Showing posts with label opportunity quilt. Show all posts
Showing posts with label opportunity quilt. Show all posts

Monday, November 19, 2012

River City Quilt Show - Day 1

"Rhapsody in Bloom" was the theme of the  River City Quilters' Guild 2012 Quilt Show, which took place from Nov. 14-16, 2012 in Sacramento, California.   We really enjoyed the exhibits put on by this local guild, and we have many fantastic quilts to show you !

River City Quilters' Guild, 2012 Raffle Quilt, close-up photo by Quilt Inspiration

This year's Opportunity Quilt was adapted from a pattern by Crabapple Hill Designs.  The blocks of delicate floral motifs, and blossoms in soft pastels remind us that cultivating good friendships is like tending to a cherished year-round garden.

Red Chair, 41 x 58”, by Mary Upham

Winner of the "Best in Show" award and First Place winner in the Art Quilts category,  Mary writes, "The inspiration for this quilt came from a photo that I took of the porch of a winery in Murphys, CA. I started this project at a Ruth McDowell class at  the Empty Spools Seminar in Asilomar, California." Mary's perfect piecing work has resulted in a life-like depiction of an inviting, homey porch on a sunny afternoon, with one's favorite chair waiting to be occupied.

Close-up of Red Chair by Mary Upham

The strong vertical lines of the house are mirrored in the vertical lines of the chair's colors and quilting pattern.The house, chair, and the garden have a very comfortable rustic look to to them, as a place to relax and daydream.

Fractured Star, 60 x 60”, by Linda Bergmann, quilted by Debbie Lopez

Blue ribbon winner in the Scrap Quilts category, Linda says "This star is a variation of the Star of Bethlehem; all paper pieced with Civil War fabrics."  We recognize this design as the "Unusual Lone Star" pattern in the book, 'Quilts by Karen K. Stone'. Linda has done a wonderful job with a fabric selection of mostly browns, reds, and oranges, which contrast nicely with the taupes and ecru shades of the background fabrics.

Close-up of  Fractured Star by Linda Bergmann

Here's a close-up of how this graceful contemporary star is constructed. The triangles are paper-pieced into smaller diamond blocks, then the blocks are sewn together to make larger diamond components of the eight-pointed star.

Bridget, 22 x 29”, by Linda Bergmann

Winner of a Judges' Choice award, Linda writes, "This portrait was made in a Ruth McDowell class-from a picture of Bridget; pattern was made in class, and this is a form of paper piecing."

Close-up of Bridget by Linda Bergmann

With her perked-up ears and lively eyes, Bridget exudes a lovable personality full of energy.  We can really imagine Bridget just begging to be taken on a walk by her owner

Lady Bug Picnic, 74 x 73, made by Linda Boehm and quilted by Karen M. Walker

Third place winner in the Two Person Pieced Quilt category, Linda notes,  " My children listened to the classic song, Ladybugs' Picnic, during early Sesame Street. In tune with this whimsy, Karen Walker long-arm stitched an Eric Carle (Children’s author) pattern, I spy a dragonfly, snail…”

Close-up of  Ladybugs' Picnic by Linda Boehm and Karen Walker

Complementing the darling polka dot sashing is the ladybug in the center of each quilt block.  Can you spot the cute quilting patterns of the bugs which are stitched into this block?  ( Hint : One bug's head is in the blue background, on the right hand side of the block).

Italy in Bloom, 57 x 81”, made by Malene Evans, quilted by Karen Valdez

Malene tells us, "This [one-block wonder] quilt was created in memory of our trip to Italy and Sicily in October 2009 to celebrate our retirement." These lovely primary colors and the cheerful round symmetrical patterns remind us of the beautiful hand-painted folk art plates that travelers find throughout sunny Italy.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Wine Country Quilt Show Day 8

Here's the final day of the Wine Country Quilt Show from Santa Rosa, California. We've had a great time showing you a diverse collection of quilts from these excellent quilt artists.

Toucan U Can 2 by Pat Meiswinkel

Here's a quilt with a cheerful tropical theme. Two large-beaked toucan birds have made their home in the center palm tree. Fabrics of animal prints and jungle foliage surround this happy duo. Quilter Pat Meiswinkel writes,  "This was a fun quilt to quilt. It took me about 10 hours to do the freehand surface quilting designs." The pattern is "Jungle Fever" by Luella Doss and Andrea Schuster for Free Spirit Fabric.

Spring Rain by Elizabeth Marrs

Spring Rain is inspired by quilter Sharon Schlotzhauer's work, Really Wild Flowers, which won First Place in the Whimsical Art Quilts category at the 2011 Houston International Quilt Festival; it was pictured in the American Quilter magazine in November 2011. An  array of playful spring flowers awaits the arrival of giant raindrops. Notice how the diagonal quilting reinforces the raindrops' downward sense of movement and provides a cohesive effect to this eye-catching quilt. 

Poppies, Quails, and Poppies Oh My! by the Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County

The 2012 Opportunity Quilt is an homage to the Respit Quilts made by Moonlight Quilters back in the 1980's. These quilts always featured quails and California poppies (the state flower) among Sonoma County natural bounty; apple blossoms, grapevines, and wildflowers, to name a few. They were hand-appliqued and quilted by members. This quilt was designed by Gina Stateler-Calhoun and Mary Flynn. It was constructed by many members of the guild, featuring both traditional piecing and art quilt appliqued techniques. It was quilted by Ann Linville and Gina Stateler-Calhoun. We liked the handsome, stately, look of this quilt, with its deep historical meaning.

Close-Up of Poppies, Quails, and Poppies, Oh My ! 

In this center medallion, the grape leaves are attached in such a way that they "float" one or two inches about the quilt surface, giving a three-dimensional look of a grape arbor fluttering in the breeze.You can see the quail birds and the golden poppies at the base of the grapevine. The variegated earth tones pay homage to the natural surroundings of the town of Santa Rosa, which lies in a rich agricultural area, blessed with fertile soil.

