Archive for December, 2011

More from the International Quilt Association Show

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Yes, can you believe it, I still have more quilts to share with you from the show in Houston?

In the Group Quilt category “Copley Square, Boston, MA” took an honorable mention.  It was made by Bobbie Sullivan and the Coastal Quilt Artists from Scituate, MA. These “slice” quilts or panel quilts as I call them, always fascinate me.  To think that different people make each panel and they work so well together…..amazing.

Here is a nice close-up shot.  You can find out more about Bobbie at

Georgina Buschauer won an honorable mention in the Merit Quilting, Hand, category for “Challenge 2”.  Attractive layout for Baltimore album blocks.

Here is a close-up of Georgina’s quilt.

“Venus DiVine” was made by Betty New from Florida.  I really liked this little quilt. Nicely balanced design and great machine quilting.

This wholecloth quilt is inked with pigment and powder and is stunning.  The name of the quilt is “Counterpoint” and was made by Pam Hill from Australia.

The quilting on this piece was quite impressive.

Ming Hsu from Australia made “Conversations with Diane” and won 1st place in the Merit Quilting category.

One of my favorite quilters in the past couple of years is Janet Stone from Kansas.  And she has made another great quilt, “B.S. I Love You”.  Janet won first place in the Embellished category. Nicely balanced design and very interesting layout.


The detail on Janet’s quilts are what help to make them so outstanding.  You really want to see her quilts in person because even though they look good in a photo, they look so much better in person, which I must say is true of most quilts.

Have a fabulous holiday season and enjoy your time with friends and family.  I know I will.

More quilts from Houston still to come in future blogs.



More From the International Quilt Show

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Here we go with some more of my favorite quilts from the International Quilt Show.

“Seeking Balance” was made by Karen Eckmeier from Connecticut.  Karen won second place in the Art-Abstract category.

The details in this piece were what attracted me to it.  To see more of Karen’s work visit

“The Hues of Amber” was made by Karlyn Bue Lohrenz from Montana.  I love the soothing feeling of a monochromatic quilt.

“O Happy Day” made by Timna Tarr from Massachusetts won second place in the Art-Abstract category.  You know how attracted to circles I am so this quilt caught my eye.  Basic shapes and excellent use of color placement can make one incredible quilt.

“Life in the City” was made by Sheila Frampton-Cooper from California.  Sheila won an honorable mention in the Art-Abstract large category.  (I’m sorry the lower left corner is cut off by the signage but they frown upon me moving the signs!).  For more information about Sheila checkout her site

“Collaboration” by Keiko Yamada from Japan blew me away.  The intricacy of the piecing was amazing.  I am so sorry the close-up shots I took of this piece did not turn out.  If I read the information correctly this quilt was made entirely by hand!  Impressive.  This quilt won first place in the Innovative Pieced category.


“Sunlit Circles” was made by Ann Peterson from Colorado.  Ann won third place in Innovative Pieced.

When you look at this close-up shot you can she why this quilt won a ribbon…excellent workmanship and attention to detail.

What’s not to like about “Friends of Baltimore”?  This quilt was made by Susan Garman, Jerrianne Evans, Pat Cotter, Marsha Fuller and Georgann Winkle from Texas. The amount of work in this quilt is simply amazing!


The quilt won first place in the Group Quilt category.

The workmanship on this quilt was phenomenal.  To find out more about Susan visit her at

That’s all for this week.  Enjoy your holiday preparations.

More from International Quilt Festival

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

As promised, here are more quilts from the International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Here is another quilt by Caryl Bryer Fallert.  The name of the quilt is “Lepidopteran #32: Buckeye & Chives” and was entered in the Art-Pictorial category.  You can find out more about Caryl at  If you ever read my blog you often find that I take photos of the butterflies and moths in our gardens so it is no surprise that this quilt would attract my attention.

This next quilt was made by David Taylor from Steamboat Springs, CO.  David won first place in the Art-Pictorial category for “Maynard”.  People were joking that a dog butt won first place.  But, it was joking in a nice way.  Everyone loved the quilt.

