Thursday, March 29

Quilt Show

We're back and unpacked from a fabulous weekend in New Ulm at the Prairie Piecemaker's quilt show. It was a very well attended quilt show with over 900 people coming to look at the more than 350 gorgeous quilts that were on display! We've got some wonderful "favorites" from the show as well as a couple pictures from our time spent with the one and only Karen McTavish.
On Wednesday afternoon Mr. Brown delivered a highly anticipated package plump full of
Collections for a Cause: Friendship (by Howard Marcus of Moda fabrics)
This fabric is wonderful. It's absolutely beautiful in color and design and we can't wait to start sewing up projects with it!!
We also received the new Gear Up Tote pattern by Sweetwater. Lacey has been in love with the shape and size of this bag since seeing it on the girls' blog and finally had some time to get one cut out and sewn up out of Salt Air fabric by moda's Cosmo Cricket. It's been a while since we've made a new bag and this was definitely worth the wait!! Quick to sew, great shape, good directions and an adorable ruffled pocket and flower! (If you like Sweetwater fabric make sure you check out their new line due out late this summer called Mama Said Sew! You can get to their blog by visiting the makelifesweet tab on our blog favorites!)
Before we left for New Ulm we had a few projects we put the finishing touches on.
Cinnamon Sticks by This & That patterns was a really quick and easy pattern to sew up out of a charm pack. We used Meadow by Blackbird Designs for ours. This is a great pattern for those charm squares that are left over from other projects!!
We also had to do a little bit of re-arranging after we got home and when you enter the shop you'll be graced by our Block of the Month quilts. We've still been having interest in them so if you are one of those interested we are still taking names and mail orders are available!
In our door greeting Kansas Troubles themed area we have these great new patterns released by This & That patterns called Blooms in the Springtime. This is such a sweet and quick little table topper to whip up. We've got a few more designs by her of this same octagonal themed topper that we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of!
We've also had a blast sewing up items from Honey Buns. We have two quick and easy runners we've made out of the Kansas Troubles Sandhill Plums honey buns. The item above was a popular item of conversation at the show. This pattern is set designed by Lynne Hagmeier is called Changing Seasons and set up to have you create a table runner, pillow and 7 toppers out of a honey bun, some small yardage and scraps! You create a scrappy, versatile table runner in a flash with those honey bun strips and can change it up each season with a decorative buttoned-on center square that can also be used as a cute pillow cover!
We also have been having lots of fun with this wonderful Microwave Bowl hugger. This is set up for you to place your bowl into to heat up leftovers in your microwave. When your food is done you can safely grab the bowl from the microwave and pull it out using the hugger without getting burnt fingers! Our kits are pre-cut with the pattern included and are quick to sew up as a gift.
We also had many comments on our "Baker's Dozen" bundle of Believe Batiks which our Southwest sector will be giving away to the first 800 finishers during Quilt MN. Each shop in our section (10 of us) have designed up a quilt using our batik bundle that will be featured in our sector cookbook. The pattern above is the one for Shades of the Past. To see more of our sector quilts check out our sector blog. (Quilt Mn southwest sector on our blog fav's)
Our booth at the Prairie Piecemaker's Quilt Show in New Ulm
We were set up in New Ulm on Friday & Saturday for the show which was held in a beautiful new building called the Hope & Healing center.
The eating area was showcased with this lovely stone wall, cozy lighting and fireplace! The whole place had this kind of feel--it was wonderful! Something also quite wonderful was . . .
. . .the bathroom. It was something many of us were talking about as vendors and heard as we were out and about looking at quilt. Really-it was that good! The highlight of the whole bathroom was this wonderful sink. Wouldn't you just LOVE to take it home? The first time at this was a bit intimidating as we didn't have a clue how to operate it, but you crossed your fingers that somebody would be using it and you could follow their lead. See that "joy-stick" looking thing in the bottom right had of the photo...that controlled the water. Push up for a fast stream, down for a slow trickle, left for hot, right for cold--just like playing a video game!
