fabrics. I also teach in-person classes in their classroom!

As we are in the midst of winter in Michigan, the Pocket Full of Sunshine Panel and fabrics by Blank gave us a vision of springtime to come. I chose to use nine sixth yard cuts for the pattern, adding Riley Blake Peas Texture for the frames.

I pulled out my handy-dandy Stipology ruler and got cutting! Since I didn't have charm squares, this made the cutting go lickety-split!

I trimmed the panel to size and got to sewing. Everything goes together so smoothly with Villa Rosa patterns! The only warning I will give you for this pattern is to make sure you check your 1/4" so that the pieces all come together as you have a lot of seams happening in those borders!

Next up was mounting the quilt on the frame and quilting it. Since the center of the quilt has swirls and butterflies and flowers, I wanted a whimsical, but more geometric design for the quilting, so I chose to use Lazy Logs from Intelligent Quilting. It quilts out beautifully and adds great texture to the quilt.

I chose to use the stripe for binding - who doesn't like a striped binding? I even cut the binding on the bias so it had even more movement (I seldom do that, but it needed to be bias, don't you think?). Using my walking foot helps to keep the binding from stretching when I sew it to the quilt.

So - here is Springtime Charm - doesn't it brighten your winter day?

I will be giving away one Pocket Full of Sunshine Quilt Panel, compliments of Abbi Mays Fabric Shop, to one lucky commenter, keep reading!

Check out the other blogs for more chances to win (some of them have their own giveaways):

Michelle Cain at

Kathleen McCormick at

Wendy Tuma at

Diann Bottrell at

Tricia Maloney at

Sandra Walker at

Cheryl Parker at

Leanne Parsons at

Bernie Kringel at

Joy Lamphere at

Julie Cefalu at

Jo Kramer at

Cindy Pieters at


Prizes from these sponsors:

Moda Fabrics
Hoffman California Fabrics
Timeless Treasures Fabrics
Creative Grids
Gypsy Quilter
Electric Quilt
Quilts of Valor

For your chance to win, comment on this post by midnight (US EST), January 29 with your favorite springtime flower (I'm craving spring and flowers about now!). 

NOTE: only USA commenters are eligible for the panel giveway.