Keith's Turkey by Ellen Cooper, exhibited by Elizabeth McDonnell

Elizabeth McDowell writes," My husband, Keith, made friends with a wild turkey that hung around our house. It would follow Keith around [when he was outside]. Unfortunately, a bobcat captured and killed the turkey on our back patio last year. Ellen Cooper made this quilt as a Christmas gift to remind us of Keith and his friend." 

Preserved by Jim Haws 

Jim Haws writes simply "A collection of life items."  He has chosen a clever selection of interesting novelty print fabrics to show various items worth gathering together in groups.  The muted background provides an excellent contrast for these colorful jars.

Image credits:  Photos are by Quilt Inspiration.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Art in Quilts --- Quilts in Art

One of our favorite quilt patterns is Storm at Sea. We love the way that the straight seams create the appearance of waves and circles. When we caught a glimpse of this dazzling storm-at-sea quilt.... somewhere... it took our breath away.  Just look at the tall ship, with its quilts for sails, in the center panel. We simply had to find out more.

On a Quilted Breeze, 87 x 109", by the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild, with artwork by Dennis McGregor

 "On a Quilted Breeze" was designed around a glorious painting, by Dennis McGregor, called "Women on Board" (see the detail image below). The quilt designer, Nan Scott, cleverly integrated the artwork into the quilt by selecting the colors of the storm-at-sea blocks to match the colors in the image, so that the center panel appears to flow seamlessly into the blocks. If you look carefully at the quilt you will see a horizontal band of apricot-and-peach blocks, which match the colors on the horizon. The golden tones in some of the blocks match the colors in the clouds and sails, while the cerulean and aqua blues match the colors of the sky and topsail.  There is even a circular motif, reminiscent of the sun, in the upper left corner of the quilt.

Women on Board, 19 x 25", limited edition print, by Dennis McGregor

We'd love to climb on board this magical ship, with its flying geese, feathered stars, and other quilted sails.  Dennis McGregor, award-winning artist and singer-songwriter, makes his home in central Oregon - the home of the famous Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  In fact, Dennis has created many of the posters for the quilt show (and the Sisters Folk Festival.... and the Sisters Rodeo).  You can see the fabulous collection on his website.

Annie, 28 x 18", by Dennis McGregor at

In the background of "Annie" are the majestic Three Sisters volcanic peaks, each over 10,000 feet in elevation, that dominate the skyline.  The town of Sisters, Oregon was named after the peaks, and the stunning scenery of the region is brought to life in Dennis McGregor's painting.

There are wonderful gifts for quilters on Dennis' website, where you can find note cards, t-shirts, and even Quiltoos. Check it out, here (you'll be glad you did).  And, if you are curious to find out more,  you can see a 2004 video of Dennis in action -  singing, and painting, and talking about what inspires him -  courtesy of Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Image credits: Images of "Women on Board" and "Annie" are shown with the generous permission of Dennis McGregor. "On a Quilted Breeze" was designed by Nan Scott and pieced by 48 guild members of the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild. The quilting was done by Lisa Taylor and Mechelle Johnson.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April (no Fools) exhibits and shows !

April showers bring spring is a virtual bouquet of quilts !

Row 1, L-R: Fibre Arts at Ballarat 2011 (shown is a piece by Alison Withers; Apr14-20, Ballarat, Australia);  Machine Quilting Expo (Ap 11-16, Rhode Island, US); Art Quilts and Poetry about Japanese Americans, La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum (Mar 30-Jun 26, Washington); Row 2: Quilt Art at 25, at the Quilt Museum and Gallery (shown is Lightstrike by Janet Twinn; until May 2, York, Yorkshire, UK). Layered Textures: New works by Carol Ann Waugh, Ice Cube Gallery (Apr 29 - May 21, Colorado); Orange Peel, New Quilts from an Old Favorite contest winners (shown is Orange Blossom Special by Robin Gausebeck; at The National Quilt Museum of the U.S. until Jun 5, Kentucky). More exhibits, U.S.: 43rd annual textiles exhibition, Olive Hyde Art Gallery (Apr 1-May 14, California); Celebrate! 20th Anniversary Exhibit, at the National Quilt Museum (Apr 7  to July 2011, Kentucky); Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers, International Quilt Study Center (Apr 8 – Oct 2, Nebraska); International Quilt Festival/ Cincinnati (Apr 8-10, Ohio) ; One Foot Square, Quilted and Bound, at the New England Quilt Museum (Apr14  to Jul 10, Massachusetts); 27th Annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest (Apr 27-30, Paducah, Kentucky); Denver National Quilt Festival VI (Apr 28-May 1, Colorado); The Beauty of Kaleidoscope Quilts, Virginia Quilt Museum (until May 14). Australia : Australasian Quilt Convention (Apr 14-17, Melbourne). Europe: 5th Prague Patchwork Meeting (Apr 1-3, Czech Republic); Six years of quilting, South Midlands Branch, Irish Patchwork Society (Apr 9-17, Ireland); Quilt Expo en Beaujolais (Apr 14 -17 , Graves sur Anse, France); European Art Quilt VI, Stadtmuseum und Stadtarchiv (Apr 16-Jun 30, Einbeck, Germany); Quiltmania, Pour l’Amour du Fil (Apr 27-30, Nantes, France).

