Greetings dear readers! I went to the New England Quilt Museum Saturday and met Barbara Brackman!!
She, of course, ran the Hospital Sketches sew-along and came to the museum from her home in Kansas to give a talk about her design inspirations for the blocks. What a thrill! I also got to meet 2 other quilters who had quilts in the exhibit:
Here we are standing in front of Barbara’s quilt. The person second from the left, between Barbara and me, is Roseann Smith. I showed her quilt in a previous post – the one with the lovely sashing with 9 patch cornerstones. The person on the far right had made a top but didn’t finish the quilt in time for the exhibit and I’m sorry I didn’t get her name. The person second from the right is Denniele Bohannon, who I was meeting for the first time, and here is her beautiful quilt:
My friend, Liz, and I had the great good fortune to be able to have lunch with Denniele and her friend Beth after the talk and it was so much fun!! The experience once again reminded me how wonderful it is to be a part of the quilting community!❤️ Our shared passion makes it easy to make new friends!
Barbara was an excellent speaker and I enjoyed her talk. Here’s a photo of her quilt, which I hadn’t previously shown in full yet:
And here is the last of the quilts from the exhibit – the only male exhibitor – and it’s a wild one, but quite appealing:
The background is a bold multicolor fabric and isn’t pieced within the blocks. Can’t you just hear the “quilt police” say there isn’t enough contrast between the appliqué and the background!😊. I’m so glad we’ve largely moved on from that kind of narrow judgement.
Some time soon I’ll be sharing with you some quilts from the Carol Breyer Fallert Gentry exhibit which is running at the museum simultaneously with Hospital Sketches.
I’ve spent the past week working on 2 projects. For the Chevron Quarter Log Cabin project, I made and appliqued down all the border vines and I made all the leaves with the prepared edge technique and basted them all down:
I’m really happy with how this has turned out! But I am setting this aside for a while because I have promised myself I will finish appliquéing all the leaves on the “Stormy Weather” border (Stars and Sprigs project) and get that top sewn together before I appliqué the leaves for the Chevron project 😊.
The other project I’m focusing on right now is a donation to my local library’s annual silent auction fund raiser, due in early November. I chose a pattern from this book that I’ve used many times before to make baby quilts:
This is the picture inside the cover:
And here’s the quilt in the book:
There are 2 different blocks with points going in different directions. Blocks finish at 6 inches:
Here’s mine so far:
I plan to make the quilt center 6 blocks x 6; right now it’s 5×5. It’s been a lot of fun choosing fabrics for the blocks!
I don’t plan to use the border from the book. In previous iterations, I have used appliqué circles:
That’s what I plan to do this time around as well. I haven’t done any machine appliqué for a few years, so look forward to dusting off those skills soon!!
I haven’t posted anything from my walks recently because I’ve had so many quilts to share (still do!), but I’m still walking almost daily and enjoying the hint of fall in the air. Here are some delights I saw at the pond recently:
I go to Cape Cod on Thursday to do a trunk show for the guild in Falmouth. Hope to see some of you there!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi