Sunday, May 6, 2018

Celebrating Sue!

Whew!  I am exhausted after a VERY full month of finishing up my quilts to hang in my guild's quilt show, and helping out with the show itself.  The theme of the show was "Celebrating Sue!" so there were a lot of quilts that were her patterns, or were inspired by her.  It was awesome.  The show ended yesterday, and that's the focus of this month's post... some of the winning quilts, some of which were mine!  These are my very first ribbons, and I was awarded four.  So amazing and exciting!

I want to start with the Best of Theme winner, which also received a First Place for Hand Appliqued Made by 2 or More Persons.  This is The Grape Quilt, made by Jerrianne Evans, and quilted by Cindy Gravely.  This is one of Mom's patterns that hadn't been released yet, only because we didn't have a finished quilt to put on the cover.  We do now!  It's an absolutely stunning quilt, with a whopping 1620 grapes appliqued onto the vines.  I just can't express how much I love this quilt!  If you're interested in making your own, check out the pattern on our website: The Grape Quilt.

The Grape Quilt by Jerrianne Evans
Next up, we have the Best in Show winner, which also received First Place Pieced Quilt Made by 2 or More Persons (Large).  This is Another Halo for Sue, made by Sharon Meyer and quilted by LeeAnn Lively.  This is another of Sue's patterns, the Halo Medallion Quilt.  Beautiful!
Another Halo for Sue, by Sharon Meyer
The quilt that received the Merit Machine Quilting ribbon and a Judge's Recognition ribbon is absolutely incredible.  This is Butterfly, made and quilted by Marcia Henry.  The quilting is so intricate and beautiful.  It's no wonder she received the merit ribbon for her work here.

Butterfly by Marcia Henry

Closeup of Butterfly by Marcia Henry

Closeup of Butterfly by Marcia Henry
Switching to a much more whimsical quilting style, here is Whatever, made and quilted by Karen Shively.  The bright colors and characters are so fun, and the quilting is really cool and different.  The characters are supposed to represent guild board members.  LOL!
Whatever by Karen Shively
The quilt that took Second Place Hand Appliqued One Person is another that is based on a Sue Garman pattern, Baltimore Squared, using the Cherry Wreath block.  This is The Cherry Wreath, made and quilted by Lee Ann Lively.

The Cherry Wreath by LeeAnn Lively
Miniatures!  I do love the tiny quilts, and it seems like that's been my focus for the last year or two.  Maybe it's because I can finish one so much more quickly than a large quilt.  First Place Miniature went to Cynthia Clark for Mini Hugs and Kisses, a tiny version, as its name suggests, of Sue's Hugs and Kisses quilt.  So cute!  And those little, teeny, hand appliqued blocks are impossible to imagine doing myself, not to mention that little, teeny crosshatching!
Mini Hugs and Kisses by Cynthia Clark
I got both Second Place Miniature and Third Place Miniature, for Rings of Love and Baby Bear, respectively.  I was floored! 
Rings of Love by Jenny Arkinson
Baby Bear by Jenny Arkinson
And that leads right into Mama Bear and Papa Bear, which received ribbons for Third Place Pieced Quilt Small Made by One Person and Honorable Mention Pieced Quilt Small Made by One Person.  The whole Goldilocks family got ribbons!!!  I'm thinking very seriously about creating a pattern for these cuties, so folks can create their own Three Bears!
Mama Bear by Jenny Arkinson
Papa Bear by Jenny Arkinson
We had a pair of fraternal twins win First Place Pieced Quilt Small One Person and Second Place Pieced Quilt Small One Person.  They are both based on the pattern Surprisingly Red by Jacqueline de Jonge.  First went to Surprisingly Cool, made and quilted by Dana Robbins.  Second went to Disco Rainbow, made and quilted by Judy Smith.  It's really fun to see pairs together like this, where you can really see different color choices up close.
Surprisingly Cool by Dana Robbins
Disco Rainbow by Judy Smith
Jerrianne Evans received another ribbon for her Reels quilt.  It was made by Jerrianne and Marci Henry, and quilting by Marci Henry.  This quilt received Second Place Mixed Technique 2 or More Persons.  I love the color choices, the symmetry, and the quilting.
Reels by Jerrianne Evans and Marci Henry
There was another Halo Medallion quilt that received a ribbon, this one for First Place Pieced Quilt Large Made by One Person.  This is Halo Medallion, made and quilted by Peggy Richards.  I love the colors that she chose for this version.  It makes me think of the beach, or a nice summer day.
Halo Medallion by Peggy Richards
Second Place in that same category went to Cynthia Clark for Bubble Gum Beauty.  This quilt is a pink and brown version of Sue's Sleeping Beauty quilt.  I love the colors and how it turned out.  Beautiful!
Bubble Gum Beauty by Cynthia Clark
The last quilts I want to show are the youth quilts, all of which receive a ribbon.  I really enjoy seeing our young people getting into quilting at a young age.  Here we have Scrappy Fox, made by Brooklynne Ford and quilted by Belinda Soderberg; New Beginnings, made by Sofia and Marcia Henry and quilted by Marcia Henry; and A Child's Fantasy, made and quilted by Amanda Lively.
Scrappy Fox by Brooklynne Ford
New Beginnings by Sofia Henry

