Monday, October 8, 2018

Creating Multiple Quilts

Creating multiple quilts is a little like watching grass grow! It starts slow, but after a bit of time, I am inundated with quilt blocks, such that new plastic containers became necessary to keep them all organized. If all goes according to my plan I will have quilt blocks enough for six quilts by the end of the year. They, of course will still need to be stitched into quilt tops before they go on to be quilted. Here are pictures of what I am working on, though to be sure, until they are stitched, all are subject to change. I am, however, wanting my readers to know that while I don't blog often, I remain hard at work to accomplish what I can!
This is to be a hand-tied comforter for my nieces step-child. There will be
white cotton lace around the center panel which is surrounded by multi-print
pink, blue, lavender and purple patchwork squares. I will keep this simple,
as it is to be completed by January 2019, in time for her birthday.
These are simply a few of my double appliqued heart quilt blocks? So far
I have 54 blocks almost done, but my plan iss to do two a week for 52 weeks
for a total of 104 blocks by the end of the year. I am playing catch up right
now in hopes of reaching my yearly goal! All are done on different shades
of un-bleached muslin or neutral prints, as in the end it  or they are
supposed to look like scrap quilt(s).

These are some Civil War Sampler quilt blocks from Barbara Brackman's
Civil War Sampler quilt book. Years ago I took a sampler class and found
it so interesting to see how the same blocks turned out so different using
different fabrics and so I decided to be "a class of two" making two blocks
each week that are the same block design but made of different materials. I
 should complete 104 different blocks to make into two quilts by the end of the
year. I am considering constructing them differently using different sashing
strips and different style borders. This has provided me much practice
constructing different sorts of machine-pieced quilt blocks. I do hope,
when finished, all the different designs in the blocks will tie together to make
two colorful and unified quilts.

More of these same Civil War blocks. Barbara Brachman's book has 50
different quilt blocks with complete instruction for each! I love the red,
off-white and blue Civil War reproduction fabrics! Did I mention that my
grandfather, John L.Campen fought in the Civil War under General Custer?
I have read many novels and books about the Civil War, including those
about the prisons of this time period. What a divided time in our nation's
history! Almost as many died of starvation and disease as were killed in its
various battles. My grandfather spent over a year in different prisons. He
was fortunate to have survived the war and sustained only a minor injury
when his horse was shot out from underneath him!

This is a 9 patch/9 patch quilt with a poinsettia block in the middle of each
9 patch/9 patch block...The quilting of the unbleached muslin quilt blocks
should add much design to the quilt. Even so, laid out, I am not sure that
I like it and am considering different ways of constructing it to make it
more interesting. I laughed and told one of my friends, that  the real
creativity comes when you have the blocks cut and sewn and then decide
to redesign it! It is a very old and simple quilt pattern (usually).

This is another 9 patch/9 patch quilt, though I may put it together in a more
random fashion? I am not certain yet, but you will note the different
 Christmas colors used. I am going to further explore ways of using
9 patch blocks and consider redesigning this quilt too. 9 patch/ 9patch
quilts can be beautifully simple, or downright homely? I am not sure that
adding the poinsettia blocks in the middle creates the effect I was hoping
for. I take heart that a few of my mother's beautiful quilts were redesigned
while in the middle of creating them!  Some quilts despite beautiful fabrics
turn out to be ugly...I am trying not to take it personally...
Using Connie Harris Farrington's modus operandi, I have had a relaxing year simply focusing on making quilt blocks, as well as working on finishing a quilt of my mother's, not included in this blog.
I have taken a longer break than I planned to make some new pincushions for Maria Wulf's Fall Open House in Cambridge, NY. this coming weekend. I was also slowed down by some health issues as well, so I have fallen behind on some of my quilting goals. A period of catch-up will be needed. Working on multiple quilts and projects at a time is a little crazy, but overall it has been very successful and never boring! Doing different projects at a time is actually keeping me motivated
and creative!

While I haven't been blogging on a regular basis, so as to not bore you, I have not been idle~ It has been a year of practicing my hand-applique skills and piecing skills of all sorts. My new quilting machine has been sitting idle for too long in the basement, as I prepare quilt tops for much quilting practice ahead! I am trying to be patient with myself as I learn all the different aspects of quilting. No matter how many quilts or comforters I make, I am still learning new skills and practicing old ones. I have more quilts in my heart and head, but will continue to work on everything incrementally, as I finish some old UFO's that I want to complete. In between I will be creating simple hand-tied comforters for relatives and friends that I want to keep warm during the winter!

