Tag Archives: Quilt Show

Creative Juice #302

Creative Juice #302

Five of these articles are about quilts or quilting or photographing quilts. But there are also blogging tips, a summer reading list, and other interesting stuff.

Creative Juice #296

Creative Juice #296

So many of these articles touch my heart.

Creative Juice #286

Creative Juice #286

Beauty to enjoy. Techniques to try.

  • Beautiful Ukraine—read and weep.
  • Painting on water.
  • Raindrops on . . . well, not roses, but on other stuff.
  • Daffodils and crocuses.
  • How to shade.
  • Practicing self-care, an author wrote down some harsh, angry words that she didn’t want to say out loud . . . and found she had written an emotional scene she might be able to use in her novel later . . .
  • I don’t particularly care for the first quilt in this post, but be sure to keep scrolling—the rest are stunning.
  • Mary had a little lamb, and here’s the rest of the story.
  • What if someone found your purse 70 years from now?
  • Slime molds are beautiful. Who knew?
  • Multimedia art project. You can watch the video to see it in progress.
  • I love Rosa Bonheur. Here’s a discussion of her most famous painting. More about Rosa Bonheur.

Video of the Week #181: Antique Quilt Show


Creative Juice #31

Creative Juice #31

Pretty things to see. Creative stuff to do.

12th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup

12th Annual Rim Country Quilt Roundup

Last Saturday three ladies from my church quilt group and I headed to Payson, Arizona for a quilt show. I took lots of pictures, but I can’t post them all, so I corralled a representative sample.

The first quilt I saw set the tone of the show for me. Look at this glowing beauty, Wilma Bling by Monika Hancock:


Hosta on Green, by Mary Dickson:


Detail. I think the points were paper pieced:


Phantom Sun Flower by Louise Bossert. Whole cloth; blue background, machine quilted in different colors to produce the design.




Double Wedding Ring by Barbara Davidson. The printed fabrics are Depression era (reproductions?). Hand-quilted:


Millefiori by Nancy Ann McFall:


Joined in Marriage by Marilyn Goblin, made for the quilter’s niece as a wedding gift:




Cabin on the Railroad by Gerri Cavanagh combines two traditional patterns, Log Cabin and Underground Railroad:




Doug’s Passion in the Pines by Kay Parch, made for her son, an avid outdoorsman:



Detail of the tree block showing pine cone quilting:


Rising and Setting Stars by Brenda Clark. I love the interplay of the light and dark fabrics:




Bursting Flowers by Sue Patterson:


I Love Delft by Judy Prince:


I love how the corner blocks feature a quarter of a Dresden Plate with loose points:


Scottsdale Rodeo by Jane Wilcox:


Detail showing mane and tail embroidered with specialty yarn:


Are you familiar with the iconic photograph of an Afghan girl taken by Steve McCurry for National Geographic magazine, which appeared on the cover of the June, 1985 issue?


This is Barbara Renoux’s Afghan Girl, executed in pieced fabric:


Detail of the girl’s lips:


Foxy Lady by Monika Hancock:




Autumn Leaves Blowin’ in the Wind by Caroline R. Johnson:


Detail showing skillful use of shadow:


My Favorite Places by Rose Ann Self, a memory quilt using a variety of techniques:


Details (click on small images to enlarge):

Two quilters made similar Halloween quilts. Happy Halloween by Rose Ann Self:



Baltimore Halloween by Fleda Gorbea:




Animal House by Brenda Dickinson:



Miniature quilt, Blooming Nine Patch by Debbie Stanton:


The nine-patch blocks are only visible up close:


Gallery of Arizona was made by the Strawberry Patchers quilt group as a fund-raiser:



My absolute favorite quilt of the show was the first one above, Wilma Bling. What about you? Which one do you like best? Don’t be shy–share in the comments below.

Art of Quilting Show at the Gilbert Historical Museum

Art of Quilting Show at the Gilbert Historical Museum

For twenty-seven years, I’ve lived seven miles from the Gilbert (AZ) Historical Museum, and never visited it. That changed last month when a friend invited me to accompany her to a quilt show there.


The museum documents the story of the farming community, which sprang up in the early 1900s when the Arizona Eastern Railway established a rail line between Florence and Phoenix. But it also preserves the memory of our country as experienced by our grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents.


This is an R.E.O. Speed Wagon. I know, right?! It was named after Ransom E. Olds, the founder of Oldsmobile.

Full of charming artifacts, the museum catapulted me into memories of my extended family, particularly my aunt’s in-laws, who farmed in New Jersey. I will intersperse pictures of items from the permanent collection amongst the photos of the quilt show.

Model T Ford

Model T Ford

You can click on the smaller images to enlarge and see the captions.

Silent auction items, including antique quilt blocks.

Silent auction items, including antique quilt blocks.

Some of the items for sale in the gift shop. I bought a hand-made pincushion made from a ceramic cornucopia.

Some of the items for sale in the gift shop. I bought a hand-made pincushion made from a ceramic cornucopia.

On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, a group of quilters gathers at the museum to work.

Who wouldn’t want a laundry room equipped with these lovely washing machines, fully loaded with mechanical wringers?


Seeing the crazy quilt below triggered a memory from my childhood. When I was a little girl, an elderly friend of my parents gave them an old crazy quilt like this, heavily embroidered silk bordered and backed with burgundy velvet. My mother gave it to me to use as a bedspread on my bed, until it deteriorated into shreds. Knowing what I know now, I wish I’d had the option of saving it. I suspect it was already pretty worn out when we got it.

Crazy qu

World War I artifacts from the Military exhibit:

Let us never forget our men and women in uniform who have perished in service to our country.

The quilt show runs through May 30, 2016. It was so worth my $4 (senior discount) to see it. And the museum is absolutely charming. I’ll be back again. And the quilt show is an annual event! See you next year, maybe.

Q is for Quilts

Q is for Quilts

The Arizona Quilter’s Guild held their annual quilt show March 24-26, 2016, at the Mesa Convention Center. Thanks to my good friend, Linda Murphy, for inviting me to go with her. Here are some of the beautiful quilts on display. In some cases, I’ve given a long shot and a close up so that you can see the details. Click on smaller photos to enlarge and reveal captions.


Heart Tree by Barbara Futoma


Folk Art Fantasy by Catherine Vaught


Cutest. Alphabet Quilt. Ever.


Dragonflies Surround Me by Carol Carpenter


Sewing in Circles by Pam McMahon


Kayenta Formation by Ann Peterson


Poppies by Karen Brandt

I took many more photographs, but I’m sorry, I can’t post them, because I lost track of which quilts are which, and I can’t give proper credit to the makers. I made every effort to label each picture with the correct quilter’s name. If you catch an error, please mention in the comments below so that I can make the correction.

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