Loose Threads: May 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Patriotic Quilts at the Rotary

Here are just a few of the antique display in Paducah at the Rotary building.  I think out of all of the places that we stop on our bus tour, this place is my favorite.  Besides the antique quilt display, the Hoffman Challenge quilts are in this building.  And, of course there are vendors.  

The exhibit this year was Piecing American History Together One Stitch at a Time.  This quilt looks like hexagons, but look at the next photo.  


They are yo-yos that are sewn together.  



I always love looking at red, white and blue quilts.  


This is a pretty simple pattern with large pieces, but the red and white striped fabric really makes it pop.

This quilt didn't quite fit with the red, white and blue theme.  It's possible that it may have faded over time.  


Here is a close up of one of the squares.  Could be that what appears to be black fabric is really navy.  






Here's a close up of the block.  It looks like a pinwheel surrounded by spools or bow ties.  



When the bus stops at the rotary, I am off of there like a shot.  This is where the Cherrywood booth is, and I always try and get there first to get one of these grab bags full of hand dyed goodness.  These pieces are nice for small blocks or a bit of applique' or even hexagons.  You can see I've already used some of the fabric.  I'll show you those blocks in another post.



I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!  


Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Paducah Part 3 and Hexagon Quilts

Here are the last of the quilts from the Paducah show.  I love everything about Halloween.  Maybe that's because my Grandma's birthday was October 31.  I love making Halloween decorations and try to add at least one new quilt each year.  Here is a cute Halloween quilt from the show.

Pink flamingos.  I love this and have no idea how the sky and water were created.  

Hollyhocks along a fence.  Lots of work on the applique' flowers.  

This quilt was a tribute to Nine Lives Animal Shelter.  What a fun quilt.  Again, lots of work on this one.  I really don't need to say that about each quilt in the show, because each and every one had countless hours of work in them.  


When our guild goes to Paducah, we stop at different churches for our meals.  It is a great way for the churches to fund raise, and it saves time for us to do other things on our trip.  Our meals are all ready for us when we arrive tired and hungry.  The church members bring in their quilts - many of them are antiques - for us to browse after we've finished eating.

This one fascinated me because I'd never thought of just doing a hexagon without a center and then appliqueing it on a background.    


I see lots of possibilities for this method.

I started a scrappy hexagon project with 1" hexagons a few months ago.  I'm not sure where it's going, but I like this quilt.  

Here's another hexagon with solid fabrics used on the outer ring.  

Last year the exhibit at the Rotary was hexagon quilts.  You can see my photos from that exhibit in my blog post here.  


This was my favorite!  There are 3 hexagons in a cluster with 3 leaves.  It is called Hexagon flowers, circa 1935, and it was hand quilted in 2005.  



This one is Mosaic Star, circa 1890.


This one is also called Mosaic Star, circa 1850.




I purchased the book at this year's quilt show.   It has all of the quilts from last year's exhibit plus a lot more.  Thanks to Sandy for pointing the book out to me.  It is definitely a nice book.

I've been watching the Indy 500 today,  This year is the first year it's ever been on in real time, and it was fun to watch it.  Now I'm headed back out to the porch to do a little stitching.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit.  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Paducah Quilts Part 2


Here are a few more quilts from the AQS Show in Paducah.   This first one is Kim McLean's pattern, Flower Pots.


I love this one.   I'm not sure what the pattern is.

Beautiful applique' on this one.  


A beautiful version of Dear Jane.  



I love this Dear Jane in neutral colors.

The quilting on this one really makes the quilt, and I love the colors.  


I love a medallion quilt.  Just look at all of the different borders on this one.  

I have no idea how this one was done, but this vase of flowers looks so realistic.  

I have more quilt photos from the show.  I liked so many of the quilts that it's hard to choose just a few to post.

I've been to my Thursday sewing group and lunch afterwards.  I was working on a project today, and everyone said that I could have the top put together by the time we meet next Thursday. It's an English Paper Pieced project.  I'm a bit skeptical, but I'm going to give it a try.  I'll post photos later.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  

Monday, May 23, 2016

Paducah Quilts Part 1 and Blogging

I've had a really busy spring so far, and I've neglected this blog a lot.  In fact I have 46 blog posts in my Draft folder and just haven't taken the time to write the post that goes along with my photos.  There are a lot of those that will never see the light of day, like the one post from Christmas 2010.  I usually start by emailing my photos to my blog with every intention of going back later to write about those photos. And sometimes (well, a lot of times) that doesn't happen.

I'm going to show you some of my favorite photos from the AQS show in Paducah.  I've hesitated because I don't take (or have) the time to make note of each quilt maker and the name of their quilt.  I was on a 48 hour bus trip from Indianapolis to Paducah, and we see a lot during that time.  Plus, we have travel time and a little sleep included in that.

This quilt is called The Blessings by Emmy Storholm.  I purposely looked for this quilt because Emmy wrote me a couple of years ago to ask the name of the pattern after she saw the quilt photo on my blog from one of the retreats I attend in Shipshewana, IN.  Emmy wrote me a few weeks ago and told me that her quilt was juried into the show.  It is gorgeous.  I have the pattern...................someday.



These horses looked so real.  It was almost as if they were going to come off of the quilt and gallop away.  Just beautiful.  


This quilt has everything that I love making.  Besides the log cabins set in a Barn Raising setting, the border has partial Dresden plates plus a hexagon flower border.  This one definitely deserved a blue ribbon.  

Here's another Dresden quilt.  I like the secondary blue star with the white Dresden blades. 

This New York beauty was gorgeous.  I love the use of the smaller blocks.

This is a Judy Niemeyer pattern.  There's lots of paper piecing on this, but what a gorgeous quilt.

More Dresdens with vine.  I seem to remember this pattern from an old quilt book that I used to have.  I can't remember the name of the quilt.  Anyone?



Beautiful medallion quilt.  

Hexagons!!!   They are kind of done colorwash style.  

I have two or three more posts with Paducah photos that I'd like to share with you.  I won't wait another two or three weeks before I post them.

Besides spending time with Michele in Kentucky/Cincinnati having fun, sewing, and taking a class with Bonnie Hunter, I've been to our quilt retreat in Shipshewana, and the quilt show in Paducah.  In the middle of that, my new grandson Malcolm was born.  After all of that, we spent a few days down in the Smoky Mountains.  We've found a great place to get away from it all.  This is the view from a hike that we took.


This is the view from the cabin where we stayed.  It's fun to watch the storm clouds come across the mountains.  This is the first rainbow I've seen in a long time.


I am never without stitching wherever I go, and I've been working on a few English Paper Piecing projects and other things that I'll show you later on.  I've also bought a "few" things during my travels.  It's about time I clean up my sewing room; I know it's in there somewhere.   I'll post a photo of my loot soon.

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

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