Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tall Grass/Deep Water: Chris Wolf Edmonds & Pam Sullivan

Chris Wolf Edmonds and Pam Sullivan are showing their work in July and August at the Lawrence Arts Center.  The opening reception is July 11th from 5 to 7 (also listed as 5-9). 

A gallery talk is scheduled for July 17 at 7:00.

"Tall Grass/DeepWater: Two artists share their love of nature using color, texture, fabric, stitching, paint and print.
Edmonds and Sullivan share a love of nature and creative visual poetry through color, texture, fabric, stitching, paint, and print. This exhibition features the newest fiber works from both artists and a variety of techniques and mediums."

The exhibit will be up from July 11-August 23, 2014.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 14-15: Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Victoria Findlay Wolfe will entertain us with lectures and a workshop  in July. Her subject 15 Minutes of Play: Pushing the Limits of Creativity. Her take on creativity is the topic of her book and her blog. She'll do a lecture and trunk show on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

See her BumbleBeans blog here:
 And her 15 Minutes of Play blog here:

The workshop is full but the description gives you an idea of how much fun her lectures will be.

"Improvisationally explore new ways to use your SCRAPS, 15 minutes at a time! Learn techniques in playing in your scraps to make your own beautiful designed quilts. Sharpen your design skills, learn about combining colors and prints in new ways, push it further by using templates then watch your own unique quilt design
emerge. Discover just how distinctive classic quilt blocks can be, when they are constructed with more spunk and spontaneity! Build confidence in color, quilting techniques, and design all through PLAY!"

Victoria has an exhibit this summer in Cedarburg, Wisconsin through October 24th at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts. She's showing twelve variations on the Double Wedding Ring in Traditions Made Modern: Full Circle Sketches from Life.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Viewers' Choice at the Quilt Show

Ruth Powers, Snow Buddies.

Ruth won the Viewers' Choice award twice for wall quilts at the April Quilt Show.
Her Snow Buddies took first.

Her Harrier Hunting took second.

Her prizes---gift certificates donated by MeaBernina.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Darke County Sampler Block 6 & Set

Pattern 6:
The Mexican Rose

This is the last applique pattern for our Darke County Sampler.

Variations of the traditional block appear in several of the Miami
Valley samplers. Above is a quilt from Sue Cummings's book.

It's time to start thinking about setting. Notice how the quilter above used dark strips of plain and patchwork to get all the blocks to fit.

This quilt from Phyllis Haders's collection, featuring the 
Mexican Rose, was up for auction in 1992.

Here's a black and white photocopy of the 
whole quilt.

A version that a friend bought in Mount Vernon, Illinois, with a skinny Mexican Rose.
One of the pieced strips between the blocks alternates
short strips of the colors in the blocks.

Below Sarah Ditmer pieced a 3-part stripe to the right of her

"May he who clothes the lilies,
And marks the sparrows fall
Protect and save you Cora
And guide you safe through all.
Sarah Ditmer, April 12, 1898
Forget me not."

It will be fun to see how you put these together.

In our version you have room for two 6" strips of patchwork or solids (the darker strips).

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Quilt Show Pictures

Hazardous Material by Denise Stahl, quilter Kelly Cline.

Rainbow Inside Out by Doris Lux, quilter: Lisa Shenk

Antique string quilt in the Fireball pattern
by Hazel Eisenhart Baker

Once is Enough by Jan Masenthin

Stargello by Jane Buckley

Bird of Paradise by Jean Ayres, quilter: Freda Smith

Star Chain by Joyce Colton, quilter: Lori Kukuk

Monday, June 2, 2014

June Program: Our Own Kelly Ashton

Kelly at Quilt Market

The June 16th and 17th speaker is Kelly Ashton from Overland Park.
The lecture:

Layer Cakes, Turnovers & Jelly Rolls! Oh My!
The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Working With Fabric Pre-Cuts

"Perhaps you’ve eyed all those interesting fabric pre-cuts (Charm Packs, Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls, Turnovers, Candy Bars, etc.), but said to yourself, “Now, what would I do with THAT ?! ?! ?!”  Or, “What’s up with those little pinked edges???” Or, “Is there really enough fabric there to DO anything with?”  Sound familiar?  Well, Kelly will share tips and tricks for working effectively with these fabric “sweet treats” – and show LOTS of quilts made from the same!"

Midtown by Kelly Ashton, 
shown at the April quilt show

Kelly is a machine quilter and superior stitcher who has been specializing in pre-cuts---fabric sold in 10" squares, 2-1/2" strips, etc.

She is just back from Quilt Market where she showed her new book from Martingale Press called Hexagons, Diamonds, Triangles, and More: Skill-Building Techniques for 60-Degree Patchwork.

Sliced Layer Cake by Kelly Ashton


Sliced Layer Cake
Grab a Layer Cake™ and you’re on your way!  Very easy, very fast, very fun!  Skill level:  all.  3-hour or 6-hour workshop (very possible to get the entire quilt top pieced in a 6-hour workshop, with time to spare!

 10" Layer Cakes

Here's Kelly's webpage:

Friday, May 30, 2014

April's Quilt show

Hawaiian Applique by Denise Mariano

Crab Apples by Mary Boucher

Summer Stars by Nicki Listerman,
 quilter: Sandy Morgan Cockrum

Palindrome by Deb Rowden.
The Rowdens celebrated their 31st anniversary in 2013

DP9 Goes Modern by Sammie Messick

A Little Off Balance by Sandy Morgan Cockrum

Bauhaus Birds by Stephanie Dodson

Summer Stars by the Sew Whatevers

Suburban Wildlife by Betty Wright

Midnight in a Stitcher's Garden
by Denise Stahl