Wednesday, September 13, 2017

More Quilt Show Pics

A few more pics to show and then I'll get back to regular posting. Loved this solid fabrics version of an old quilt block! It's one that's been on my bucket list for a long time. 
So bright and happy!

And here it is, my favorite part of the whole show--the Jim Tharpe guest collection. Ahhh.. I am such a sucker for vintage and antique quilts. Some dated back to the 1800's!
From the Jim Tharpe collection
I love the whimsical fabric usage so very much. Probably up-cycled old clothes?
From the Jim Tharpe Collection
The way they used a couple colors in almost every block until obviously they ran out of a fabric. Then they made-do.
From the Jim Tharpe Collection
Have to smile at the new addition of background fabric. Why the green? And you know me, this was probably my favorite in the whole show just 'cuz I found it charming, especially that little tiny sliver of green added onto that next to last block in the bottom row.
From the Jim Tharpe Collection
It all makes me even more determined to be less self conscious about fabric pairings. I mean, look at the sashing in the top and bottom rows in the quilt below? And the gingham strip added onto a smallish block there in the far right row? I don't know if I could ever deliberately do that, but it's so charming. Love it!
From the Jim Tharpe Collection
I entered four quilts in all, all pictured below. The first one is Geese Tracks & Vases. One of my favorite quilts I've ever made. And yes, I have lots and lots of favorites....
Geese Tracks & Vases
The second quilt is the marsala challenge quilt. I just wanted to see it hanging up in a show 'cuz I thought it was an interesting quilt.

Unexpected Crossroads
The third quilt is Learning Curves which they hung sideways for some funny reason. I checked and the label was in the bottom corner of the quilt like always. I'm curious if they thought it didn't matter which way it hung? Oh well. I entered this one primarily because it was fall colors. Always good to see in a fall show.

Learning Curves
And the fourth quilt is the Pickle Dish Insanity quilt. I left this picture unfiltered as it was an interesting view, kind of a faded look from the bright lighting I think. The value changes were still very evident so that made me happy. And the piecing and hand quilting looked good. I always have to wonder about that....

Pickle Dish Insanity
I don't want to add any other observations about my quilts as I'm obviously in a funky mood. We've had a very long, tough summer in a lot of ways that I don't feel free to discuss completely. To give you just a quick peek into our lives--in just the previous last two-three weeks my husband has been sick once again with a recurring illness, a cousin and her family stayed with us for several days immediately after breaking her ribs in a car accident, my mother-in-law needed some help because of her bad health and we've had other company. More company to come this weekend that we're actually kind of excited about {except for having to clean the house!} and oh yeah, we also went to a funeral. I am not complaining as this is just a season in life and what we do. It's part and parcel of large family dynamics and involvement in our church. We have much to be thankful for, especially when all we have to do is read the news to hear of so much destruction and devastation in other parts of the country. My heart goes out to all those who are just trying to survive!

So yes, absolutely, I am head down in my stitching every chance there is. No I am not going to quit making quilts in my weird and wonderful style, thank you for all the reassurance offered. It would have probably would have been better to just attend the quilt show this year and not have to deal with the emotion of having my quilts involved. My emotions are, well, possibly a bit frayed these days? Don't mind me. Really, I'll be fine. I'm just gonna go find some fabric and start three new project first chance I get....

18 comments:

  1. Loved seeing your quilts hanging with the rest of the beauties. Thank goodness quilting gives us an outlet for staying sane amid life's demanding schedules.

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  2. I love your quilts, and you are having the year i had last year. As my mom always says " This too, shall pass." Head to a fabric or thrift store tomorrow or asap!D

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  3. Great reprise of your beautiful quilts.
    I'm so sorry your family is experiencing such difficulties. As you wrote, it's part of life, but that doesn't lessen the angst and emotional devastation. Adding my prayers to yours.

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  4. I love your quilts so much. This post just goes to show how different your quilts are and yet all four have the stamp of YOU on them. Sorry to hear that life has thrown you & your family a few curves. These instances only make us stronger. Quilt on!

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  5. Your Pickle Dish Insanity is amazing! Love the colour choice on Unexpected Crossroads! Always something that catch my eye on your quilts.

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  6. I hear you, life in any community brings all manner of emotional days. It does appear to come in bunches and we can feel quite overwhelmed at times, be emotional, it helps to cry a little, it releases some tension. I thank every and all spirits out there that I have a hobby that grounds and calms me, without my creative space I would be lost. I am also grateful for people such as your good self that can reach out and show others how to continue through difficult times. You probably will never really know how you help your blog readers but rest assured you do.....thank you.

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  7. your quilts look amazing the learning curves seemed to rotate as I looked at it not sure how you managed that brilliant and the others too are lovely, especially the geese tracks and vases. I was drawn to the yellow one in the old quilts section

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  8. Love your quilts and they do fit nicely in this show I think. I wish you all the strenght you need caring for family members and hope you find time for some quilty therapy when you need it. Warm greetings

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  9. Sorry to hear you've been having a rough time. It's easy to forget that bloggers have lives outside quilting sometimes! It's been quite challenging around here lately too. But, I know you have lots of support around you, and you'll get through it!

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  10. Your quilts are beautiful! I especially love the Pickle Dish as it has been on my bucket list for awhile. Is it paper pieced and was it as difficult as I am imagining? I would love to own one. The colors in Unexpected Crossroads are gorgeous! Are these all from your stash?

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  11. Your quilts look gorgeous, and interesting that most of today's quilts are borderless..

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  12. Your quilts looked wonderful hanging at the show. I'm sure they recieved some positive and great comments. Sorry that you and you're family are encountering some life bumps. Hopefully things will smooth out soon.

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  13. Your quilts are used and loved and inspire many like me. Plus it appears you love the process and you can use the creative process to cope with some of the cares and woes. How can that compete with a judge's ribbon?

    And thanks for the Jim Tharpe collection of pics. I think I'll go experiment with some scraps and try to make some blocks for that first quilt that I really love.

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  14. Fabric Therapy - it's what gets us through the ups and downs of life. Loved seeing the Pickle Dish hanging in the show - one my favorites of yours!

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  15. Well, I hope your family challenges will ease up very soon. Seeing your quilts hanging in full view certainly perked me up today! I was taken back a bit when you said Geese Tracks and Vases was your favorite. I don't know why, but I would have guessed your favorite would have been a darker quilt. I just wish I could have been there to see them all in person. Someday!!! Have fun with your company and I wish you all the best. Thanks for sharing these great images.

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  16. I'm sorry summer was tough, but hope that autumn brings easier times for a while. Lovely to revisit your quilts and thank you for sharing the Jim Tharpe quilts too - I find myself looking at old quilts all the time at the moment.

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  17. Love, love the Pickle Dish quilt. I had forgotten about it and now a reminder.

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  18. Your geese and vases quilt is awesome - I love this quilt! they all look great.
    hang in there -

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