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

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


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


Another Brackman I need to own…


This one is delightful!


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


This is a great DVD, what a talent!


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

Here are just a few photos from setup:


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


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!


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


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


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


A bit of the back


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!


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


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!


Red & White Delight

This quilt belongs to Ann P. who asked me to put feathers on it.  Twist my arm!  Please, could I put feathers on it?  Ann is one of those quilters who does everything right.  She trims the extra threads from the seam allowances on the back.  The quilt and back are pressed and folded carefully to avoid any extra wrinkling of the fabric. She pays careful attention to each detail, and that really makes a difference in the finished quilt.


The quilt and backing are square.  All these details take time and effort, but they really make a difference when I begin to work on the quilt.

I placed a feathered wreath in the center of the “plain” block, and a feathered “V” shape from the center of the “X” block.  That combined nicely with the feathered wreath to create an extended design.

Feathered Wreath

Feathered Wreath

Inside the red chain patches I put a very small continuous feather sprig to create a continuity of movement.

Detail of "X" block

Detail of “X” block

Ann used a double sawtooth border for this quilt, a feature that elevates the quilt visually.  I wanted the sawtooth to show and puff a bit, so I put a very simple continuous curve in it.

Ann's Extra Touch

Ann’s Extra Touch

Then I placed a very curvy feather along the entire border, again adding movement and softness.

This entire quilt was a pleasure to work on, and I’m very pleased with the results.  It is, however, difficult to see your quilting when you’re working with toile, so I had to work without the machine light on — otherwise I couldn’t see the stitches!

Here's a little bit of the back!

Here’s a little bit of the back!

Look for this quilt at the Pioneer Quilters’ 37th Annual Unbroken Thread Quilt Show, April 23-28, 2013, at the Lane County Historical Museum, Lane County Fairgrounds.  The show opens at 10am and closes at 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday.  Sunday, the last day of the show, the hours are 10am through 4pm.

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!


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


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


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.

Catching Up!

I know it’s election day!  Maybe this will distract you for a few moments.  I have been working a lot, getting caught up with client quilts, and here are some pics of them!

First is Phoebe’s quilt.  Phoebe is the granddaughter of a friend of mine, and this is her first completed quilt project.  The instructions I received were to quilt it just like the magazine, and I sort of did.  I just added a few flourishes.  Really.

Halfsquare triangles, not too hard…but the hearts on the outside? Lots of bias edges, pretty hard to piece together

Just imagine it right side up…

These are the flourishes I was talking about

Corner detail, just a sweet quilt

I did get a chance to see this quilt after the binding was sewed down, and it is truly beautiful.  Phoebe will be able to enjoy this quilt for many years, and I’m super happy to have been a part of it.

AND THEN…Deanna’s Fairy Quilt

Deanna is the same quilter who made the Wedding Star quilt that took Viewer’s Choice at the Coburg Quilt Show.  I think this piece will take some honors as well:

Each fairy is associated with a flower, and the border also has each flower appliquéd on it

A quilt like this is tricky to quilt.  There is so much beautiful space for quilting design, and yet you don’t want to take attention away from the appliqué.

And notice the matching flower in the border…

I love each of these girls!

And a couple more:

I love this kick. And look at the beautifully done legs and feet!

The detail shows the triple crosshatching I did on the border as well as the variety of feathers

So I think this quilt is another winner from Deanna.  Thanks to her I got to work on this gorgeous quilt, and I didn’t have to do the applique myself!!


I started this quilt in April of 2010, piecing by hand.  I had decided to make a series of blue and white quilts to give to my son Michal and his wife Rebecca.  I had to look around quite a bit to find templates I was happy with, and finally found them in a book belonging to my friend Debby.

This is the first block…

And this is the completed quilt top

Debby and I had claimed a mission of collecting blue fabrics for a planned series of blue and white quilts.  I wanted to place darks and lights to create a bow or flower type effect in the block intersections, and when I saw the quilt coming together, I was very excited.

