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Turkey Tracks: Quilts From Friends

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Turkey Tracks:  January 20, 2015

Quilts From Friends

 

I love having quilts made by my friends all around me.

Every time I see one of those quilts, which is many times each day, I think of that person/those persons.  And I feel all the loving energy that went into that piece of work.

I bought this quilt top at a quilters’ auction in Virginia just before we moved to Maine.  I thought it looked like Maine, and I love baskets.  I quilted it the first winter we were here–2004-2005.

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My Virginia quilt bee–the Toppers, because we made a lot of top for our big group’s auction–sent me to Maine with the Buzz Saw quilt–which I recently showed you:

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It lives in my bedroom.  Underneath it is an afghan made by my SIL Maryann Enright which lives on my bed most of the time.

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Roxanne Wells made this quilt, which hangs in my bedroom.

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The Coastal Quilters made this quilt for John and me when he was so sick.  They said we needed a “quilting hug.”  This picture is on my bed, but this quilt lives in the downstairs bedroom that we set up for him and that he never used.  That room has been repainted and refurbished and is a favorite of many in the family.  I am in and out of that room many times each day as its closet holds a lot of my quilting tools.

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My DIL, Tamara Enright, made this quilt for my birthday a few years back.  It hangs at the entrance to my quilt room:

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Did you know that cardinals are said to come to a house when there is trouble/emotions.  On the day John died, we had five or six at the feeders.  Ordinarily these birds stay in Camden and don’t come out to Howe Hill.  They like flat feeders…

Gail Nicholson made this quilt, which has launched me on a quilt trip to put more quilts into the downstairs sitting/tv room/den?

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Joan Herrick quilted Gail’s quilt.  Joan quilts free-hand on a long arm!

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Betty Johnson makes beautiful little art quilts.  I finally got one of hers at our last auction:

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It lives in the living room:

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Milly Young made this quilt top, and I bought it at one of our auctions and finished it and fell in love with it along the way.

 

Millie Young's quilt

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I really need to use all these quilts more than I do now.

I have always had a tendency to “save” things for “good.”  But the point of a quilt is to USE THEM.  So, this last one is coming downstairs TODAY to go into my sitting room project.

TODAY!

Turkey Tracks: Dianne Hire: Master Quilter

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Turkey Tracks:  January 12, 2014

Dianne Hire:  Master Quilter

 

Yesterday was a miserable, rainy, icy, threatening day.

BUT, the Coastal Quilters met, and many members managed to make it to the meeting–where we were treated to a history of Dianne Hire’s gorgeous quilts and books, and the story of her latest book, “APP is for Appliqué.”

Really, we all felt as if in the middle of this challenging day we were basking in so much warmth.  Dianne’s gracious humor, her own color-drenched and amazing quilts, the quilts of so many local quilters made from Dianne’s new patterns and brought in to share up close and personal, and our being all together made for a wonderful morning.  And by the time we left, the weather had warmed considerably and grass was appearing in the snow paths.

For this new book, her fourth, Dianne drew fourteen complex, amazing patterns, and quilters she knew, many of them local, some of them met while she taught around the country, each took a signature pattern for their personal quilt–which would be included in the planned and approved book.  The quilters could also use the other patterns in their quilts.   And if you know quilting and quilters at all, you can begin to imagine the diversity these quilts represent.  No two are even remotely alike, and all are astonishing!

Here is a quote from Stevie Kumble, Coastal Quilter’s press person, describing the new book in our press release:

The book itself has received acclaim from the quilting world and beyond. According to one reviewer, “The result is a nicely disguised technical manual as a feast for the eyes and an exciting project book. Fourteen stylized floral pattern designs provide the reader with the right place to embark on a unique journey of creativity. Tips and techniques from each contributing quilter will advance the reader’s sewing expertise in multiple ways. This book will either set appliqué design on its ear, advance it for the ages, or both.”

Dianne is famous for her use of color, and she helped pioneer the use of curves, innovative piecing, and so on.  Dianne was on the cusp of taking quilts out of the traditional and into the contemporary.  

Here is a web site with a lot of her quilts pictured–just scroll down and enjoy:  http://dhquiltsandclasses.blogspot.com.

As you perhaps know, I can applique, but I am very drawn to and happy with my ongoing scrappy piecing project and using up my stash.  But Dianne swears that these complex designs are not hard to make.  The results, I can tell you, are well worth the effort.

The quilts of Coastal Quilter’s members Gail Galloway Nicholson and Roxanne Wells appear in Dianne’s new book.

And, this program was arranged by Gail Galloway Nicholson.  Thanks, Gail!

And Dianne’s information is as follows:

Dianne S. Hire

One Hundred Bayside Road, Northport, Maine 04849

207-338-4789

email:  alternatives2@bluestreakme.com

Written by louisaenright

January 12, 2014 at 5:57 pm