One Day in May

The last few weeks I’ve been starting new projects.  I haven’t actually been doing a lot of sewing, but quite a bit of pulling fabric and cutting fabric out.  Then I zoom on to the next project…I’m not sure how many things I currently have going — well actually none of them are “going,” just ready to go.  After working today, I walked back into my studio, enthused about making a table mat for my son Michal and his wife Rebecca.  The one they have now is pitiful, the quilting on it is soo sad, and it’s at least 6 or 7 years old…

So I started pulling some fabric for it and looking for a set of fabrics I’m already working with.  I opened several totes before I found the one I was looking for.  In the midst of this, I stopped and took a look around.  So here it is for your viewing pleasure, a tour of my studio, as is (warning: these images may disturb some viewers):

My stash, or most of it

My stash, or most of it

From my spinning & weaving days.  Her outfit is made from a horoscope warp -- each thread represents a color assigned for every horoscope degree - 360 threads

From my spinning & weaving days. Her outfit is made from a horoscope warp — each thread represents a color assigned for every horoscope degree – 360 threads

Taken from in front of the stash shelving, looking across my cutting table to the design wall

Taken from in front of the stash shelving, looking across my cutting table to the design wall. See the lamb?  Made from an antique quilt, it’s so cute!

The fabrics overlapping each other are for the table mat

The fabrics overlapping each other are for the table mat. The totes are evidence of my frenzied search

My sewing station, with a couple projects laying beside it (moved so I could clear the cutting area)

My sewing station, with a couple projects laying beside it (moved so I could clear the cutting area). There’s a pile of Dresden Plate blocks on the right…I don’t like their background now.

Just a closeup of a couple projects

A sorted pile of squares…

On the design wall: Winding Ways, 4 blocks assembled; a Dresden Plate modern style quilt; Halie's doll quilt blocks; Serpentine Dresden color run; Mike & Rebecca's replacement Double Wedding Ring blocks

On the design wall: on the left, 4 Winding Way blocks; a Dresden Plate modern style quilt project; Halie’s doll quilt blocks; serpentine Dresden color run; Mike & Rebecca’s replacement Double Wedding Ring blocks (remember their original quilt top is being quilted by the Pioneer Quilters, so I needed to make them another.)

My ironing station, with a Round Robin quilt that Debby and I worked on together

My ironing station, with a Round Robin quilt that Debby and I worked on together. Those are Dresden Plate blades on the board.

Debby made this quilt as a commemoration of a visit to our Elkton home

Debby made this quilt as a commemoration of a visit to our Elkton home, called “Memories of Oregon.”

These tubs and kids' carseats do NOT belong in my studio!  Aargh!

These tubs and kids’ carseats do NOT belong in my studio! Aargh!

A clent's quilt in progress

A clent’s quilt in progress

I drew ten designs for the Grandmother's Flower Garden; the back side shows the quilting

I drew ten designs for the Grandmother’s Flower Garden; the back side shows the quilting

These shelving units and cupboard have all my longarm tools, reference books, thread, and quilts stored in them

These shelving units and cupboard have all my longarm tools, reference books, thread, and quilts stored in them. The quilt above the shelf is done by Sheila Steers, purchased at the Small Quilt Auction for EVQ, 2010

And assorted treasure

And assorted treasure

Family photos

Family photos on the front of the storage cupboard.  No, you can’t look inside!!

Matt about 5, I think; I'm in my 30's in our kitchen/dining room at the ranch

Matt about 4, I think; I’m in my 30’s in our kitchen/dining room at the ranch. What you see is all there was to that kitchen. Notice the drawer being used as a cutting board.

Michal at 17...Rebecca had painted his face for Halloween...

Michal at 17…Rebecca had painted his face for Halloween…

A display plaque from Pioneer Quilters as a thank you for chairing our quilt show

A display plaque from Pioneer Quilters as a thank you for chairing our quilt show

This is our "hospital" quilt.  Whenever a family member is in the hospital, this quilt goes with them.  Apparently we are all healthy right now!

