Thursday, July 30, 2015

Final Pics from the Maine Quilt Show 2015

The Maine Quilt Show 2015 is such a refreshing memory. Hard to believe I was there less than a week ago. There were over 600 quilts on display, with the room surrounded on all sides by vendors, with a few more rooms off to the sides with vendors and special displays. 

There were tons of workshops too, but we were just there for the day, so our focus was quilts, quilts, and more quilts. Here are the rest of the pics I took. Some just called my name...



Look at how the selvedges were used. Linda, are you paying attention?


Look at the puffin's body...selvedges! 


Wall hangings galore...




A child's first quilt...


And you know I love little pieces... 



 and applique...


The Hoffman Challenge quilts blew me away. Some of my favorites...










Traditional to modern...this show had it all...







I was thrilled to see this sailboat quilt below. I had purchased the PDF pattern for this boat quilt online last month at Cottonway...can't wait to make it! 


I have some of the Tula Pink fabrics, Elizabeth, waiting for the perfect quilt. Love her fussy cutting of the queen! 





I love what this gal did with her hexies.


I found the Modern Hexie tutorial HERE and am planning on making a table runner with a candy pack of bright colours.

And then I saw this quilt...be still my heart...


and these...



At the end of the day, I raced all around the walking track on the upper level taking pictures from every corner. Even the bleachers look like a patchwork quilt! 




Every quilt show needs a sense of humour...


Thank you for sharing my memories. It's a great day for quilting!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Grandmother's Choice and the Maine Quilt Show

I'm back from my bus trip to the Maine Quilt Show. In one word, "Fantastic!" I travelled along the highways from New Brunswick to Maine and back again with 26 quilters from Moncton and area. They accepted this New Brunswick native/Nova Scotian dweller like a dirty shirt! From the time I stepped onto the bus 'till the time I stepped off, it was non-stop quilty sharing, quilty shopping, and quilty viewing of some fabulous quilts at the show. Yes, I did a little shopping, choosing to pick up patterns and quilty items I couldn't necessarily find in my not-so-local quilt shops, but I didn't fill the 68 litre tote I had brought along with me. Restraint can be a good thing, right? I'll share some of my purchases at a later date once I start some new projects.

Before I show you some pictures of quilts from the show, I want to share with you one of my own favorite all-time finishes that I bound in the days leading up to my bus trip.  Grandmother's Choice is a finish! (You could make this too as the instructions are found HERE.) This was a QAL through Barbara Brackman in 2012/2013 that featured a block a week to celebrate the fight for women's right to vote. It is a pretty large quilt, about 90" x 103", made using civil war fabrics and shirtings that I thought would be in keeping with the final project.


Barbara gave us lots of ideas for the settings. I decided to "go big or go home" and chose to set the blocks using a 9-patch with triple sashing, so of course extra time was needed for all that piecing! Machine quilting was done by Ange Ross of Quilting on the Mira who used an edge to edge design.

Barbara provided us with a pdf for the label so I cut and pasted the graphic onto a word document, adding my information with the years that women were given the right to vote in Canada and the US.  I printed this onto Printed Treasures Printable Fabric and quilted the label with some batting to give it some extra punch before I attached it to the back. 


Now, onto the Maine Quilt Show, with just a small sampling of some of the quilts that caught my attention. I didn't want the post to be too picture heavy so will divide the quilt pictures up over a few posts.














Do you see the little "hand" that is attached to the right front of the quilt? That means the quilt is quilted by hand, though there were not too many "hands" in evidence.  

Hope you enjoyed a few snippets from the Maine Quilt Show. The bus trip from Moncton is an annual trip, with profits going to Victoria's Quilts Canada, Moncton chapter. Victoria's Quilts is a volunteer group that provides quilts to those who have been diagnosed with cancer. There are branches across Canada and in the USA. If you want to be on the email list for next year's bus trip, let me know and I'll send your name along to the coordinator. In addition to visiting the show,which included dozens of vendors, we visited several fabric shops and malls while we were there. To find out more about the organization, like how to volunteer, donate, or request a quilt for someone, visit Victoria's Quilts Canada

It's a great day for quilting!