Quilt shows, opportunity quilts, and auctions

Row 1, L-R: Kingwood Area Quilt Guild (Apr 15-16, Texas); Milltown Quilters (Apr 28-30, Maryland); African American Quilt Guild of Oakland  (Apr 9, California). Row 2: Krazy Horse Quilters (Apr 30-May 1, Oregon); County Line Quilters (Apr 2-3, Massachusetts); Foothill Quilters Guild (Apr 9-10, California). Row 3: Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale (Apr 8-9, Kansas); Clark County Quilters (Apr 7-9, Washington); Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County (Apr 2-3, California). Row 4: West Houston Quilters Guild (Apr 8-9, Texas); 2011 Raffle, Santa Rosa Quilt Guild  (Apr 21, California); Dixie Quilt Guild (Apr 22-23, Utah).  More shows and festivals (US & Canada): 19th annual Sewing & Crafts Show  (Apr 1-2, British Columbia, Canada); West Coast Mennonite Relief Sale and Auction  (Apr 1-2, California); Colonial Quilt Lovers Guild,  (Apr 1-2, North Carolina); Twin City Quilters Guild (Apr 2-3, New York); Quilt Extravaganza 2011, Smithtown Stitchers Quilt Guild  (Apr 2-3, New York); Quilt Guild of Metro Detroit (Apr 8-9, Michigan); Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show (Apr 8-10, Virginia); The Best of the Valley Quilt Show  (Apr 8-10, California); Piney Woods Quilt Festival  (Apr 15-16, Texas); Bay Area Quilt Guild  (Apr 15-16, TX); Chadron Festival of Quilts (Apr 15-17, New England); Umpqua Valley Quilters Guild  (Apr 15-17, Oregon); Rutherford Quilt Guild  (April 15-17, North Carolina); Piecemakers Quilt Club  (Apr 15-17, Washington); Seabreeze Quilt Guild (Apr 16, New Hampshire); Northern Lights Quilt Guild (April 16 – 17, New Hampshire); Mason Dixon Quilt Show (Apr 21-22, Maryland); Mid-Valley Quilt Guild (April 21-23, Oregon); Sauder Village (Apr 26 – May 1, Ohio); Kalona Quilt Show and Sale (Apr 28 – 30, Iowa); Penn Oaks Quilters (Apr 29 – 30, Pennsylvania); Merrimack Valley Quilters’ Guild  (Apr 29-30, NH); Associated Quilt Guilds of the Central Coast  (Apr 30 - May 1, California); Heart & Hearth Quilt Show, Amador Valley Quilters (Apr 30-May 1, California); Flat-Iron Quilting Guild  (Apr 30-May 1, Montana); Northern Star Quilters (Apr 30-May 1); Brampton Quilters Guild Show (Apr 30-May 1, Ontario, Canada).

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Quilt exhibits, shows and raffles in March, 2011

Did you know there is a National Quilting Day and a World Textile Day this month? (and on the non-quilting front, there's the Iditarod.) There are nearly 80 quilt exhibits and shows (you'd need more than a team of dogs to attend them all !)

Quilt Exhibits, above, row 1: Polynesian Quilts, at the Oceanside Museum of Art  (Feb 12 - May 1, California); The Art of Faith Ringgold, at the SCAD Museum of Art  (through April 15, Georgia); Quilts of the Rocky Mountain West, at The National Quilt Museum (through April 4, Kentucky; the work shown is ‘Canyon Shadows’ by Lexie Foster); Quilt Art at 25, at The UK Quilt Museum and Gallery (through May 2, York, England; the work above is by Inge Hueber). Row 2: Studying Amish Style in a Whole New Light, at the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum (opening March 17, Pennsylvania); No Holds Barred, Recent works by SAQA members, at the New England Quilt Museum  (through April 9; the work above is Chasm Lake by Carol Anne Grotrian); Counterpoints, at the Visions Art Museum (through April 17, California; the work above is Stills from a Life by Dominie Nash); Infinite Variety, Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts, American Folk Art Museum (March 25-30, New York). Also see the National Quilting Day events at the International Quilt Study Center (March 19).

