Unfortunately, my LQS, Pieceful Quilting in Riverhead, NY, was terribly flooded during the hurricane (photos on their website). The store is closed for an indefinite time while Angie and her staff sort out the inventory and clean up the mess. All of us are very sad, and wish them the best. Meanwhile, more pics from the Heart of the Pines quilt show.
Here's one to cheer us up! How many quilts (or anything else) have you seen that feature moose butts! This is a rag quilt, a northern Michigan exclusive!
It's My Very Own Quilt
Cathedral Windows makes a beautiful quilt no matter how it's made. The simplest version looks like stained glass. This one mixed solids, color-on-color fabrics and prints with all kinds of fussy-cut pieces. It was entirely hand-sewn and hand-quilted, the first for this quilter and the first quilt that she's ever made for herself. It took her 7 months to complete. I guess she's not a UFO-type girl!
This is the first quilt that Shari made for herself, but it isn't her first quilt. She has worked on over 800 quilts for an organization called "It's My Very Own -- Bags of Love." You can read more about this wonderful charity at their website, Bags of Luv 4 Kids.
The detail is just exquisite!
Get busy quilting!
Postage-stamp quilts are so interesting -- tiny scraps of fabric (the size of postage stamps) randomly sewn to create the quilt. I've been saving every strip that's at least an inch wide to try one of these someday.
Detail of the border
The Log Cabin quilt block is such a classic, and easy to sew, as well.
What I love about this particular quilt is the use of the different color placement of the logs in the blocks in the center and along the border. They give movement to an otherwise somewhat rigid design.
This quilt is the result of a half-square triangle exchange at a local quilt store. What a fun idea for collecting lots of different fabrics in a quilt. And what a great quilt!
Janet made this when her quilt guild offered a class by Edyta Sidar, who designed this block.
Lady in Red
Bargello quilts aren't my favorite, but this one is gorgeous. The pattern is called Ribbon in Motion, designed by Pat Lee.
Near the far end of the show floor from where I started I found this. The name, the colors, the pattern and the ease of construction -- large squares and nine-patches -- all really appealed to me. The quilter used batiks in her stash. I am so going to make this quilt for the cabin!
Detail of Forest Floor
Quilt shows are both inspiring (like Forest Floor) and awesome (like It's My Very Own Quilt). But every now and then you find something that reminds you that quilts aren't perfect and that what you as a quilter make for someone is as good as the love that goes into it. This quilter made her quilt "to reflect my love of flowers and to demonstrate my ability to quilt at the craft shows." It made me smile, because her free-motion quilting looks just like mine! Thank you, quilter Madeline!