The image at the top of this post has nothing to do with the this week’s topic, but we’ve been enjoying a multiple day blizzard, and I couldn’t resist the above progression of snow photos. They lead beautifully into sharing information about the Winter Quilt Show taking place in February:
The show is sponsered by the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art and will be held at the Washington County Fair Park. Click here for all the information.
They have put out a call for entries and I love to encourage quilters to share their work with others. If you’d like to give it a try you can find the rules and entry from by clicking here.
You might even want to get busy making a challenge quilt for the show. The theme this year is:
and you’ll find the challenge details at the link above. I know it will be a fun event! I hope I’ll see you there!
And now for this week’s actual post ~ a few final thoughts on stories I began in 2023:
Many of my posts this year shared a project or story that didn’t come to a complete conclusion, so at the end I’d sign off with “stay tuned …”. This post will bring some closure to those posts. One story is about a quilt I finally got quilted using designs from a friend. Another contains 2 UFOs given away and the talented quilter who made charity quilts from them. I’ll end this post with photos of family members and the quilts I made for them.
In April I’d completed my Dresden Plate with Windows quilt and my friend Sharon had come up with some designs for the quilting (to read that post click here). I now have it quilted and I’m very pleased.
I combined elements from a number of Sharon’s designs:
The quilting didn’t show as well as I wanted in the previous photo, so I took one in direct sunlight and that did the trick (it’s a great way to get the quilting lines to show):
The quilting is made up of swirling stems with leaves that turn each plate into a “flower”. Here’s a detail image:
It flows well and I think it adds to the overall design. It was great fun! And now it’s done! Thanks Sharon!
Another great conclusion to a previous post back in July (click here to read that post), came in the form of two charity quilts. Here’s Lorraine’s recent email:
And here’s Lorraine’s Black, White and Bright:
And the bonus photo she sent me of her other charity quilt:
Aren’t they wonderful! The second project is not from one of my classes, but it is a delightful pattern. Thanks Lorraine, for completing these lovely quilts ~ and sharing their stories!
You may also remember that we attended a number of family weddings last year. Each time I made a quilt for the newlyweds, and I now have photos of the couples with their quilts. I made Kyle and Carly’s quilt while on a retreat (click here for that post), to give to them at their wedding in August, and here they are with their quilt:
Rachel and Cory were married in October (click here for the post about the making of their quilt), and here are the newlyweds with it:
Last but not least, I made a quilt top at another retreat for our son’s family (click here for that post). Since we moved here I haven’t made a bed sized quilt. This quilt required my basting frame ~ and it fits in my new studio!
I don’t need to baste quilts in the driveway or Mike’s shed any more!!!
The quilt was finished and given to them at Christmas. It’s twin sized, but Betsy plans to use it as a lap quilt. I hope they’ll all love snuggling under it!
I love a good ending and here’s the one for today’s post:
After placing my snowy snowmen photo at the top of this post, and sharing the story of my snowman obsession a few weeks ago, Janet sent me this photo of the snowmen her daughter Heather made from logs: