Grandmother’s Choice – Wreaths and Dreams

The last two weeks of the Grandmother’s Choice Block of the Week have been challenging in more than one way.  Each week Barbara Brackman gives us a taste of the history of the suffrage movement and the struggles encountered by our grandmother’s as well as a quilt block representing that struggle.

Week 26 was Ladies’ Wreath: Mourning for Mother which covered the appalling lack of birth control (which was frequently outlawed) and the sad fact that many women had baby after baby until they died.  We are so blessed with the choices we have regarding our reproductive health – thanks to the Grandmothers!

Here is my Ladies’ Wreath block:

26-Ladies'-WreathOn a somewhat happier note Week 27 is Grandmother’s Dream: The Houghtons in which the dreams of Caroline Houghton for her daughters’ education are described.  An interesting story, especially since one of my favorite actresses, Katherine Hepburn was Caroline Houghton’s granddaughter.

Here is my Grandmother’s Dream – all hand pieced with those super challenging Y-seams.

27-Grandmother's-DreamThe Grandmother’s Choice Flickr group has continued to be a great source of ideas, inspiration and support.  For other interpretations of these same blocks be sure to check them out!

I’m off to the Dallas Quilt show tomorrow with camera in hand.  I hope to bring you lots of pictures this weekend.

Dallas Quilt Show – Part Deux

As promised, here are more spectacular quilts from the Dallas Quilt Show.  Part One – Raining Ribbons in Dallas – was posted on Friday.  Here is the rest of the story:

Bleeding Hearts (makers and quilter Jo Yates) took first place in the Large Pieced category (Artisan Division). So pretty.  I love the red pieced border.

I came back to this quilt, Everyday Blossoms (maker and quilter Eun Yeon Yoo), several times. The quilt took first place in Large Applique (Artisan Division) and the Betty J. Carpenter Memorial Award for Overall Handwork. I love the details on the dresses, the border and the crazy quilted center.

A closer look at the crazy quilt center:

There is nothing “everday” about this quilt.  Here is a close up of one of the dresses:

Taking first place in Large Pieced (Master Division) and a Judges Choice award is Wrought Iron and Roses (maker and quilter Jaynette Huff):

One spectacular quilt after another – Jewel Box won first place in the Two-Person Wall Quilts category (Master Division).  It was made by Cheri Meineke-Johnson and quilted by Linda Taylor:

A close-up will give you a better idea why this is called Jewel Box:

Another first place winner – this time in Two-Person Large Quilts (Master Division) is Star Berries (maker Gail Stepanek, quilter Ronda K. Beyer):

Seven pointed stars!!!  Not geometrically typical or easy!

Here is Watermelon Time (maker and quilter Janet Brown).  This quilt won first place in the Large Applique category (Master Division).  I love the pinks and greens and the exquisite applique!

This quilt, Vases (maker and quilter Suzanne Marshall) took second place in the Large Applique category (Master Division).  More spectacular applique!

I love the blue vases!

This quilt below was so unique and special I took several pictures.  Taking second place in Wall Quilts (Master Division) is Sheep Wannabees (maker and quilter Debora Konchinsky).

Here is a closeup of some of the sheep – I hope you can see the detail and texture:

Last but not least and certainly the cutest:

The Dallas Quilt Show was a great show — lots of wonderful quilts, lots of vendors, and lots of fun with friends.  I’m a small part of the committee working on the Trinity Valley Quilters Guild show (September 28-30) and I know it will be just as spectacular in our own friendly Fort Worth way!

We are battening down the hatches here in Fort Worth waiting for some severe storms later this afternoon.  Hope it blows through quickly and we can all get on with some serious quilting!  Have a great week, y’all!


Raining Ribbons in Dallas

The Dallas Quilt Show was last weekend and WOW!  What an amazing show.  A few of my quilting buddies and I met at Suzanne’s house for the drive to Big D.  It was pouring down rain and Suz was our trusty chauffeur.  Thanks Suz!!!

The show theme – In Full Bloom – was evident from the many flowering, blooming, blossoming and beautiful quilts.  I couldn’t possible show them all to you in one blog but I’ve got bunches to share – so hold on to your hats – here we go!

Best of Show was Redbud Rumble (maker and quilter Linda M. Roy).  The tip of each branch had a tiny red bud.

Texas Horned Lizard (maker and quilter Carol Morrissey) took first place in the Pictorial category (Open Division).  I love horned frogs (and TCU) so I had to have a picture of this smiling guy:

Winner of first place for the Show Chair Theme: Stars (Open Division) is Majestic Blooms (maker Loraine Whelten and quilter Jackie Brown).

The applique and quilting are really quite amazing.  Here is a close-up:

Celestial Garden (maker and quilter Jane Holihan) is a miniature quilt first place winner (Open Division).  There is Barb’s hand pictured so we have a size comparison (I swear, she doesn’t have really big hands :-)).

See the teeny tiny hand quilting stitches?

From tiny to not so tiny… My Primitive Garden (maker Martha Lindberg and quilter Janet Nelson) is winner of first place in the Two-Person Large Quilt category (Artisan Division).  I love love love this quilt!

Another quilt that I love love love is Sweet Tea (maker Carolyn Davis and quilter Jackie Brown).  All those tea pots are just so cute!  This is the winner of the Pride of Dallas award:

This is the first place winner of a First Quilt award (Artisan Division) – Persian Pickle Queens – In the Beginning (Carolyn Stewart maker and quilter).  We all decided it has a real Mardi Gras flair:

This is among one of the many quilts that makes me want to practice my hand applique.  Backyard Retreat (maker Patty Ozga and quilter Mary Jo Smith) won first place in the Two-Person Wall Quilt category (Artisan Division):

Ok, y’all, we are not even done with half the quilts I want to show you.  How about we see one more and I’ll post part 2 of this blog in a day or so.

This quilt is amazing!  I swear you can smell the cinnamon in the air (or that may be the sugared almonds in the food court).  The quilt is first place in the Art Quilts (Master Division) – Fragrant Memories (Rachel Wetzler maker and quilter):

Yum – here is a close up:

Alright – I promise to return soon with the rest of the Raining Ribbons in Dallas – Part Deux!

I hope Spring has sprung for you – here in North Texas the bluebonnets are starting to show up and that is always a reason for joy!  Have a great weekend, y’all!

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