Quilt Show

Our guild has a quilt show every two years.  It’s a big deal.  Last October our show featured over 300 quilts.  If you have never been to a quilt show, you really should.  Talk about eye-candy!  You will see work that will blow your socks off.  And you will never think that “blanket” and “quilt” are interchangeable words again!

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Available in my Etsy shop

More Quilt Show Quilts

I thought I would share a few more pics of my quilts that were in the show last week.  First is one I call  French Baskets.  The blocks were made by friends in my guild for my birthday.  When I was deciding how to make them into a quilt top, I found this great fabric (sashings and border) in my stash.  I was so proud of myself for using fabric I already had!  I designed the swag appliqué on the sides because I didn’t have enough of the striped border fabric to go all the way around.  I really like how it turned out.  The primary color scheme is reminiscent of French Provance.  For the back, I incorporated a vintage tablecloth I got off of eBay that had the same colors.  Then I did some fun free motion quilting.ImageImageImageImage

Also in the show was a quilt that I designed and made for my son Scott’s wedding to Robyn (I’m ashamed to say how long ago that was–but it took we a while to finish). Now that it has been in the show, I can no longer come up with any more excuses not to hand it over to them!  The color scheme is a traditional blue and white, but I was sure to leave a lot of negative space for quilting.

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My Star Quilt

I have always wanted to make a Lone Star quilt, but was a bit intimidated by the pattern–all those bias edges!  Well, Jan Krentz came to our guild last year and taught a workshop on this very quilt.  So I jumped in.  My star quilt only measures 44″ x 44″.  I knew if I made it larger, it would never get finished.  And it still wouldn’t be finished except for the fact that I wanted to put it in our guild show this past week (I finished it with 2 days to spare!).  I attached a solid green border that would show off my quilting.  I put two thicknesses of batting to give the quilting more definition.  I am quite pleased with the result.

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Here are some quilting closeups.  The circles I thought added a funky, modern touch.

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Newborn King

Today I’m getting things tagged and finished up for my quilt show later this week.   I’m hoping that people who love to look at quilts will also be interested in my little paintings.  Here are a few more mini 4″ x 4″ pics I have recently completed.  

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Mary Lou

Last month Mary Lou Weidman came to our guild and I took an all day workshop.  It was so inspiring.  I love her whimsical style.  She does the work that I dream of doing.  We learned how to make “wonky” blocks.  It was SO fun and freeing.  Here’s what I got done in the workshop.  Someday (soon I hope!) these blocks will go into a quilt.

ImageImageIMG_1170ImageIf you want to try this kind of piecing, her process is well explained in her latest book:

ImageI was so enamored of Mary Lou’s style, I went to Amazon and found a couple more of her older books (used) that are now out of print.

ImageImageI’m telling you all this because there was a special showing of Mary Lou inspired quilts at the International Quilt Show last week in Chicago.  The quilts were different takes on her cow pattern ( from “Out of the Box”) Image

I took some pictures of the ones I liked the best.  Sorry I didn’t get the names of the artists.

Just in time for July 4th.ImageImage

Love this Halloween one.

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All so fun!

International Quilt Festival Chicago 2013

Last weekend I was pleased to attend this fabulous quilt show in Rosemont, IL.  The show went  missing for 3 years, but now it is back. Yeah!  I saw some fabulous quilts and even more fabulous quilting!  I’ll share a few of the pics I took each day this week.  I’m not a great photographer, but you get the gist.  Of course they are even more  wonderful in person.

Today’s Group:    Happy Quilts that make me Smile

Fifty-Six Years Old   by Naoko Hirano   Japan

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 Tree of Life  by Stephanie Adams      Kansas

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Brazen Blossoms  by Diane Melms    Alaska

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3-D Sunflower  by Martha DeLeonardis     Texas

ImageThis happy guy is my husband, David, who quite willingly went to the show with me and carried all of my purchases in his backpack.  What a keeper!