Quilt Raffles and Shows, row 1: Cotton Patch Quilters Hot Threads, Cool Quilts 2011 (March 4-6, Georgia); Delta Quilters Guild 2011 opportunity quilt (drawing March 14, California); Quilters Guild of Dallas, Dallas Quilt Celebration 2011 (March 11-13, Texas); Desert Quilters of Nevada 2011 Quilt Show (March 4-6, Nevada). Row 2: Friendship Knot Quilters Guild 13th Biennial Show (March 11-12, Florida); Northwest Quilters 37th Annual Quilt Show (March 10-12, Oregon); Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild, Traditions and Treasures Quilt Show (March 19-20, Massachusetts); Baltimore Heritage Quilters Guild Quilt Expo 2011 (March 12- 13, Maryland). Row 3: Hands Across the Valley Quilt Guild Hands All Around XIII Quilt Show (March 26-27, Massachusetts); Glendale Quilting Guild 32nd Annual Glendale Quilt Show (March 18-20, California); Empire Quilters' Urban Inspirations 2011 Quilt Show (March 26–27, New York); Quilting in the Pines Quilt Guild, at the Broward County Quilt Expo (March 18-20, Florida). Row 4: Broward Quilters' Guild, Sunrise Quilters, Stars Quilt Guild, and Coral Springs Quilters, at the Broward County Quilt Expo (March 18-20, Florida). Row 5: 20th Annual Miller-Bowie Quilt Show (March 4-5, Arkansas); Sunset Slope Quilters 2011 quilt raffle (Colorado); Quilters Guild of East Texas, 30th Annual Azalea Quilt Show (March 25-26, Texas); Valley Quilt Guild, 28th Annual Quilt Show (March 19-20, California). More QUILT SHOWS, in chronological order: Lake County Quilters Guild 2011 Quilt Show (March 3-4, Florida); Indiana Heritage Quilt Show (March 3-5, Indiana); The Quilt Fest of New Jersey VII (March 3-6); Uvalde Piecemakers, 2011 Quilt Show (March 4-5, Texas); The Needle Art and Quilt Show, Lampasas County Courthouse and Keystone Square Museum (March 4-5, Texas); Inter Faith Quilters of Longmont Quilt Show and Sale (March 4-5, Colorado); Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association Heart of the Valley Quilt Show (March 5-6, California); Naples Quilters Guild Stitches in Time Quilt Show (March 5-6, Florida); Southport Quilters Guild Show at the Kenosha Public Museum (March 5-27, Wisconsin); The Textile Society, The Antique Textile Fair, Manchester, England (March 6); Racing Fingers Quilt Guild, Fiber Artists on the Cutting Edge, and No Rules and Beyond; Quilt Art Show at the Art League (March 8-30, Florida); A Mountain Quiltfest, 17th Annual Pigeon Forge Quilt Show (March 9-13, Tennessee); Arizona Quilters Guild, 2011 Quilt Show (March 10-12, Arizona); The Craft Expo, Sydney, Australia (March 10-13, Australia); Creative Quilters of Citrus County, 12th Biennial Quilt Show (March 11-12, Florida); South Eastern Washington Quilters, 15th Annual Quilt Auction (March 11-12, Washington); Stone House and Cabin Branch Quilters 2011 Quilt Show (March 12 -13, Virginia); Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild, Great American Cover-up Quilt Show (March 12 – 20, Georgia); Delta Quilters Guild Opportunity Quilt Raffle Drawing (March 14, California); American Quilt Society, Lancaster Quilt Show and Contest (March 16-19, Pennsylvania); The Craft Expo, Auckland, New Zealand (March 17-20); Stitch and Craft,  2011 Show, London, England  (March 17-20); Heritage Quilters, Gathering of Quilters  (March 18-19, Indiana); Shiner Heritage Quilt Guild 2011 Quilt Show (March 18-19, Texas); Valley Quilters Guild 2011 Quilt Show (March 18-19, Arizona); Tri City Quilters Guild 2011 Quilt Show (March 18-19, Washington); Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild,  Thirty-First Annual Quilt Show (March 18-20, Tennessee); Quilters Anonymous, 2011 Quilt Show, Quilters Without Borders (March 18-20, Washington); Glendale Quilting Guild, 32nd Annual Glendale Quilt Show (March 18-20, California); All Star Quilters' Guild, Jacksonville Quilt Discovery Day (March 19, Florida); Great Lakes Seaway Trail Published Quilters' Showcase (March 19-20, New York); The Quilt Association, World Textile Day 2011, at Llanidloes, Mid Wales, UK (March 19); Art of the Quilt, Best of the East Cobb Quilters' Guild, at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art (March 19 - May 15, Georgia); Thimble and Thread Quilt Guild, 2011 Quilt Show (March 19-20, Missouri); The Craft Expo, Brisbane, Australia Expo (March 24-27); Quilt Guild of Greater Victoria, Quilts, Act VI (March 25-26, Texas); Piecemakers Quilt Guild Garden of Quilted Delights (March 25-26, Michigan); Star Quilters Guild 2011 Quilt Show (March 25-26, Virginia); Quilters' Guild of The British Isles, Warwickshire Quilters' Day, Kenilworth, UK (March 26); Ohio County Historical Society and Sunshine Stitchers, Rising Sun QuiltFest (March 25-27, Indiana); Westshore Quilters Guild 2011 Quilt Show (March 25-27, British Columbia, Canada); Quilters Guild of East Texas 30th Annual Azalea Quilt Show (March 25-26, Texas); Decatur Quilt Guild 2011 Quilt Fest  (March 25-26, Illinois); Southern Comforters Quilt Guild 2011 Quilt Show  (March 26-27, Maryland).

More Quilt Exhibits, ongoing: Quilt Art, International Expressions, at the Taubman Museum of Art (Virginia); Crazy Quilts and Other Fancies, La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum (Washington);  A Little Scrap for Recollection's Sake: Quilts from the Concord Museum (Massachusetts); Revisiting The Art Quilt, at the International Quilt Study Center (Nebraska); Going Crazy! Iowa Crazy Quilts, at The Iowa State Historical Museum (Iowa); Over Here: Quiltmaking through the War Years, The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (Colorado); The Magic of Mirrors: The Beauty of Kaleidoscope Quilts, at the Virginia Quilt Museum (Virginia); Quilts from the OSV Collection,  Old Sturbridge Village (the OSV website is down until March 4); Frugal and Fancy Indiana Quilts, at The Indiana State Museum; Earthly Paradise: Memory, Myth, Metaphor, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (California); Pieces of Self: Identity and Norwegian-American Quilts, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum (Iowa).

Friday, January 28, 2011

February exhibits and shows

Everybody knows that February is "slack season" when it comes to quilt shows... or is it?  There are more than a dozen quilting events this month that captured our attention.  How about the International Quilt Show in Dubai, or one of the six shows in Florida, for all the snowbirds* out there?

Row 1, L-R: Quiltfest Trail, Llangollen (Feb 1-29, North Wales, U.K.); Second Lives, The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles, opening Feb 4 at the Textile Museum (Washington, D.C.); International Quilt Show Dubai 2011 (Feb 7 - March 5, Dubai). Row 2: 'Over Here' Quilt Exhibit, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (opening Feb 1); San Francisco Quilters Guild, Symphony of Color (Feb 26-27, California); Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXII (Feb 24-27, Virginia; Pat Holly's winning 2010 quilt is shown). Row 3: Hummingbird Quilt Guild (Feb 26-27, Arizona); Peace River Quilters Show (Feb 25-26, Florida); Quilters’ Crossing of Palm Harbor (Feb 11-12, Florida). Row 4: Space Coast Quilters Guild (Feb 11-12, Florida); 14th Annual Priceless Pieces Quilt Show, Teacup Quilters (Feb 17-Mar 26, North Carolina); St. Andrew’s Bay Quilter’s Guild Show (Feb 11-12, Florida). Also see: Quilts 2011, Lake Metroparks Farmpark Quilt Show (Feb 11 - March 13, Ohio); Wichita Mountain Quilt Guild (Feb 18-19, Oklahoma); Kitsap Quilters Quilt Show (Feb 18-19, Washington); Stonestead Outdoor Quilt Festival (Feb 6, Upper Hutt, New Zealand); 17th Annual Quilt Gala, Horry County Museum (Feb 25-26, South Carolina); Corpus Christi Quilters Show (Feb 25-26, Texas); 15th Annual Fiber Arts Show, Shadow Mountain Quilters (Feb 18-20, Nevada); 12th Triennial Quilt Show, Amelia Island Quilt Guild (Feb 25-26, Florida).

