Recently returned from a great show in Manchester, New Hampshire. This trip was not in the plans but an opportunity presented itself and, well, when does a quilter turn down a great opportunity to smooze with other quilters. Of course we left the spring heat of Houston and headed to a somewhat snow-covered Boston and Manchester area.
On my way to a great quilt show! Flying in to Boston
I have to admit, these next two pictures are still making me chuckle. The first is a picture of an elevator I had to opportunity to push the buttons on. Makes you wonder just what the BS button was really meant for. The obvious answer was Bus Station since that’s where the elevator stopped, but sure does make you wonder.
Well now, this is in an elevator in Manchester, New Hampshire…BS ????
The second, and even more amusing thing we found was on the menu at an Italian restaurant, and NO, I didn’t try it! Read the Cinghiale under Plates. The waiter assured us it was incredible and very tender!
Happened to be traveling along with other friends, most from the Houston area and Linda, from Sante Fe, New Mexico. Had a great time and learned so much I can’t wait to apply to new quilting adventures.
Some more eye candy for your pleasure.
Wow, the work!
Really enjoyed this show. So much talent, fantastic piecing and quilting!
Enjoy Group 2! Happy quilting. Karen
This is a gift for a retiring lady. What a gift to receive! The fabric choices were great and centered on shades of coral and blue. The back matched the border fabric and was just so happy. I embroidered and attached a label in remembrance of the retirement. It included the ladies name, the date of retirement, the name of the pattern, the piecer and quilter’s names….great idea! Barbara did a wonderful job on the quilt and I heard that everyone is excited to give it to her.
Look closely at the blue backing to a Quilts of Valor quilt I finished recently. First time to use the quilting design…I really like it on the QOV. I believe that it was designed by Nancy Haacke from Canada.
Enjoy…happy quilting. Karen
Just finished a beautiful quilt made by Karol’s mother before she passed. What a beautiful memory! The handkerchiefs and incredible embroidery really showcase her talents!
Individual block, simple and elegant
20 blocks, all different
Another beautiful handkerchief and tea pot
A view from the back
“I know that putting a label on my quilts is super important but I am so bad about doing that. Really your quilt isn’t complete without a label. Name of quilt, date and made by are the most important thing for a label. However, adding more information like pattern name, technique used, even information about fabric and embellishments. I have so many quilts without labels that I am adding that to my UFO list for 2016. Join me!
There are so many ways to make labels. I often embroider mine, most simple is to write with a permanent marker, but my favorite way is to use my light box and trace using permanent gel pens. Of course, all of you artists can simply draw your own label. Several years ago I found a dealer at the Houston Festival that was selling books of great traceable pictures and I have truly enjoyed using them. Her name I Kim Churbuck and her books are available on good ol Amazon. Here is a slideshow with one of her books(she has many), along with several labels I have prepared. They are lacking the text but it can easily be filled in when I am ready to put them on a quilt.
As I said you can still find her books, but with the onslaught of coloring books this is also a great, fun way to make your labels. I iron the fabric to a piece of freezer paper to stabilize the fabric while I color it. Lots of fun. You can find lots of fonts to trace your words, simply put a piece of lined paper under your picture on the lightboard. Her books do include fonts though.
So, have fun and get labeling!…..happy quilting, Karen