Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Vicksburg, MS, Quilt Show (modern quilts)

You know that I love modern quilts, right? Well, I was deeply impressed with the number and advanced skill of the modern quilts in the Old Man River Quilt Show.  I took detail photos of almost every one so that I can return to them for close study...until the phone died, anyway.  (Oh the agony!)

Tomorrow I'll post pics of the art quilts, so don't miss that one. You will be impressed, I promise. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Vicksburg, MS, Quilt Show (traditional quilts)

It's time to share some photos from the Old Man River Quilt Show in Vicksburg. Hope you enjoy these.

Firstly, "The Supper," a quilt made by Dr. Don Locke and has over 51,800 squares only ½ inch each. It is based on Leonardo DaVinci's "The Last Supper." Of course it's very impressive but one needs to stand quite a distance from the quilt to really appreciate its beauty. The closer you get to it, the more you can see the squares in "pixels" which distorts the overall picture. Never the less, it's amazing to see and I couldn't help but to think of the time it must have taken to make.

These are some of the traditional quilts from the show. 

Since I took about 100 pictures, I can share many more with you. So come back tomorrow, and I'll share some of the modern quilts that were in the show.  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday Quilt Inspiration: M U D

Mud? I know, it's not something that most of us would consider a good thing. Maybe when were children playing mud pies, but not likely as adults today. 

But if you've seen pictures of the flooding in South Louisiana, you've seen mud. Muddy furnishings. Muddy clothing. Muddy appliances.  All sitting on the side of the street waiting for dump trucks to haul it off. 

And you've seen lots of muddy water. Water is naturally muddy here. Slow moving and muddy in bayous. Fast moving and muddy in rivers. Not moving and muddy in swamps. Every body of water seems to be muddy, especially when stirred up. Rain water stirs up the mud. 

It's all very sad for the families who have lost everything: homes, jobs, vehicles. Thankfully, help is arriving slowly; volunteers are pitching in with the cleanup. People are able to begin to rebuild their lives. But in the middle of it all is the mud. 

Stinky, smelly mud that will soon begin to rot and carry disease. Muddy water in every hole or bowl-shaped object breeding mosquitoes, which also carry disease. Mud pies may have been fun play when we were children, but it is not pleasant to victims.

But mud can be inspiration for creative endeavors, not just mud pies.  Here are ten quilts that could easily have been inspired by Louisiana mud. 

modern quilt - Flicker image of beautiful colors & textures - sort of a log cabin I think?:

A Manly Quilt for your Man by MyStitchesJustSew on Etsy, $300.00Quilt de otoƱo Batiks de vuelta tiro Patchwork por PiecesOfPine:

Features:  -Country Cottage collection.  -Material: Cotton fabrics.  -Cotton filling.  -Pattern: Patchwork.  Color: -Multi-colored.  Material: -100% Cotton.  Style: -Cottage/Country/Rustic.  Life Stag

Earth Patch Quilt by Donna Sharp Quilts | Donna Sharp Quilts & Accessories | PaulsHomeFashions.com:

Gotta love a quilt named "Jake"  -  Nice masculine colors, isn't that sharp?? :)    I'm missing you alot right now, can you tell??? *grin*:

Blue Ridge Beauty, pattern by Bonnie Hunter.:

Second Hand Clothes by Red Crinoline Quilts.  I made this one for my daughter for Christmas a few years ago.  I love this pattern.:

Quaker Quilts: April 2012:

Love this Halloween quilt!:

Please continue praying for the tens of thousands of displaced families who are still battling the mud and water of the floods. They need your help. Should you choose to donate money, please choose carefully. Two safe nonprofits are the Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS). In both cases you can include a note with instructions that your money is to help flooding victims. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Off to Vicksburg and a Quilt Show

Pam, the president of my quilt guild invited me to go to the Vicksburg Quilt Show. Vicksburg, Mississippi, is about three hours away, so we left very early in the morning and got home pretty late. But, oh my, was it worth it!

Pam is a quilt shopper, but I must admit that I pretty much kept up with her. We visited every shop booth and saw every quilt. I took 100 pictures (my phone died) and bought more than I planned. Who's surprised? Me! I'm generally pretty good at self-control, but apparently I lost myself. 

What did I get? Oh, a bit of fabric, a fancy stiletto/seam ripper, a flying geese ruler, and four old wooden thread spools. 

Check out this little pile. My favorite item is the stiletto/seam ripper. Ironically, it's the piece that I hope I don't use too much. I had such a difficult time deciding on the handle color. I finally chose the wooden handle. 

I still have to learn which end is which. The stiletto is gold; the seam ripper is silver. 

But the prettiest part is the wooden handle. I really like the two tone gray and beige.

The four wooden spools are for a fun project once I can get to it--a tuffet pincushion. 

Ha! There are three small pincushions sitting on my worktable waiting for filling and closing.  I'm still hopeful that I'll get to those and now this one. I really want to make a tuffet, so when I saw some mini tuffets in one of the booths, I seriously considered buying a kit. 

It didn't happen. There's no way I can afford to pay those prices, so Richard will have another project to cut the wood for the base. I think I've got all the other items, and I'm fairly sure that I can create a pattern. Now to find the time...

I'll leave you with a couple pictures of the wonderful textual fabrics that I bought. I can't believe that I bought this many fat quarters, even though some were on sale for $1.50 each! Yay! Unfortunately more of them were not on sale. Three yards total. That's not so much, right? 

Wait, a text fabric tuffet would be cute!