4/14/13

Northwest Quilters Guild Quilt Show Part III



Don't miss my first birthday pawty and giveaway going on right here!

Today I have another group of quilts to show you.  If you missed Part I and Part II, you can click on the links to find them.

Before I go on, however, I want to show you the progress I've made over the past week on the Gardener's Journal stitchery.  Here's where I was one week ago:


Here's where I am today:


So, it's getting there, but it seems like it's taking forEVER.  I think I've had more interruptions to my embroidery time than usual with this one.  For instance, I have finished and bound several small quilts while I've been working on it, and I always set it aside while I'm hand-sewing a binding.  Tomorrow I'm going to sew the binding on the Plain and Simple quilt, and so it will get set aside once again.  It's turning into the poor step-child of my sewing world.  Today, I'm linking it to Slow Sunday Stitching.


And now, here's the next set of quilts I have to show you from the quilt show.  I just loved the happy colors and characters on this next quilt.




Here's the tag that accompanied it.  I'm so glad to know I'm not the only person who is making quilts for unborn (and not-yet-conceived) grandchildren.


The next three quilts are my favorites of the challenge quilts for the guild's "Flower Power" challenge.



Who wore jeans like this in the 60's?  (Raising my hand.)




The next quilt was a mini, about 8 x 10 size.  I love the colors, and I'm loving that variegated thread.  I have lots of variegated threads, but they tend to be different tones of the same color.  I'm thinking I definitely need me some of this multi-colored stuff.  I think I still have one or two free spindles on my thread racks.  Definitely need to remedy that.


I really liked this next set of quilts by the same quilter.  Each was for sale, and I stood next to a woman who was beside herself with excitement about having decided to purchase one of them.



They were very densely quilted.  I really like this.  I'm always telling myself I'm going to quilt a quilt like this, but then never have the patience to actually pull it off.



Here is a peek at the back of one of the quilts.


This was the quilt the woman I mentioned was purchasing for $200.  The quilter explained that she had lived next to a subway station for twenty years, and that inspired her to make the train quilts.



I'm always drawn to quilts with a cultural flair.  As I'm looking at this, it almost looks as if the binding has not been finished.  (!)


Last one for today . . . 


I liked this quilter's use of her machine's decorative stitches in the quilting.


There is one more day of these to show you.  I hope you are enjoying the show.

Now I'm off to start cooking.  We are having dinner guests tonight.  I did a lot of the work yesterday, but there is still plenty to do.  I love making dinner for guests, but it's always so much work that I don't do it often.  I suppose I could make it easier on myself, but then it wouldn't be as much fun.  I tend to favor dishes that I can make a day ahead.  That way, I can make it special and still enjoy my guests when they arrive because most of the cooking is already done.  

What's your pleasure when you're cooking for other people?  Do you like to keep it simple?  


28 comments from clever and witty friends:

Teresa in Music City said...

I wore jeans like that in the 70's :*) Had cool patches all over them, and a wide, funky belt. I was the bomb LOL!!! Some of those quilts are really densely quilted!!! It's fun to see the different methods. Enjoy your evening with friends :*)

Brita said...

Thanks for sharing the pics, I'm looking forward to seeing more!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I particularly love the 3D flower! There are so many amazing artists out there!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love your stitching! and the eye candy...wow.

Quilter Kathy said...

Hey...you're almost done the house, and just have the fence to finish...so close! Be nice to that step-child and give her some lovin! LOL
Great photos of amazing quilty texture!
When cooking for others, I prefer...TAKE OUT! lol
Thanks for linking up!

Kate said...

Thanks for sharing the show pics. I love the flower interpretations. Sadly I had not jeans like that in the 60's.

Enjoy your dinner guests tonight.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Lots of pretties to see there. The trains delight me, I love the way she interpreted the shape and flow of the machinery. I see BART trains all the time here in the Bay Area and they are still a novelty to me even after thirteen years.

Thanks for sharing your pictures, Barbara.

sophie said...

I AM enjoying the show--thank you for sharing it. I didn't own jeans like those ... but I had a pair of overalls that I covered with embroidery like that in the '70's.

