The subject line of “Knitting and Stitching Show! Roving Reporter” caught my eye and made me smile. I’ve exchanged emails with Stephen over the past few years and I love his take on things ----what could be more fun and different than seeing quilts or talking fabric and projects than through the eyes of a man living in London, England?!
The email went like this:
Hi Bonnie - thought you might like some photos from across the Pond.
Took about 50 or 60 pics today, but there were relatively few traditional quilts on display, so I've only attached 7 - the Mariner's Compass quilt was ENTIRELY hand pieced and stitched, with some really subtle touches like the tiny flying geese in the sashings - quite the masterpiece!
The darker Ohio Star plus Courthouse Steps was entirely machine pieced, and quilted, but to the very highest standard - good to see how well that showed up on a darker fabric too.
Thanks for your wonderful website and blog - it's a daily highlight for me.
PS I live in a "row house" built in 1901 and very similar to those you photographed in Washington recently!
I asked Stephen if I could share the photos with you --- because they ARE spectacular!
Completely hand stitched Mariner’s Compass!
Both those quilts were displayed by The Quilt Guild, and I took the photos with permission, but did not note down the makers' names. Both are around 7' square.
Compass Close Up #1
The feathers look hand embroidered to me ---were they?
Compass Close Up #2
I love how the flying geese in the sashings are barely there…..and be sure to see the quilting lines in the compass points themselves! I sure wish I could see this quilt in person.
Compass Close Up #3
Wow. JUST WOW!
There is a softness that exists in a quilt that is hand quilted that can not really be captured with machine quilting. This quilt has a lightness and airy-ness to it that you can’t get any other way other than a single needle and thread and small well-placed stitches!
On to the second quilt ---
Yes, I think Stephen knows me well! I love Ohio Stars ---stars in general are a favorite, but I love all the versions of Ohio Stars – and pairing them with strategically colored alternate log cabin blocks….WOW!! To me this has the same “On Point” feeling that Smith Mountain Morning has, minus the cornerstones in the log cabin blocks…and I just love how the log cabin block colors complete the design by matching the background colors of each of the star blocks. It’s a straight-set quilt --- but it LOOKS on point!
Star Quilt Close Up #1
Star Quilt Close Up #2
There is SO MUCH to look at and to inspire here! That mustard yellow color just warms up the different blues and greys and others ----and I also love how some of the stars read as almost “barely there” ---I can’t stop looking at and studying this quilt!
Thanks so much, Stephen for thinking of me and knowing I’d love to see these ----I love them!
Now what was on the other 60+ photos? LOL!!!
Today we have a Happy Scrappy Houses workshop ----we are at the Center for the Arts in Floyd – and I have ZERO cell access in this town. Usually I post class photos of the ladies when we get sewing via phone upload– that won’t be possible, so I’ll take the photos and post them later in the day when I have access.
Have a GREAT Tuesday, everyone!