Monday, November 8, 2010

Tootin' My Own Horn

This past week was A Quilters' Gathering 22nd show in Nashua, NH and two of my quilts were juried in !   Yes, I'm just a little proud.     Here are photos of the hanging quilts:

This is "Star Promise."    At first sight, these fabrics took my breath away.  Of course I had to purchase the whole line in a fat quarter tower to tuck away in my fabric resource center.   Then... when choosing fabrics for Deb Tucker's "Shadow Stars" workshop, sponsored by my guild, these were my first choice.   Birds, holy & berries, oak leaves and acorns create the image of both Fall and Winter, when shadows lengthen; but the softer color tones promise return of the longer, warmer, sunny days of Spring and Summer.   Thus, the name "Star Promise."     My friend, Melissa Heys, of The Completed Quilt, quilted this piece on her long-arm machine.

This smaller quilt is inspired by Jo Morton's, "Holiday Inn" pattern, which she named for a favorite movie.   Jo coaches us, when using her patterns, to make the quilt our own.  This I did, using Jo's fabrics exclusively, on the top, and adjusting a couple borders to suit my "Type A" personality.  I call it "Parker House" in honor of a memorable one-night stay at the famous Boston hotel of the same name, where everything was perfect.    Again, Melissa Heys long-arm quilted this piece.

No ribbons, but I did get some very positive comments and feedback from viewers.

The variety of quilts exhibited was amazing and the special "Amish Quilts - Amish Culture" exhibit of quilts and memorabilia from the Collection of Dorothy Bosselman was exquisite.

Of course, I enjoyed browsing and purchasing in the vendor malls...   not that I don't have enough projects, patterns, books, tools, fabric right here in my "resource center"  !!!
And Sew On...


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