A friend and fellow-blogger gently reminded me last week that this blog has been verrrry quiet. Just as I got started, Hurricane Sandy blew through. So we have some catching up to do!
The Heart of the Pines Quilt Guild in Gaylord, Michigan had their 2012 quilt show just before I left the lake. (In fact, I'd scheduled my trip to be sure to be there!).
The quilt police must have missed this circa 1930's quilt -- thank goodness! This quilter must have been stash-busting -- lots of different fabrics in the "black-and-white" blocks but most of the blocks have just one main fabric and one background fabric. But every now and then there's a happy little surprise.
Drummond Island museum.
This yellow quilt is so pretty! It only uses three fabrics and two blocks, so the trapunto flowers really stand out -- literally and figuratively. The detail is wonderful.
Grandmother's Flower Garden
Many quilters find hand-stitching little hexagons to be relaxing. Personally, making anything bigger than a coaster would drive me nuts! Just imagine the work that went into this quilt. The fabrics are probably from worn-out shirts and dresses. Each hexie is less than an inch across! (Sorry it's so blurry; I still haven't mastered my iPhone).
Just For Fun!I love county fairs. This quilt is called "County Fair." The quilter must have had fun designing and making it.
Every "picture" block is 3-dimensional. My friend Beth would like the eyelet on the canning jars!
The ticket booth for the Ferris wheel looks like a cupcake!
Little mini-quilts are flapping on a clothesline at the Quilt Show. Wonder which one got the blue ribbon?
Who wants a cow bell when she can wear pearls?
West of Baltimore
The colors in this floral quilt are gorgeous. Some of the flowers are made with folded fabric to give them a 3-dimensional look. The four corners are identical baskets; the rest of the blocks are unique.
"Took no time at all"?!? This woman is amazing. I guess working on a quilt like this would help make the Michigan winter fly by.
Here's one of the corners:
I don't remember the name of this quilt, but the colors of the flowers remind me of mother-of-pearl. The applique is stitched on with the edges of the fabric exposed, like a rag quilt, but with only a very narrow edge.
This stunning star quilt called to me from the far end of the room. I love blue and brown together, and the aqua near the center makes it look as if the star were exploding -- supernova! Have you done any paper piecing? I haven't, but may add it to my 2013 quilting goals. At least the quilter admits that this was the most challenging project she ever undertook!
|Detail of the Amazon star, machine pieced and long-arm quilted.|
Another star quilt, also machine paper-pieced. I like how she also used the background fabric in the stars, so the points look as if they were floating.
Not too sure why this quilt went into the "mixed media" category, but it is different! It took the quilter two years to make at a block a month. She designed it herself. It uses only two fabrics, brown and red, with solid squares and pieced blocks in seeming random order.
The Pieced-Tie Quilt
The pieces for this field of flying geese were meticulously cut and prepared by Joanne Harris, but she passed away in 2003 before sewing the quilt. Terry Gravila received the "kit" and completed it in 2012. The quilting is a Baptist Fan design.
I hope you're enjoying these lovely quilts! I'm still without power 5 days after Hurricane Sandy blew threw, so my computer time is limited. I'll be back with more photos from the quilt show in a few days.