Quilt Show

I took a break from The Great Triangle Piecing Marathon and went to the Northwest Quilters Show in Portland last weekend.  The Featured Quilter was Carol Brown, and one of the things I liked about her was the fact that she has a huge variety of quilts.

Miniature quilts have a hold on my heart, and she has several that are quite impressive!















I’ll be back with more quilts from the show tomorrow!


Northwest Quilting Expo 2010

I love this time of year.  Quilt shows galore!

The Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland, Oregon, has to be the largest show in my region.  Here are a few of my very favorite quilts in the show this year.


A gorgeous feathered star


mosaic made with 1/8


Miniature after my own heart.


a Fons & Porter design. I had forgotten I'd put this on my bucket list!


an incredible pineapple quilt, with 2 inch blocks


an incredible log cabin/courthouse steps variation

For close-ups of these quilts and more show pictures, visit my Flikr photo stream here.   As you can tell from the photos above, I LOVE traditional and miniature quits, but I also took lots of photos of other styles, such as modern and art quilts.

There were over 50 different classes, lectures, demos, and “make-n-take” activities.  If you can go, the show continues today and Saturday!


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On with the show! This one is called True Lover’s Knot, made by Judy Simons, quilted by Barbara Schulenberg. true lovers knot I love it. Very happy and bright. Might have to crack open my scrap bin for it! This next one is appropriately named Granny Squares. granny squares I never really cared much for the crocheted version, but this one is really cool, I think. It glows. granny squares 2 The top is made of all solid fabrics. No prints. The back is pretty, also. granny squares back The gold thread really shows up against the black, and sets off the quilt pattern. granny squares back 3 Here is a classic – Pickle Dish. Sharon Bishop bought the top (unknown maker) in Paducah and added the sawtooth and outer borders. It was then hand-quilted by Sharon and the Wandering Foot Quilters. pickle dish (I know the picture is sideways – sorry, it fits better that way on the blog.) I really like this black and white version of pickle dish. It’s striking and simple. pickle dish 2 Another black and white quilt, coincidentally named “Black and White”, made by James A. Niles. black and white I love the pattern. Does anyone know the name of it? This one is called Thousand Flowers, a Kaffe Fassett design. Quilt made by Carol Hull and quilted by Robin Hill. Thousand flowers Beautiful, rich colors. I’m such a sucker for color. Those who know me know I love miniature quilts. This is called Garden by Nedra Lihs. The blocks are paper pieced and 4″ square. Check out that feathered star! mini I wish the quilt organizers had not hung it up so high – the bottom edge of the quilt was at eye level, which made it really hard to study up close. Next, a classic Jewel Box, made by Allison Rider, quilted by Tonya del Tonga Armanasco. Jewel Box Have I mentioned that I love bright quilts? :) Yet another black and white quilt. I did not get the name of the quilt or quiltmaker. :( another black & white Cindi would like this, I think. I really love how it pops out at you, it’s almost 3D. That’s it for now. I actually have EVEN MORE to post tomorrow, and will be attending yet another quilt show this weekend! Hopefully pictures will be allowed. I’m off to charge my camera, empty the card, and pack my white gloves!

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Peggi, I love every single one of these! There are of them I’m itchin’ to make right now LOL! Of course the B&W’s are always a fan favorite for me. The True Lover’s Knot is my second favorite. I need bright right now after such a dull, dark winter! How lucky you are to be within reach of so many quilt shows. There’s always a constant stream of inspiration :-) Cindi Signature small

More quilt show pix

Or, as The Hubster calls it, “Quilt Porn”….. lol

This first one is called California Nites, by Nedra Lihs. It is GIGANTIC.

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I love how the black background makes both the piecing and quilting stand out.

Nedra found the pattern for this quilt in Keepsake Quilting’s catalog. She quilted it on her DSM Bernina – there was no longarm involved in the quilting of this quilt. Considering the size of this monster, that sounds like a bit of masochism to me….. I don’t know that I’d have that much patience. (Or upper body strength!) :)

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Next up, we have “Window Gazing”, by Marie Deatherage, quilted by Pat Roche.

I have to admit, I’ve never really cared much for the Attic Windows pattern. I’ve always found it quite boring. But this one is pretty neat!

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Marie did a fabulous job collecting such a variety of beautiful landscape prints that are NOT boring to look at. She also used a wonderful assortment of prints for the frames – brick, rock, wood, stone.

