Monday, April 29, 2013

A Winning Week

Betty and Madeline in front of Remembrance

I'm just home from Paducah where my wholecloth Remembrance won second place in Longarm quilted Bed Quilts - Hooray!  I went on a bus tour from the Wichita area with two quilting buddies.  Betty and Madeline had never been to Paducah before so we did the whole thing: the quilts, the vendors, the bubble, the museum, downtown, Hancock 's, a tour of Carol Bryer Fallert's home and studio and Eleanor Burns.  The only thing we missed was the Rotary Club.  We had sore feet but it was worth it.

One evening we did a tour of the Dogwood Trail with QUILTMAN and his sidekick BOBBIN.  It was great fun and we did learn a bit about the history of Paducah.  The dogwoods were at their peak this week.  It rained the whole time we were there with the exception of one beautiful sunny day.


I asked this lady if I could take a picture of her - what a wonderful pincushion hat!

It rained on the bus trip going both directions.  We stopped to get a picture of the arch in St. on the way home.  On the way there we couldn't see the upper half of the arch in the rain and fog.

The reflection is nice too.

I usually have no luck with drawings and raffles but just before I left for Paducah I won a book on the Quilt Inspiration blog.  It's a beautiful new hardcover book by Kaffe Fassett called Shots and Stripes.  It features his shot cottons which I love, in fact, Remembrance is made from his shot cotton front and back. The book arrived wonderfully packaged and I have enjoyed looking at it and feeling inspired!  Thanks so much to Quilt Inspiration which is also inspiring - they post lots of beautiful quilts, tutorials and free patterns.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Quilts on Ice

Black Licorice by Donna Mease

Awards were presented for my Guild's Challenge so I can finally post some quilts.  The Challenge was called In Living Color and the quilts had to include the two black and white challenge fabrics, use a color in the title and include a person, animal, reptile or fish.  The results were amazing and creative.  I've included all the quilts which won awards plus a few more that I especially liked.

Black and Blue and Green All Over by Susan Chandler

Pinky's Spoolin' Around by Debbie Jones

Mary Ann's quilt is covered with a layer of red tulle:

Red Velvet Cats by Mary Ann Smith

Catching a Glimpse of Red by Mary Eilerts

It's hard to see but the words are made out of zippers - very clever and appropriate!

Fifty Shades of Grey by Connie Glaves

Green-eyed Cat of Many Colors by Jenny Hudson


Maranda Reads Little Red Riding Hood by Sharon Smith

Sharon  included lots of fun details in her quilt:

Red hot Phat Fun by Trudy Jacobson


Purple Colormorphosis by Lora Lagree

Barbara's quilt was a big winner of two awards including Viewer's Choice:

Big Red by Barbara Kroeger


Yellow Cabs of New York by Sara Farley


Who Invited Red?  by Betty Blundon


Can We Be Green? by Janet Ghilino Bates
We had an ice storm a few days ago that left everything covered in 1/4 inch of ice.  It really transformed the landscape.  Once the sun came out the trees glittered like they were covered with diamonds.
Rosie the cat did NOT approve of an icy lawn.  She picked her feet up in disgust after every step.