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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  ♥

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 ♣

Quilt Guild Celebrates 40 Years

The Independence Hall Quilters Guild has been meeting, sewing, and enjoying each others company for 40 years. A detailed history of our guild is found on the Bicentennial Quilt page.

Laken And Katie

Laken Cabral, 14 and Katie Arndt, 98

Our June 6 meeting was attended by most of our members and all the tables were full!  Our youngest and the oldest member were present and happy to take a photo together!

The rest of our 114 members fall somewhere in between. The anniversary will be commemorated with a luncheon at the Snowflake Lodge on Saturday.

♥  TTFN  ♥

 

Photography by: Candy Gutierrez

Recipe For A Quilt Faire

Combine the following ingredients, and mix well for 8 months:

  1. One brave and patient individual to be the Quilt Faire (QF) Chair (a.k.a. Boss)
  2. Chairpersons in charge of the several QF committees
  3. Hard Labor (a.k.a. Husbands)
  4. Minions (many, many, minions!)
  5. Hand-made quilts and specialty items in the Boutique
  6. Country Store cookies, cakes, pies, candy – all yummy!
  7. Venue (the Fabulous Ironstone Winery)
  8. Talented Entrants
  9. Quality Vendors
  10. Esteemed Guests

I could break this list down to hundreds of tasks that we members of Independence Hall Quilters (IHQ) need to get done – but I won’t.

Just come to the Faire and enjoy yourself!

The 38th Annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire
Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys:

Friday October 9, 2015   9:00 – 4:00
Saturday October 10, 2015  9:00 – 4:00
Sunday October 11, 2015  10:00 – 4:00

For details & more information click HERE

A “Comforting” Day

This post is about our March 16th “Comfort Quilt Day” – Whoops

We brought our washed and chopped veggies. We lugged in our rotary cutters and mats.

Sweatshop

Candid shot of one of our ‘sweatshops’

The veggies were thrown into the ‘stone’ soup pot, the cutters were humming along, cutting fabrics to make comfort quilt kits.

We do not sell the kits – members of the guild use them to work on quilts for the community, hospitals, foster children and emergency response crews. The kits, made ready to start piecing, – need no cutting, no fabric decisions, and the instructions are right there.

Another cool thing is you can help out with our signature project and only do the parts you want to do. For example, you hate quilting but love to piece quilt tops.  Just check in the kit when you’re finished piecing and someone else will do the quilting part. Almost like magic!

I didn’t know what to expect, since this was the first Comfort Quilt marathon I could attend.   There were tables and tables and more tables of fabric choices. New fabrics, old-fashioned prints, Batiks to flannel kids fabric. Little room was left open for “browsing” – there wasn’t much open floor space to be had. A Quilter’s fantasy that I’m still disappointed our photographer missed a photo-op of this impressive sight!

The meeting room also had tables set up, raised up more than usual for good cutting posture. At each table there were 2 – 3 quilters busy with their cutting mats and cutters. As you entered the room, the first table, piled high with patterns, from beginner to expert quilters. I picked out 2 – both of them easy patterns I thought I could handle.

At 11:30 the soup was ready and we all took a break to eat. I’ve got to find out what stones the cooks used to make it so delicious. I decided it wasn’t the veggies – I HATE vegetable soup.

The BEST part to me, also the toughest part, is picking out the fabrics to use for the pattern. It was fun to put fabrics with like colors together, find prints that went well with the picked ones. Find a more suitable color and swap it for a previously chosen one. It took me 2-hours to select the fabrics for one of the quilts, so I brought them home to cut. It took me about a week to get up enough guts to start cutting. Like most important tasks, getting started is the hardest part.

THEN – I couldn’t help it, but it would be so much easier to do the piecing by sewing strips together and cutting the group into blocks – a great tip I learned from a guild members “basics” class. Instead of someone having to sew every small piece together. I suspect that I could not let the kit go without my sewing part of it.

Since discovering quilting I have become very weird about fabric. It is not as bad as my yarn addiction. Yet…

😉