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Chicago Quilt Show 2010

Big Smiles were certainly abundant at the Chicago Quilt Show.
gerri and beth and Jean
If you are looking for a fantastic project, this would have been just one of the booths to have visited. My friend, Gerri Robinson and her sister, Jean from Planted Seeds Designs were filled to the brim with kits and patterns. They were joined by Beth Hayes, editor of McCall’s Quilting. Once again, great people make a great industry.

postcard quilt
This quilt was one of those times when I thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Brilliant and charming!
I  saw the back of the quilt first. Walked around the corner and was blown away by the front of the postcard quilt.
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postcard quilt4
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postcard quilt1
Can you just imagine a mail man walking up to the house to deliver this? Love it!

It was a beautiful day to walk in the sunshine and take in the sites in and around Millennium Park. Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city’s famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a “gate” to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.
 Every time I look back at pictures of quilts from each of the shows, I wonder what attracts me to the quilts I photograph. I realize they are either art quilts or antique applique quilts. These are the 2 styles of quilts I will probably never own. I do not see how the art quilters create the incredible art. It is in my head, but I do not have the talent or skills to transfer the vision to cloth.I know the reason why I take pictures of applique quilts is because I just do not sit still long enough to make one of those.
Here are the pics from this show.






Over and Out! 1 month until Market. Yowser!

Pay it Forward

Now that Friday the 13th has come and gone, I want to talk about the upcoming holidays.
When the kids were little, we all gathered to watch Charlie Brown’s Christmas. Ya, I know kind of lame for teenagers but my husband still insists. Sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving I offer to cook (of course nothing entices grown boys to come see mama like a home cooked meal)and we all watch Pay it Forward. This movie is NOT for the little ones but it’s meaning is.
If you have not seen this movie, here is some of the info from the web.

Like some other kids, 12 year old Trevor McKinney believed in the goodness
of human nature. Like many other kids, he was determined to change the world
for the better. Unlike other kids, he succeeded.
Sometimes the simplest idea can make the biggest difference.

This brings me to Quilter’s!! YES! Who better pays it forward?

Quilter’s are the best people in the world, Right? Any disagreements ?
Just look at how quick Cherri House was to respond to the injured soldier’s at Ft. Hood. Quilter’s quickly jumped on board making and sending quilts.

This is my favorite book of the season, Quilt for Peace. The message is wonderful. The author, Katherine Bell has great projects and wonderful charities to make and sew for. This pretty much sums up a quilter’s heart and spirit.

What about Camille and the Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop? Both of these people realized the power of “The Quilt” by raffling a quilt with all the money going to this sweet family.

Talk about a great project for a Stashbuster? Check out American Patchwork & Quilting’s,
A MILLION PILLOWCASE CHALLENGE. Does a million sound like a lot? It does if you are talking $$, but did you know there are over 800,000 kids in foster care in America?
Let’s get a pillow case in each of their hands!
How are you going to Pay it Forward?
The holidays are upon us and it is probably best not to send out cards such as these.
I am working now on Moda’s Christmas collections for 2010 so just in case I am snowed under,(Ha! Ha!) I am wishing you a Happy Holiday now a reminder that it is not to late to finish up those new year’s resolutions from 2009!

One last bit of info and kind of a tutorial:
Seems like everyone I know is having twins. This is my fourth set of twin quilts in the past year! All BOYS!! I am kind of liking making 2 at the same time. Deb Strain is the proud grandma of 2 little boys, Graham and Finnegan. I won’t post a tutorial on COIN QUILTS, because there are lots of good ones already out there. What I will post is my tip on being ready. Any of my leftover strips I keep adding to a running length of “Coins”. I have a couple of different ones hanging on my bulletin board and add to them constantly. I make good use of some of the fabrics I may have thrown in the trash. Instead I just keep adding them to the strips. I keep a bright fun kid one going along with what some may call a dark and dingy one.
I am ready at a minutes notice. All I have to do is choose the color of fabric to go in between my rows and how long I want to make the project.

The area in between is the perfect place to quilt the names, date of birth etc. I tell my quilter Maggie that I am just lazy and do not want to make a label so she is so kind to quilt it in for me.

Maggie also isn’t afraid to quilt with the moda snuggles. Makes a great backing!
Kuddos to all you quilters out there for spreading the love!!
Covering the world one quilt at a time!

quilt market and festival

I am back from Quilt Market and a day of Festival. Wow! What a great time! Everyone I met was such a delight! Lots of shopping, visiting and fellowship amongst the quilters!

Kelli Trimble and Melody Busch at Sample Spree

The next Moda BakeShop Sampler box was a big hit at Market. It is the cutest box of 12 different fabric collections – (40 – 2 1/2″ squares of each fabric from the collection) Also included in the box is a charm pattern booklet with an assortment of templates and the history of charm quilts from Barbara Brackman. Everyone here wants to buy 2, 1 to open and 1 to keep unopened. Run to your store (late November) and tell them you must have one.A picture of my latest quilt, Martinque by 3 sisters. I Love it and I think a
magazine is picking it up for a future publication! Yeah!

Six Degrees of Separation
You’ve probably heard of the Six Degrees of Separation concept. Any one person is connected to any other person through six or fewer relationships, because it’s a small world. There is a movie and a game devoted to this concept. The Kevin Bacon Game. ( for hours of mindless fun go here and test your movie trivia)

Due to the power of the Internet and social medias, the saying is quickly turning to 3 degrees of separation. Knowing someone is not actually ever meeting them in person, right?!
Well I wanted to introduce you to some of my 3 degrees of separations that I can now say I have met instead of just knowing them through the world wide web.Elise and Carry from our distributor in the Netherlands. They came to visit us between Market and Festival. I took them to visit Ft. Worth to see some “Texas Cowboy Stuff”. We couldn’t resist stopping by Cabbage Rose Quilt shop. I just had to take their picture
in front of the Texas flag door!
Karen and Rachel from Home ala Mode were busy having a great time at their first booth at Festival! Did you know there were moda home items? Apparently there were alot of people that didn’t and their booth was swarmed by anxious buyers. Crazy busy having fun!

I have had the pleasure of meeting Larisa and Rimma about a year ago, but was excited to see them again.

Larissa and Rimma along with several other Russian quilter’s put on a wonderful exhibit at Quilt Festival. This still applies to my 3 degrees theory because I did meet other friends of theirs from Russia. Beautiful exhibit. Great job! Read all about the Festival going Global.

Doug Leko from Silver Lane Quilting

I could go on and on about this young man. He is actually standing in front of the quilt he made for us. He is amazing! Remember his name because you will seeing it often in the future.
Also I have to mention his mother, Elaine. Good job, ma’am.

3 of the authors from the Moda Bake Shop came with their quilt shop.
Vicki from Mid-Ohio Knitter, Rachel from P.S. I Quilt, Julie from JaybirdQuilts
Lauren & Jessi Jung standing in front of their introductory collection, Botany.

And as my girl scout training taught me,
Make new friends but the keep the old.

I had to snap a picture of some of the moda crew enjoying a beautiful day at Festival.
and for my random picture……..
Just like every quilt shop has a holding area for the guys, we had a holding area for

Pep , Bruce and Hassen to watch all the activity.

Until next time…..