*snow·bird - n.
1. Any of several birds, such as the junco and the snow bunting, common in snowy regions.
2. Slang: One who moves from a cold to a warm place in the winter.

p.s. Quilts Dubai has some wonderful online galleries with photos of past award winners.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

January shows and exhibits!

Don't you love the New Year? Here are some outstanding quilt exhibits, shows and raffles - in January, 2011.  And a quotation that inspires us:

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. 
The book is called Opportunity, and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Exhibits (above). Row 1, L-R: Art Quilts Etcetera - Lonni Rossi Exhibit, through Jan 16 2011, at The Gallery of Waverly Heights (Pennsylvania); Revisiting the Art Quilt, through April 3 2011, at the International Quilt Study Center, Nebraska; Art Quilts XV - Needleplay, through Jan 15, at the Chandler Center for the Arts and Vision Gallery (Arizona).  Row 2: Quilts = Art = Quilts, through January 9, at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center (New York); Quilts - Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum, through Oct 16 2011 (New York); Yvonne Porcella - Bold Strokes, and Cream of the Cloth - Quilts from the Marbaum Collection, through Jan 30 2011, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (California). Also see: Quilt Artistry - Pat Dicker, Loretta Armstrong, Joanne Berry and Sandra Harrington, opening Jan 4, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre (California); Home for the Holidays, through Jan 29 2011, at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (Colorado); The Art of the Stitch, through Jan 23, at the Visions Art Museum (California); Quilt Visions Biennial 2010 - No Boundaries, through March 13, at the Oceanside Museum of Art, California; the quilts from the 2010 American Quilt Study Group, opening Jan 3, at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center (Oregon); Designer Crafts at the Mall 2011, opening Jan 8, at the Mall Galleries (London, UK); Crazy Quilts and Other Fancies, opening Jan 12, at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum; and No Holds Barred - Recent Works by New England Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates, opening Jan 20, at the New England Quilt Museum.

Quilt shows, raffles and festivals (above). Row 1, L-R: Heart of the Valley Quilt & Textile Arts Show, Country Crossroads Quilters (Jan 15-16, California); Quilt Fever 2011, Florida Cabin Fever Quilters Guild Show (Jan 21 – 22, Florida); Hibiscus Garden Walk & Quilter’s Marketplace, Hibiscus Quilt Guild (Jan 28-29, Florida). Row 2: Celebrate the Quilt - Explore the Art VI, Largo Cracker Quilters Show (Jan 28-29, Florida); 8th Annual Jefferson Quilt Show (Jan 21-23, Texas); Stitches in Bloom Quilt Show (Jan 28-29, Oregon).  Row 3: Journey 2011 Quilt and Fiber Art Show, Art Quilters Unlimited (Jan 21-22, Florida); Quilt Fiesta , Tucson Quilters Guild (Jan 21-13, Arizona). Also see the Oklahoma Winter Quilt Show (Jan 13-15, Oklahoma); Myrtle Beach Quilt Party (Jan 20- 22, South Carolina); and Quilting in the Desert, Jan 23-29 (Arizona)

International shows: Tokyo International Quilt Festival (Jan 21-29, Tokyo); Road to California Quilter’s Conference and Showcase (Jan 20-23, California)

Friday, October 29, 2010

November - December : Quilt Shows, Exhibits, and Raffles !

Today we are featuring the upcoming events in the quilting world. They include festivals and quilt shows in the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand; the International Quilt Show in Houston; two special auctions, where you can see hundreds of inspiring mini-quilts; and the 2010 World Series Quilt Challenge. Here we go...

Quilt Exhibits  

Row 1 above, L-R: Art Quilts XV, Needleplay, at the Chandler Center for the Arts (Nov. 5- Jan 15); Cream of the Cloth, at the San Jose Quilt Museum (Nov 16 - Jan 30); Sew New Contemporary Artist Quilts, at the Osilas Gallery, Concordia College (Nov 4-Dec 11).  Row 2:  Quilts = Art = Quilts, at the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center (on now, until Jan 9); The 29th Annual Capital City Quilt Show at the Museum of Florida History (on now, until Jan 23);  Red and Green Extraordinaire, at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum (Nov 2 - Jan 29).  Also see Marseille, White Corded Quilting, at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum (Nov 13- May 22), Superstars: Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum (Nov 16, 2010-Sept 25, 2011); and the Australia Wide Two art quilt exhibit, at the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery in New South Wales (on now, until December 5).

Special Benefit Auctions

Row 1 above: "New from Old" contest, at the Alliance for American Quilts, on now, until Dec 6. Row 2: The 3rd Annual High Fiber Under Five Benefit Art Sale, Nov 5-6, at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  Row 3: 2010 World Series Quilt Challenge,  Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, Nov 1-10.

International quilt shows: International Quilt Festival/Houston (Nov. 4-7, Texas); World Quilt Show (Nov. 12-14, Florida).

Opportunity Quilts, Shows, and Festivals !