My quilt projects continue to be organized so that I have nothing to worry about (see my blog, Process for a Multi Quilt Quilter of 7/19/18) which talks about my new modus operandi of creating multiple quilts versus one start to finish. Keeping everything organized is my new way of keeping me calm and collected, knowing that they will all be finished someday by someone, albeit, not necessarily me!

Did I fail to mention that my goal has been to live as long as Grandma Moses and become The Grandma Moses of the quilting world and create oodles of quilts before I die?!! That is my plan and I am sticking to it!! I do hope my body cooperates, and I will soon write about some of the ways I am working to maintain it, but that is a topic for yet another blog...Stay tuned!

Part of the fun in all this is finding materials on sale at good prices and sometimes they come already
color coordinated. The other part of the fun is trying new patterns and learning new techniques!
Love these pinks and browns!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

8th Annual Open House at Maria and Jon's Bedlam Farm October 6th and 7th

I am getting ready to deliver my wares to Maria in preparation for their outdoor gathering October 6th and 7th. I make designer wool pincushions, that are mostly stuffed with crushed walnut shell filling. Every year I feature different new designs, but also bring a large variety of the sorts of pincushions that I have made in the past. Here are samples of the sort that will be seen at Maria's sale:
A whole flock of silly little chicken pincushions.

This year's new Penny-rug style dog pincushions.

This year's new cat, snail (in memory of Maria's Socrates snail)
and bunny pincushions.

Traditional Penny-rug design pincushions.

Colorful Penny-rug style designed pincushions.

Felted Wool Owl Scissor-holder Chatelaines (necklaces so as to keep your
scissors handy).

Two-toned with Button old fashioned wool pincushions, all sizes.

Floral and other designed Penny-rug style pincushions.
The biscuit-shaped pincushions are what I call biscornu pincushions.

Needlebooks, eyeglass cases, coin purses and button purses.

Fruit pincushions including yellow pears, oranges, peach and lemons.

More fruit pincushions, including plums, apples, peaches and lemons.

Over-sized tomato pincushion and needle-book.

Over-sized pumpkin pincushion and needle-book.

Regular-sized pumpkin and Tomato pincushions.

Strawberry needle-books and pincushions and mini-tomatoes and
mini-pumpkin pincushions.

More two-toned and three-toned old fashioned pincushions and
 mini-corn candy pincushions.

Large and small owl pincushions.

 Flower-pot pincushions.

Penny-rug style pins and ornaments.

More pins and ornaments.

Everyone is invited to attend this Open House at  Bedlam Farm at 2502 State Route 22, Cambridge, NY from 11 AM to 4 PM. It is a free and fun event which will  include poetry readings, book signings, a preview of  Jon Katz's new book, Gus and Bud, to be published by Simon and Shuster.  Jon is a NY Times Best Selling author, so come meet him in person! His books will be for sale, along with other books by his friends and book signings are all part of the event. There will be sheep sheering, sheep herding demonstrations and a sale of art wares by eight different artists in Maria's schoolhouse studio. There will also be performances by the Albany Warriors Chorus Group as well as Sisters of the Shawl Belly Dancing. I will refer you to for more details.

The variety of designer pincushions you will see will include felted wool flower-pot pincushions, two-toned old-fashioned wool pincushions, various fruits and vegetable sorts of pincushions, as well as chicken and owl pincushions. What I am best known for are what I call "penny-rug" pincushions. These are colorful appliqued  felted- wool pincushions, embellished with embroidery, reminisce of early penny-rugs made in the 1800's. Other miscellaneous items, include felted wool coin purses, button bags, eyeglass cases and needle-books and owl chatelaine scissor holders. Know that whatever is left over from this sale will be featured later in my shop on Etsy (at Littlehousehomearts) This shop will be closed during this event at Bedlam Farm.

Besides my wares, there will be seven other artists' work displayed and on sale in Maria's school-house studio! All are welcome! It is a lovely way to spend part of your Columbus Day Weekend as you celebrate leaf peeping season in Upstate New York and Vermont!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Back to Creating Pincushions

Back to creating pincushions. In back are my batch of fruit pincushions. In
front are some of my penny-rug style pincushions.
I am back to creating pincushions for my only scheduled sale this fall and holiday season. It is to be at Maria Wulf and Jon Katz's Bedlam Farm annual Fall Open House the weekend before Columbus Day, October 6th and 7th. It is an event not to miss!! There will be all sorts of outdoor activities and Columbus Day is when Leaf Peeping Season is usually at its peak! It is a beautiful time to be outdoors and taking in Vermont and Upstate New York's beautiful fall foliage colors!