Podunkpretties said...

Thanks for the show, I haven't been to a quilt show yet this year, so I love it when someone else does and shares. And for the cooking...rarely do I cook for anyone but me and honey. But when I do cook its usually for my son and his girlfriend, they're vegetarians...UGGGG!

Donna said...

I love the quilts from the show. I am enthralled with the Moscow cityscape. Thanks for sharing.

First time guests get tried and true favorites when I cook for them. If you have been here before you might get to "test" something new!

Deb A said...

Great progress on your stitchery especially with binding of other quilts.
Lovely quilt show and some amazing quilters. It depends on the company - sometime's it's just easy to pick up an already cooked roaster chicken and just add some sides and call it a meal.
Enjoy your company.

WoolenSails said...

I really love seeing art pieces and the ways they make them unique, something I want to try.

Debbie

Lyndsey said...

Your stitching is coming along great and you have got so many quilting bits done. I love the Dancing in the moonlight quilt and it is perfect for a grandchild. All of my 3 have always said they aren't having children! But now, my older daughter who was 25 yesterday has told me to look into the future in 2 to 3 years time. So maybe I could start a pattern collection now.

Lynne said...

More great quilts; I appreciate the detailed shots!

Quilting Babcia said...

Great batch of quilts today, and I especially enjoyed the Moscow cityscapes. That train quilt was stunning. I generally try to do a lot of make-ahead items for dinner, I'm too frazzled when company arrives and crowds into the kitchen to do much more than the final touches.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Unless you do embroidery, you don't realize the time it takes to do a detailed block like yours. It looks wonderful! Love the little quilt show, especially the jean quilt! Wish I still had a pair of jeans I had embroidered when I was in high school. Such memories, reminds me we had a sit in my freshman year, so that we could wear jeans to school Such radical times! LOL

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LynCC said...

My hand-stitch projects always get second-seated to bindings, too. - Unless I'm going someplace that'll involve waiting, then I do prefer the tote to a larger quilt. LOVE that Dancing in the Moonlight and the jeans Flower Power. :D

Betty said...

Thanks for sharing the quilt show!
Hubby and I are friends with a couple that likes to try new recipes. We are always happy to taste test for them! When we have guests over to eat, hubs usually grills something wonderful. I can handle the sides or desert, but cooking a full meal is not my favorite thing to do.

SewCalGal said...

Thank you for more sharing on this fun show. All are beautiful. But I'm particularly drawn to "dancing in the moonlight". So cute and whimsical.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Brown Family said...

I love flower power quilts. Yes, I did wear jeans like that.

Nan

quiltzyx said...

You got a lot of more embroidery done on your block!

Wow! I really like today's quilts!!! My favorite is the miniature with the variegated quilting. I was just thinking about organizing a new Challenge for my guild (sure, make that 4 jobs for me there: Pres, newsletter & website already) with a standard size of a tall, thin rectangle. Haven't decided on a theme yet tho'.

Diane Wild said...

Awesome little quilts. I'm always inspired at quilt shows and find my own skills so lacking. Thanks for sharing the show. I know what you mean on the embroidery projects. They tend to get pushed to the back of the line.

Jacque said...

You know me, I do love me some three D fabric fun, but Oh, how I adore that Dancing in the Moonlight quilt! Ever so cute!

ANudge said...

I'm so enjoying the quilt show. Thanks so much for sharing those. Lovely embroidery.

scraphappy said...

Thanks for sharing the quilts. Such a nice variety. You are making nice progress on your embroidery. Slowly but surely you will get there.

kc said...

Your block looks a lot better than when it started, that's for sure!

Thanks for sharing the quilts - I just ADORE that little jack-in-the-pulpit 3D one....and I never thought to use the fancy stitches like that...very cool & inspirational too.

I only hope I can remember how if I ever do a block like that.

More geocaching & state parks today, one more day & we head home, before the storm arrives.

Rachel said...

Love the eye candy! Cooking-well, I want them to like it, LOL. Almost everyone we dine with has an "I don't eat list" so simple is usually best, LOL.