Row 1, L-RNeedlechasers Quilt Guild show  (Dec. 3-4, Maryland); Roseville Quilters Guild raffle only (December drawing); 15th Annual Quilt Auction, Friends of Alaska CASA (Nov. 20, Alaska); International Quilt Association, raffle (November 7 drawing, at the International Quilt Festival, Houston). Row 2: Block Party Quilters Club 2010 show (Nov. 5-7, Washington); Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum raffle (December drawing); Calico Christmas, the Auckland Patchworkers & Quilters Guild show (Nov. 5-7, New Zealand); Country Road Quilters show  (Nov 5-6, Florida). Row 3: Sun Country Quilters, raffle only (December drawing); Pioneer Quilters Guild show (Nov. 5-6 , California); Tokay Stitch 'N' Quilt Guild show (Nov. 6-7, California);  Orange Grove Quilters Guild show (Nov. 5-6, California). Row 4: North County Quilters' Association show & auction (Nov. 6, California; raffle drawing Dec.20); Cypress Creek Quilters Guild show and auction (Nov. 6, Florida); Village Square Quilters show (Nov. 13-14, New York); River City Quilters' Guild show (Nov. 19-21, California).
More quilt shows and festivals: East Coast Quilters Alliance, A Quilters Gathering (Nov 4-7, New Hampshire);  Quilt and Craft Fair (Nov. 4-7 , Adelaide, Australia); Lees Summit Quilters Guild (Nov 5-6, Missouri); Autumn Quilt Festival (Nov 5-7, Cambridge, UK);  The Belfast Creative Crafts Show (Nov 11-13, Ireland); 10th Annual Quilts & Tea Festival (Nov. 12-13, Florida);  Variable Star Quilters show (Nov. 12-13, Pennsylvania); Arkansas Quilters Guild show (November 12-13, Arkansas); Rim Country Quilt Roundup (Nov 12-14, Arizona); Reflections of Nature Quilt Show (Nov 13-14, Ohio);  Ole Time Christmas Quilt, Craft and Fine Arts Show (Nov 19-20, Summit Hill Heritage Center, Pennsylvania); Celebration of Crafts and Quilt Exhibit (Nov 19-20, Oklahoma); The Knitting and Stitching Show 2010 (Nov 28-30, Harrogate, UK); Dickens of a Christmas Quilt Show (Dec 2-5, Wisconsin).

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

October Opportunity Quilts and Shows !

Can you believe that October is here already (this Friday?) This month brings a flock of fantastic opportunity quilts, shows, and exhibits. We're making this a regular monthly feature, so you can check each month to see if there is a show near you  (and let us know if there are any we've missed !)

Row 1, L-R: Nimble Fingers Quilt Group (Oct 15-16, Maryland); Durham-Orange Quilters Guild (Oct 22-24, North Carolina); Chaska Area Quilt Club (Oct 1-2, Minnesota); Courthouse Quilters, (Oct 1-3, New Jersey).  Row 2Morningstar Quilt Guild (Oct 1-2 , New York); DeKalb County Quilters Guild (Oct 2-3, Illinois); Blue Mountain Quilters Guild (Oct 16-17, British Columbia, Canada); 15th Annual Quilt and Needle Arts Show (Oct 9-10, Connecticut). Row 3Prairie Star Quilters Guild (Oct 15-16, Illinois); River Valley Quilters Guild (Oct 8-9, Minnesota);   Pine Belt Quilters (Oct 8-10, Mississippi); Quilts in the Barn (Oct 15-17, Victoria, Australia);   Row 4: Aurora Blue 38th Annual Quilt Show (Oct  15-24, Oregon); Tidewater Quilters Guild (Oct 15-17, Virginia);  La Crosse Area Quilt Guild (Oct 16-17, Wisconsin); Village Quilters (Oct 9-10, Tennessee).   
More October Shows and Raffles: Chantilly Sewing and Quilt Expo (Sept 30 - Oct 2, Virginia);  Oxford Quilters Guild (Sept 30- Oct 2, Ontario, Canada); Tavern Quilt Guild (Oct 1-2, Virginia); Quarry Quilters (Oct 1-2, Indiana);  Quilt Fest 2010, La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum (Oct 1-3, Washington); Vernon Silver Star Quilters (Oct 1-2, British Columbia, Canada); Crossroads to Texas Quilt Guild (Oct 1-2, Texas); Piedmont Quilters Guild (Oct 1-3, North Carolina); Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild (Oct 1-3, Santa Fe);  Heart of the Pines Quilt Guild (Oct 1-2, Michigan); Durand Quilt Show (Oct 1-2, Michigan); Red River Quilters (Oct 1-3, Louisiana);  Valley of the Mist Quilters (Oct 2, California); Pine Needle Quilters (Oct 2, Wisconsin); Ladies of the Lake Quilt Guild (Oct 2-3, California); Simi Valley Quilt Guild (Oct 2-3, California); Darting Needles Quilt Guild (Oct 2-3, Wisconsin);  Great Lakes African American Quilters (Oct 2-3, Michigan); Magic Needlers Quilt Guild (Oct 2-3, South Dakota); Columbus Star Quilters and Evening Star Quilters (Oct 2-3, Indiana); Quilters United in Learning Together, Schenectady  (Oct 2-3, NY); Cashmere Museum Apple Days (Oct 3, Cashmere, Washington); Quilting in the Tetons (Oct 3-9, Wyoming);  Utah Quilt Guild (Oct 5-9, Utah);  41st Annual Riley Festival (Oct 7-10, Indiana); North Central Washington Quilt Guild (Oct 8-9, Washington); San Juan Quilters Guild (Oct 8-9, New Mexico);  Brant Heritage Quilt Guild (Oct 8-9, Ontario, Canada);  Happy Hearts Quilt Guild (Oct 9, Illinois);  Starlight Quilters Guild (Oct 9-10, Kansas); Red River Quilters Guild (Oct 9-10, Texas);  Northeast Quilts Unlimited (Oct 9 - Nov 11, New York); Georgia Quilt Show (Oct 14-16, Georgia); Berks Quilters Guild (Oct 15-16, Pennsylvania); High Plains Quilt Festival (Oct 15-16, New Mexico); Grouseland Foundation Festival of Quilts (Oct 15-16, Indiana); Museum Quilt Guild (Oct 15-16, New York);  Staying in Stitches Quilt Guild (Oct 15-16, Georgia);  Washington State Quilters Spokane Chapter (Oct 15-17, Washington); 22nd Annual Quilt Show, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center (Oct 15-17, Florida); Rising Star Quilters Guild (Oct 16-17, Massachusetts); Marquette County Quilters Association (Oct 16-17, Michigan);  Queensland Quilt Show (Oct 20-24, Brisbane, Australia); Kansas City Sewing & Quilt Expo (Oct 21-23, Missouri);  Valley Forge Homestead Quilt Guild (Oct 22-23, Pennsylvania); Blount County Quilters Guild (Oct 22-23, Alabama);  West Sound Quilters (Oct 22-24, Bremerton, Washington); Independence Hall Quilters (Oct 22-24, California); Milk and Honey Quilters Guild (Oct 23-24, Vermont); Twin Rivers Quilters Guild (Oct 29-30, North Carolina);  Champlain Valley Quilters Guild (Oct 30-31, Vermont).   
International Shows:   Pacific International Quilt Festival (Oct 14-17, California); The Knitting and Stitching Show 2010 (Oct 7-10, London, England).
Exhibits opening this monthQuilt Visions Biennial 2010 (Opening Oct 24, Oceanside Museum of Art, California); Unpacking Collections: The Legacy of Cuesta Benberry (Oct 8-10, Michigan State University Museum); Quilts: Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum (opening Oct 5); African-American Quilts Today  (opening Oct 23, at the NE Quilt Museum)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Coming up... September Opportunity Quilts and Shows !