Each year, I have been privileged to be invited as one of the artists to participate in Maria's Schoolhouse Studio Sales! It has become an annual challenge for me to create a new line of pincushion for this special fall event. This year I have decided to create a limited number of "Household Pet" Penny-Rug Style Pincushions. Each one is different and features a dog, cat, or bunny. Each is a one-of-a-kind in design, hand-appliqued, and hand-embroidered felted wool pincushion. I have also created a snail penny-rug pincushion in memory of Socrates, who was Maria's infamous snail that she blogged about on her web-site. Snails don't typically live long lives and so I was glad to hear that Maria continues to have a household snail pet, though her original Socrates Snail's memory lives on, and has inspired some of Maria's and my artwork!
My new featured items to be featured, "Household Pet Penny-Rug Style
Pincushions. Dogs, cats, and bunny. Shows tops and side bands of
pincushions that will be filled with crushed walnut shell. Limited in number
as all hand appliqued, hand-embroidered and individually designed.

I took several "sneak peak photos" of my pincushion production. I have a "batch of fruit pincushions in the making". These will have stems and leaves and look like the "real deal" soon. I also have two-tone wool pincushions (see below for a sample of these when finished), biscornu pincushions that will be biscuit-shaped when they are finished, other penny-rug floral pincushions as well as the more traditional penny-rug style pincushions. My production does not include my flower pot pincushions, silly chicken pincushions, and owl pincushions as they are already made and waiting to go. After Maria's sale, whatever is left over will be listed and featured on my Etsy shop site, LittleHouseHomeArts.
Needle-felted, Traditional Penny-Rug Designs, Biscornu Pincushions and
regular round pincushions to be filled with crushed walnut shell. Only
partially showing are two-toned wool pincushions in front row, ready
to be embellished with pearl cotton wrapped seams and buttons.

For those that are not familiar with penny-rug style art. It originated in the 1800's. People would make penny-rugs out of old wool garments. People actually wiped their feet on them before entering the house. Each rug was made of circular medallions using coins as templates and appliqued them to a wool mat using a blanket stitch. Each medallion had a penny sewn inside of them, hence the name penny rug. This kept the mat durable and heavy enough to stay put. As the individual wool circular medallions wore out, they would be replaced with others to keep the mat functional. Eventually penny rugs became fancier works of art made with scraps of colorful wools and embellished with hand-appliqued designs and embroidered stitches and while they were still often made with circular medallions, they  no longer made them with pennies sewn inside of them. They were no longer used on floors nor used as door mats to wipe your feet on, but rather placed on tables and chests and backs of furniture to decorate your house. It should be noted that anything made out of wool needs to be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent fading, unless you don't mind the faded look and simply keep them dust free by using a tape roller to gently remove dust. The prices on these items are kept as low as possible. Sadly there are no more woolen mills in this country, but I have been fortunate to obtain wool by recycling woolen items as well as finding wool through a wonderful estate sale! It is a work of passion and love versus getting rich! What I make on my sales usually goes to purchase other materials and threads to keep me sewing!

Sample of Forget-me-Not Flower Pot
Sample of Penny Rug Style Biscornu Pincushion. This one was a special
order and detailed with beads as well as embroidery and special decoration.
Sample of two- tone wool pincushions.

Sample Fruit Pincushions. Sometimes I add detail to the leaves.
Soft sculptured pumpkins.

Flower Pot Strawberry Plant Pincushions. Detail work is what I most enjoy doing as you will see in much of my work!

Center Sampler of my Penny-Rug Sampler Quilt, still waiting to be
quilted. Maybe soon. Good thing I am patient and persistent!

Winter Sampler on my Penny Rug Sampler Quilt.

Small Fall Foliage Penny Rug

I started making penny-rugs some years back and soon made them into functional pincushions and then extended my work with wool to create soft sculptures of various shapes. These have included  acorns, pots of flowers, cactus, owls, and chicken as well as doorstop hens. Whether you are a sewer and enjoy my pincushions to hold your pins and needles or just like to have some bright and colorful works of art to decorate your house, I think you will enjoy what I have done with this old art form.They will definitely be conversation pieces for years to come and some people use them as paperweights or pin notes to them.
Sometimes I make soft sculptures as personal gifts. This was a gift to an
acupuncturist who did some work on me. Picking my ear was my first
treatment. It was the only time I saw my acupuncturist smile. He was
professional and didn't want to be given a gift! He was comforted
to know that I spent mostly time on his gift! I do hope it was a
meaningful and personal gift and that he still has it, silly as it was!