A Child's Fantasy by Amanda Lively
I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of the Lakeview Quilters Guild 2018 Quilt Show.  I didn't post all of the quilts, or even all of the winners or all of the categories.  It would have been too much!  See you next month!

Keep on quilting!
Jenny Arkinson

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Retreat!

As you may already know, my guild, Lakeview Quilters Guild, has a retreat every spring in Galveston, Texas.  A nice size group of quilters, somewhere between 80 and 90 this year, settle in for four and half wonderful days of solid quilting and camaraderie.  So, this month's blog is nothing about me and my work, and everything about the awesome projects and inspiration that I saw at the retreat!

First up are a couple of quilts that my friend Becky Stephenson has been working on.  The top one is a square in square quilt that she and a group of friends did an exchange with, and she recently finished.  The colors and movement of the quilt are just mesmerizing to me.  Note that the white "border" isn't really a border.  The squares are all sewn on-point, and then white triangles are added to the ends to square up the quilt.  It turns out creating an imaginary border! 

The quilt just below that one is the center block that she's been working on for the Happy Trails quilt by Pearl Pereira at P3 Designs.  Being a native Texan, I can't help but love a boot filled with yellow roses and bluebonnets!

Becky's Square in Square Quilt
Becky's Happy Trails center block.
This next quilt is an Aggie quilt made by Sara Genoa.  And, she hand quilted it!  I went to Texas A&M, so Aggies are near and dear to me.  And all of those little words quilted into the border just stole my heart!
Sara's Aggie Quilt

Closeup of Sara's quilting.
Speaking of Aggie quilts, my friend Cynthia Clark spent most of her retreat time working on one for her soon-to-be step-grandson.  It will be a beautiful Aggie log cabin!

A stack of Cynthia's log cabin blocks in work.

Cynthia's first finished block!
This Bed of Roses quilt has a very unique story.  The blocks were made by Deborah Salisbury, who had Alzheimer's disease and was unable to finish the quilt.  The blocks were given to Marlene Lewis, who asked Mom for help with it.  Mom helped her to square up the blocks and figure out how to put it together.  I think she even cut some of the sashings for her.  I think it turned out just lovely, and I love the story that goes with it.
Deborah's and Marlene's Bed of Roses
Sometimes, we start new projects at retreat after seeing something inspirational in the room with us.  That happened here!  This first picture is a block that Carolyn Hooks made, called Far West.  She and a group of quilters exchanged fabrics only and made their own blocks.  Becky saw the block and really liked the look of it.  But, she thought it would sure be nice in a smaller scale.  Becky's sister, Jerrianne went ahead and made her a small version.  So cute!  I think we may have to make a full size quilt of small blocks!
Carolyn's Far West block
Jerrianne's/Becky's mini Far West block
We also have non-quilt items that are inspiring.  Here we have a small sewing case that Johnnie Nottingham made for Holly Cagle.  Look at all of that embroidery and detail.  It's absolutely gorgeous!
Holly's sewing case, outside.

Holly's sewing case, inside.
This next quilt, I think Mom would have loved!  Linda Ainsworth took her Bunny Block Sampler blocks and took them to a whole new level.  She added multiple borders and tons of embellishments, and she's working on hand quilting it.  Beautiful!
Linda's Bunny Block Sampler quilt.

Linda's Santa Bunny, with embellished gift sack.

Linda's Halloween Bunny with pumpkins, a spider, and almost Mardi Gras-like mask.

Linda's Thanksgiving Bunny, with added turkey and carrots.
Marci Henry actually finished a quilt at retreat (something I always wish I could say).  I have an affinity for blue quilts, and this is no exception.  I love it!
Marci's blue pineapple top quilt.
Nancy Ferverda made this lovely Shabby Vintage Rose quilt using pink and purple fabrics.  I like the look of sampler type quilts like this.
Nancy's Shabby Vintage Rose quilt.
This next quilt caught my eye when Jeanne Whittle put it up on a design wall.  The bright colors and waves going both vertically and horizontally add so much interest and movement. 
Jeanne's Crown Jewels using the X block.
And as soon as Jeanne's quilt came down to be sewn together, Mary Ann Alexander put this next quilt up, with even brighter colors.  This pattern is called Gemstone by Henry Glass.  Again, the movement and colors draw me in and make me want to keep staring.
Mary Ann's Gemstone quilt.
And yet another eye catcher was this Chains quilt that Phyllis Grounds was working on.  Lovely florals in soothing colors.  I can imagine myself wrapped up in the finished quilt, keeping warm by a cozy fire.
Phyllis' Chains quilt.
Last but not least, this quilt top is one that Mom purchased several years ago for $20, and it wasn't all put together when she purchased it.  A group of quilters has since completed the top and finished the applique that wasn't quite finished.  It will be quilted and up for auction in our guild's annual auction this August.  I'd guess it'll bring the guild a nice sum of money.  So pretty!
Antique quilt top.

Antique quilt top
That's all for this month.  I hope you enjoyed viewing some of the works of art from my retreat, and maybe got some inspiration of your own.  Have a fantastic April, and I'll see you next month!

Keep on sewing!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Marching Through Time

I seriously can't believe that we're already in March.  Maybe it's due to the shorter month of February.  Maybe it's due to the crazy weather we've been having, which throws me out of kilter.  Or maybe it's just because I'm having too much fun!

First, I want to let everyone know that there will be an exhibit of around 30 of Mom's quilts at the Texas Quilt Museum this summer!  I'm so excited about this!  The museum is in LaGrange, Texas, which is 1 hour 15 minutes from Austin, 1 hour 30 minutes from Houston, and 2 hours from San Antonio.  It's housed in a pair of historic buildings from the 1890s, and is supposed to be pretty fantastic to see.  I haven't been yet, but I'll definitely be taking a trip... or two or three... out there this summer to visit the quilts!  If you're nearby, I encourage you to do the same.

Photo of the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange

Next, I have a few quilts to show off.  I've been busy, practicing on Carol Ann (my longarm), and trying to finish up some quilts for the Lakeview Quilters Guild show that's coming up in May.  Oh, and speaking of that!  Our shows are every other year, in even numbered years.  This year's show is called "Celebrating Sue" and is in honor of Mom and all of the work and support she did for the guild, and for the quilting profession.  And, with every show, we also have a studio tour.  I went ahead and volunteered my home to be on the tour, thinking that it was Mom's studio, and the show is in her honor, so it's only appropriate.  Boy, do I have a lot of cleaning to do between now and April 14!  There will be eight homes total on the tour, which will be a great variety to get ideas and inspiration from.  Tickets are $15 in advance at guild meetings and local quilt shops, or they can be purchased the day of the tour at the homes for $20.

