November 22, 2017: My quilt is in Quiltmania magazine!!!; Pics from a special exhibit in Houston

Greetings!  I discovered yesterday (thanks, Susan for alerting me!!) that my quilt, “Spirit of Japan #3: Kuruma” is in the latest issue of Quiltmania in their piece on the Vermont Quilt Festival!!!  It is featured on a full page and their photography really does the color and the quilting justice.  I’m so pleased!!!!  What an honor!

I’ll be on cloud nine for a while!!!!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.  I sign off every post with a message to “be grateful” and I sincerely believe that this is a daily attitude we all should cultivate.  This Thursday is the day we officially celebrate all we have to be thankful for, but we, of course, should be thankful every day.  One of the special exhibits that I really enjoyed at the Houston festival was the large quilt made by quilt makers from Bern, Switzerland and the similar quilt inspired by it that quilters from Mexico made.  These quilts are excellent examples of people being inspired by those in other places and cultures and working together to create something beautiful.  We need this in these divisive times!!!

Enjoy these pictures (click on pics for details!) and have a great holiday!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day,  Gladi

 

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November 17, 2017: More from the Houston Festival; project updates

Greetings!  There is so much to share from the Houston show!  Today I am going to focus on some of the major prize winners and show you a silk quilt favorite.  First let me say that I have no quibbles with the prize winners – they were all deserving!!  What I did notice, however, is that many of the winners in the regular categories were good enough to be big prize winners too.  It’s like a beauty pageant in which all the contestants are beautiful and talented.  I’m sure the final results have to do, at least to some degree, with judge’s bias.  I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the judge’s room!!

I was very happy to see that 3 of the 8 major prize winners were completely hand made quilts – all made by Japanese quilters, of course!  Here is the astounding Baltimore album style quilt that won the Founder’s Award.  Be sure to click on the pictures to enlarge them so you can see the wonderful details.

This quilt won the “World of Beauty” award.  I talked with the maker and she worked on it for several hours nearly every day for a year and a half!!  The details were amazing and hard to capture on camera, especially since we couldn’t get as close to the major award winners as to the other quilts.

Think of the patience it must have taken to do all the appliqué work in this winner:

Janet Stone won Best of Show for her entirely machine made quilt which looked PERFECT!!!  Every aspect of the quilt was excellent – design, construction, details, embellishments, etc.  One could spend quite some time looking at this and still not see everything!

The last quilt from the show which I’m showing today was winner of first place for innovative appliqué and was one of my favorite quilts in the show.  It’s all silk!!!  Pat Holly has been making silk quilts for a while and I think this is her best one so far.  What an inspiration!  I just love the colors, the design – everything!!!!  Please enjoy all the closeups.  Also, you may want to go to thequiltshow.com and see the recorded interview Alex Anderson does with Pat in which she explains the inspiration for the hand made border edging:

Below is a closeup of the hand made edging:

As for me, I am continuing to hand quilt “We Are Stardust” to get it done for my NEQM exhibit starting in January.  Many thanks to Barbara Brackman for featuring my 3 “Stars in a Time Warp” quilts in her recent post on her Civil War Quilts blog this week!!!  And, of course, many thanks to her for doing the quilt-alongs she does every year!!!

Above is the corner in which I do my hand quilting, using our gembay drum to hold my supplies!

I’ve also been working on the “Twinkle” border.  I finished the top border with the stars and sketched, then stitched one of the corner blocks.  I had to lay it out on the floor as my design wall is “occupied” by my silk quilt.

I’m also working on the silk quilt border:

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day,  Gladi

 

November 11, 2017: Updates on silk quilt border and hexagon stars; What I bought in Houston; More pictures from Houston

Greetings!  I’ve made a decision on the silk quilt border.  It’s going to be blue with the red thin inner border and I am embroidering stars in bright colors on it.  I worked up a sample of these stars to see what it would look like and I like it!  Here’s the sample:

So I cut my first long border strip, interfaced it to prevent raveling, started to draw the stars, and am now ready to start stitching!