 I have extended this sneak peak to include a few other pictures to show what can be created out of wool... I have a detailed lap robe in process, a wool penny rug sampler quilt waiting to be quilted, as well as other small works of art, most of which will be at Maria and Jon's Open House on the 6th and 7th of October in Cambridge, NY. All are invited and I will post more information as the date approaches.

Most of my customers are familiar with Maria Wulf and Jon Katz and know that Jon is a New York Times Best Selling Author, and photographer and now writes a daily blog, Bedlam Farm Journal. His wife, Maria Wulf, also writes a blog,  Full Moon Fiber Art and creates special quilts and fabric art. Both of them enjoy their mini-farm in Cambridge, NY and have followers from all over the world for their blogs. I don't think I would be exaggerating to say that they are so involved in "good work" in their community  and avidly support artists and writers too, but they also make significant contributions to world peace as they extend their love, friendship and service to anyone in need. To adequately appreciate all they do, tune into their blogs and definitely come to their Open House October 6th and 7th! Not to be missed either are their animals of Bedlam Farm. Jon has written about most of them and truly they are unique. I believe Red is still demonstrating his sheep herding abilities and Jon is always proud to show what he can do. Other friends and followers will be at this event, as well as the many who belong to their face-book Creativity group that support one-anothers' writing, photography, artwork and shared life's journeys. Their Open Houses are delightful and display what love and community are all about! I am blessed to be included in such events!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Process for a Multi-Quilt Quilter

Not everyone sits down and creates a quilt start to finish. Some of us like to work on multiple quilts and by doing several at a time, we find ourselves more entertained, albeit a bit crazy at times as we divide our time between several projects.

I was so pleased to have met and talked with Connie Harris Farrington from Queensbury, N.Y. last year at The Vermont Quilt Festival 2017, to discover that I am not alone in preferring to work on multiple projects at a time versus just one. Connie shared with me that she always has several quilts going at a time and filled me in on her process.

First let me tell you about Connie's quilts. They usually always make a statement regarding women's issues. This years quilt, Wominventors was not different. Her quilts have something to say, and are usually dual sided. On the front of Wominventors, she shared the attributes of women inventors that make them so creative, along with her version of a rather complex invention! On the other side she shared cartoon women venting. Her humor is always evident as she shows both sides of an issue on each side of her quilts. Her quilts are show stoppers. Not only does she win ribbons for their originality and excellent stitching, but we all learn something from them and get a chance to smile at ourselves as women. She finds what is common to us all and her quilts have a way of unifying our gender! They are clever and artistic, but also very well "researched" and executed to perfection. She shared her process with me, and helped me to accept myself and my quirks about how I work to create my own quilts. She is a natural teacher having explored her own style of how she works to make her quilts and her work is truly about "elevating women", all kinds!

"Wominventors" pieced and hand-quilted by Connie Harris Farrington of
Queensbury, New York, who has become one of my favorite quilters! Her
wisdom regarding quilting has changed my life forever!

I stood at the show and laughed reading these "vents" and seeing how each
woman was characterized by Connie Harris Farrington! I even took notes
on some of their lines: "When your mom is mad at you, don't let her brush
your hair!" How I wished I had learned that one in my youth! Another:
"Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth!", and who could stop with
that one, so I didn't! "when Sears creates a riding vacuum, I'll clean house!"
and "I hate grafetti. In fact, I hate all Italian food!" Women vent. It is what
we do, and it makes us mentally very healthy people!!
I am not the only one with quilts unfinished. Quilters call them UFOs or unfinished objects and most of us have several stored, in waiting of completion. Many of us live with guilt as we start yet another quilt without finishing our UFOs, but this is where Connie sharing her wisdom, changed my life forever.

"Some quilts", Connie says, "aren't meant to be finished." We have learned what we needed to learn from them and it is time for us to move on. "So don't finish them", she says and then added, "if a relative really loves one of these, let your relative finish it! Work on the ones that you want to finish!"

She also told me that some of her quilts are in the brainstorming stage and in her case, writing stage, where she continues to explore their message, and takes notes. She even carries paper and pen in the car  or other places as her brain processes as she drives or does other activities. Others are in the designing stage as she makes her own pattern and coordinates the fronts with the backs. Some are in the planning stage where she collects all she will need to actually create the quilt, and others are in the execution stage where she sews on them and finishes the ones she wants to finish.