Back to my quilts now... actually, the first one is just one that I quilted.  But, it still counts!  A husband of a quilter in one of my bees started chemo a few weeks ago.  So, there happened to be a bee at my house, and the group pulled together and made him a fantastic quilt to keep him warm while he was in the hospital.  The top is made from all homespuns in solids and plaids, the back is sock monkeys (!!!), and I must say that the quilting pattern we picked is my new very favorite E2E!  It's spiral pano 001 by Kimberlee Diamond.

Overall view of the quilted top.

Loaded on the machine, stitching away.

Nice view of the quilting pattern.

Who doesn't love some sock monkeys on pogo sticks?!!!
Next quilt on my list is... drum roll please... Mama Bear!  So, last month I finish Papa Bear and posted pictures of the handsome guy.  This month I finished his smaller partner in crime.  She is made using all of the same (but no duplicated) fabrics, just on a smaller scale.  I used the same quilting pattern as the quilt above, just shrinking it down to scale, and I think it turned out fabulously!  You can judge for yourself.  And wait until next month (hopefully) when I finish Baby Bear!  He's going to be so darned CUTE!

Overall view of the top of Mama Bear.

A closer view to see the quilting pattern.

Mama and Papa together, so you can see the size difference.
Last quilt I finished this month is that mini double wedding ring that I wrote about when I finished the top.  I finally dove in, loaded it on the longarm, and did some serious learning about custom quilting.  The main thing I learned is... the laser pointer may not actually be pointed exactly right, which can cause some issues when drawing borders and placing patterns that need to be exact!  I made a whole bunch of mistakes, but I feel like I learned even more.  Most importantly, I absolutely adore how the quilt turned out!

Overall view of the quilted top.

Close-up of the quilting.  Just ignore where I overstitched the colored fabrics.
Great photo of the overall quilting of the quilt.  I love how the rings pop!
Next, I want to share a couple of quilts that aren't mine, and aren't Mom's, but their beautiful quilts that are based on Mom's patterns!  First up, one of her very good friends, Cynthia Clark, made a miniature Hugs and Kisses.  Each of the floral blocks is only 4-inches square.  Remember by miniature Sleeping Beauty from last month?  This is another from the group of us that are miniaturizing a pattern of Mom's for our guild's quilt show in May.  I just love this one!  Those teeny tiny circles are really applique, believe it or not.  She used a hole punch in making them!!!

Teeny tiny Hugs and Kisses by Cynthia Clark.
 Next up, I have an absolutely gorgeous Baltimore Album quilt called Heartsong, by Patty Goodsell in Green Valley, Arizona.  It measures 58" x 58".  The four center blocks are from an original Baltimore Album quilt called the "Elizabeth McCullough Hervey" quilt.  Patty "borrowed" the borders from Friends of Baltimore, shortening and tweaking them to fit her quilt.  They took her 2-years of work, as she stitched in many, many dimensional flowers and added lots of embroidery.  Patty said she loved almost every minute of stitching those borders.  The quilt is entirely hand appliqued and hand quilted.  It recently won four awards at the Tucson, Arizona Quilt Fiesta 2018, including Best of Show, Exemplary Hand Applique, Exemplary Hand Quilting, and 3rd in Viewer's Choice.  Congratulations to Patty on an outstanding work of art!  I am absolutely sure that Mom would have loved it.

Patty Goodsell and her quilt, Heartsong.

Close-up of a corner.  Such detailed work!

Another close-up of a corner.  Outstanding!
Later this month is my guild's spring retreat, so April will bring lots and lots of photos of guild members' work, and tons of inspiration!  Hopefully, I'll find time to finish a few more things to post as well.  Last, but most certainly not least, I want to introduce everyone to the newest member of our household.  Please meet Mr. Wiggles (named by my 10-year old son, Jack), the amazing pug puppy!!!

That face!

Until next month... keep stitching!