My reproduction hexagon star flowers project was supposed to be a “long term” project, just worked on when I’m out of the house and need handwork and taking – years??.  However, seems like I have been traveling a lot recently – plus I’m addicted to making these! – so I have now completed 52 stars and have about 30 more cut and ready to go.  Here’s the latest batch with some closeups (click on pics to enlarge):

There were hundreds of vendors in Houston and I did my part for the economy!  I love books and bought 3 – would have bought more, but I did not want to have to send a package home so limited myself to what would fit in my suitcase.  Of course I had to have the new book on Indigo in Japan:

And the third book in this series on English Paper Pieced quilts which is filled with fantastic projects!:

And I happened to meet Yoko Saito in the Martingale publishing booth and she signed one of her books for me:

Yoko had a fantastic exhibit of her quilts at the show and I will get to sharing many of these with you in another post.

Of course I bought some fabric!  I found this excellent fat quarter stack (17 pieces) of Japanese indigo fabrics and bought a 2 yard piece of creamy white brushed cotton fabric to go with them:

Thinking of maybe making a blue and white quilt.  On the other hand, I’ve been looking at the waning autumn colors recently and seeing a lot of – cheddar!

Blue and cheddar/gold would be a nice combination – we’ll see!

I also bought 2 packs of “fat eights” of lighter/softer colored reproduction fabrics (my collection tends to have more of the darker/brighter colors) plus a few fat quarters and am mulling over possible designs to use these in – no decisions yet.  “Lady of the Lake” or some sort of basket pattern are prime possibilities, with an elaborate appliquéd border, of course!!  I do have a basket of similar lighter/softer fabrics that I have been collecting the past few years to go with these so there is plenty on hand to get started – but I think I want to move current projects further along before I do that.

One of my best purchases was this pack of freezer paper sheets:

I had been drawing each of my hexagon templates individually on regular freezer paper.  Now I only need this one master copy and can run the paper through our printer for more!  Also this paper is a bit sturdier than regular freezer paper so is good for templates for EPP.  I also bought a pack of pre-cut diamonds the right size to connect my hexagon star flowers and the acrylic template with which to cut out the shapes:

Other purchases included a number of packs of different size needles to replenish my supply, another pair of Kai scissors, and some blades for my rotary cutter.  A one yard piece of a gorgeous shade of green silk fabric made me buy it :):) (No picture because green does not photograph well for me.)  Everything fit nicely in my suitcase!!

I still marvel that I made it to the Houston show!  I loved the whole experience.  If I go again, I will attend more lectures and perhaps sign up for a class, but I really appreciate the time I had to really look at the quilts.  The quality of the quilts in the competition was outstanding!  The special exhibits were wonderful.  Just about the only negative thing I can think of to say is that I did not find much authentic Japanese fabric in the vendor section.  Out of the hundreds of vendors, I only found 3 that had authentic Japanese fabric (very limited selection!) and a couple of those had a very, very small selection of antique indigo fabrics and I didn’t think the quality of those was particularly good.  I loved, though, that there were vendors from France, Netherlands, Australia, Africa, and South America!!!

More pictures from the show:

Here is the additional information about the quilt in my last post that was not identified (one of my favorites!!):

Here are 2 additional pictures of the beautiful quilt that won first place for “embellishments” (see previous post for full picture)

And here is a closeup of the border of the basket quilt from my last post:

This quilt won first place for traditional appliqué – and it’s a real stunner!

This wonderful quilt won first place in the traditional piecing category.  I love how she used circles in her design – they add a lot.:

And this gorgeous quilt won third place in the traditional appliqué category:

This was the second place winner in traditional pieced (tiny pieces!!!):

Oops – can’t find the ID card for the above – will include in next post.

Linda Roy – one of my quilting idols! – had another lovely quilt in the show, but it didn’t win anything.  That just shows how tough the competition was and how outstanding the quilts in the show were!!

