Sunday, June 19, 2016

It takes a village to put on a quilt show

My quilt guild show, Common Threads Regional Quilt Show,  just ended yesterday and as one of the co-chairs of the show I am happy to have today to relax and put my feet up.  Our show is every other year, thank goodness, and requires lots of work by the show committee and by many guild members volunteering during the show.  The show was a success, with about 550 quilts hanging and our vendor booths sold out.

We have a big hall to fill.


My fellow show chair Cheryl  and I spend a lot of time running back and forth so were allocated scooters.  This is one of the best parts of being show chair as far as I'm concerned!


It was Cheryl's idea to include a lounge area in the center of the show.  Good idea!

She also made the 13 foot long QUILTS sign that hung above the lounge with the help of several guild members.  I quilted it but who can tell what I did when it is up so high! Here is Cheryl enjoying the lounge.

Here is a bird's eye view of the show.

And here are a few quilts from the show:
This is Judy Ermey's quilt made from a Judy Niemeyer pattern.

The combination of Judy's precise piecing and Siriporn Hollar's beautiful quilting were amazing.  I'm surprised this didn't have a ribbon hanging on it.

Shirley Binder made this from a collection of Kaffe Fassett fabrics from a pattern by Jenny Bowker.  Love the colors!

Donna Harrison loves working with wool applique.  Aaack!  Look at all those half square triangles!  This is a Primitive Gatherings pattern.

Donna's beautiful quilting.

This is my quilt Hot Wings, which I just managed to finish in time for the show.  I made the wonky butterfly blocks for our guild block challenge several years ago and was determined to get it done this year.

I like this quilt made by Lois Crane from curtains embroidered with mathematical equations that she made years ago in college.  My husband Peter would have wanted to keep this one.

We invited other area guilds to join our show and this quilt was made by Jo Oliver, a member of the Wichita Modern Quilt Guild.

Jo calls this Pod Quilt and it was inspired by Sara Kelly's Pod quilt.  Nice quilting.

There are vintage and antique quilts entered for display, like this quilt entered by Sara Farley, maker unknown. 
Beautiful quilting and stuffed work.
I'm a sucker for fat cats so I like Jenny Hutson's quilt which she quilted herself.

Janet Ghilino Bates designed and made this dinosaur baby quilt for her grandson.

I love polka dots and the way Rae Blain used them as background in this Piece of Cake pattern which she calls, Granny's Gone Dotty.

 Siriporn Hollar did a spectacular job on the quilting of this Bunny Hill quilt made by Jan Munroe.


Tammy's feathered star quilt is a winner.  Tammy is the queen of neutrals and they really work here.

I entered my little quilt called Nosegay and was happy to receive a blue ribbon and surprised to receive the NACQJ Award of Merit from our judge, Connie Silber.

Best of Show went to Donna Mease for her beautiful applique quilt made from a pattern by Edyta Sitar.  She also won Best Applique.
Time to take down 550 quilts and get them back to their owners. 
And time to give back my scooter and pass the responsibility of the show on to the next Chair and show committee.


  1. Спасибо! Очень интересно. Работы потрясающие.

  2. Looks like your guild puts on an incredible show!
    I love the lounge idea--very smart. And the banner is very impressive, whether or not you can see the quilting. : )
    Congrats on the ribbon. That is a gorgeous little quilt!
    I'd see about absconding with that scooter, if I were you.

  3. Thanks to Jo Wilcox for the design credit on the Pods quilt. Congrats to her on the blue ribbon.

  4. Absolutely stunning quilts! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Is that best of show quilt the one you quilted and blogged about last entry? What a wonderful showing, thanks for sharing. Love your new quilt!

  6. Wow, what a wonderful show! I would love to get more details about possible vending at the next one. Hope you have recovered - quilt shows are a ton of work!

  7. Now I can see why you have been lying low! What a huge amount of work, hope you had fun too. Congrats on the 2nd place prize for quilting on Alma's Rose Wreath too.