Here is a close-up shot of “Maynard”.  Fabulous fabric choices.  You can find more about David at

David also won 3rd place in the same category for “Marmalade’s First Snow”.

This quilt was equally as impressive.  David you are very, very talented.

“Reflections” was made by Carol Swinden from Canada.  I loved how she was able to make me see reflections by her use of fabric.  You can find out more about Carol at

Because my husband likes to fish I am often attracted to quilts with fish.  I always said that some day I would make one amazing fish quilt, but I have never gotten around to it , yet!  Well, Pam Holland did a really fun fish quilt that I thought you might like to see.  You can find out more about Pam on her website

Nancy Brown is one of my favorite designers.  I can honestly say I have not seen a quilt of hers that I did not like and this one, Bay Bridge Series, is no exception.  You can find out more about Nancy at

Barbara Shapel won an honorable mention in the Art-Pictorial category for her quilt “Autumn Beauty”.   I could see this hanging in my house.  Click on this link to get more information on Barbara and her incredible quilts

I love, love, love this quilt made by Anna Faustino from Pennsylvania. Click here to get more information on Anna and her beautiful quilts.

Anna won 3rd place in the Art-Abstract category.

OK, that’s all for this blog.  More to come next week.

Asheville, North Carolina

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

After I did a lecture and workshop for the Western North Carolina Quilt Guild a few weeks ago I was planning on flying right back home.  I told Joe that people kept telling me how nice it is in Asheville and that there was a lot to do.   I said I wished I had planned an extra day or two in the area.  So, I extended my stay because Joe decided to fly down and meet me in Asheville.   And am I glad he did.  We had a fabulous two days in Asheville.

We started Friday evening by going to a restaurant that was just a couple of steps from our hotel.  The name of the restaurant is Rezaz.  The meal we had rates as one of the best I have ever eaten and the service was top notch.  Check out there menu at  If you are ever in the area and want to treat yourself to a nice dinner this is the place to go.

Saturday morning Joe planned for us to have a private tour of the Biltmore.  George Vanderbilt III opened his estate on Christmas Eve in 1895 to family and friends.  For six years prior to this an army of artisans had labored to construct this palatial estate.  George traveled to Europe and had his architect travel with him to see what he had in mind.   The estate has 250 rooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, 3 kitchens and an indoor swimming pool.  The original property was 125,000 acres.  There is no photography allowed in the mansion so you have to plan a trip for yourself to see the phenomenal interior.  And it is truly phenomenal. When we were there the house was decorated for Christmas which made it even more special.  I kept thinking how much my dad would have loved all of the animal mounts on the walls…deer, moose, etc.

The view from the house was very impressive and it is no wonder that George Vanderbilt selected this location.  This is the view from the back balcony.

The next two photos were taken from a roof area directly in front of the estate.  What a view.



I am constantly in awe of the things I get to see.  If you have never been to the Biltmore you should plan a trip now.

One of the other things going on in Asheville was the National Gingerbread House competition. It appeared to have two main categories, adult and youth.  Here are some of the houses.




This one of course was my favorite because of the sewing machine, buttons, threads, etc.  It amazes me that people can make something like this from basic ingredients that we all have in our kitchen.

The shoe/house below was the Best of Show winner.  It was displayed in a special glassed-in case that slowly turned.



On the two days we were in Asheville we went to the same restaurant for lunch.  That has to tell you something if we went back.  The name of the restaurant was the Laughing Seed.  It is a vegetarian restaurant and the food was very reasonably priced and excellent.  If I ever return to the area I will be returning to the Laughing Seed

I think one of the best things in Asheville was all the local artisans.  There were lots of places to see and purchase art and  I loved it.  One of the places we went to was the  Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   There were many other places that we stopped to check out the incredible array of art.  It was a feast for the eyes.  And yes, I did make a few purchases.  The photo below was taken while inside the Folk Art Center.  While we were there they had a small quilt exhibit but there was no photography allowed in the quilt exhibit.

My next blog I’ll be back to share more quilts from the International Quilt Festival.  Until then……