This is our “hospital” quilt. Whenever a family member is in the hospital, this quilt goes with them. Apparently we are all healthy right now!

Photoshopped quiltlet from a picture taken at Black Sheep Gathering 2004(?)

Quilt from a photoshopped picture taken at Black Sheep Gathering 2002(?) and a cute plaque Debby gave me

Our antique Cuckoo clock, and a quiltlet by Sandie Massett purchased at the Small Quilt Auction for EVQ 2010

Our antique Cuckoo clock, and a quilt by Sandie Massett purchased at the Small Quilt Auction for EVQ 2010

Fat quarters from the Fat Quarter Queen (every year at PIQF Debby buys me a dozen new fat quarters) and Sporty Barbie wearing a 1st Place medal I won in a 10k race years ago...a table topper made by Ann Pfrender and a cow with yoyo flowers...

Fat quarters from the Fat Quarter Queen (every year at PIQF Debby buys me a dozen new fat quarters) and Sporty Barbie wearing a 1st Place medal I won in a 10k race years ago…a table topper made by Ann Pfrender and a cow with yoyo flowers…

This is where the magic is supposed to happen.  I supposed even magicians have times when all they do is just think about things…

Back to the fabrics for the table mat for Mike & Rebecca

Back to the fabrics for the table mat for Mike & Rebecca

So now I’m ready to cut those fabrics into pieces.  I hope I will be able to sew a few seams, perhaps even complete a project?

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Oh My!

This post was begun Saturday, April 27, 2013:

I can’t fully express my feelings this evening.  Today we enjoyed a presentation by Molly Schiessl, owner of Fourth Corner Fine Quilt Gallery in Ashland, Oregon.  Molly has recently relocated to Eugene, and agreed to share some of her antique quilt collection at our quilt show.  The presentation was amazing!

She began by asking members of the audience what type of documentation they included on their quilts: the date, a dedication, signature of the quiltmaker, and even the age of the quiltmaker are all very useful information to attach to the quilt.  Most historical quilts do not have that information; they are undated and unsigned.  Molly’s collection dates from the 1840’s to the 1940’s.  Here are a few photos of quilts she shared with us:

 Crib quilt, probably from a kit

Crib quilt, probably from a kit

Closeup, isn't it nice?

Closeup, isn’t it nice?

Here’s another one:

I love this circus theme!

I love this circus theme!

And look what she also had!

And look what she also had!

So that tells you a lot about how common this kit must have been!!

Then she showed this sensational quilt, Elizabeth Norcross’ 1847 New Jersey Quaker Friendship Quilt.  This quilt has inscriptions throughout the blocks, ink drawings, wonderful detail!

Truly a beautiful quilt!

Truly a beautiful quilt!

One of my favorite blocks

One of my favorite blocks

Many unique blocks in this quilt

Many unique blocks in this quilt

Note the spiral inscription here!

Note the spiral inscription here!

More information is available about antique quilts at www.fcfquilts.com

But before I finish this post, let me just show you this marvelous example of Broderie Perse

1819 Broderie Perse Quilt

1819 Broderie Perse Quilt

Here's a nice closeup.  The workmanship is wonderful!

Here’s a nice closeup. The workmanship is wonderful!

Seeing these marvelous quilts made my heart sing!  Quilting transcends the generations, and I can imagine the quilters who lived long ago as well as the quilters yet to be.  We were so fortunate to have Molly Schiessl share her wonderful quilts with us!

Pioneer Quilters Boutique is Amazing!

Remember the Jellyroll Quilt?  Within the first hour we had a bid of $175 for it.  The prospective buyer very graciously suggested we continue to display the quilt and accept further bids on it throughout the show.  So we have a silent auction set up for that quilt!  If you would like to bid on the quilt, simply speak with the Lane County Historical Museum staff to place a bid.  Yes, we’re very excited!!

