On With the Show!!

The Pioneer Quilters show, “Our Quilting Family,” begins Tuesday morning, April 23, at the Lane County Historical Museum, Eugene, Oregon!  Today the show was hung, a quilt set up for us to work on during the show, and the Pioneer Quilters Boutique was set up!  We are ready!

This show is the largest fundraiser of each year for the Museum.  Our dedicated group works all year to provide Boutique items to sell during the show, and 100% of all those proceeds go to the Museum.  In addition, the Museum has purchased a few hard-to-find quilting books you might be interested in:

This one will go in my collection, by Gwen Marston

This one will go in my collection, by Gwen Marston

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Barbara Brackman’s books belong in all our libraries. She is the authority on quilt blocks

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Another Brackman I need to own…

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This one is delightful!

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A DVD! The staff was thinking of quilt visitors when they stocked up…

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This is a great DVD, what a talent!

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This whole shelf is filled with quilting goodies. They even have a sewing machine pencil sharpener!

Here are just a few photos from setup:

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Our quilt take-in crew, ready for some action.

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Our featured quilters Joyce Garrett and Jamie Wagle. Barbara Ganzel is sitting in the middle.

I will have some photos of Boutique items for you tomorrow, but for now I’ll show you a quilt that John sewed and I quilted.  This is his first Jellyroll quilt, all in soft pastel batiks.  He likes to use Minky backing, because it is so soft and cuddly.  I added some fancy quilting, and we are offering it for sale at the quilt show.  All proceeds will go to the Museum!

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It measures 55×63, just the right size for a lap quilt

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Here’s a closeup of the center quilting from the front

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I really love quilting…I got a little carried away with this one…

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A bit of the back

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The photos don’t show the color accurately. The Minky back is a nice lavender.

So here’s the deal.  The materials and quilting for this quilt would come to over $250.  I donated my quilting time, and the materials, and John donated the sewing time.  We’re offering this work of art (that you can snuggle with) for $175.  And, yes, you can buy it by calling me.  But I’ll be at the quilt show all week, so if you really want t, come to the show!  Soon!

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The crew loading the quilt for our group to work on during the show

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These are the raffle blocks we are offering this year. The blocks were made using the original 1929 Nancy Page patterns, printed in the Portland Oregonian. There was a contest and monetary prize for the best quilt. We have two quilts hanging beside the blocks that were made during that contest!
Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and the winner will also receive some coordinating fabric yadage!

So this all starts tomorrow morning at 10!  Admission is $5 per person.  You can buy a weekly pass for $10 and come several times to enjoy the speaker presentations and demonstrations.  See you there!

Robin

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Yellow Brick Road

It’s a tried and true classic pattern, yes? And a good pattern for a new quilter.

So I talked it up…I showed John pictures of it. I looked around and finally found the pattern in my attic storage area. I haven’t gotten permission to show a photo of the pattern, but here is a photo (from a free images page) of a Yellow Brick Road quilt:

This is a nice example of the classic quilt pattern

This is a nice example of the classic quilt pattern

So he looked at the pattern. Then he pulled fabrics from my stash:

This is my stash, or most of it...

This is my stash, or most of it…

He likes blue, so he was working with blues. I had forgotten there is quite a bit of cutting initially  And, since I’ve been sewing for over 50 years, it’s hard for me to remember that he hasn’t learned to read patterns…so it was slow going there. By the time he had all the pieces cut out, he wasn’t interested in constructing the blocks.

Patches on the Design Wall

Patches on the Design Wall

So he just put the patches up and kept working on them. I was a little flustered at this point. I really wanted him to get the idea of making a block, and using those blocks to construct a quilt. Er, umm…he was breaking the rules. Well I shouldn’t be surprised about that!

Yes, very nice!

Quilt Number Two

So he just kept at it. and pretty soon a top emerged. He had controlled, for the most part, the placement of the values, and created a design he liked. Of course, this needed to go to the top of my quilting queue. So here’s a closeup of the quilting:

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And one of the back:

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The back is a deep blue flannel we bought at Joy of Quilting in Florence, Oregon. Just right for this top. So there’s Quilt Number Two for John, another really pretty piece.

There’s a New Quilter in the House

Sometime this past January I showed my husband John how to sew a seam.  Then he sewed another.  And another.  And then he had a quilt top made.  And then I quilted it for him.

Quilt Number One!

Quilt Number One!

He gave this quilt to a young lady who is recovering from distress in her life.  We began with the four patch in the center, then added a couple borders.  Then he found my Civil War reproduction fabrics and made a bunch of squares.  He likes squares.

Nice feathered wreath in the center...

Nice feathered wreath in the center…

Quilting Closeup

Quilting Closeup

Here’s a photo of him binding this quilt.  John is a retired surgeon, and at one point he came into my studio in a huff, saying, “These needles are archaic!” and looking for a curved needle…He has settled on a larger needle, I think a #3 basting needle.  I did explain to him that I’ve been sewing for over 50 years, and it just takes time to get used to the small needles.  He does have the grace to admire my invisible hand stitches…

The back side is Minke, not the easiest to hand sew

The back side is Minke, not the easiest to hand sew

So that quilt (Audrey’s Quilt) was barely out the door and he was ready to make another…