Friday, May 21, 2010

Treasures of the Gulf States

~GSQA 13th Biennial Quilt Show
~June 18 - 20, 2010~

We love "Treasures of the Gulf States", which is the gorgeous opportunity quilt made by members of the Gulf State Quilters Association in conjunction with their upcoming quilt show. The center medallion is a stately oak tree, representing the strength and determination of the residents after weathering Hurricane Katrina. The tree is surrounded by radiant suns made of New York Beauty stars (and remember, the sun IS a star). State birds and flowers are beautifully appliqued in the corners, by quilters representing each of the Gulf States in the guild: camellia and yellowhammer (Joan Knight, Alabama); orange blossom and mockingbird (Ann Root, Florida); magnolia and pelican (Claire Mehalik, Louisiana); and magnolia and mockingbird (Judy Spiers, Mississippi). The remaining 66 blocks were hand appliqued, pieced or paper pieced by 38 different guild members. Click on the image to see the fantastic details (can you find the boy peeking from behind the tree, and the tree swing hanging from it?)

Don't miss the chance to win this quilt... it is indeed a treasure! The quilt has an appraised value of $4350.00, and the lucky winner will receive the documentation from a certified quilt appraiser, along with photos for insurance purposes. Print these raffle tickets and send completed tickets with check to: Ilaine Hartman, 4617 Henican Place, Metairie, LA 70003. And, if you're going to be in LA the weekend of June 18-20, don't miss this show (that's LA as in Louisiana, folks, not L.A. as in Los Angeles.) The show location is Northshore Harbor Center, Slidell, LA.

Credits and links: The quilt was designed by Jane Ramee, Judy Holley and Sherry Herringshaw. Judy Holley constructed the central oak tree. The quilt was long-arm machine quilted by Joan Knight (Pratville, AL). The photo is by Ilaine Hartman and is shown with generous permission. For complete information on the guild, visit their home page.

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