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Turkey Tracks: Megan Brun’s Quilt-In-Progress

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Turkey Tracks:  January 16, 2015

Megan Brun’s Quilt-In-Progress

Megan came over this week for a breakfast, and afterwards, we sat and visited and worked on our hand-sewing projects.

I LOVE the quilt Megan is making.

She is making neutral panels with appliquéd circles:

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Here’s a close-up:

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As I understand this project, she will now add some half-as-long-panels with neutral circles.

The quilt is in the “modern” vein.  The panels will be only part of this queen-size quilt.  Megan plans to move out to other shapes, like big rectangles.

Here’s Megan:

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I will show you my hand project soon!  It’s getting borders now…

 

 

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January 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm

Quilting Information: Tackling the International Quilt Festival 2014, Houston

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Quilting Information:  November 5, 2014

Tackling the International Quilt Festival 2014

 

DAY ONE:

I flew on Thursday–having driven to Portland, Maine, from Camden (two hours) on Wednesday and having stayed in the Comfort Inn, which lets me park my car.  In Houston, I was swished from the airport in a car (Bettini)–arranged by friend Gina Caceci–who, as it turned out, was in Houston on business at the same time.  She extended by one night, and we had the best visit.  We ate at The Grove, a nice restaurant on the green that sits just in front of the Convention Center and which is less than a block from my hotel, The Four Seasons.  (Don’t gasp as I got a special festival rate when I made reservations back in January–and it is LOVELY to be here.)

Here’s a picture of the deck at The Grove, where Gina and I ate:

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DAY TWO, FRIDAY:

My plane connections Thursday were in Atlanta, and there were quilters on that flight.  One was Shelley Kirk, whom I met again at breakfast on Friday, and we tackled the Festival together.  Shelley is from coastal North Carolina, the Cape Fear/Wilmington area, and is a new quilter.  This show is her FIRST big show.

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Shelly and I did about half of the vendors and, maybe, three rows of quilts–all of which were for sale.  Gorgeous quilts.  I especially liked Russian quilter Olga Milovanova’s “Peasant Yard” 

Of course I did–it was of a rooster.  (This quilt is copyrighted, so I could not take a picture.)  Olga is from the old Russian city of Kovrov, and I could not find an on-line picture of this very special quilt.

Alex Andersen and Ricky Tims of The Quilt Show have a booth, and Shelley and I met Victoria Findlay Wolfe demonstrating her newest quilts.  Victoria’s first book is a delight:  15 MINUTES OF PLAY.  Since then, she’s been making innovative wedding ring quilts (some of which we saw), and that book will come out in January. 

The table they were using had a white covering with names of people that have been on the show.  I saw one of our local quilter’s names among the rest:  Dianne Hire.  That was a fun moment.

We also saw Eleanor Burns at The Quilt Show booth (Quilt in a Day quilts) and later at her own booth.

And it’s always fun to see Deb Tucker of the “rapid fire” templates.  She is so amazing.  The quilts in her “Studio 180 Design” are so interesting, colorful, and beautifully quilted. 

Then we went to The Grove for a late afternoon meal and back to the quilt show for about an hour.  After walking about five hours, I was tired and settled into my wonderful room for the evening.

DAY TWO:  SATURDAY

Shelley took classes all day, and I walked all day.  It took me about three hours to see the rest of the quilts.  And that didn’t include stopping to admire each one separately.  There were so many…  And so many that were so beautiful.

Here are a few favorites–though I could have taken pictures of every single quilt there.  Sometimes I take pictures so that I remember something about the technique in a quilt, and I’m afraid that’s what I mostly brought home in terms of pictures.

When NASA Astronaut Karen Nyberg was on board the International Space Station, she made a quilt block.  Her block pattern was combined with star-themed blocks made by quilters from all over the world.  The blocks were sewn into quilts that look like this one and displayed in this exhibit:  ASTRONOMICAL QUILTS! BLOCK CHALLENGE.  There were about a dozen of these quilts.  And, isn’t this whole idea just so…quilty?

