Due to six-inches of snow, our quilt group meeting had to be pushed back a week! I was thrilled, as I was out of town on our regularly scheduled day...so now I can show you the amazing quilts! You might as well make yourself comfortable, I've got a lot to show you - so sit back, relax and enjoy!
It was Dawn's turn to receive blocks from the group and she had us make her these blocks - she's going to sew them into a "Play for Pink" quilt that will be auctioned off in September with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer. She has such a generous heart - I have no idea how many quilts Dawn has made for this event - but it's a bunch!
Two more of Dawn's quilts - the one on the right was shown last month, unquilted, now it's been beautifully quilted and is ready for Dawn's desert home (I'm thinking her desert home would be a great place to have our January meeting!) The quilt top on the left is Dawn's version of the blocks we all made - it will be donated to American Hero Quilts where it will be quilted and bound and will eventually be given to one of our returning wounded veterans - Hoo-Rah!
This quilt looks much better in person - not that it looks bad here but the colors just don't show true. It's another huge quilt, queen size, and will go on another bed in Dawn's desert house...see, there is plenty of room for all of us! It's off to the quilter to be quilted but hopefully we'll see it when it's done.
This top above belongs Janet - it's her Autumn quilt - yummy, no?
Above left is Ardith's red and cream colored whole cloth quilt - tres chic! Next to that is Janets black and white casserole carrier. The green quilt is also Janet's, it's her "fish quilt" - and it's totally fabulous! The black-squares quilt belongs to Terry, so colorful and perfect!
Barbara's Valentine quilt - it's a "bulls-eye" but with hearts - just plain sweet! Years ago we made this quilt as a group, our quilts were larger and Barbara made the larger version, too, only she gave hers away...I think this is the 3rd quilt like this that she has made - and, of course, it's perfect, too!
One more from Barbara. Years ago our group made Christmas blocks for each other - the quilt above left is Barbara's Christmas quilt all sewn together. There are a few of the ladies who made some of those blocks who are no longer in our group so it was nice to see the blocks they made and remember them. The quilt above right is Helen's circle quilt - just wouldn't be a Sew What's Quilt meeting without a circle quilt!
Helen's basket quilt - all finished - all HAND-appliqued and HAND-quilted!! If you click on the pics you'll see a larger version and then you'll be able to see the great "echo" quilting Helen did...A.Mazing!
At our Christmas Extravaganza and Gift Exchange, Lori blew everyone away when she had us draw numbers for this quilt top, which she decided didn't "work for her" so she gave it away...and Helen won! Now it's quilted and bound and fabulous...Lori is going to want it back!
Stephanie had us make her these blocks last month, red and turquoise. We were all curious as to how she was going to put them together - and she surprised us all! When this quilt is finished it will be donated to Relay for Life. Stephanie almost made this darling blue and BLACK baby quilt - I would have never thought of putting that border on that quilt but just look how fun it is - it works! Stephanie is one clever gal - and a generous one, too. She told us she managed to collect enough fabric/notions/yarn to mail FORTY boxes to Iraq for the 3rd iteration of the Iraqi Bundles of Love (IBOL) project...FORTY BOXES!!! IBOL asked for 500 boxes and they exceeded that goal - thanks to people like Stephanie who went above and beyond! These boxes of fabric/notions will be distributed to the women of Iraq, helping to build friendship, one fat quarter at a time. IBOL will be doing a 4th shipment later this Spring, I'll be sure to let you all know as it's great way to clean out your stash and help others at the same time.
This must be Claudia's quilt - although I can't remember - I was doing so good, too! Let's pretend it's Claudia's, as she is the maker of wonderful quilts and mostly LARGE quilts - but then, she has her own long-arm quilting machine so quilting them is never an issue!
Now this IS Claudia's quilt for sure! And I think one of my very favorites - it definitely speaks to me. Love those red "birds!" The quilting on this quilt is wonderful, too...just like the gal who made this.
This is a real quilt (a real quilt is one that is pieced, with small pieces, taking an inordinate amount of time, causing the maker to pull her hair out and wonder why she's making such a time-consuming, difficult quilt...but once she is done she is over-the-moon happy and proud because no one else has a quilt like it!) Real quilts are easy to spot, they are the ones everyone oohs and aahs over - they are works of art. Nice job Claudia...would look so lovely on MY bed...just a thought.
Okay kids, that's it! Wasn't it a great show?!? And it was followed by the most wonderful lunch - Barbara knocked herself out for us! And lunch was followed by the most wonderful banana cake I've ever had...I'm going to have to see if I can get the recipe - it's was delicious!