Another gorgeous Japanese quilt:

Many more pictures to come!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day,  Gladi

November 7, 2017: Back from Houston!; some pictures from the show; silk quilt border update

Greetings!  I had the most wonderful time in Houston at the quilt show!!!  What could be better than viewing beautiful and/or powerful quilts, attending talks/lectures on quilting, and shopping at hundreds of vendors?!  Quilt heaven!  Now – back to earth and my normal routine.  But, wow, was I ever inspired by all the wonderful quilts I saw.  I would go back to this show in a heartbeat.  I’m very glad I had 3+ days in which to do it all.  That amount of time really allowed me to spend quality time with the quilts and attend some talks.  I’m almost embarrassed to say (gulp!!) that I took 918 pictures!!  That does mean, though, that I have much to share on the blog over the months to come.

Let me start by saying that my wonderful trip came about because of Janet Elia’s (blog – Janet Ann Creations) generosity in inviting me to join her (see my previous post).  Thank you Janet!!! She was a great roommate and we had a fun time together.  She had a quilt in the special exhibit “In Full Bloom.”  Here is a picture of her with her beautiful quilt, along with some close-ups (click on pics to enlarge and see details!);

Now I am going to share some of the quilts from the show, in no particular order except I’ll probably start with some of my favorites (there were many!!!).  Unfortunately, I have run out of space in my media file for uploading pictures to put on my blog so I am only showing a few today (I will have to delete some older pictures in the files to make more room for next time) and I think I have pictures of more details from these quilts that I may post in the future.

This quilt was absolutely gorgeous!!!

This quilt was inspired by one of my favorite quilters, Noriko Masui:

This quilt was absolutely gorgeous, but the information card didn’t upload because of the space issue.  I’ll add it next post, but here’s the quilt:

After my last post, one of my readers, Wendy C. suggested I consider a royal blue border for my silk quilt, extending the background of the quilt.  I thought this was worth looking at so I did a mock-up with and without a narrow red strip separating the border from the center of the quilt.  Here are the pictures:

With the red strip:

Without the red strip:

So…..I like both of these options better than a simple red border!  But, after looking at these carefully, I like the narrow red border included.  So I have decided that’s what I’m going with!  I didn’t have enough of the blue fabric for a border, but, luckily, the company from which I bought my fabric was vending at the Houston quilt festival and they had the blue silk there so I bought more!  I am pretty sure I am going to embroider some stars on the border – similar to the ones in the centers of the stars in the center of the quilt.  Will do a sample first just to make sure.

I hope to be back soon with lots more quilt pictures and more thoughts about the festival.

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day,  Gladi

 

October 27, 2017: Major decision on silk quilt border; more quilt pictures from Cocheco and NEQM

Greetings!  Al and I had a wonderful visit with our son in NYC/Brooklyn.  The weather was amazing for late October!  The drive down was lovely with fall foliage at its peak.

We had drinks in the late afternoon in Brooklyn with the NYC skyline in the background:

Michael with girlfriend Jordan:

 

I went to the Frick Museum – not the first time and it’s always wonderful, full of masterpieces, and not overwhelming like the Met can be.  We had 2 great dinners with Michael and Jordan.  We walked on the Highline for the first time:

And when we got off the Highline, after lunch, we continued to walk south into Soho where I went to the shop, Purl Soho, for the first time.  I looked at fat eighth packs of Liberty fabrics which were wildly expensive and decided they weren’t worth it for me.  But I did buy several spools of silk thread.  They had lots of gorgeous colors!!!:

When I got home I used the silk thread to stitch some diagonal crossing lines on the piece of gold silk I bought for the border of the silk quilt (click to enlarge and see detail better):

I pinned this up on the design wall with some red strips to simulate an inner border and binding to see how it would look, but I also put a couple pieces of 3 inch wide red up for comparison:

Very quickly, I decided I prefer the plain red.  I really like the diagonal stitching in silk on the gold fabric, but I don’t think it is right for this quilt.  The more I looked at the quilt, the more I felt that the center is the “star” (Ha!!!) and it doesn’t need any extra detail in the border.  This is an usual decision for me as I LOVE fancy borders, but I also believe in letting quilts “speak” to me and this one is telling me a plain border is best.  No need to pull attention away from the center. Feel free to comment on how you feel about this, esp. if you disagree!

