2013 Quilt Show

The Magic Needlers Quilt Guild 2013 Quilt Festival was held Oct. 5 & 6. I was honored to be chosen as the Featured Quilter this year. Look at what I saw the day before the show opened on the big electronic billboard in our town!

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Here are a few photos of my display. It’s kind of fun to see all of your work hanging at once.

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One of the categories guild members could exhibit in was ‘Antique/Heirloom Quilts’. I like how they displayed these items on old wooden ironing boards:

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There was a beautiful old Log Cabin quilt, as well as a pretty red & green basket quilt:

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Our show is not judged, but we do invite the public to vote for their favorite quilt. This year’s Viewer’s Choice went to my customer Cindy’s beautiful Chinoiserie quilt. Congratulations, Cindy, and thanks for trusting me to quilt your special quilt!

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Cindy wanted an overall design on her quilt, so we chose Elegant Swirls as the pattern mimicked the design in some of her fabric. The ‘petals’ were to be appliqued onto the quilt top. She wisely left these off so I didn’t have to quilt around or over them, and once the overall design was complete I secured them down with one of the motifs I split out from the overall design.

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I also presented a trunk show on Sunday. I thought it would be fun to see the same quilt pattern made up in different fabrics. We chose some quilts that were my original patterns or I had taught in some of my classes. Thanks to my wonderful customers and students for loaning me their quilts, we had a really nice variety to show off!

This was a Mystery Quilt the guild did a few years ago:

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Here are some Day & Night quilts from the class I did using Eleanor Burn’s book of the same name:

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Twirling Tulips‘ is one of my original patterns. You can see several versions of it below:

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Annie’s Star‘ is another original pattern. Here are four customer/student’s quilts, plus my original:

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Look at how different these two ‘Twinkle‘ quilts are! Changing the fabric really can change the look of a pattern.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of our show. If you’d like to know more about AndiCrafts Quilting Studio’s original patterns, please visit my website. I’ll be adding more patterns in the weeks to come, so check back often to see what’s new.

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One Down, Two to Go

Last weekend was our local quilt show, the Watertown Quilt Festival. It seemed to go very well, and I was busy both days. So busy that I didn’t get out of the booth much to take photos. But I did get a few. Our theme this year was “Everything Old is New Again”, and Paula did a wonderful job decorating with antique pieces. Look how cute the stage was:

The two quilts in the background are ones the guild made to donate to various causes such as Make a Wish or charity fundraising auctions.

Our guild members did a mystery quilt for our spring retreat in May. About 25 people signed up to participate, and we had 14 finished mystery quilts in the show!! Good job, ladies!

Here are a few views of my booth:

These are the blocks that were entered into the block contest. They will be assembled into a top to create next year’s raffle quilt.

Our show is not judged, but we do have the attendees vote for their favorite quilt. This year’s Viewer’s Choice was a Bargello quilt by one of my customers, Renae. I was so happy for her, she did a beautiful job on the quilt. Here we both are with her ribbon-winning beauty…..and no, we did NOT plan to wear clothing that matched the quilt – it just worked out that way!

And here’s a closeup of some of the quilting:

That’s the last show for this year, now I just have a few quilting retreats coming up.

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