Monday, June 12, 2017

Time flies

A blog post is long overdue.  Its been a tremendously busy few weeks since I last posted.  I did take time out to go to the annual outdoor quilt show at Heritage Park.  It was such a gorgeous day!  Sadly I did not have a quilt to put in this year - can you believe I didn't finish a single quilt in the last year!?  The park featured several of their antique quilts in an indoor exhibit - what can I say - they were my favorites.
They were hung in front of windows and not flat either but I was happy to see them on display.  This was a fabulous 4 block applique quilt.  I just love this block!

 Simple grid quilting - very thin batting.
 I thought it was interesting to see this faint red stripe running through the background of one of the blocks.  A repurposed flour sack??
 3 days later I was back at the park accompanying my youngest daughter on a grade 4 school field trip and spied the quilt again displayed on this bed in the ranch house.  Imagine sleeping under something this lovely  :0)  I like that Drunkard's Path quilt too!!
 This was another of the antique quits displayed on the quilt show day.  The handquilting is very fine on this one and I love the striking border.
 There was a wonderful exhibit of quilts celebrating Canada's 150th birthday this year.  I thought this one was great.
 This was another fabulous entry into the show.  That is a lot of little triangles - marvellous!
 I was thrilled that 2 of my daughters wanted to come to the show with me.
I had to laugh at this tag - what a name for a quilt.  I never have nightmares about applique :0)
 Here is what I've been appliqueing lately. I'm almost finished the first side border for my signature quilt.
 And I've been working away on my border background fill on my Bird of Paradise quilt. I've turned the second corner so I'm just over halfway now.
 I'm not sure it was the best choice for the border background.  It looks kind of boring.  It is fun to stitch though. All I did was switch the direction of the 30 degree lines. I wanted the background to be quilted just as densely as the middle.
In the end I decided this quilt is really all about the applique so its alright for the quilting to be boring and not detract from the applique.

Happy Quilting!!


Frog Quilter said...

Thanks for the pictures. Your projects are beautiful. Keep going, it's so worth it!

Cheri said...

Hi Janet, your Bird of Parafise quilt us lively and the quilting us just right. The red and green quilts at the quilt show were beautiful. It us always fun to see your kids :). Have a great summer.

Kyle said...

Gosh, who would have nightmares about appliqueing! Your work is beautiful. The first border is incredible and you're right, the Bird of Paradise is about the appliqué being the star and the quilting being the "straight man". Love the antique quilts too.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Oh what fun - a quilt show! I really love the one on the bed with all the triangles. Very unique. Your quilting is divine.

audrey said...

Your quilting is very impressive! I tend to be much more spare with my stitching, but the texture is so much better like this and really makes the applique shine! Can't believe you didn't have a finish last year! Wowsers!! Wonderful to attend a quilt show and see new ones mixed with old. The antique ones are always so interesting to me too. Lots and lots of inspiration there!

Lori said...

You are the applique queen in my book, so no wonder you don't have nightmares about it! The quilts are so lovely and I never tire of seeing antique quilts.

Every Stitch said...

Thanks for the beautiful antique quilt pictures - I would have been thrilled to see them too. Lovely photo of you and daughters - you look more like three sisters in truth! Your hand quilting is a wonderful background to your gorgeous applique - nothing boring about it!

Barb said...

I love that quilt name. what a hoot!
Making heirloom quilts takes time and your Brides quilt is just looking stunning. Your applique border is gorgeous too. Is this your own design? It is just wonderful. Love those pops of bright blue.
Those antique quilts sure are beautiful.
What a beautiful photo of you and your daughters. I'd love to attend an outdoor show how nice.

Judy said...

Oh my goodness those quilts are beauties, and I too love that drunksrds path. But one could say that's my path in the morning pre-coffee😀. I'm loving your quilt progress-appliqué is a favorite of mine.

Phyllis said...

Your work is so beautiful and detailed, I can imagine that with a busy life too it can happen you do not finish a quilt every year. As long as you enjoy the process. Love the antiques, always favorites of mine at a show. Such fun to go to a quilt show with your daughters, must have been a lovely day.

Karen said...

The red and green flower quilt is a beauty. I would love to have a quilt like that. Not an antique one but a reproduction. I just can't face doing repeat blocks to make one.

Radka said...

What a beautiful border for your quilt!
Thanks for sharing the show,