A bevy of beautiful opportunity quilts are on deck this September in the US and Canada. Follow the links below for complete information on the quilts and guilds, and for even more September shows!

Row 1, L-R: Kansas Capital Quilters Guild (Sept 18-19),  Prairie Piecemakers Quilters Guild (Saskatchewan, Sept 25-26), Herring Run Quilt Guild (Massachusetts, Sept 18-19), Sandhills Quilters Guild (North Carolina, Sept 24-25). Row 2 : Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild  (Iowa, Sept 24-25), Coastal Quilters Guild, Inc. (California, Sept 24-25), Napa Valley Quilters Guild (California, Sept 19), Vereins Quilt Guild (Texas, Sept 3-5). Row 3: Kaw Valley Quilters Guild (Kansas, September 20 raffle drawing), Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild (Missouri, Sept 23-25), Austin Area Quilt Guild (Texas, Sept 17-19), South Valley Quilt Association (California, Sept 25-26), . Row 4: Cabarrus Quilters Guild (North Carolina, Sept 24-25), Sierra Quilt Guild (California, Sept 18-19), Lake and Mountain Quilters Guild  (South Carolina, Sept 17-18), Quilt Fest in Jacksonville (Florida, Sept 23-25)

More notable showsWisconsin Quilt Expo (Sept 9-11); Hells Canyon Mule Days 8th Annual Quilt Show (Oregon, Sept 10-12); Sully Historic Site Annual Quilt Show (Virginia, Sept 12);  Trinity Valley Quilters Guild Show (Texas, Sept 17-19); Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza (Sept 16-19), Heritage Quilters Guild (Illinois, Sept 25-26),  Quilting in the Garden (California, Sept 25-26), Bennington Quilt Fest (Vermont, Sept 18-19), Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Guild (Georgia, Sept 18-19), Ocean Waves Quilt Guild, Cadbury-at-Lewes Quilt and Art Festival (Delaware, Sept 10-11), Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, Fibrefest (Ontario, Canada, Sept 11-12), Gems of the Prairie Quilt Guild (Illinois, Sept 25-26), Quilters Guild of North Dakota (Sept 24-26), Country Quilters Guild (New York, Sept 25-26), The Northwest Quilting Expo (Oregon, Sept 23-25); San Diego Quilt Show (California, Sept 16-18)

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.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dresden Plate Quilts

Dresden Plate Quilts occupy a remarkable place in quilting history because of their unique round shape and their ability to use even the smallest scraps of fabric to make a balanced, orderly, eye-catching pattern.

Judy Anne Breneman of Patterns From History tells us that the Dresden Plate block was named after the ornately decorated tableware of Dresden, Germany; and these quilts brightened many a household during the Great Depression of the 1930's. The pattern is still popular today, since all types of fabric can be combined together to produce a cheerful, pleasing quilt which brightens even the simplest of rooms. Judy is offering a free Dresden Plate pattern, with several variations, to help you easily get started on a fun project.

Dresden Plate Pillow by Allison Harris

Allison Harris, creator of the popular website CluckCluckSew, displays a pretty Dresden Plate Pillow that provides a great example of the construction of this popular block. She uses fabrics in very small,  colorful calico type prints, reminiscent of the fabrics of the 1930's and 1940's.  In this case, Allison used a sturdy plastic template from EZ Quilt to cut out 20 small segments, then she seamed them and joined them in a circle. After appliquing them to the pillow fabric, she added the red center and carefully machine stitched around the edge.

Allison chose Dresden Plate segments that are pointed on the ends, but as you will see in quilts displayed below, it's possible to create segments which are rounded, flat, or alternating sizes at the tips.

"Lollipops" Quilt Pattern, 40 x 40 by Edyta Sitar

Edyta Sitar, author of the fascinating Friendship Triangles and Hop To It books, shows us a contemporary Dresden Plate quilt, using rich, deep batik colors. This is an updated look, as solid colors or tonals are used in place of small calico prints. Because the blocks are set against an intricately patterned neutral taupe background, they really seem to "pop" from the surface of the quilt. Edyta's carefully written, thoughtful instructions will help you produce this gorgeous quilt. For more "yummy" items, including Edyta's fabric collection for Moda, kits, patterns, and embroidery software, see her Laundry Basket Quilts website.

Dresden Plates by Jenny Reynold

Are you ready for a trip " down under"? Well, let's go !
From Brisbane, Australia comes this lively quilt from Jenny Reynold, who belongs to the Queensland quilt guild, otherwise known as QLD Quilters. Jenny has done a marvelous job of sewing vibrantly colored large Dresden Plates with  beautiful smaller "baby plates" as a means of evenly spacing her quilt blocks. This is a clever way of accurately setting the large blocks without creating too much negative space with the off-white background.  Notice that Jenny has carried out the feeling of rounded movement by creating a scalloped edge, whose curves match the round blocks. For more wonderful quilt photos, as well as the announcement of their upcoming quilt show from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24, 2010, please visit the  QLD Quilters website in Australia.

