Sunday, April 6, 2014

Long time, no blog

Long time, no blog.  First I had router problems, then computer problems, then MQS in Wichita happened, which all led to no blog posts. It's amazing how important an internet connection has become in my life,  I felt like I had lost all contact with the world without it.

Once again I spent much of the week volunteering at MQS and that sucked up a lot of time.  I helped open boxes and check in quilts which gave me a chance to see all the gorgeous quilts up close.  I spent two days helping out in the judging room; always an eye-opener and something I recommend any quilter interested in show quilting should do.  It was impressed on  me again how certain quilts rise to the top - the quilts where great attention has been paid to every detail. MQS is a machine quilting show and the judges are especially picky about the technical details machine quilting: stops and starts, tension, backtracking and stitch length.  They both had little magnifiers with lights that they would whip out and use to study the quilt up close.  Nasty little things -  they should be outlawed!

My guild, Prairie Quilt Guild provided many volunteers so we were given booth space to sell tickets for our Opportunity Quilt.  It's made by many guild members and quilted by Kim Hull. Margaret Mans is working in the booth.


Here are guild members Kendra and Debbie working on a quilt in the Community Outreach booth.  I haven't heard yet how many quilts they managed to finish during the show.

My local longarm group, Kansas Longarm Quilters had good luck in the judged show.
Kay Dette won second in Over the Top Custom:

Donna Harrison won third in Tools of the Trade:

Siriporn Hollar won HM in Tools of the Trade and second in Overall ( her overall design is freehand, not a pantograph!):


I won HM in Modern Custom, third in Wall Quilts, first in Pictorial, and to my amazement - Viewer's Choice!

pieced by Mayleen Vinson

pieced by Donna Mease

pieced by Russ Schmidt


Here are a few  quilts that caught my eye:
Claudia Pfeil won Best of Show for her quilt Fern Rising,and it appears at the top of this post.  This is the back of her quilt which was deep blue green silk and absolutely gorgeous.


The Theme category is always fun - big flashy quilts and lots of bling.  I love the color in this quilt, Imagine by Patricia Williams.

Also in the Theme category, Eloise Joins the Circus by Janet Fogg.  I don't quite see the connection to the theme: Up, Up and Away, but it is a cool quilt.

Also from Theme, the oddly named: Breaking Wind by Peggy Kragnes.  In her comments about the quilt she says "I hope this brings as many smiles to it's viewer as it did to me while I was making it."  Well, the name certainly did!  It's also a very cute quilt:

Kris Vierra  quilted Shimmering Stars, which won the Best Collaborative award. 

She also won first place in Wholecloth for A Quilter's Garden.

Hungarian Blues by Helen Baczynski won first  in Over the Top Custom;

Radar, quilted by Ann McNew won first in Tools of the Trade.

Now that MQS is over, I have a large pile of tops waiting to be quilted - I had better get to work!!


  1. Beautiful quilts. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. One of these days I hope to be able to attend in person.

  2. Thanks for sharing the inspiring quilts!