Friday, July 24, 2009

Wisconsin Quilt Trip

Last Monday was a beautiful day for a road trip. There were 3 of us. We began out travels in Southwestern Wisconsin. The rolling hills along the river are beyond gorgeous. We hit several quilt shops along the way. Our travels took us from Onalaska to Sun Prairie and all the way north to Green Bay. 3 days and 600 miles in a new car was a whole lot of fun. We ate really great food and stayed at very comfortable hotels. I can't even begin to guess how many bolts of fabric we saw...maybe half a million =-) Pictured are my road trip companions, Laura and Ann...I'm the one in the middle. Fun was had by all and now back to reality.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Summer Quilts On The Ladder

I posted my spring quilt ladder earlier this year. Now you can take a peak at my summer ladder. All of the quilts are from the 1930s . They are not family quilts...unfortunately. The top quilt, a fan pattern was purchased at an antique shop in Wisconsin while visiting family. The second quilt on the ladder is a grandmother's flower garden I found years ago (probably 20) at an estate sale in Minneapolis. The third quilt I bought from an antique quilt dealer at the Houston, TX quilt show. This quilt needed a little repair. Some of the flowers had holes in them. The dealer gave me scraps of 30s fabrics that I used to applique over the bad fabric. Next on the ladder is a spider web quilt that I found at another estate sale right down the street from where I live. Last but not least is one of my favorites. This one came from French72 on Ebay. What you can't see is this quilt has 9 borders.

I love the hunt. Antique quilt shopping is one of my favorite pastimes.

Happy quilting,

Monday, July 13, 2009

Graduation quilts

It's been graduation season and I have had over 20 parties to attend. Lots of fun and way too much cake. One of parties had 25 plus cakes to taste. YUM! My son graduated from high school and so did 2 of his very best friends. Both of these friends are over 6' tall. My son says that they are 'freakishly' tall and need quilts that are 'freakishly' long. His oldest friend (since age 3) is a basketball player hence the theme of his quilt. His is an original design but the idea came from a Thimbleberries pattern. He loves his quilt and is already sleeping under it.

The second was made for my son's best friend. This one is from a pattern called Fall Frolic by Evelyn Sloppy, 2003 (sorry I don't remember the book title).

Atop the 2 folded up quilts is Hazel. Does it look like she has a hard day or maybe she has just had way too much graduation cake!!

Happy quilting,

Friday, July 3, 2009

Holiday Inn quilt

This quilt is the Holiday Inn quilt designed by Jo Morton. The construction is completely by machine and the fabrics are all from Jo Morton's collection from Andover Fabrics. It was made for the class Jo's Little Women at Glad Creations. The quilt was designed to be taught as a 4-part medallion quilt. I hope the 30 women in the class had fun making it. I know I did. If any of my class members have finished this quilt email me a picture and I will send you something special. The quilt now hangs in my living room.