AND the Boutique items are just as wonderful this year as in past years:

Aren't these fabric bowls beautiful?

Aren’t these fabric bowls beautiful?

We also have wonderful sets of coasters, made using the same technique, in many colors!

Show your loyalty with a pincushion!

Show your loyalty with a pincushion!

"For the Love of Yo-Yo's"

“For the Love of Yo-Yo’s”

We still have some wonderful bags for you to choose from.  Here is one made of selvedges:

Selvedge edge zippered bag

Selvedge edge zippered bag

You can't have too many pincushions...

You can’t have too many pincushions…

Even the most expensive boutique items (in the $20 range) are priced at less than the supplies to make them.  The Pioneer Quilters group works throughout the year to create these delightful and useful items for our sewing pleasure.  100% of the proceeds are donated to the Museum!

“Our Quilting Family” a Stunning Success!

The Pioneer Quilters Unbroken Thread Quilt Show, “Our Quilting Family,” opened to an enthusiastic crowd of quilt lovers this past Tuesday, April 23, 2013!  Our featured quilters, Joyce Garrett and Jamie Wagle, were busy throughout the day, sharing their wonderful exhibit with attendees.

Featured Quilters Joyce Garret and Jamie Wagle

The Featured Quilters display area. Jamie’s Celtic Applique quilt is shown on the right and Joyce’s “Leaves” hanging on the left.

These sisters have done many projects together throughout the years, and in many cases have their quilts displayed side by side, as the Twisted Ribbon Bargello quilts are.

Twisted Ribbon Bargello.  Jamie's is on the right

Twisted Ribbon Bargello. Jamie’s is on the right

Signature Quilts.  Which one is Joyce's?

Signature Quilts. Which one is Joyce’s?

Throughout the day their display area has been very busy as show attendees stop to view their work and discuss it with them.

Joyce (on the right) at the exhibit

Joyce (on the right) at the exhibit 

Jamie, comparing signature quilts both she and Joyce have displayed

Jamie, comparing signature quilts both she and Joyce have displayed

Another stunner!  Whose is it?

Another stunner! Whose is it?

Jessica Beaudet is the Star of the Day!

We enjoyed a thrilling presentation by Eugene Modern Quilt Guild President Jessica Beaudet Wednesday afternoon, “The Modern Quilt Movement & Trunk Show.”  And what a trunk show she shared with us!

Jessica is an accomplished and passionate speaker; I am so very glad I was able to hear her presentation:

Jessica Beaudet

Jessica Beaudet

She very generously shared her knowledge of the Modern Quilt Movement, reminding the audience that we all speak the same quilting language, no matter what the form of our communication is: in person, by telephone, or by internet connection.  She uses the internet as a tool to enhance and share her quilting knowledge with quilters worldwide.

Jeanne Wong introducing Jessica

Jeanne Wong introducing Jessica

And here are some of the quilts!  (Please excuse the head views — every seat was taken today!)

This "Improvised Chair" quilt is shown sideways to display the hour that belongs just to Jessica

This “Improvised Chair” quilt is shown sideways to display the hour that belongs just to Jessica

Isn't this compelling?

Isn’t this compelling?

Note the setting of the bolder blocks -- just a slightly different take

Note the setting of the bolder blocks — just a slightly different take

A traditional block, and really, a red & green quilt, but with a definite edge!

A traditional block, a red & green quilt, but with a definite color edge!

We thank Jessica profusely, for her presentation at the show today!  Our community is so fortunate to have such a talented and generous quilter in our midst!

And lastly, exhibited in our show, is a marvelous quilt by Jenny Bonynge (quilted by Cynthia Brunz) in the modern aesthetic.

