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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

3 quilts

Table runner.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

5 quilts

Playing catch-up here. A number of quilts have gone through that I didn't take photos of (shame on me), but I did have these on my camera - so time to post them and get my book work caught up. This first one is a halloween quilt with fun halloween words quilted all around the outside in the yellow border. This is the ..... 4th? one like this I've quilted for Nancy. I'd really like to make one of these for myself some year, very fun!
These other 4 quilts are pretty self explanatory.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Quilts and excuses

I really have been quilting this summer - not that you can tell by my blog! If you don't know, we have been building a new house and that has really occupied my attention, then add to it that, yes it is summer and yard work now has to be done, and getting our old home sold (done!), I'm afraid that documenting the quilts that have come through hasn't taken high priority - I've even had a number go through that I didn't even take pictures of. We're supposed to move into the new house the end of this month, so hopefully after we get settled, fall hits and yard work goes away, and my attention can refocus on the really important things of life (one being quilts!), I'll do a better job posting here! (BTW, I'm going to have a lovely new quilting room at the new house, I'll be sure to do a posting on it when I'm up and running there !)

I didn't take the time to try and get pictures of these quilts that show the quilting well. That sometimes takes me awhile and I just didn't have the time to do it. This is a really nice quilt that a gal made for her father who was just retiring. (I just noticed that if you click on this picture for a close up - you can see some of the wording I quilted into it.)
A very fun and colorful quilt for a wedding gift. The edges of all the inside squares are raw so I had to do custom so I could make sure not to fold over any of those edges accidentally.

Look at this - an actual picture where you can see some of the quilting!
Another quilt for a wedding gift (tis the season!)

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Quilt show gripes

I finally found some of my pictures that I wanted to include in this posting. Here's a few pictures of the quilt that I'm complaining about how it was displayed. Just wanted to prove how each block was worth being able see, and fairly close up! If you are interested in seeing more of the blocks go to my side bar and find 2009,'ll be the first posting there.

I recently participated in two quilt shows, one where I entered a quilt and one where I was a judge. Above is the quilt I entered in the local county fair. It's a very small fair, and there weren't probably more than a dozen quilts total. But....I was befuddled and a bit irritated (I admit it) at whoever it is that displays the quilts. This became an issue at the show where I judged as well, so I was quick to rise to the bait on this most recent one as well. Let me point out that my quilt is hung sideways for one, and then hidden behind another quilt display.
I realize that many times there isn't room to display all quilts at their best. But look at the other two quilts shown here on the wall - the tan one is about in the same situation as mine (but it was a whole-cloth that was tied, so no big deal), but the blue one has a much better position (which I can say about EVERY other quilt that was hung in the show - mine was in the worst place of any of them. Also, it's about 3 times farther back from the boundary rope as any of the other quilts.) I mention this, not because it's my quilt, but because of the difference in the quilts. The blue one above is a fairly simple denim quilt that was tied - pretty easy to see any details from a distance, and all parts of the quilt are pretty much the same. My quilt was INTRICATELY quilted, each block done differently (I'm still trying to find my close up pictures I took of it a year ago - not sure where they are filed on this computer!) Back where they have it stuck, you could barely see the quilting.
See what nice access each of these quilts have to people's ability to view them? Some of these quilts just got a participation ribbon, or were tied!
And here are the rest of the quilts in the show -- mine is farthest on the right.

This happened at the show that I judged as well. Someone else hung the quilts earlier, so the judges weren't involved in that.....but after we finished judging the show we went to the director of the whole thing and had the quilts rearranged. There were simple and small, nondescript quilts with full viewing, taking up whole large areas and then beautiful, detailed quilts that were folded into fourths and several quilts lapped over each other so you could only see small sections. What were the people displaying them thinking???
I did get "Best of Class" (whoopee, there were 2 of us in that division, and the other quilt was stippled!)

Perhaps I should offer to help display the quilts next year, I guess, instead of just gripe about it.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Two fun quilts from Sue. She's one of my really prolific quilters!

The backs turned out really fun on both of these quilts :)