Note: This photo was taken after quilt show hours when nobody else (expect the company of a couple other people who wanted a sink photo opt) was in or using the bathroom.
Karen McTavish.
There are LOTS of things I would love to share with all of you but you may never see the end of my post! If you ever have the chance to see her or listen to her talk I'd encourage you to take up the opportunity. We both agree, however, that if you get easily offended by people who can be "raw" she may be a bit of a turn off for you. Her quilts were stunning (if I could find a better word I would) and her stories were quite humorous and interesting and she is oh so very humble about what she does, which she seemed to make quite evident when talking about here quilting.
Wholecloth quilt that she has trapunto and quilted on
Notice the light pink trapunto area in the center?
I believe if I would have taken better notes (note: I didn't take notes) I think this was called Shadow Trapunto. She had kind of a large scale step-by-step as to how to get to this point but a good camera shot wasn't possible. She also had many other quilts she showed but again, between being in "aww" of the quilt and quilting I missed bringing my camera up to snap a shot for you all. Guess you'll have to go see them in person someday--they really are much better that way!!
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Some of our favorites from the show and some we found interesting
Well as you can see Betty Trebesh made this wonderful mat on her sewing machine!
I apologize for a poor picture of it--again much prettier in person.
The idea of how it was done was kind of intriguing.
One of those quilts done up from the Blackbird Design books.
All done needle turn applique method. Hand quilted. Amazing job done by Theresa Westrup.
This little sampler was also machine pieced and quilted.
Buggy Barn tree skirt.
Sweet Sixteen quilt pattern by Laundry Basket Quilts.
Quilted and sewn by Mary Waibel.
This was Lacey's favorite quilt of the show and quilt that has her looking into starting a needle turn applique project and she was lucky enough to get to listen in on Mary's demo on her method to doing nice needle turn applique--now that that seed is planted we'll see where it grows. . .
Mary Waibel also did this quilt. It is a Dear Jane quilt. It has all been pieced. Yes-this is NOT a cheater quilt!! It was really quite a site to be seen with all of those tiny little pieces!! We can't imagine. . .can you??
Speaking of Tiny Pieces--check out these fun quilts by Susan Beck! Again, I can't imagine sewing those little pinwheels together--and if you look close they are not solid pinwheels either!! The prairie pointed border also really finishes this off quite nice.
The gals setting up the show also had some really cute little display pieces, including this one!
Prairie Vine by Debbie Roberts
Sewn and Hand Quilted by Susan Beck.
We found the block design to be fun in this quilt and like the border with the vines.
Presiden'ts quilt done by Val Besser from Spinning Spools in New Ulm.
It was really fun getting to see this quilt finished as she was working on it when we took a road trip through our southwest sector with some friends this fall. Using a wonky block setting really made this quilt fun!
This quilt was designed by Mickey Zimmer from the Sweetwater Cotton Shop in Paynesville. Ruth Tauer did the piecing of this lovely quilt top and Lisa Schwartz the quilting. Very pretty and elegant quilt!!
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Well. . .now that I've reached the bottom of the post I realize I am missing a couple of pictures--guess the wind is messing with our Internet connection. You'll have something to look forward to for next week: Darci's favorite "Spider Web" quilt and "Granny Squares" quilt.
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SPRING FLING BUS TRIP
Our bus is filling up fast! If you are interested in joining us make sure you contact us soon to reserve you spot!
Friday April 27th

Visit the quilt shops of:
Common Threads in Garfield, Country Cottage Quilts in Fergus Falls, Bay Window Quilts in Perham, Monika's in Park Rapids and supper in Dorset!!
Cost: $55.00 (includes bus ticket and snacks)
Supper in Dorset is on your own (choose from Italian, American, Mexican restaurants) and lunch is on your own (fast food joint(s) in Fergus Falls)

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