"First Flight" by Jenny Bonynge

“First Flight” by Jenny Bonynge

Our Quilting Family

Pioneers Logo 2-1

April 23-28, 2013, the 37th Annual Unbroken Thread Quilt Show will be presented by the Pioneer Quilters and Lane County Historical Society and Museum.  The theme this year is “Our Quilting Family,” appropriate for our featured quilters, sisters Joyce Garrett and Jamie Wagle.

Joyce and Jamie have an impressive body of work to share during this show.  They have been members of Pioneer Quilters for many years, and have accumulated a number of friendship quilts and projects done together, but with individual style.  You will be astonished at the breadth of their work!

Our show will exhibit over 100 quilts, made by quilters in our local area as well as Pioneer Quilters.  Each year the show is a fabulous display of local talent.

The Pioneer Quilters enjoy sharing quilting knowledge with the public, so  each day the show features demonstrations and speaker presentations.

Speaker presentations are each day from 1-2, and every one is a “must-attend” this year.

Mary Maxwell's "A World View" presentation and trunk show, 2012

Mary Maxwell’s “A World View” presentation and trunk show, 2012

Tuesday April 23 features Art Quilter Sheila Steers (last year’s featured quilter) speaking on “What if…”

Sheila began quilting in 1976, and has studied color theory and taken workshops from internationally known instructors, using that information to challenge herself with each project.  You will enjoy insights into Sheila’s creative process as she asks the inner question, “What if…”

Demonstrations run from 10:30-12 and from 2-3:30.  Each demo will show a technique or project, with tips and information for you to try at home.

Jayne Scoggin's demo on Small Purses

Jayne Scoggin’s demo on Small Purses 2012

Tuesday April 23, will feature “BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag” demonstration by Merline Smith from 10:30-12, and “Embroidery 101” by Jeanette Singler from 2-3:30.

Everywhere you look you will see quilts and more quilts.  The Museum also exhibits quilts from its wonderful collection.

And of course, the Pioneer Quilters are on hand, working on a quilt in the frame!

Hand Quilting each day during the show

Hand Quilting each day during the show

This photo captures the essence of hand quilting at a frame.  Quilting & Talking...

This photo captures the essence of hand quilting at a frame. Quilting & Talking…

And more Quilting!

And more Quilting!

We hope you will join us!

 

Just a Couple More

This is another wonderful quilt by Jan G! You won’t find any intense feathers or bubbles or other quilting designs here; the quilting is and should be background, to emphasize the subject of the quilt, and hopefully enhance it.  I can imagine this quilt in a dog-lover’s home:

The Golden Lab

Golden Days

This dog looks so true to life, I can almost feel its happy disposition.  The green kerchief around its neck, and almost smile make me think I’m about to get a big loving lick, or maybe a request to go run in the park.

Closeup of the fur

Closeup of the fur

The eyes sparkle!

The eyes sparkle!

And yet another quilt by Jan G, a nice throw quilt showcasing beautiful batik fabrics:

Very nice color choices!

Very nice color choices!

The quilting is an allover feather and swirl design, inspired by the fabrics.  You can see a little bit of it in this closeup:

A little bit of fun here

A little bit of fun here

Even though the quilting isn’t dominant for these two quilts, it still plays an important supporting role, and I still have a lot of fun with little extra touches that can be viewed up close.

Random Quiltings

These quilts were done during December 2012 and January 2013, but haven’t been published yet.

Starry Starry Night

Starry Starry Night

Quilting Closeup

Quilting Closeup

Quilting on the Back

Quilting on the Back

I’ve quilted this quilt one time before, and I was very happy to see another one come to my frame.  I’d like to make this quilt for myself, it’s just very beautiful. Here’s a little bit of the sky:

Morning Stars

Morning Stars

And this quilt was done in January, a raffle quilt for the Daffodil Festival held each year at the Long Tom Grange, Junction City, Oregon.  This was a five-part block of the month quilt through a magazine.  The group followed the pattern, then in the last segment there was a note that the patterns for months 3 and 4 were published in the wrong size…oops…

Daffodil Quilt

Daffodil Quilt

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I love these roses

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The Cardinal and the Butterfly are just wonderful!