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In the exhibit WHAT’S FOR DINNER, 3-D dinners were exhibited, each on its own placemat.  They were so much fun!

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Of course I fell in love with the exhibit IT’S RAINING CATS AND DOGS.

Here’s “Summer Camp” by Barbara Bates Beasley:

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And, also, Beasley’s “Can We Talk About the Steak?”  Don’t you love her use of purple and green?

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I have been drawn, for some time, to different color variations of one image.

Here’s Deborah Yates’s “A Warhol Zakoosa”–Zakoosa is her dog, a boxer.

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Here’s a log cabin by Mary Cammizzaro.  I’m in a log-cabin moment,and what I liked about this quilt is that the use of one fabric for the dark side of the block.  Interesting…

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Here’s a Lucy Boston variation by Suet-Fern Lee of Singapore.  This block is pieced as an elongated hexie, called a honeycomb.  I am playing around with this block piece as well, but with bright fabrics.  I’m using pre-made paper pieces to make it.  The blocks are linked together with an assortment of different shapes, including the tiny squares you see here.

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Here’s a close-up:

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Here’s a very different use of the New York Beauty block by Carol Anne Ludington.  I LOVE the New York Beauty block.

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Here’s “As American As…” by Laura Fogg, shown in an exhibit highlighting American-made fabrics which are, for the moment, all solids.

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Here’s a gorgeous hexie quilt by Miyuki Hamaba Sanda of Japan.

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Here’s a close-up:

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I took a break after the quilts in the food court–which was HUGE.  The camera could not take in the whole thing.  This is about a third of it.

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I sat with a coffee for a while with a group of four women from the Houston area.  They were gracious and funny and it was a delight to visit with them for a bit.  Then I tackled the other half of the vendors.  I kept running into this group of women with shark hats. 

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I found two patterns for little girl short skirts, a special ruler with a rotary cutter attached that does not slide away from you when you cut, the two log cabin rulers I wanted (I’m long cabin mad at the moment), a plastic widget that sews curves when attached to your machine, and some chicken fabric for a new bow-tie purse as my current one is wearing out.

DAY THREE:  SUNDAY

Bonnie Hunter posted pictures from her quick visit to the show before going to Galveston for a cruise.  She saw Edyta Sitar–one of my favorite quilters–and I did not realize that Edyta and her Laundry Basket Quilts had a booth.  I sought her out, had a lovely visit with her, which included her telling me about seeing Bonnie.  I bought her newest book, HANDFULS OF SCRAPS.  She GAVE ME two of her journals, one for me and one for my local quilt group, Coastal Quilters.  The new book has a gorgeous hexie quilt pattern that I will likely make my winter hand sewing project.  Best of all, I saw many of her beautiful, beautiful quilts up close and personal.  There was one especially that is haunting me and for which I may have to order the pattern. 

Edyta, like Bonnie Hunter, likes complicated quilts with small pieces.  But they use entirely different color arrangements, and Edyta does a lot with very innovative and gorgeous applique borders.  I might have the courage to try one of these borders if I do the hexie quilt.  My only problem is going to be choosing which color scheme to use:  Edyta’s rich warm colors or brighter contemporary colors. 

So, I quit about 2:00 p.m., too tired and too overwhelmed to see or think about another thing.  I got a coffee at Phoenicia foods and sat around the Four Seasons pool and read Edyta’s book–and tried not to think about the blizzard raging back in Maine. 

Dinner will be a salad from Phoenicia as well.  And, the maid changed the room’s clock for me so I will wake up on time now for my 5:30 a.m. pick-up.

It’s been a fun and enriching trip, but I am wild to go home and sew, sew, sew.

Quillting Information: The Ruby Jubilee Exhibit, Houston

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Quilting Information:  November 5, 2014

The Ruby Jubilee Exhibit, Houston

 

This is the International Quilt Festival’s 40th anniversary, so one is greeted with a huge central display called “Ruby Jubilee” made of red and white quilts of all sizes.  (Rubies = 40 years.)  Some hang in tiers from the center in a large, very well-lit circle that made the quilts glow.

