Monday, August 9, 2010

New Quilts from Old

I told my husband it seemed like I had no fun at all this summer, being sick, as well as being stressed out by my daughter and her health issues, trying to catch up with work, i.e., the final revision on my next book, and designing, writing patterns and finishing the quilts for my American Schoolgirl Club after missing quite a few weeks.

Some of it was fun stuff, but work nonetheless, and I do stress out if I miss deadlines, something my Dr told me to try to avoid (stress, not deadlines). So going to one of my favorite quilt shows this past weekend, run by a local quilt shop, was just what I needed. Carrie and Katie at Pieceful Gathering in Fox River Grove, Illinois, use antique quilts for their inspiration in designing new patterns and fabric. Their quilt show (showcasing quilts made in their classes) is just lovely and full of inspiration, and so is the shop.


Many of the quilts displayed were very antique-looking and used reproduction fabrics, my favorite, so you can see why I was excited to see all of the quilts made by so many talented Illinois quilters. I would have liked to post photos of so many more, but there were almost 100 quilts and I only have room for a few here, so my apologies to those I left out.

On special exhibit was this late 19th century quilt from the collection of Sandy Schweitzer, which is the quilt that inspired Carrie Quinn's new fabric line, Rebecca's Madders, coming out in December. Can't wait to see it! The back of the quilt is pieced too, isn't that so cool?



Mary Z was there, an old friend I met in Jo Club in 2003 . . . Still happy to see me, or was it being surrounded by all the quilts and fabric?? Hmmm . . . .

(Here's a teaser for you - I'm wearing a small pin that has a picture of the cover of my next book on it!)

Here's one of Mary's little quilts - Sarah's Doll Quilt - that she hand pieced.


And here's one of her big ones - Blue Plate Special.


Here's a doll quilt made by Karen Schultz of Illinois. Simple and scrappy. Hey, Karen, sorry I missed you!


Here's one of Karen's bed-size quilts - Give and Take - which won 3rd place! Sorry if I cut it off a little. I almost fell over backing up trying to get it all in.


Love this Pineapple Table Topper made by Jan Griffith.


Who  can resist 30's Pinwheels?  Made by Vonnie Johnson.


Not all of the photos I took came out very well but here are some other quilts I loved.


     Not Everyone Likes Sunflowers made by Lorraine Tritthardt.

Mary's Stars made by Mary Landis.
                                            
Moda Club BOM made by Tricia Baldwin


Jo Morton's Baskets made by Lynn Ray.
                                                 
Christmas Carol made by Ann Fouse.
                                                    
Blueberries and Brown Sugar made by Julia Ann Thomson.

Now, don't tell me you don't have any good ideas for future quilts. I want to make all of them, sigh. Wish I had more time.

16 comments:

  1. Thank you for the quilt show. I love the simple brown and blue doll quilt by Karen Schultz. I am busily working on my romantic stars challenge quilt for the yahoo group.

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  2. Thanks so much for all the lovely photos!! Hmmm, can't decide hihi, they are all so gorgeous!! Have to start number 2 doll quilt soon hihi!! Hope you are feeling ok? PS love the teaser hihi!! Hugs, Daniëlle

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  3. Thanks so much for the peek at the quilt show. Loved seeing so many by Illinois quilters. The growth in the number of quiltmakers has been exponential since I moved away three decades ago.

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  4. Wow, that big one with the pieced back is REALLY spectacular!

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  5. Thanks for sharing the wonderful quilt show!

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  6. Hi, I'm a new follower and love quilting. I'm not a pro but have enjoyed making a few quilts for myself and family. I'm enjoying all your lovely photos!

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  7. What beautiful pictures you are showing us!!
    Just love to see Sara's Doll Quilt, as I am working with the same pattern just now..... :))
    Hope you are feeling better by now. It's always such stress when there's a problem (of any kind) with one of your children....! Believe me; I know....
    So, a big hug and keep up the good work! ;))

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  8. what an incredible quilt show! oh I would have been drooling all over that Rebecca's Madder quilt, I LOVE madders so will look forward to that fabric line.
    I had better start saving for it now!
    glad to see you out and about, hope your feeling better.
    thanks for sharing the pictures with us.
    Kathie

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  9. Thanks for sharing. All the quilts look so beautiful!
    Renate

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  10. What a great show with beautiful quilts!! I especially love the one with the pieced back- how fun!

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  11. What an array of beautiful quilts. I love the 3rd place winner. Thanks for sharing. Glad that you are better. Connie

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  12. So I'm wondering if anybody noticed the MODA BOM quilt by Tricia Baldwin was hung upside down? Look at the basket block on the lower right hand corner?

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  13. Thank you very much for taking me to the quilt show. When you live in a fairly remote region in Far North Queensland, Australia, it is really great to be part of a quilt show in your part of the world. Take care of yourself and try to avoid too much stress.

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  14. Oops! Hope I wasn't standing on my head while I was taking the photo of the Moda BOM quilt!

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  15. What lovely quilts, and I saw several names I recognized! I would be in fabric/design heaven at Pieceful Gatherings!! The Moda BOM is to die for!! Thank you for taking us along with you, Kathy. Lots of inspiration.
    Karen
    BTW..I so wanted to blow up the photo of you moe...I'm just dying to see the cover of your new book- such a tease!

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  16. Hi Kathleen, I try to send you a photo of my new dollquilt, but I get it back from the email. I make it from different colours, just what you said in your last post before this post. The quilts are beautifull! Hope you feel better.

    Warm greetings, jeannet

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