She has produced a quilt for every show since I have been attending them, since 2006, though sadly my husband wasn't photographing all the quilts then. Mind you, I don't remember that her stages are as precise as I have made them, as when she explained to me how she does what she does, she talks about her process in a more fluid way. I am simple and so these arbitrary stages are needed for me to better understand her process and incorporate much of it for my own.  I am but an infant when it comes to multi-tasking, especially in regards to making quilts and so delineating the various stages helped me move many of my quilts out of what I had called my "stuck stage". There is a lot that goes into making a quilt and with my original quilts, I need pauses to problem solve and move them into the next stage, as I am not one that has planned all the separate tasks to execute the quilt I have created in my mind.

Processing is needed with quilts that aren't made from patterns and more than once I have needed a pause for additional designing in order to move them to the next stage. As they grow and get bigger, I often find myself overwhelmed, when all that is really needed is to take a deep breath and take on the next challenge. I am learning that sewing experience counts and just needs to be applied in order to take your quilt through the various stages until they are completed. Connie did point out that when a quilt stops teaching you, perhaps they have served their purpose and as Connie suggests, it may be OK to lay the quilt aside and NOT finish it! I was appalled, but soon got over it. How many of us get sick of what we are working on, or are tempted to take short cuts and breaks might serve a useful purpose of helping us decide whether or not they are worthy of the time needed to complete them in the way we had envisioned. Her bits of wisdom applied to quilt-making has made all the difference!

Another bit of wisdom came to me when I was shopping an estate sale. I was joking, but serious too, when I told someone at the sale that I planned to cut up all my fabric before I died. This was not a kind thing to say to someone that had just put her sweat and toil into organizing a friend's sewing wares after she died, so as to put together a wonderful estate sale. She turned to me and in all earnestness said, "then  you must leave all of the project together with directions, for the person that acquires it after you, as it will save your relatives or friends much sweat and toil organizing your estate sale!" This was coming out of the mouth of an expert organizer and I took note!

I really am not unkind and want my beloved sewing projects to get finished by relatives or friends should I die in the middle of them! I hope that whoever gets them will enjoy them when I leave this earth, and as one of my friends says, our deaths are not a question of if but when! I needed to appreciate that even estate sales need to be organized and leaving my sewing stuffs (enough to fill a house) in some sort of good order is the least I can do for my surviving relatives! I want to treat my loved ones with respect! This bit of information has also been a "freeing" bit. I may well not finish all my projects before I die, and as long as the materials for the project are collected and organized, there is no fear of leaving them to someone else!

Now every project bin or basket has the pattern directions in a plastic sleeve tucked in with the project and fabric to take it to its completion. The person acquiring it doesn't have to stick to what I am doing but will have some idea of how the project was started and what I had in mind if they care to finish it as planned and have the materials needed to complete it, minus the batting. It also serves as an excellent way to keep bits of notes together for myself to help me return to a project that I may want to finish at a later date when all recollection of what I was doing has long faded from my memory, and as I age my memory fails me with regularity!

I no longer live in guilt or pressure about finishing my quilts. Some are meant for me to finish and others for someone else, if they choose. All my projects serve a bigger purpose of teaching me a new skill. Life is short and getting shorter all the time. I am focused now on enjoying what I am doing. If something is of value, I will finish it and in this year's sewing goals, I am scheduling time to finish a UFO that I have long wanted to see done. I will do the same in the years that follow, but will also allow myself to create new projects and not stifle my creativity to stick to only to old, unfinished projects. I am also appreciating that many quilters now have someone else quilt and edge their tops and for money, I can do the same if I choose, or my relatives may opt to if I don't.

My sewing is rarely about needing quilts or pincushions, but rather about the fun of creating them, and the sheer joy of sewing on different materials and creating designs as well as collecting beautiful fabrics. It is all good...and when treated as such, my projects cease to be dreaded activities that I am not in the mood for, but rather I do as I can with what I want, and as long as I leave them each in good order, may well become a project that someone else will value and finish!

I will remember to put a copy of this blog in with my will as I want my children to sell or give whatever project to those that would appreciate them, and keep only what they like, might finish or have finished, but certainly not be under pressure to keep what they don't want. All is of value to someone, and for me, it has offered its pleasure, whether by collecting it's fabric, planning, cutting it, sewing it either partially or completely. It has been loved and useful in my life...So relax about your UFO's! When it is time to finish them, you will or you won't and either way, it is good!

