Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More Quilt Show Peeks

 Inspiration was everywhere during the QA show.  I wanted to show you a few more quilts.  This was called Bay leaf.  What a wonderful way to use your 30's fabric!  I loved this quilt.  Hand appliqued and hand quilted.  The old fashioned way.

 I was thrilled to see this quilt.  I sold 3 or 4 bolts of the panel used in the squares.  I have seen a couple of quilts and everyone did a terrific job creating something unique.

 I love Mary Hickey and her quilts!!  This is such a beauty. Judy Pollard gave Mary several of these urn blocks, Mary made a few more and whipped this up.  I love the picket fence border.

 This was made with a vintage piece of fabric, from the Seattle Worlds Fair, in 1962.  There are fireworks quilted in the background.  A true Seattle tradition!

 You could almost hear the jungle sounds when you were looking at this quilt!

Loved this still life!

Amazing paper piecing and color selection!  Way outside of my box.  But, I loved it!

Quilt shows get my juices flowing.  So much of what I make, is done in a hurry, so I can use it in as a shop sample.  It is so nice to see these works of art.  One of a kind quilts.  Love, love, love them! 

There were over 500 quilts in the show this year.  The guild should be proud. 
They are encouraging their members to act on their passion.   

I have a a small quilt groups collection of quilts that I will post here in a few days.  So check back.  J

Sunday, March 27, 2011


March is a busy month at Keepsake Cottage.  The month starts with Sew Expo, we don't have a booth, but many people come to the shop on their way to or from Expo.  Then, the Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show followed the next week by the Tri County Quilt Tour.  The Tour ended yesterday.  I am taking a day off, and thought I would share some photo's from the Quilt Show last weekend.

 There were 2 featured artist's at the show.  One Traditional quilter, Bunny Johanson, and one very artistic quilter, Maureen Roy.  This shows the diversity of the membership in this guild.  The quilt above is hand appliqued and hand quilted.  Bunny told me it is the largest quilt she has ever made.  I couldn't get back far enough to get the whole quilt in the photo.  It was a beauty!

This is one of Maureen's original creations.  It was a show stopper!

 This Beautiful quilt was made by a friend, Joan Dawson.  She is so talented,  I just like to stand near her, and watch what she is picking out!  This is mostly wool.  The bias stems are cotton, and a few pieces of the applique are cotton.  She dyed most of the wool herself.  Some of it with Kool Aide!

 This amazing piece was made by Donna Eines.  She has been winning ribbons at QA and all of the local fairs for years.  It is hand appliqued and hand quilted.  I took a few photo's so you could see her work up close.
 This is the true meaning of stippling!!

Her choice of fabrics for the leaves was all over the green color spectrum.  Just amazing!

 This was the quilt that was hanging across from our booth!  8,160  1 inch triangles.  Hand pieced and hand quilted.  It was had to get a picture of it, because there was always a crowd in front of it! 

 This is a close up.  The fabrics were from the 30's, 40's and 50's.  The quilter made this over the last couple of years. Amazing!

This is the back of a quilt made by Judy Irish.  She is a pretty incredible machine quilter.  This quilt was hung so you could enjoy both sides.  She has a Koi pond, can you tell?

There are many more pictures to show you.  So, stay tuned!  J

Friday, March 4, 2011

Quilts of Valor

Last fall when I was at Quilt Market there was a lot of buzz about Quilts of Valor. Since 2003, Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) volunteers have made over 32,000 quilts to donate to wounded service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  They have extended their efforts, and want to donate quilts to all American combat veterans who were wounded or touched by war, no matter what the conflict.

Nine fabric companies have designed patriotic fabric collections to help in this effort.  They will also have free patterns on their websites.  The participating companies are, Andover Fabrics, Clothworks, Marcus Fabrics, Moda, P&B Textiles, Quilting Treasures, Red Rooster Fabrics, Timeless Treasures and Windham Fabrics.

All of the companies are shipping the fabrics in March.  (Yikes, it's March!)  So, we are going to have the best selection of patriotic fabric, ever!   I love a red, white and blue quilt, and I know I will be inspired to make a quilt for this great cause.  If you don't want to make a quilt, but would like to get involved, Moda has a plan for you.  It's called Just One Star,  They are hoping to make 100 quilts in 100 days.  Flags of Valor, just like the one above.  They need 1800 star blocks.  They are pretty magic at the Moda Warehouse, but that's a lot of star blocks.  So, they thought if quilters wanted to make Just One Star, it would be a huge help!! 

If you want to make a block and drop it off at the shop, I would be happy to mail it to them!  I think I will make one tonight, to get the ball rolling.  J