I continue to hand quilt Stardust and I finished appliquéing the stars on the top border of Twinkle – forgot to get a picture and will post it next time.  I continue to make hexagon star pieces and now have about 50 stars ready for hand piecing together.  I’ll be taking a few to Houston to work on during travel.  Here’s a good example of how a design can be fussy cut:

Here are some more pictures from the New England Quilt Museum for your enjoyment (click to enlarge!!)  Be sure to read the artists’ statements:

Gorgeous machine embroidery!:

Excellent geometric with amazing details:

Beautiful embellishments on this antique crazy quilt:

Beautiful hand embroidery on this coverlet:

And here are a few more quilts from the Cocheco show.

More wool applique!!!

I love Lorraine’s idea of depicting the mountains she has climbed with delectable mountain blocks and putting the names on them!!!

Wendy Coffin’s quilts have an elegant simplicity that is very effective and her construction is impeccable!  This one was a Judge’s Choice, I believe:

My friend Rosemary did a great job with this complicated pattern!

This gorgeous “red house” quilt was a viewer’s choice winner:

I’m getting so excited about going to Houston!!!  Most likely I won’t post again until after I get home.  I should have lots of pictures!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day,  Gladi

 

 

October 21, 2017: I’m going to Houston!!!; projects update; more NEQM and Cocheco quilt pictures

Greetings.  I’m going to the Houston International Quilt Festival!!!!  The opportunity just came up earlier this week and I seized it!  At my trunk show for the Silver City quilt guild in Taunton, MA Monday evening, I met Janet Elia, one of the founders of the guild, past president, and current program chair.  She not only was a fabulous host and really nice person, but mentioned that she was going to Houston, did not have a roommate, and I was welcome to join her if I wanted to.  As soon as I determined that a flight at a reasonable price was available l said yes.  Wow – this is something I’ve wanted to do for years and now it’s happening in less than 2 weeks.  I’m incredibly excited.  What could be better than 3 days of being inspired by some of the best quilts being made today and from the past and endless vendors, many with hard to find products!!!  And it’s going to be fun to get to know Janet better.  Check out her blog – Janet Ann Creations – to see some of her beautiful quilts.  She has a gorgeous quilt in a special exhibit at the show and I’m looking forward to seeing it.  I leave 11/1 and return 11/5 – think of all the pictures I’m going to eventually be sharing with you on the blog!!!  By the way, my trunk show went really well – the Silver City guild is a wonderful, welcoming group of people and I enjoyed every minute of being there!

Meanwhile, I am actively working on 3 of my projects.  I am making slow, but definite, progress on hand quilting “Stardust.”  I like not feeling too rushed – deadline is end of December.

I finished the appliqué of the lover border of “Twinkle” and designed a star border for the top:

The stars across the top in the above picture are paper so I could get an idea of what they might look like, how many I might need, and how to distribute them.  Below you see I have made the fabric stars and appliquéd 2 so far:

I think I have become addicted to English paper piecing!!  I have been buying striped reproduction fabric to supplement my stash and making hexagon stars almost every day:

I enjoy trying to pick out just the right fabric for the centers once the outside pieces are made.  Once I get the 7 pieces made for each star, I clip them together to save until I can hand sew them together:

Janet Elia suggested I stop in at The Quilted Crow in Bolton, MA on my way home from my trunk show so I did and, not only did I find several excellent striped reproduction fabrics for the stars, but I found a suitable background fabric for the project!!  I wanted something in the warm tan range:

I made a few background pieces and pinned the stars I’ve completed to the design wall with them:

I had been trying to keep the colors to mostly reds, browns, blues, and black.  However, now looking at the whole, I think I want to add green to the mix for a little extra spark and I think I want more red as well:

I’ll add some green blocks before I actually try piecing some of the background in.  I also have to figure out what the best plan is for sewing all the pieces together – rows?  from the center out?  Anyone have any experience with this or references to suggest?  I also don’t know yet how big this quilt is going to be – crib size or larger?  Might depend on how well piecing the parts together goes and how long my addiction to this process lasts!!!

