Monday, September 7, 2015

Beth Polidan's Truck Show - Part 2

Here are the rest of the hand quilted quilts and some quilt tops that Beth Polidan showed our guild at her Trunk Show: 

This is a quilt that Beth quilted with lovely straight and diagonal lines:

Close-up of the quilting:

Another quilt with a close-up picture of Beth's hand quilting on it:

Such tiny, even stitches!

This quilt was quilted with the Baptist Fan quilting pattern:

Close-up of a 16 patch block:

This is a quilt top that Beth owns and she bought it because it was so unusual. 
It is made of quarter circles hand sewed onto background squares.  But the quilt top was made with the same fabrics facing each other in four squares, which resulted in a big circle - but more work than just appliqueing a circle on a big square, because it was made of four pieces of fabric.  I wonder what the quilt maker was thinking?

Here's a picture of the whole quilt top:  It looks quite modern, doesn't it?

Next, dear to my heart, is a redwork top:

I liked this moose:

This is a lovely Irish Chain Quilt Top

And another quilt top Beth owns:

This top has lovely sashing:

A big thank you to Beth Polidan for sharing her quilts with us!!

I will close with pictures of the flowers at Guild that day.  Summer has been so beautiful here in Michigan:

I am linking up with Design Wall Mondays at Patchwork Times to see what other quilters are working on today.  (Here)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Beth Polidan's Trunk Show at Our Guild

Beth Polidan is a member of our guild here in Manistee, Michigan, and she also attends a guild in Florida during the winter months.  She is a hand quilter and has beautiful small even stitches.  This past week, she brought some of her collection of quilts in for us to see.  She gave me permission to share them with you.  Enjoy!
Old top - taken apart and put back together by Beth.
Back of quilt - showing the hand quilting.

Purchased top, mended and hand quilted by Beth
A Crib Quilt of Hexies - This was my favorite one!
The piecing and quilting were so tiny.
Love it, love it, love it!

Love the border she put on this basket quilt.

Simplicity of an old Irish Chair well quilted.
Beth's choices on hand quilting this one were spot on!

See what I mean?
Well, that's enough eye candy for today.  I will continue Beth's Trunk Show on the next post.

Today is Monday, and I'm linking up with Patchwork Times to see what other quilters have on their design walls.  (Here)

What am I working on?  I'm sewing the last two rows together to complete a quilt top.  It's almost complete!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fair Blue Ribbon Winners - 2015 Western Michigan Fair

On the last post, Tina W. asked to see my blue ribbon quilts from the Western Michigan Fair, so here they are:

Section:  Bed-Sized Quilts
Class:  "Any Other"
I entered it in this class because it was a combination of classes (appliqued, and hand embroidered)  The blocks are 16 inches square and there are 20 of them. The pieces are appliqued down with edges turned under, and then also buttonhole stitched around the edge because I liked the look of buttonhole stitching, but didn't want any frayed edges later anywhere.  The long arm machine quilter was Joyce Brenner of Manistee.  


Picture of the whole quilt, which is 68" by 85".  

The Day Lily quilt was the winner of the building - "Best of Fine Arts".   They liked all the hand embroidery work on it.

Section:  Bed-Sized Quilts
Class:  Machine Quilted

The other large quilt entered was my Flag House Quilt, named God Bless America.  This is the first quilt I ever finished, and I learned a lot while making it.  It's a Fons and Porter pattern.

The quilt measures 79" by 84".  I had fun selecting fabrics for the blocks.  Here's a close-up of a block where there are fireworks in the sky, and a door with a flag and a "doorknob" on it.  I machine pieced and quilted it on my home sewing machine, and hand quilted stars in the cornerstones.  The binding is fabric with the pledge of allegiance on it.   Lots of details because at the time, I didn't know if I would be a quilter or not, and thought - this may be my only quilt, so let's pull out all the stops!

This patriotic quilt won the "Best of Sewn Goods" category.



Section: Holiday Creations
Class:  Wall Hangings

This little wall hanging is 12.25" by 12.25" and the hsts are 1" square.
Section:  Baby Quilts
Class:  Any Other

I didn't see any other place where a doll quilt would be entered, so I entered it under baby quilts.  The bear claw blocks are paper pieced and are 2" by 2".  The little hsts are about 5/8" square.
Section:  Baby Quilts
Class:  Hand Embroidered

This was on the blog earlier and is 29.5 " by 35.5 ", with squares around the edge that are 1.5 inch square.  I hand embroidered it with red pearl cotton thread, machine pieced and machine quilted it.


Today is Design Wall Monday, so I'm signing off, and going over to Judy Laquidara's blog to see what other quilters are doing today.  (Here)