Wednesday, October 17, 2012

More Quilts!

This quilt won BEST OF SHOW for the Des Moines Area Quilters Guild Show !!   All the color on red was breathtaking  -  & the applique superb ! 


 This quilt was so very colorful & well balanced, I thought.  It won a First Place blue ribbon.

 I believe that this quilt was The Civil War Love Letter Quilt inspired by Rosemary Youngs' book.  I love the multitude of blocks!

This awesome celestial beauty won 2nd place in the AQS Show.  It is named Sunlit Circles.
This is actually one of my favorite quilts in the whole show.  I thought it showed so much originality & movement.
And this beauty was the winner of
BEST OF SHOW.  It is Eureka! by Marilyn Badger.  Just feast your eyes . . .   
And this beauty won BEST HAND WORKMANSHIP - Named Symphony of Roses!  Simply awesome!
And I love the name of this quilt - Life in the Midwest!  Study it closely & see many surprises!  It again, was one of my favs!
 As I told you yesterday, I had a wonderful visit with one of the winners & here she is with her quilt "Scarlet Fever."  Isn't it amazing & so was she - so excited about her win & her quilt.  She kept saying "Everything goes good on red!" & I think she's right; she pulled all of these fabrics out of her scraps! She had kept track of the hours spent on the applique & the quilting - wish I had written that info down - sorry!  Her name is Jean Clark & she's from Mt. Horeb, WI; she showed me pictures of the next quilt she is already working on!

Quilt on, ladies !

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

More of the AQS Show in Des Moines !

Do you ever wonder which quilts other quilters actually stop to take pictures of compared to the ones that you find inspiring enough to actually photograph!  Well, here are some of the ones that I photographed & I'll see if I can remember what the inspiration was for me at the moment
The theme for the Des Moines Guild's Show was pineapples this year; see the pineapples in the center & the corners of this quilt; also the unique twist on the pineapple block. 
And, of course, I loved the bright colors of this quilt & the addition of the applique in the borders.  Sounds like I really liked this entire quilt.
I believe what prompted me to photograph this pink & green quilt was the colors & how calming the entire quilt is.  Usually so much applique gets very busy, but I don't feel that way about this quilt.
Then I know I was amazed with all the tiny blocks in this old quilt; and the black in the pineapples just made me take a picture.  It was unique indeed. 
This batik quilt put me in a trance with how they made the swirling effect in the sashings.  And it's just plain beautiful!
Talk about little tiny weeny pineapple blocks & lots of them!  They cover this entire quilt top!
These two quilts were made from The Farmer's Wife book, if I remember correctly.  I like how they put blocks in the corners of the borders on the first one just because it's different.  The second one - I liked the colors. 
And this one I believe it's the border that's so intriguing; it adds so much to the entire quilt.  It seems that there are lots of applique quilts these days; they just boggle my mind; I don't believe I would ever get a whole applique quilt like this one done.

Well, so much for today.  Got to get busy.  Will post again tomorrow.  I have a picture of an older lady with her ribbon-winning quilt that you'll just love & she was so gracious to talk to me.  I would love to meet all the winners with their quilts some day.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

AQS - Des Moines, IA - Superb!!

Hello, Hello!

We had a wonderful time at the Des Moines show.  Although our time was short going on the bus for one day only, we saw everything there was to see.  I'm used to driving myself & going when I want & leaving when I want - but it was awesome to be driven like Miss Daisy & delivered right to the front door!  Thank you, Mary at The Wooden Thimble, for making this trip possible.

The quilts by the Tentmakers of Cairo were so different from what we do that people just stood in awe looking at them. 

 The video was great showing the men appliquing, I believe, without a pattern at all.  They were just cutting pieces & strips of fabric, laying them on, & handstitching them down. 

When you look at these quilts, it is hard to believe they are done like that.

All of the quilts were for sale & many had already been sold.

They remind me of very expensive Persian rugs!

I'm showing only 3 of the quilts; there were many, many more to see!

Blogger is working very slowly this morning & I must leave for Merry's - - retreat this weekend. 

I am so excited to see everyone & spend these days together.  Maybe I'll see some of you there.

The trunk show is tonight!

I will post the rest of the quilt show when I return.  And I'll also have pictures from the retreat! 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thank you!

It worked; a couple of you have made it through to Virginia!  She just called me & we got the problems worked out so she can be on her way to completing the quilt!  I am so happy for her - & me!

Thank you again whoever you are!

This was a good lesson for me.  Even with all the communications we have today, sometimes we just have to call on the telephone. 

Our Iowa weather has turned cold & we are covering up the garden & flowers tonight to protect them from the frost.  I do hope that this is not the end of our fall season though.  Many of the beautiful leaves have come down this past week turning the scene more toward a wintery look without the snow.  But I hear that North Dakota is getting snow already.

I am going to the AQS Quilt Show in Des Moines on Saturday with a bus load from the local quilt shop; am really looking forward to getting away & letting someone else do the driving.  Should be a fun day & am going to enjoy seeing some old friends once again.  I will post some pictures of quilts when I return.

You have a wonderful weekend, too!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I need your help!

Good morning, Everyone!

      I have a problem answering a particular email message & I need your help.    A customer named Virginia has a question regarding one of my patterns; she keeps emailing me through my website & I keep answering her - but she is not getting my answers.  She is becoming more & more frustrated &, needless to say, so am I.  My people tell me she probably has a spam filter that is catching all of my responses & Virginia is not seeing them at all.

     When you each have a spare minute, would you please send a quick email to & tell her to look on the back of the pattern & either mail me or call me so I can help her.  My phone number & mailing address are on the back of every pattern.

       Thank you so much.   I will let you know if this works.
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