Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Mini Quilt Show




The Ramona Quilt show was this past week-end and it was another success. Lots of people, wonderful comments and a fun time for the family. I have had a vendor booth at the show for the past three years. I am selling my quilting in this booth. I have some of my quilts hanging in the booth so people can see my work. But I have some quilts out on the show floor and I wanted to share those quilts with you.

Leslie made a wonderful redwork Little Red Riding Hood quilt. I used the digitied pattern Whimsical Roses on it. Leslie selected the pattern because she thought that it looked like a Mary Engelbreit design.







This one is a magnolia print in the cream colorway done by Brenda. Brenda was the Mistress of Ceremonies at the quilt show. Witty and fun-loving, she is a natural for that spot.





This is the Chicken Dance by Kathy K. She entered this fun quilt in the Name That Tune Challenge at Friendship Quilters of San Diego quilt guild. Some of the characters on this quilt remind me of real people.


Then we see Marion's first quilt. Yes, her very first quilt. She must have paid attention in class or she's a natural. The quilt was flat and square and a dream to quilt. Great shades of purple made this quilt so beautiful. I used double-line ruler work in the center star segments. The outer star segments were done in fern feathers freehand. The triangle were also freehand. The blank blocks got some digitized patterns. She loved the quilting. Marion's family was in town from Ohio and she brought them all over to see her first quilt. Great job, Marian.



This king-size green and periwinkle quilt was a dream to quilt. It is covered in roses. I did not a rose that I liked for the alternating blocks or for the triangles. So I decided to try recording my own designs and they turned out great. I made roses for the triangles, the border and the center of the big star blocks. I like the idea that I could build a couple of lock stitches into the recorded designs.


And this one called Cowboy Stars was pieced by Debbie in all blues and browns. I used a combo of freehand and digitized designs also.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Ramona Quilt Show 2009


The Back Country Quilters put on a quilt show every year. The opportunity quilt welcomed quilters to the show at the Mountain View Community Church. This sun-flowered beauty, named Golden Summer, was the opportunity quilt raffled off at the show. Regina and I did the quilting. Sharon H won the quilt after purchasing one ticket. Lucky, huh?

This years show had over 100 quilts and was well attended. There are always some beautiful quilts, garments, pincushions and the like every year. I have had a vendor's booth at the show for the past three years. Setup is always Thursday with the show on Friday and Saturday. The decorating committee always has lots of antiques and decorator items displayed along the aisles of quilts. The Olive Peirce Middle School Dance Club worked the snack bar for us this year selling donated baked goods and our local favorite, Taco Soup, recipe by Myrl B. Yummy.


Here is a photo of Connie F, stuffing the raffle ticket bin. Behind her you can see the entrance to the quilt show. Our show is free admission but we do count the visitors.

We also had a consignment shop at the quilt show where folks could sell some of their wonderful projects. Here are the ladies who worked the shop, from left to right, Diane, Myrl, Eanne, and Carolyn. I bought a fabulous fabric puzzle, toy, pin cushio made by Naomi F. I love this pin cushion but I think it may be too pretty to put pins in it.





Some of the vendors included the tool guys out in front with every kind of gizmo; there was a rug lady who crochets the most beautiful rugs, Wood tools for quilters, Ellie and Elvis, Kimmie and Deb from the Crazy 9 Patch Quilt Shop, Pfaff sewing machine, and Buck's Feed Sacks.









All in all, it was a good show, though my feet still ache from standing in one spot. Oh, I almost forgot to show off my silk quilt which I allowed quilters to touch while they were at my booth. I quilted it to showcase some of my free-motion quilting skills. I also used about 6 different background fills that I learned over on Machine Quilter's Resource web-site. It attracted alot of attention to my booth...which, of course, is why I made it to begin with.



I'll make a separate post for a mini quilt show.
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My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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