Here’s a video from the front:

Here’s a view from a different angle.  See the Dear Jane quilt at the bottom center?

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Here’s a close-up–and somehow I did not get the maker’s name and cannot make an association from the show booklet.

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Within the Ruby Jubilee exhibit are separate exhibits.  Here’s “Rouge et Blanc” by Marie Baraer from the Quilts de Legende exhibit:

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And, a close-up.  The quilt was hand quilted.

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There were some spectacular miniature red and white quilts and, of course, red work.

Here are other angles:

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November 5, 2014 at 11:54 am

Quilting Information: The International Quilt Festival, Houston

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Quilting Information:  November 5, 2014

The International Quilt Festival

Houston, Texas

October 28 to November 2, 2014

It’s overwhelming.

First, the building itself is at least two city blocks long and three stories high.

Here’s a little video taken as I am walking through the green park located in front of the Convention Center:

And here is a close-up taken just across the street from the Convention Center:

The Festival uses the WHOLE BUILDING.

There are over 1000 vendors.

There are 31 Special Exhibits, which includes the juried quilts.

There are demonstrations, lectures, quilt artists working in studios set up for them, and all sorts of classes.

There are quilts from all over the world here.

Over 60,000 people from all over the world will attend. 

Thanks heavens I have THREE whole days to see/experience it all as it is overwhelming.

Written by louisaenright

November 5, 2014 at 11:26 am

Blog Readers’ Quilts

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Blog Readers’ Quilts:  October 26, 2014

Linda Satkowski’s Selvedge Quilt

 

Linda Satkowski is, also, a fellow Coastal Quilter here in Maine.

Like me, she loves to piece.

When I posted recently about finishing my quilt using selvedge edges, she wrote me that she, too, had a selvedge quilt.

She sent me this picture:

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Oh my goodness!!  How cool is that!

So, of course I had to go see it (and her)!

Here are the pics I took of this amazing quilt–which is soft as butter, by the way, and has been washed too.  Here it is doubled on a couch–so it’s a great lap size.

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The blocks look to be about…???…7 inches?  Linda used a muslin backing–which has not made the quilt heavy at all.  Note that she has used some blank selvedges as well as those with writing or colored dots.

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And another:

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She used a bright blue for the backing and binding, which works well:

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Linda tears about 1/4 inch off the main selvedge.  (I’ve been tearing up to two inches in order to have at least 1 1/2-inches of fabric for strips if I don’t use the selvedge.

So, a project like this would really lend itself to Bonnie Hunter’s leader/ender projects–where you add to blocks while sewing on another project so you don’t have to cut thread.

Quilting Information: Watch Bonnie Hunter’s THE QUILT SHOW free until May 25th.

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Quilting Information:  May 21, 2014

Watch Bonnie Hunter’s THE QUILT SHOW for Free Until May 25th

It’s EASY!

 

You can watch Bonnie Hunter’s episode (#1410) on THE QUILT SHOW for free—until May 25th.  This program is hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.

Go to http://thequiltshow.

Sign up as a “basic” member—which is free.

Then you can click on Bonnie’s show, #1410.  When I did the sign-up, Bonnie’s episode was a button on the right side of the page showing Bonnie’s face.

It’s an engaging show, and I learned more about Bonnie’s methods.

Enjoy!

Louisa

 

Here’s the url to Bonnie’s blog post:

 

Quiltville’s Quips & Snips!!: Free to my Readers: Watch my Episode, #1410.

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May 21, 2014 at 11:01 am

Quilting Information: Andrea Brokenshire’s “Flora Bota’nica”

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Quilting Information:  April 18, 2014

Flora Bota’nica

 

One of the special exhibits at the MQX show in New Hampshire last week was Andrea Brokenshire’s “Flora Bota’nica.”

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These quilts–and there were at least ten of them and I could have taken a picture of every single one–were spectacular.  I’ve seen a lot of quilts of flowers, but these are extraordinary.

Here’s one:

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Here’s another:

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You can see many more of these amazing quilts if you google “images for Andrea Brokenshire quilts.”

Enjoy!

 

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April 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm