Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Colors of our World (opportunity quilt !)

~Nimble Fingers Quilt Group, October 15-16, 2010, Rockville, Maryland~

If you've been following our blog over the last few months, you know that we can get pretty excited about quilt shows.... and about some of the spectacular opportunity quilts we've come across recently. The quilt we're showing today really knocked our socks off.

Colors of our World, 96 x 103. Designed by Margaret Heath Hartranft and pieced, appliquéd, and assembled by over 55 members of the Nimble Fingers Quilt Group; machine quilted by Marjorie Coffey.

This gorgeous quilt features pieced panels of luminous hand dyed cotton sateen with alternating panels of hand appliquéd vines and leaves in batiks. Dyed by guild members, the pieced panels consist of 6 values of 28 colors (that's 168 shades, folks). The background and backing are also hand dyed. Dyeing was done in 3 consecutive full day events in a member’s home. The lovely quilting, shown in the detail photo below, features McTavish style swirls in the leaf panels and large feathers in the pieced strips.

The Nimble Fingers 2010 Quilt show is October 15-16 at The Universities at Shady Grove, Bldg. 2, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville, Maryland 20855. Hours are Friday, 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets for the quilt are $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held in the last hour of the show and you need not be present to win!  For additional show information contact the show chair, Beverly Ferrell at or 301 869-3249; or visit the Nimble Fingers website.

p.s. You might also be interested in the work of one of the many talented members of the Nimble Fingers Group:  Debra Gabel of Zebra Patterns.  We recently interviewed Debra and showcased her fabulous Stamp Quilts, here.

Image credits:  Images are provided with the generous permission of the Nimble Fingers Quilt Group.


  1. such a beautiful quilt!!

  2. Thanks, Karen ! We love the way that the light seems to shine right through the quilt, almost as if the sun were illuminating it.

  3. Hi, hope it's OK to contact you here. We would love to include your blog on our giveaway search engine: Giveaway Scout ( Have a look and if interested, use our online form to add your blog ( ). thanks, Josh

  4. More quilted feathers, the colours are so beautiful in that quilt, it just glows.

  5. Thank you, Pip ! We too love the beautiful colors and the incandescent effect of that quilt. It will make some winner very happy !


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