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!
Available in my Etsy shop
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.
Here are some quilting closeups. The circles I thought added a funky, modern touch.
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.
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.
If you want to try this kind of piecing, her process is well explained in her latest book:
I 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.
I’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”)
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.
Love this Halloween one.
All so fun!
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
Tree of Life by Stephanie Adams Kansas
Brazen Blossoms by Diane Melms Alaska
3-D Sunflower by Martha DeLeonardis Texas
This 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!