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:
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