Saturday, June 30, 2018

Showin’ and Sharin’ with the Prairie Star Quilters!

I’m STILL reeling from all the quilty goodness we experienced during my time with the Prairie Star quilters in Illinois this week!

It was a whirlwind three days – with two lectures and three workshops filling every waking moment.

We were a hive of busy bees doing what we love best, spending the time with those who also love what we love.

It was a great visit!

And the showing and sharing of wonderful quilts just kept coming.

Of course we love it when extreme scrappy quilts are completed and shown with pride – as in this Perkiomen Daydreams from Scraps & Shirttails.  All 10,000 squares just sparkling with scrappy memories.

There are a TON of photos in the slide show further down, but I wanted to take a few minutes and show you some still photos of some AMAZING vintage pieces.

My friend Kathy loves and collects signature quilts!


Can you read these names?

Don’t you wish you knew who they were – what their life story was?


Charles Edd Champion.

This My Quilt. 

US Army.

There is a story here!

But unfortunately the story  has been lost.  Cathy picked this quilt up at a sale for $20.00.  Doesn’t this just tug at your heart?  It does mine.


And these “bonnet” lades are not the norm either!


How much work went into each of these lovely blocks?


Check out this detail – in 1930s fabrics.


Aren’t these just so gorgeous?


Look how coy she is!

We don’t know what the story is behind this lovely quilt either, but I am so happy that someone is adopting them and preserving them for future generations.  This is just WONDERFUL workmanship.


So great to see you my friend!

There are quite a few more for you to view in the following video.  Click to play:

It was just a wonderful three days, full up to the brim and overflowing with all of the things that we love!

The photos you see in the slide show above with ME in them – Cathy took those as I helped quilters hold up their Quiltville quilts for show & share. Usually I am in the audience with the camera, this time I got to be part of their share.  Thanks, Cathy!

Things here at the Quiltville Order Fulfillment Center – AKA the dining room (until we get the Quiltville Post Office up and running in Mouth of Wilson, VA!) is busy and bustling.  Quiltville Quilter’s Date Keeper and Quilty Pencils orders are going out as fast as I can get them out.

I am back to being one person as Jeff is working a heavy schedule with his landscaping business.  4th of July week is right around the corner and I am heading up to spend the holiday with family at the cabin on Monday.  I will continue to get out what I can and plan on only spending a few days for the holiday up there before coming back to get more orders out.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart as all sales from the Quiltville Store are funding the window replacement and updating of the Quiltville Post Office to get it ready for me to move in hopefully by Thanksgiving so we are ready for the release of String Frenzy in December.  

Your purchases are making my dreams come true!  Thank you!

June 30, 2018 at 07_45AM

Quiltville Quote of the Day.

Quilt shared by Kevin the Quilter!

This goes for all of us – stop doubting yourself!

You can do this!

Have a wonderful Saturday, folks!


  1. Beautiful quilts and wonderful memories! Looking forward to that in August at Mary's! I'm happy to support you on fulfilling your dreams and can't wait to get my planner and pencils! Enjoy your holiday with your family!! Happy 4th of July!!🗽🎇🎆

  2. Charles Edd Champion is not lost. I couldn't resist the challenge. I, too, like quilts to tell their stories. Charles was born in Kentucky 5 Jul 1919 and died in Smithland, Kentucky (the town mentioned in the quilt) 24 Jun 1998. He enlisted in the Army May 1, 1942, which matches the dates on the quilt. You can give the quilt owner my email address and if she likes I'll send her links to some of the records.

  3. It always breaks my heart to see quilts in a thrift shop. So much work love goes into the making of a quilt, it just seems rude and uncaring for it to be tossed. My daughter recently found a gorgeous hand pieced and quilted, overall star quilt in a thrift store. Much too special to have been discarded. It now has a loving forever home.

  4. I got those bonnet ladies as a kit from my sister in law who got them at a thrift shop many years ago. I had them for about thirty years, and last fall I finally got them embroidered and appliqued. I only have six of the blocks and I put them together for a wall hanging. I have no provenance on them but I was so excited to see that quilt because I have never seen them anywhere else!!

  5. My great grandma, Mabel Sanders, had a signature quilt that was given to her when she was president of her local group. I remember being a teenager a being fascinated by that quilt and reading the names. However, my grandma, her only daughter, cared nothing for quilts and sold all of them for $100 to an antique dealer without giving any family members a chance to have even one of them. I know she had many quilts, but that is likely the only one with her name on it. I am always on the lookout for the slim chance I might find it.

  6. Is there a Toys R Us Store nearby? The one in my neighborhood is selling off all the shelving. Just a thought.

  7. I love seeing the older quilts as well as the new ones.

  8. I love reading your blog and others comments and it gets me when I see comments from I don't know who really but comments 5&6 from yesterday are like advertisers have "high jacked " your blog for their message

  9. So I retired in 2015 and disposable income is slim to be sue. However, I buy every book you write b/c I want you to continue your journey of quilting. I live vicariously through you. No pressure. LOL

  10. Peggy please contact Bonnie

  11. Must say I was a bit jealous of you spending three days in St. Charles. I have a brother living there and a grown niece living in Geneva with her family. Wish I'd been sewing with you all. So many beautiful quilts!

  12. WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!! I kept repeating throughout the slide show. What amazing quilts. I love the old vintage quilts, too. I have one that was made by a bee in Kansas in 1926. The quilters embroidered their name and a date (probably birthdate) on their block. The oldest was 1851 and the youngest was 1910. And the Bonnets & Blooms Beauties quilt was stunning.

  13. Please refresh my memory . . .can we pre-order String Frenzy?? Thanks, Happy 4th!

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