Women Rulers, Hildegard of Bingen, designed, pieced and hand-quilted by
Connie Harris Farington, Queensbury, NY.

Women Rulers, back side of quilt designed and pieced and hand-quilted by
Connie Harris Farrington of Queensbury, NY. As always Connie's quilt
teaches us about women, and their contributions to our world! This quilt
won a third place ribbon! Way to go Connie!! And thank you for your
inspirating story about how you do what you do! It has certainly helped
me better enjoy my quilting process!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Yet More Quilts from The 2018 Vermont Quilt Festival

 As I promised my readers, here is another blog featuring more of the quilts from the 2018 Vermont Quilt Festival. The photographs were taken by my husband, Tom McMillen and each caption will credit the names of the quilts as well as their creators and their locations. Sit back and enjoy these wonderful quilts!
Blossoms From the East, pieced and hand-quilted by Barbara Korengold
of Chevy Chase, MD, taking Best of Show. This quilt shows not only a
beautifully designed hand-appliqued quilt but shows beautiful hand-
quilting as well!!

My Splendid Sampler, First Generation, pieced and quilted using a domestic
machine by Janet Dalis of Melrose, MA. I loved this sampler!

This is the backside of  My Splendid Sampler with names
dedicating each block separately! The design front and back
were beautifully done earning winning ribbons!

Braided Triple Irish Chain, pieced and quilted by Claire B. Watts of
Cohasset, MA. I loved the design,  muted colors and delicate lace edging
on this quilt. It was quilted using domestic machine and the quilting is
amazing! What a lovely quilt!

Radiant Stars, pieced and quilted by Nancy Simmons of Duncannon, PA.
She used domestic and longarm quilting machines to quilt it! Another winner!
Barnum and Bailey, pieced by Daisy Dodge of Carmel, NY. This was long-
armed quilted by Angie Vertucci. I didn't begin to try to estimate the amount
of pieces in this amazing quilt! And yes, that is a first place ribbon and
well-deserved recognition! I believe I read that this was the creator's
own original design.

Les Cubes, pieced by Liliane Whalen of St.-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC, and
Hand-quilted by Jocelyne Martel! Each of these cubes is pieced from tiny
octagons. I tried to figure out how many pieces and came up with
approximately 33,666 pieces? Surely my math must be off?..
And to think, her quilt is finished and my own simple quilts
are still in process!

40th Year Celebration, pieced by Miki Peine of Saint Paul MN. Longarm
quilted by Page Johnson. Think it is just like the other red and white quilt
featured below?...It isn't! Look at the center of this quilt!

40th Year Celebration, pieced by Miki Peine of St. Paul MN. This picture
shows the detail of the center of this quilt! Amazing or what!? Longarm
quilted by Page Johnson.

Rosslyn Tartan, created and quilted by Pat Delaney of Abington, MA.
This was quilted using a domestic machine and is an excellent example
of what we used to call "whole cloth quilting". My mother loved to let her
hand quilting be "the art", and this one one does just that!

Silky Six Collection, pieced and hand quilted by Susan Sherman of
Westport, NY. She has used silks and then embellished each design with
hand-embroidery, much like a crazy quilt! Very nice indeed!

Circle of Illusion, pieced and long arm quilted by Jean S. Welch
of West Chazy, NY. No show is complete without a beautiful
red and white quilt! What a marvelous quilt this is! Similar,
but different to the one above!

Vintage Rose, pieced by Lisa McCarthy of East Kingston, NH., quilted
using longarm quilting machine by Carrie Zizza of It's A Zizza. It is
definitely a winner!!
Blue Feathered Star, pieced by Laura Hartwell, Elkton, MD and longarm
quilted by Sue Whitaker. Love the classic blue and white colors and
 rather traditional pieced blue star design with appliqued borders! Very

Nevertheless She Persisted, pieced by Kathleen Bowler, Holyoke, MA,
and long arm quilted by Timna Tarr. Persistence is indeed what it took
to create this lovely and complicated quilt! It looks like a paper-pieced
quilt to me.

A-B-Sea for Ewe and Me, pieced and quilted using domestic machine by
Andree Bergeron, Lavel QC. What a lovely child's quilt!

As you can see, no quilt is finished until the quilting is done and how
beautiful is this quilting, earning multiple ribbons!

This is but a sampling of the many beautiful quilts at this year's show. Do mark your calendars and come to The Vermont Quilt Festival next June 2019 (information can be found on line)! You will be glad you did!