The quilt top was fully pieced by August of 2010, finishing at 96″x101″ , then stored for later quilting.  I had always planned to machine quilt it on my longarm quilting machine, and had visualized several different quilting designs over the years.  But there wasn’t a single design that I was intent upon placing on the quilt.

I am a member of The Pioneer Quilters, a handquilting group that meets weekly to quilt on each other’s quilts.  We host an annual quilt show that benefits the Lane County Historical Museum in Eugene, Oregon, and we also demonstrate at the County Fair each year.

PioneerQuilters Workplace

To my pleasant surprise, my name came to the top of the list to have a quilt in the frame at the County Fair!  I had only two weeks to prepare, but when I was asked if I had a quilt ready, my immediate answer was “Yes!”

The quilt that came to mind was the hand pieced Double Wedding Ring quilt that was sitting in the cupboard waiting to be quilted.  So I scurried home with plenty of advice in my ears and began to plan the quilting of my Double Wedding Ring quilt.

I did pre-baste my quilt, which is a little unusual for loading a quilt into an old-fashioned quilting frame.  But I knew that because it was a DWR, it had scalloped edges and might load a little wonky.  And I also realized it would sit for a while after the fair before its turn came up to be quilted upon steadily.

We’ve already rolled twice at the time of this photo, but it shows most of the quilt

This is how our club works:  we quilt on three quilts at a time, each in order.  So Quilt No. 1 is the first quilt one would go sit at when you first get to the meeting.  When that frame fills up, then members would begin to sit at the frame of Quilt No. 2, and so on.  For the Fair demonstration we will start a brand new quilt, which is basically the next quilt in turn to go on the floor.  After the fair, it waits in storage until a quilt comes out of the frame, then the fair quilt will go on the floor and be Quilt No. 3.  So…I knew my quilt would be stored for a time after the fair, and decided a pre-baste was a good idea.

Since there was no border on my quilt, we immediately started quilting the “meat” of the quilt.  First were a row of the ovals across each side of the quilt, then into the interior of the rings.  Each ring was stitched in the ditch and each seam was stitched in the ditch…so there’s a lot of quilting that isn’t visible, but makes the quilt design really pop.  I used a Hobbs Polydown bat and a very nice lightweight white tone-one-tone wide fabric for the backing.

Examining the quilt design and discussing the approach on the very first day

As we quilt, fair-goers come by and watch what we’re doing, ask questions and tell us their stories about quilting.  It is an extremely enjoyable time to share quilting.  We quilt from 11am to 5pm for the five days the fair runs.  That’s a lot of womanpower at work!

The first day we rolled the quilt two times on one side and one time on the other side.  The Pioneers facing front in the photo are on the rolling edge, just beginning the quilting.

The first block!

Here is a photo taken in the afternoon of the second day.  The light really shows the quilting shadows well.  Each oval has three ” echo” ovals inside it and the interior of the ring has an elongated oval, echoed in the same way, with feathers coming off it.  Of course all seams are stitched in the ditch.  If you look closely at the rings, you can see some of my basting stitches, just temporary stitches to hold the layers together before it’s quilted.

This character came in for a few hugs and kisses, and pretended to quilt with us for a bit!

We quilted until our fingers were ragged!  Over five days we quilted 1/4 of the quilt.  During that time most of our members came and spent at least a few hours quilting and the frame always had a core of a half a dozen quilters at it.  We also consumed copious amounts of ice cream and other Fair food, shopped at the fair and enjoyed the atmosphere.  One day was extremely hot but the rest of the time it was very comfortable.  And yesterday afternoon at the conclusion of our demonstration, we rolled my Double Wedding Ring quilt up and I have it at home now.

Just a personal note:  I will be keeping this quilt for our bed at home.  Since all my very close friends have had a hand in finishing it, many memories have been created that I will cherish through the years.  I am planning to make a replacement quilt for Michal and Rebecca, and of course they will inherit this one…

Many people wanted to know how long it would take us to finish this quilt.  I am making an estimate that my quilt will be on the floor in January of 2013 and perhaps be done by June of 2013.  The quilting seems to go very quickly, and if it does the quilt will be finished in time for next years Lane County Fair.  I hope so, anyway!