As for my silk quilt, ideas for the border are simmering in my brain.  I may even try a sample of an idea before I commit to the entire border, just to make sure it’s OK.  With all the work I’ve put into the center of the quilt, I want to make sure the border is something that enhances the overall quilt.  My current idea includes quite a bit of embroidery work.

Here are some more pictures from the New England Quilt Museum.  Click on the pictures to enlarge them and enjoy the details:

Incredible hand quilting on this one:

In addition to the “Gilding the Lily” exhibit, the museum also had a wonderful display of some quilts from their collection.  Here are a couple:

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a pattern for the quilt (coverlet, actually) below!

Wonderful design and use of textiles on the one below:

And here are 3 more quilts from the Cocheco show:

Another beautiful wool appliqué quilt:

Yet another beautiful wool appliqué, this one by my friend Rosemary:

And I LOVE what Patience wrote about this quilt!:

I think that’s enough for today!  Will save more Budapest for another post, plus more quilts from the museum and the Cocheco show.

Al and I leave tomorrow AM for New York City to visit our son – only staying 2 nights and coming back Tuesday, but should be fun.  Hoping to get in a couple good dinners, perhaps a walk on the Highline, and a visit to one of the museums.

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day,   Gladi

 

 

October 15, 2017: Cocheco Quilters Guild show; Budapest

Greetings!  My guild – the Cocheco Quilters Guild – had its annual show this weekend.  Every year I’m amazed at the wonderful quilts on display and the many talented quilters our guild has.  I am so lucky to be a part of this quilting community!

Spirit of Japan#3: Kuruma (the wheel) won a blue ribbon and a Judge’s Choice!

I was in charge of the Meet the Quilter exhibit and was at the set-up all day on Friday.  We featured 3 quilters.  2 of them were sisters, Patience Dixon and Louise Ford.  They are long time members of the guild, having joined the first year – 38 years ago!   For a long time both did exquisite hand quilting and hand appliqué.  They have continued making wonderful quilts but now have them machine quilted.  The third featured quilter is Mitzi Horne who has made some beautiful quilts and does a lot for the guild.  I’m afraid I didn’t get a lot of closeups, but click on the pictures to enlarge and see the exhibits more closely:

Here’s Patience’s exhibit (the Hawaiian is hand quilted!):

Here is Louise’s exhibit (check out the hand quilted masterpiece!):

And here is Mitzi’s excellent exhibit (wish I’d gotten a closeup of her Salzburg quilt – the one in between the 2 big ones – enlarging the third picture might help you see it better):

Martha Wilson won Best of Show for her beautifully home machine quilted quilt featuring birds – wonderful use of a panel!

There were several quilts with wool appliqué – more than I remember in any previous show so I think this is a trend; lots of quilters doing wool appliqué.  Here is a wool appliqué quilt that won a Viewer’s Choice.  Lots of great detailed hand embroidery embellishment!:

I will have many more pictures in upcoming posts!  Seems like I have stockpiled a lot of quilt pictures to share over several future posts.  I still have a few things from the World Quilt Show, I still have a lot from the New England Quilt Museum, and now our Cocheco Show!

Here are a few pictures from Budapest before I end this post:

We had a small balcony off our 5th floor apartment with an incredible view of St. Stephens Cathedral:

The view from our bedroom window:

The cathedral at night:

Evening view of the palace in Buda:

The Chain Bridge:

The Academy of Sciences:

One of our favorite activities – going to the Spa!!  Budapest has numerous public spas.  My husband played chess (not a picture of him as we left our phones in our locker and took pictures after we got out and got dressed!)

Another favorite activity – eating pastries in the fabulous cafes!

More to come!

I’m off to Taunton, MA tomorrow to give a trunk show to the Silver City Quilt Guild there.  It should be fun!  I have half the quilts packed – am taking 24! – and will do the rest in the morning.

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day,   Gladi