I hope you are all enjoying your summer, and getting lots of quilts done. Do you do “take along projects” while on the road? At your son’s baseball games? While your husband is fishing? You can get a lot done if you plan ahead and always have a little bag of sewing to take with you. It’s a great idea if you do hand applique or embroidery or hand piecing. It’s a quiet and relaxing way to enjoy your quilitng while enjoying the outdoors! If you’re on vacation, you probably stop at as many quilt stores and shows as possible without “pushing” those who are with you who might not be as interested in quilting as you. I’m blessed that my husband is supportive of my quilting!
We just came back from being vendors at the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club in Sequim, WA on the northern part of the Olympic Penninsula. What a beautiful area bounded by the Olympic Mountains and the Straight of San Juan de Fuca with Vancouver Island across the strait. This area is in the “banana belt” and receives about 20 inches of rain a year. This quilt club of about 200 members put on one “heckuva a quilt show” with 250 quilts. Their show coincides with the city’s lavender festival which is one of the best areas in the world to grow lavender! We were treated so well by these friendly and helpful guild members, and were quite impressed by the creativity and quality of the quilt entries. I took so many photos that I will have enough quilts to show you for about a week. Being vendors at a quilt show means I get to talk to quilters in person instead of by phone or email. This time I met these two ladies, Cora Smaaladen and Jodi Clark who knew my designs from magazines such as The Quilter, and were excited to meet me! That was a thrill for me!
These next three quilts are exquisite quilts! The workmanship of the piecing, applique and quilting are fabulous! The second photo of the quilt is a close-up of the block itself. My photos just do not do these quilts justice!
The next set of photos was interesting to me. Although these quilts were not hung together at the show, it was fun to see how the same quilt was done in different colors and with different fabrics. Maybe it was a class or challenge for these women? Enjoy!