Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Back from MQS

In past years I have attended MQS to see the quilts, buy stuff and take classes, but this year Peter and I worked as  vendors in the Innova booth. It was a different side of MQS - fun but very tiring.  Definitely hard on the feet! 

I was asked to bring a couple of my quilts to help decorate the booth.  In this picture you can see Ann's quilt on the right.  Lots of people admired your quilt Ann! 

Mary's quilt was hanging aroung the corner - it was also much admired and photographed!  My thanks to Ann and Mary for letting me borrow their quilts.

Peter's birthday always falls during MQS - this year Amy and Joe, our Innova dealers, surprised Peter with a birthday cake.

My quilt Itty Bitty Boutis won a second place ribbon.  Renae Haddadin's quilt Golden Snowflake won first and I really can't complain - her quilt is stunning!

My new quilt Wild Child didn't win a ribbon but doesn't it look pretty hanging at the show?  The lighting was just perfect to show off the trapunto.

There were so many beautiful quilts.  Claudia Pfeil won Best of Show  for The Magical Mermaid's Castle - I loved her mermaids!  She uses thousands of crystals on her quilt; it must weigh a ton.

I had fun meeting Terri Doyle, another quilter that has recently switched to an Innova longarm. Here she is standing next to her blue ribbon winning wholecloth, Secret Garden.

Some of my favorite quilts at the show were made by Janet Stone, who is from Overland Park.  When I asked her if I could put pictures of her quilts on my blog she said I could, as long as I said nice things about them!  That's easy to do since I love her whimsical designs and amazing workmanship.

Her quilt Mutton But Letters won Best of Show in the Just for Me category.

Just look at her 1/4 inch crosshatching in the blocks - the stitches are perfectly even and the lines are straight and accurate.  It's hard to believe she does this on her domestic sewing machine!  That is incredible workmanship!

Here are her other two quilts which both won blue ribbons.  Nouveau Quattro Alfabetico:

and Red Letter Daze:

I had a great time but it is good to be back to my own cat-covered bed.


  1. Congratulations on your ribbon for Itty Bitty Boutis. I love the quilting on the border of your quilt Wild Child. I am trying to work it out, but it is hard from the photo. Is it blue fabric, and the colours on the background are from your stitching? I would love to see a close up.

  2. Wow. Wonderful quilts, Jan -- yours and the others. I do love the mermaids and all the crystals.

  3. Thank you for saying nice things about my quilts! It was so nice to visit with you! And I can appreciate a good cat-covered bed...there's no place like home!