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 84" x 102", 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!