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Pat’s quilting creativity and prowess shows especially well in the “wood” timbers. Very cool!

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The title of our next quilt is “Dancing Doily Dandies” and was made by the featured quilter, Anton Haas Jr. He was at the show answering questions about his quilts, but I didn’t have time to speak with him. I’m more of a traditional quilter, so his quilts didn’t appeal to me very much, but I’m sure Cindi would have loved them! However, I love the colors of this quilt, and the curves and waves.

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Anton said this was an adaptation of a Drunkard’s Path quilt, he used Electric Quilt for the layout. There is not one straight line anywhere in the quilt. The “Doily Dandies” (the dark embroidered blocks) are “adaptations of fractals (mathematical formulas based plotted on a Cartesian grid)”.

Well, now my head hurts. The Hubster probably understands EXACTLY what Anton is talking about. Nerds of a feather….

Anton executed the embroidery using rayon thread, a double needle, and his machine’s decorative stitches, which intrigues me.

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“Fab 12 Stars” by Janice Jones is next. Most quilters will recognize Carol Doak’s blocks from her book “50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars”.

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I am always attracted by bright quilts. I love them. The block that snagged my attention was this one. I love how parts of the block pop out of the quilt, it seems to just float in midair.

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There were lots of quilts in today’s post that got my creative gears a-grinding. Come back tomorrow – I have even more to show you!

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Northwest Quilters Quilt Show

I went to a quilt show this weekend. It was great! I brought my white gloves and my camera. I took so many pictures I filled up my compact flash card in my camera!

I always bring my own gloves. I do it for two reasons – one, so I can actually touch the quilts, turn them and look at the back side. Two – I have been to quilt shows where I’ve witnessed people actually PICKING at the quilt with their fingers, not to mention touching and turning them. I’ve decided when I see this I will step in, put my white glove in their face, and ask them if I can turn the quilt for them as they are not supposed to touch the quilt. Some people don’t understand (even though there are signs posted EVERYWHERE) that if you have 150 people touching a quilt, the quilt will get dirty and oily.

Here are some of the quilts I saw.

spools of gold

This quilt is called Spools of Gold. It was machine pieced and hand quilted by Ana Martinez. In her description of the quilt, Ana states “Thank goodness for pins” which made me laugh out loud. I have a HUGE appreciation for her work. I have tried this pattern (Apple Core) and it is NOT an easy one to sew. Machine stitching one curved block to another wasn’t bad, as long as I remembered that the concave piece goes on top of the convex one. It was when I got to stitching the rows together that I lost patience with this quilt! In order to not have puckers form, I would stitch one block (concave to convex), then pull the quilt off the machine, flip it over, and stitch the next block in the row (concave to convex). It became so tiresome I gave up and packed the quilt away. Someday I’ll either hand-piece it, or I will learn a different technique that makes machine piecing it a lot easier.

cathedral windows

Here is a classic Cathedral Windows. Unfortunately, I neglected to get the quilter’s name. Yet another pattern that elicits a reaction of instant respect from me – CW quilts are very time consuming, but so worth it!


A close-up of CW.

Diamonds are a girl's best friend

This quilt is FABULOUS! I love it! It’s called Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”, pieced and quilted by Jo Barry. She says this about the quilt: “This is a one-patch quilt based on a standard 60-degree diamond and fussy-cut from stripes, an idea from Kaffe Fassett. Experimenting, I noticed that these vertically and horizontally cut diamonds could be fussy-set into 9 patches so as to create intriguing abstract secondary shapes.

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“The resulting block interpreted in 56 different strips, made up the larger diamond forms in the final set. Toned down black and whites provided the frame. No shortage of color.”

No, definitely not! I love everything about this quilt – the colors, the design, the originality. I might have to start collecting stripes!

Well, that’s it for now, tune in tomorrow for more quilts from the show! I have lots more to blog about!

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I love the Cathedral Windows quilt. My goal in life is to make one of those. They’re so beautiful. The diamond one?? It’s so YOU! I can see you making this, Peggi. And the Apple Core quilt – well, WAY out of my comfort zone, that’s for sure. I have total respect for anyone who does apple cores. I can’t wait to see more. It gets me all excited for our trip. Oh, and good for you for bringing your white gloves – what a way to show how much you admire and respect the quilters and their works. Cindi Signature small