When you look at the overall view of the quilt, you can see the amount of work that went into each block.  I could only imagine the amount of juggling the quilting group, led by Elenita Saltmarsh, had to do to make those pieces fit together seamlessly.  I did have a copy of the magazine on hand and could see the very slight differences necessitated by the magazine’s mistake.  The quilt is extremely beautiful, and I know its new owner loves it!

I still have a few more quilts to show; I’ll share them in a followup post.

Leaves & Life

I have been very busy this winter: John had been in the hospital for 18 days during December, and I worked very little during that time. Just enough to meet Christmas deadlines for clients, and putting aside quilts that could wait. So I started the new year about four quilts behind, and soon zoomed to six quilts behind. January 1st my folks moved to Cottage Grove, and came to live with us until they can move into their home here.

Mom & Dad

Mom & Dad

The move to their home here has been complicated: first it had to clear escrow. Then they wanted a little work done on it. Then they found the entire foundation was rotten…so they’ve been delayed moving to their house, but we now have two Lowrey organs in our home. Mom & Dad love GoodWill. They visit nearly every day.  It’s amazing the bargains you find there.

Mom's Lowrey Organ on the right, John's on the left...

Mom’s Lowrey Organ on the right,  John’s on the left…

In addition to collecting organs, teaching John to quilt, and working on my clients’ quilts, I’ve also been relearning to cook dinner for four every night! It’s been a very intense time. John and I also started going to the gym and working out…it’s been busy, but good. Very good. And just because you’re probably wondering, we’re all getting along very well.

That’s just the lead-up to show you what I’ve just finished, a quilt for a very special client, Joyce Garrett. Joyce and her sister Jamie are the featured quilters at this year’s Pioneer Quilters’ show (um, yes, I am the chairperson), and I’m quilting a quilt for each of them. Here is Joyce’s:

$5 Sampler BOM Quilt

$5 Sampler BOM Quilt, maybe 2002

I was working at Quilter’s Junction in Junction City, Oregon, when they hosted this $5 Sampler quilt.  You began the quilt by paying $5 for the first block kit.  The next month you brought your completed block to their meeting and were issued another block kit.  This is one of my favorite quilts, and I have one of my own from that time.

Jamie made some wonderful quilting space for me to play with

Joyce made some wonderful quilting space for me to play with – note the doubled cross-hatch lines

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I became very attached to this feather-fern motif and used it throughout the quilt. Each cornerstone is an individual motif

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These half stars are fantastic, aren’t they? More feathers, more tendrils, lots more quilting!

Apparently neither Joyce nor Jamie make small quilts! And in fact, most of the quilts in my queue are large  I have a Grandmother’s Flower Garden that just arrived yesterday that is 100×101. “The better to quilt upon, my dear!”

The really good news is I’m now only three quilts behind.

Storm@Sea

I have looked at the Storm at Sea pattern a number of times, and I did know you could create a heart shape by manipulating the color.  But this quilt came as a complete surprise to me when I realized what the pattern was.  My client, Jan G brought this to me, with a couple other quilts, but this one definitely needed to be finished before Christmas.

Hmm, hearts…what should I quilt on those?

Isn’t this an intriguing quilt?  Storm at Sea, who would have thought?  I quilted feather hearts inside the hearts, of course, using my entire set of heart templates to make the various sizes.  Inside the diamond shaped background is a curve filled with pearls and a couple of small feather-like flourishes.  The fill is overlapping spirals.  Then on the border is a pretty-much invisible undulating feather design.

Heart Detail

Note the spiral fill in here

These are called “hook” feathers. Each one is echoed individually as they are created.

So this finishes my updates.  I am currently only one quilt behind, which means I’m on top of the world and have enough time to post these blogs!

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