Sunflower Baby, 42 x 46, by Darcy Ashton

In this adorable baby quilt, the Dresden Plates are treated as sunflowers, with green print stems and leaves. Darcy has appliqued and embroidered faces for the center of each flower. The centers are gently stuffed with fiberfill to help them stand out from the rest of the quilt. Note that Darcy carried out the Dresden Plate theme to the corners of the quilt, where partial plates tie in the corners with the center design. For this and other inspiring books and patterns, take a look at Darcy's wonderful Ashton Publications website.

Vintage Dresden Plate pattern,  81 x102,  by Marti Michell

This sunny quilt pattern has a charming basket medallion in the center, which is actually a Dresden Plate bouquet of flowers in a basket. Instead of the standard square block setting for Dresden Plates, the blocks are set "en pointe", creating a pretty diagonal effect. As a bonus, this pattern also comes with a really cute Dresden Plate Homecoming Wall Hanging pattern. You can purchase the pattern at From Marti Michell: Home of the Perfect Patchword Templates.

Dresden Plates, 52 x 65, by Marsha Bray and Candy Grisham

A well-known quilt teacher and designer, Marsha writes that she had many pieces of  monochromatic blue scraps left over from a previous project, so she started handpiecing Dresden Plate blocks to see how many she could complete. She also chose a diagonal,  non-traditional setting these blocks, which look beautifully balanced and very symmetrical, next to their sawtooth border.  The sophisticated navy and white contrasting colors add to the dignified  and elegant effect of this quilt. For more stunning quilts and creative ideas, visit Marsha Bray's website.

Round Robin Raffle Quilt by West Virginia Quilters, Inc.

For their Quilt Festival from June 24-26 2010, quilt guilds throughout West Virginia lovingly pieced this fabulous 93" square raffle quilt, with a very original variation. The Dresden Plate blocks are constructed in one half and three quarters round sizes to form part of the quilt's  inner border. This  variation  creates a flowery complement to  the appliqued vine as it dances around the center  patchwork. If you're near Summersville, WV from June 24-26, be sure to visit the festival and enter the raffle. Raffle tickets are a bargain:  $1.00 each or 6 for $ 5.00.

Dresden Plate With Bows, by Kingston Heirloom Quilters

Here's a Dresden Plate quilt whose fanciful and lively swag border matches the blocks and carries out the circular motif.  Located in Ontario, Canada, the Kingston Heirloom Quilters are known for their elaborate borders, and this quilt is no exception. The deep blue print from the center of the plates is used for the bows of the border. The gold fabric of the bows between the plates is also used in the scallops of the border. 27 members contributed over 400 hours of work to complete this quilt, which was later raffled. For more of their beautiful work, please see the KHQ website.

Additional resources:  For more excellent information and inspiration, take a look at these books:
Thoroughly Modern Dresden by Anelie Belden at Anelie's Quiltworks
Dresden Plate Quilts: A Simplified Method by Wendy Gilbert and Merritt Voigtlander;
Dresden Plate: New Quilts From An Old Favorite by Shelley Hawkins; and
Dresden Plates of Distinction by Sharon Stroud; her website is here.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sunflower Piecemakers

26th Annual Quilt Show, June 26-27, Ottawa, KS

The 26th Annual Sunflower Piecemakers quilt show will be held on June 26 and 27 in Ottawa, KS.  Guild members will display over 200 quilts completed during the past year.  The show promises to be a fantastic one.  Among other highlights, the 2009 Hoffman Challenge exhibit, consisting of 40 quilts made using Hoffman’s Paisley challenge fabric, will be on display.  There will also be a miniature quilt auction on Sunday June 27 at 3:00 1320 Ash, Ottawa, KS.

We covet the magnificent Sunflower Piecemakers opportunity quilt, above,  which was hand-appliqued and hand quilted by guild members. The languid floral applique gives such a peaceful feeling to the quilt. Also we are in awe of the precise hand quilting, which completely surrounds the center medallion and echoes the scalloped edges of the quilt.  We can't imagine the thousands of stitches (or hours) that must have gone into this heirloom.   At approximately 4:30 pm on Sunday, June 27, the drawing will be held for this beauty.  Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  You need not be present to win!   For additional quilt show information contact the show chair, Mary Schleicher at  or 785-566-8811, or Celia Davis at 785-566-3629.   For more information about the Sunflower Piecemakers Guild and show, visit their website.

Image credits:  The image is shown with the generous permission of the Sunflower Piecemakers Guild. 

Note added on October 9, 2010:  The pattern is a Progress vintage Tree of Life applique design, recently spotted at Nova Scotia Quilts (with detailed photos here).   You can also see a museum version of the quilt at The Quilt Index.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

"Modern Linoleum" and the Quilters Connection

~Quilters Connection 33rd Annual Quilt Show
~June 4–6, 2010, Watertown, MA

~Modern Linoleum, 102 x 85, designed by Denise Konicek, machine quilted by Laurena McDermott

Quilters' Connection is a dynamic group of 400 quilters and quilt enthusiasts in the greater Boston area. The Quilters' Connection 33rd annual quilt show will be held Friday through Sunday, June 4–6, 2010, at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. The exhibition of over 200 quilts, many of which are for sale, will include pieces ranging from classic to cutting edge. We're smitten with the 2010 opportunity quilt, Modern Linoleum, which will be raffled off on Sunday, June 6. For more details visit the quilt show webpage.

We love visiting the Quilters Connection website for its virtual quilt shows, with hundreds of images of quilts from previous shows: a treasure trove of quilt inspiration. For example, here is Sunset-Moonrise, the 2006 raffle quilt, which is a doublesided quilt designed by Mike McNamara and Sylvia Einstein (how clever is that)!

For more information on Sunset-Moonrise, click here. Also see the links to on-line galleries on the quilt show page. Images were provided with the generous permission of the Quilters Connection.

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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