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Quilting Horrors – The Contest

Number of entrants: 2

Both stories were suspenseful, entertaining and truly horrible! Exactly what was requested. Not only that, but each had a completely different tale and they told it so well…

Instead of tossing a coin to decide 1st and 2nd place (because they were both equally good) – I decided to declare a tie for 1st Place.

So…

First Place goes to:

Karen Heydorn for ‘The Raffle Quilt’

And to…

Becky Smith for ‘The Wedding Quilt’

 

The Wedding Quilt

My story starts with my cousin’s son getting married. I saw a log cabin quilt in a magazine. The log cabins were a combination of off-white, muted greens and muted rose fabrics. When placed together, they made the shape of a heart. I was so happy with the way it turned out.

I sent it to the wedding to have the guests sign the muslin with well-wishes for the happy couple (unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the wedding).

My cousin sent the quilt back to me.

Now that the piercing was done and the quilt signed, I took the huge quilt to IHQ to have my friends there help me baste the top, batting and backing together (a real quilting bee experience). To this point, not a horrific undertaking right??

Well, I proceeded to ask a long-arm quilter to do the quilting (because, let’s face it, it was too big for me to quilt by hand). She informed me that she wouldn’t be able to quilt it until all of the basting was removed (heavy sigh). So I took it home and started to undo the beautiful basting.

It was finally ready to be quilted!!

Well, it was then that my cousin informed me that the happy couple were going to get a divorce.

Now what to do with a beautiful quilt with well-wishes for a couple getting a divorce??

Since there was no rush to do anything, I put it aside for a while.

A few months went by and I pulled it out of hiding. I realized that I could applique some vintage-looking flowers over the well-wishes, and use it for my own bed.

I painstakingly chose, ironed on Wonder under, cut out and ironed on the flowers. It was looking lovely!!

I went on vacation with my husband and son last July, quilt almost finished. Then we got a call, our house burnt down.

The quilt went up in smoke.

I have pictures of my problem child quilt and will hopefully get a chance to try, try again.

May the doomed, haunted and cursed quilt rest in pieces.

 

The Raffle Quilt

More than ten years ago I volunteered to sew on a sleeve for the guild’s raffle quilt about a week prior to the faire. After completing the task, I decided to lay the quilt out on a bed in a guest room & my heart stopped when I noticed a hole (completely though the quilt) about the size of a dime. Horrified, I called the president of the guild with the news to report the damage & very little time to fix a BIG problem.

I delivered the quilt to a Thursday night quilt guild meeting when a decision was made to appliqué a design over the damaged area. One of our members designed and appliquéd a vine & flowers across the top, down the damaged side & even had to have the vine go over one corner to the back area to cover the damage. The appliqué was worked on from the Monday of set up until the Thursday before opening on Friday.

The addition of the appliqué added to the beauty of the quilt and the raffle went off without any further horrid stories to tell.

P.S.

Those ladies who saved the day are still active in our guild!

Quilt Faire Chair: Joanne Padelford

Appliqué designed and sewn by: Barbara Cleveland

 

♥  TTFN  ♥

The 2018 Viewer’s Choice Awards

It is not the Oscars.

Nor is it filmed in Hollywood…

But there was a Red Carpet!  And a lot of happy winners too.

 

In the Wall Hanging Category

    The Winners Are…

1st Place went to Gay Losher for her “Out For a Hunt”

 

2nd Place went to Carolyn Pereira for her “Abilene”. Abilene is also the winner of Ironstone Vineyards coveted “Vintner’s Favorite” award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place was awarded to Robyn Phelps for “California” (not present)

 

The Small Innovative Quits

1st Place belongs to Sue Duggins for her “Blue House Montana”

2nd Place went to Carolyn Earhart for “Jon’s Chemistry”

3rd Place was awarded to Mary Sue Budrow for “Colored Blocks”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bed Quilts

1st Place awarded to Nadine Bowlus for “EP’s Library”

2nd Place went to Diane Mitchell for “My Joy”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place went to Susan Tribble for her “Finding Dory”

 

