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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  ♥

And — The Winner is…

Raffle Ticket Winners:

Kathy Griggs went home with that striking Bargello Scholarship Quilt!

Sandy Mayfield can’t wait to give her granddaughter her new American Girl Doll!


The show winners walked the red carpet to receive their ribbons on Monday. If you look to your right, you can see how much fun they were having!

Announcing the Winners of a Viewer’s Choice Award – by Category…

 

Member Challenge (CH)
1st  Place Jocelyn Muncaster

Burger Invasion

2nd Place Jennifer Cabral

Vase of the Hamburgers

3rd Place Nadine Bowlus

BBQ Picnic Wreath

Dolls (D)
1st Place  Jean Schwisow

My Sewing Room

2nd Place  Nancy Macomber

Berty, Button Merchant

3rd Place  Sharon Stephens

Country Critters

Hand Quilted (HQ)
1st Place  Laura McGavern

Elephant for P.A.W.s

2nd Place  Linda Palmer

“Nana’s Quilt” **

3rd Place  Carolyn Earhart

Dyeing to Shine

Needle Arts (NA)
1st Place  Linda Burns

Poppies

2nd Place  Carolyn Rector

My Quilt Room

3rd Place  Sue Wilmer

The James-Younger Gang

Quilts (Q)
1st Place  CarolineEarhart

Save the Last Dance…

2nd Place  Diane Mitchell

Somers Bay Sunrise

3rd Place  Jeanne Hand

Fabulous Fiona

Wearable Arts (WA)
1st Place  Nadine Bowlus

“Hope is the thing …”

2nd Place  Jean Schwisow

Knitted Shawl

3rd Place  Nadine Bowlus

Aspen Grove Totebag

 
Wall Hangings  (WH)
1st Place  Diane Mitchell

Kitchen Hunting

2nd Place  Nadine Bowlus

Aspen Grove

3rd Place  Phyllis Holmes

August 21, 2017

Wonky
1st Place Nancy Macomber

Past & Present

2nd Place  Mary Sue Budrow

Love of the Game

3rd Place  Erin Lee Borean

“Flutterbys”

 

** “Nana’s Quilt” also won the coveted “Ironstone’s Choice” award.  

 

Congratulations to Everyone!!

Summertime, and the Living is Easy?

Do you remember that song?

Maybe the living is easy in summer – someplace, that isn’t Arnold. Our focus is different as our weekly Guild meetings stop (until Sept. 4th), and the Flea Market readiness work begins at Independence Hall.

The Annual Flea Market at Ebbetts Pass Community Center, a.k.a. “The Hall”, is held the first full weekend in August. The fact that getting ready for the event takes half of June and all of July, speaks volumes. The local communities bring donations to the Hall throughout the year.

Volunteers needed!!

Only the Beginning

It’s a challenge to work in the Textiles room. Tons of fabrics, bedding, towels, and sewing notions. You just can’t beat $1.00 per yard…

Bags of yarn and moving boxes full of fabric!  And it’s only June…

What Happens at Quilt Camp…

Stays at Quilt Camp.

That’s what I was told and I obeyed.  No camera, notebooks or diaries, and I left my laptop at home. I was going to behave myself and ignore the temptation to “expose all” on our blog.

In order to keep my word, I won’t mention any campers names, gossip, tall tales, or rumors.

That being said, I cannot help myself from telling you the things that surprised me, as a first time Quilt Camper (i.e., Camp Virgin)…

    • The map and directions to camp were a challenge to understand, even for my hubby who is good with maps. He had to study the area with satellite views to figure it all out.  As for me, I hung on the hand grip most of the way. It reminded me of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
    • The camp restrooms were stocked with secret agent, fast dissolving, easy to swallow, paper that tears apart in your hands when you pull it from the dispenser. I totally recommend the CIA find out where to get some.
    • The “hiking” our information sheet mentions is actually the sojourn across the campground to the chow hall. Don’t count carbs – eat as much as you can – because you will burn it all off, trudging up the steep hills to get back to your sewing machine. I decided to do “hitch” hiking on a full stomach.
    • Several gals complained about hair suddenly growing on their chest. I won’t name names, but it only happened to the coffee drinkers. Hmmm…
    • The only elevator is used for moving our stuff to the second floor. The people who own the stuff must walk up stairs. Considering the amount of “stuff” we all brought – this was a wonderful thing!
    • I can’t wait for next year!!

♣ TTFN ♣