Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A little behind.....



I've fallen a little behind on blogging the past couple of weeks.
Family life has just been filled with lots of big activities...
The most precious event was my little grandson's graduation from Nursery School.

On our final day in Colorado our group went to the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum. We shared the day with our hostess Dawn Ronningen, Shona Halberstadt and Terry Pryke (who traveled all the way from South Africa)

The exhibit was:

I don't want to spoil the exhibit for those planning to attend, so for now I will just share 2 of my many favorite quilts. The first one was by Kay Haerland of New South Wales titled: A Different View

The detail in this quilt was truly amazing! 3 dimensional layering of fabric and embellishments made this so lifelike and drew you in for a closer look.

There were several fabulous hexagon quilts!
This one was the simplest in design, yet I loved this interpretation of the traditional Mosaic Diamond pattern.

Especially how the large floral prints were showcased in the center of some of the hexagon diamonds.

It was such a wonderful exhibit with many more beautiful and inspiring quilts!

The entire trip to Colorado was Awesome! I've taken away SO many fond memories of wonderful places and special friends.

every quilt tells a story....

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Farmer's Wife revisited....

ANN - her friends called her Little Irish Annie.

She wrote about being born ugly and growing up plain and homely.
Despite this she grew up happy and married well by being endowed with a good sense of humor and common sense.
I chose a conversation print with happy little frogs for this block. It's far from perfect, but I am happy with it just the same. (grin)

NAN - she lost her son at age 16.
"Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted".

I changed the cross a bit and chose a shirting fabric with blue stars to represent the heavens. I am dedicating this block to my younger brother Daniel who passed away suddenly a year ago. He was a kind, charitable, loving man and is greatly missed by all that were blessed to have known him.

It's been a while since I've worked on blocks for my Farmer's Wife 1930's quilt. Honestly, I didn't like the rushed feeling of making 8 blocks each month.
I'd rather savor the stories and stitch each block with more purposeful sentiment.
After all, it isn't a race - but a journey to enjoy.

every quilt tells a story....

Friday, June 10, 2016

A Good Start



Above are the first 2 Dutch Treat blocks I've completed for June.

DAY TWO of my Colorado trip:
I traveled to CO from VA with a group of very special friends.
We had such a GREAT time together! Day 2 was all about site seeing.
(the girls are forming the letter M as seen on the mountain top behind them)

We took a trip to Garden of the Gods state park.

And we stopped at a quilt shop called the Golden Quilt Company.
I purchased a few half yards of shot cotton fabrics to make a Fall quilt.

So what do a bunch of creative quilting friends do after a long day of activities?
We kick off our shoes, gather together and stitch for the evening.

Such a happy way to end a good day!

every quilt tells a story....

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Farewell to May and a few more Shares

I can't believe it's June 1st already!
The Sunflower was chosen as the June block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Sew Along... found HERE. Above is my Red & Taupe version.

Also completed in May were a few more of my Dutch Treat blocks.

AFTERNOON - Day One of Colorado trip at Dawn's House

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting one of my favorite BLOGGER Friends!
Kyle Redente of Timeless Reflections drove to Dawn's house to meet everyone.
She is as lovely in person as reflected in her blog posts! She was such a joy to meet and to be with! I hope we will meet again some day!

Kyle is also an extremely talented Quilter!

This is Kyle's version of the "Noah & Matilda", Baltimore Album quilt.
The quilt top is gorgeous and her applique' work is stunning!

Kyle also brought her completed Yellow & White version of the Big Leap quilt. (from the sew along I hosted a few months ago) What a treat to see this finished quilt. It looks even more beautiful in person!

Dawn provided us all with an amazing quilt study lecture with emphasis on Hexagon quilts that she shared from her personal collection. All of the quilts were stunning beauties and covered an age range that spanned more than 2 centuries.

Dawn also provided us all with hand inked signature squares to fill out and swap.

I even received one from Kyle. (grin)

How very thoughtful of Dawn to create these beautiful Signature square stampings for our group to exchange. What a fabulous souvenir and memento to take away from this very special day we all shared! I'm already contemplating ideas for making my Colorado Signature Quilt. Thank You Dawn!

wishing you all a Wonderfully Creative start to June!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Colorado Beauties

I had the most wonderful time in Colorado!
I flew in with a group of Quilting friends, all very special and dear to me.
There were so many amazing experiences and activities packed into just a few days. I will have to share them all over several blog posts.

This was our Welcoming Committee!
Dawn Ronningen and Lisa Matlick met us at the Airport with these super fun and creative signs.

Morning - Day ONE:
I had the distinct privilege of meeting a few members of the Interfaith Quilter's of Longmont Guild! These ladies are extremely passionate quilters, all dedicated to helping/serving their community. They are also extremely talented, endearing women.

Their Guild was just featured in McCalls Magazine. (the March/April 2016 edition) Celebrating 30 years of community service - you can read about them on page 82 in the magazine.

Suzanne Thayne, Julie Althorpe, Karan Michael, Katherine Huelskamp, Me, Peggy McDonald and Elizabeth Muehe

Their members have been working on Dear Jane quilts over the past few years with some assistance from my class tutorials/program. I've been eager to meet with them and see their stunning quilts.
Dawn graciously opened up her home for all of us to meet in person!

Missing from the group due to a recent move was Corry Love, the woman that initially pulled this group together to work on Jane.
Determined to share this special day with Corry, her friends brought her to our meeting via an online link called SKYPE. What an awesome way to be with her despite the miles in between!

notice Corry's Jane quilt in the background

Below is some show & tell... all of these quilts were stunning to see!
You can click on the pictures for a larger view.

Elizabeth Muehe

Katherine Huelskamp

Peggy McDonald

Karan Michael

Julie Althorpe

Suzanne Thayne

Also driving out to meet us that morning was a friend of Dawn's - Linda Rhodes. Here is her amazing Jane quilt.

Linda Rhodes

I have more to share about my first day in Colorado in a couple of days.
However, I would like to end this post in saying what an honor it was to meet these very special women from the Interfaith Quilters of Longmont Colorado!

I speak not only for myself, but also on behalf of Dawn and all of our friends in attendance. This was a meeting and exchange that we will always treasure.
Thank you for the wonderful memories!

every quilt tells a story....

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Double Take on Bouquet's & Colorado bound

This is my Red & Taupe version Bouquet block for the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album. And below is a modern version I made of the same block.

I made the Modern version first for Carly, the owner of WebFabrics.
OK I admit it, I got a bit lazy when it came to making the block again in my red/taupe theme. Although it really doesn't look much like the original, I like how it turned out just the same.

Be sure to pop over to the SVBAQ blog early next week to see how other quilter's have interpreted this block.

I will be in Colorado next week!
Dawn, Collector with a Needle and I have a fun week planned with a special group of quilting friends. And I'm very excited for the opportunity to meet with some of the talented women from the Longmont Interfaith Quilt Guild! These ladies have been working hard on their Dear Jane quilts the past couple of years and I look forward to meeting them and seeing some of their amazing finished quilts!

Wishing you a Happy and Stitch filled May!

every quilt tells a story....