Large Innovative Quits

1st Place awarded to Sue Bishop for her “Stars Over a Log Cabin”

2nd Place went to Caroline Earhart for “Eight Generations of My Family”

3rd Place was awarded to Jennifer Cabral for her “Leftovers”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Challenge
This year’s Challenge was to pick a crayon out of a bag full (no peeking!), then use that color in designing a small wall hanging

1st Place  awarded to Nancy Macomber for “Foxy”

2nd Place went to Diane Mitchell for “Periwinkle Pazzazz”

 

3rd Place was Nadine Bowlus for “Morning Light”

 

Wearable Art

1st Place  awarded to Lynne Ingalls for her Jacket (not present)

2nd Place went to Mary Sue Budrow for “Tulips” (vest)

3rd Place was Lynne Ingalls for the matching vest for her jacket

 

Needle Art

1st Place awarded to Kathy Heffernan for “Old Town America”

2nd Place went to Carolyn Rector for “Springtime Happiness”

 

 

 

 

3rd Place was given to Nadine Bowlus for “Frog on Stilts”

Dolls

1st Place awarded to Barbara Cleveland for her Bisque Doll, dressed in green. And…2nd Place went to Barbara Cleveland for her Bisque Doll, dressed in red..

 

Congratulations Everyone!

Member Showcase: Kathie Merrick

After our Quarterly Business Meeting, while we were waiting for our luncheon to be served, we were entertained by Kathie Merrick.  She brought in some of her artistic creations to show us, including paintings, clothing, quilts and a Christmas Tree she decorated with ornaments made from thread. Just thread.  

Each of her items has a story behind it, of course!  And the way she tells that story is so entertaining, she had us giggling like girls.  If she gets tired of sewing, she should try stand-up.

To our delight, she brought in the very first quilt she made. A hand pieced and quilted, “Sunbonnet Sue” pattern that Kathie modified by adding applique and embellishments.  Photos do not do it justice. We are talking about Stunning here.

You might think, “Overachiever”.  Maybe that is what makes her so awesome at sewing. Probably.

All I know is that it is not contagious.

 

♥  TTFN!  ♥

Bring Chocolate

That is what our quilters guild calendar said on Feb 12th. After listing our usual announcements, and the day’s activities, there it was. In bold print – Bring Chocolate to Share

We did – and then some.  Even the Hershey twins joined us and passed out Hershey’s mini candy bars.

They were a surprise – not on our calendar.

 

For Sew & Tell we had these quilts on the walls:

Deanna Hoy’s T-shirt quilt – made from her brother’s rock & roll concert T-shirts. Quilted by RoxAnne Borean.

The following items on the wall do not have photos (yet):

Eileen Roberson. Black and tan, rectangles made from free-table scraps.

Pat Gomes. Raggedy Quilts one from Country Cloth Class, two from free table.

 

This quilt is a collage of California’s National Parks. Linda Van B. made it. [She may be hiding behind it]

♥ TTFN ♥

 

Sparkly Welcome for Soggy Quilters

When Guild members entered the Hall on Monday, they were soggy from the rainstorm and chilled from their walk in the parking lot. The whole main room of our meeting place was gloomy because from the huge wall of windows came not a drop of light. The view seemed to suck the light away from the room.

Waiting in line to sign in for the meeting, we noticed a flash of bright, swirling color straight ahead that made us smile. Even seeing the quilt from a distance, we were 99% sure of who made it. The 1% of doubt vanished after getting a closer look. We only knew of one quilter who would torture herself with precision paper piecing and perfectly set points on a pattern so fearsomely intense that you can’t look at it very long, unless you like feeling dizzy.


Diane explained this quilt was 3 years in the making. The pattern, “Brilliant Beauties of Joy”, was designed by Jacqueline de Jonge. Although it is difficult to tell from photographs, Diane applied 760 Swarovski crystals to the quilt for added sparkle. It is beautifully quilted by our own Jennifer Cabral.

Diane named her masterpiece ~ My Joy

BTW – I’m pretty sure that “My Joy” will be entered in this year’s Quilt Faire. Soooo, you will have a chance to admire it yourself!