Taking aim at a new quilt…

A couple of weeks ago in my newsletter I mentioned that I’m working on a new quilt, based on an antique bullseye design. The good news is that a pattern should be available in about a year. The bad news is that I can’t show it to you now. But I want you to know that it’s going to be fantastic!

Quilt Market 2016, update #3…

There were so many quilts at hanging in the show and the exhibits! The photos I have shared only scratch the surface of all there was to see. If you’ve been to the IQA show at Quilt Festival in Houston, you know what I mean. If you have never been, you really need to go.

I only took photos where permitted. The quilts below are followed by the information from the artists. Each one of the following quilts made me smile.

Classmates by Noriko Kido

Classmates by Noriko Kido

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Flowered & Feathered Frenzy by Susan Cleveland

Flowered & Feathered Frenzy by Susan Cleveland

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Lines Of Communication #5 by Anne Hammond

Lines Of Communication #5 by Anne Hammond

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Modern Waves by Kristi Schroeder

Modern Waves by Kristi Schroeder

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Not Now, Maybe Never by Joan Dorsay

Not Now, Maybe Never by Joan Dorsay

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Steventon by France Aubert

Steventon by France Aubert

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USS Constitution by Jocelyne Picot

USS Constitution by Jocelyne Picot

Quilt Market 2016, update #2…

Here are a few more quilts from the show. I only took photos where permitted. The quilts below are followed by the information from the artists.

The landscape quilts below were hanging in the judged show.

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After the Storm by Ruth Powers

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Summer Storm by Peg Collins

Summer Storm by Peg Collins

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The following quilt was on the cover of the Quilt Market guide. It was stunning.

Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

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Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

The next quilt was hanging in an exhibit of Dear Jane quilts. It just made me happy!

Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

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Detail of Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

Detail of Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

Quilt Market 2016, update #1…

I spent one full day at Quilt Market in Houston. I spent a little more than an hour looking at all of the quilts (which was not nearly long enough), I signed books in the C&T booth, and then I walked all of the 26 aisles looking for wonderful new things for the web site. It was full but exciting day!

The quilts in the show, and in the special exhibits, were phenomenal. Honestly it was hard to take it all in in the short time I had. I did stop to take photos of a few of the quilts that spoke to me. I was drawn to quilts featuring portraits and people in particular.

I only took photos where permitted. The quilts below are followed by the information from the artists.

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Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise (quilted by Sandra Bruce) and Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

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Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

Detail of Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

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Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Detail of Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Claire, below, was hanging in the judged show.

Claire by Sandra Bruce

Claire by Sandra Bruce

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The Blood Remembers by Sandy Curran

The Blood Remembers by Sandy Curran

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I’ve seen the next quilt before and I still love it!

Detail of Rollin' Hell For Leather by Peggy Hanson

Detail of Rollin’ Hell For Leather by Peggy Hanson

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Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

Detail of Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

Detail of Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

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I’ll post more images from the show tomorrow.

Kauai Road, update…

In between life’s busy-ness, I squeezed in some sewing time on my Kauai Road quilt. Steve says that it looks just like the place which makes me very happy.

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I am sewing the power lines now. The fence posts (that will be in the lower left) are still to come, and maybe some dark windows on the little house.

I leave for Quilt Market in Houston tomorrow. I don’t have time to stay for Festival, but that’s OK because I hope to fire up my BERNINA Q20 when I get home!

Show and Tell…

Joanne O sent me this photo of her Fresh Picked Posies. I love it!

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Joanne says

…this was my first attempt at a full size hand appliquéd quilt…to prepare for this undertaking I watched your U- tube videos on the Piece of Cake Way for hand appliqué .  I found the pattern easy to follow & the larger pieces were great for a first go at hand stitching . It was machine quilted on a long arm by my friend Karen C. I am so pleased with how it turned out. …love love love this pattern. Thank you so much.

Joanne, you made a great quilt! Way to go, you!

Meet Lucy…

This is Lucy, who celebrated her 88th birthday on August 18 in my class at The Quilt Crossing in Boise. How cool is that!

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The class worked on Pick-Up Sticks from The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color, learning how to make this improv block the easy way. Everyone had a great time, especially Lucy!

Some of Lucy’s Piece O’ Cake applique quilts were hanging in the classroom and it was so much fun to have them there. This is her version of Spectacular Spring from Applique Delights (still available as a downloadable ebook).

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And this is Lucy’s version of Thru Grandmother’s Window, our first block of the month. The patterns are available as downloadable ePatterns.

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Lucy and I agreed that it’s good to have a goal and we both want to be quilting into our 100s. That’s an excellent goal, don’t you think?!