Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Show & Share in Bedford, Day 2!

Day 1 I included the Show & Share photos in with the slide show of class photos – but day 2 had enough content for a post all its own!

Show & Share at the end of our lunch break is such a great way to  be inspired, and to get to know the stories behind the quilts the ladies are sharing. 

I never know what they will bring and I am always excited when they bring quilts they have made from my designs --

This is one quarter of an Easy Street – perfect size for a wall, a table, a grand child!

She did such a great job!  for those of you who missed Easy Street, it is making an appearance in my next book due out this spring, so be watching!

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A pair of beauties!

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Lovely yellows!

This pair of quilts is completely identical….and here is a little tidbit for you – I f you can find a pair of quilts, keep the pair together!  They are worth much more as a documented pair, than as singles going their separate ways.  Mary Koval quizzed me on the dating of this little ditzy calico ---and the answer is 1940-1950!  By the 1960s and 70’s the yellow of the day was much more bright, glaring and in your face bold!  This softer butterscotch calico tells us it is earlier than 1960, but later than 1930.  Sweet hand quilting on these…this quiltmaker knew what she was doing.

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Hexagons in progress!

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More hexagons in progress!

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Batik trip around the world….Gorgeous!!

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Charity’s Rectangle Wrangle she made for her son ---
((Found in Scraps & Shirttails II))

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A close up of the fabrics ---it was so sweet, she got so emotional as she was telling us that her son’s boy scout uniforms and other articles of clothing he had grown out of as a child are included in this quilt that will go off with him to college this fall.  By the end of her telling us the story of this quilt, we were all choked up.  So much of our life, love, hopes and fears and sewn in to the quilts we gift away ---

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Charity’s Roll Roll Cotton Boll!  ((Found in String Fling))

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Charity is a busy girl!  Here is her Easy Street – love these colors!

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Antique beauty – triangles galore!

Really sweet story behind this quilt ---our quilter loved the quilt when she saw it, she thought it was too much money, her hubby went back and bought it for her anyway!  This is so AWESOME!  I had to get up close and personal with the triangles:

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Fabrics from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.

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Love that block with the strips and plaids going every which direction.  FUN!!

Each block is a 6 X 6 setting for a 36 unit block that finishes about 6”.

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More love!!  Wouldn’t this make a great Leader & Ender project!

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She made a mini to match!

((sorry it’s a bit blurry, I was SO EXCITED!))

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Another antique top with really great fabrics in it--

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It makes me want to take my Kaffe Fassett fabrics that I’ve never cut into..and mix them with the recycled plaids and stripes I love so much.  Wouldn’t that be fun?

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Jared Takes a Wife---with a twist!

This version was done in a quilt-as-you-go manner, block by block and joined by sashings front and back…and then the borders were added in the same method so it was easy to handle through the whole process.

Take a look at the back:

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What a great way to use up stash on the back too!

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Little log cabin blocks sewn from 1” strips ---scrappy everything, and so dynamic!

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Close up of one corner ---

This was such a delight to see!  And just think – since our Leader & Ender Split 9-patch challenge this year can be arranged in ANY log cabin layout –you could do this with your Split 9-patch blocks too!

I want to thank the ladies for bringing in their show & share – I know it makes more to haul, but everyone sure enjoyed the sharing of ideas and inspiration.  After seeing all of this eye candy we were racing back to our machines to go sew some more!

It’s my last day in Bedford – my laundry is running, I’ll be packing up my car by this evening so I can head out to Hershey tomorrow morning –it’s been a great week, and I can’t wait to come back again next time.

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  1. My oh my! I love them all! I especially love the Jared takes a wife. I am making wedding quilts and have had that pattern and quilt as you go, on my mind a lot lately. I really need to study up on QAYG since quilting a king size on my sewing machine will be NO fun.

    1. Diane,
      There are a lot of blogs with QAYG, mine included. www.katydidart.net And, thank you, that is my Jared takes a wife and I love it, too!

  2. I had a wonderful 2 days of classes. Met some wonderful women. If you have the chance to take any of bonnie's you will have a really good time

  3. OH MY! Such glorious quilts and tops. Bonnie, see what you have inspired? :) Charity must be a day and night quilter - the no sleep type lol. Her quilts are amazing.

    Thanks for sharing these with us

  4. This is one of the BEST show and share you have posted in a long time. The triangles, triangles, triangles is my favorite, but, truly, they are ALL my favorites!

  5. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous quilts, Bonnie! I LOVE that antique triangles quilt! Yummy!


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