Friday, June 28, 2013

NQA Quilt Show 2013


Over-the-top quilt show hosted by the National Quilters Association in Columbus, Ohio!  So many breath-taking beautiful quilts on display.  

Here are a few of my favorites in no particular order which include some award winners, honorable mention, and quilts that just appealed to me.  

My amateur photos do not do these quilts justice.  To see better photographs of all quilts, I recommend you purchase the DVD and/or CD from NQA directly.   

It was my first time in attendance.  I rate this show 5 stars!  Show was organized and quilts were well displayed.  I hope to return next year.

Thank you in advance for not pinning these images on Pinterest.

It was my first time entering a show and traveling out-of-state to a large national quilt show which was an adventure in itself.  

It is commonly known that quilters are the nicest people, and I found that to be so very true.  By pure chance, at the preview dinner, I sat with a group of ladies from Long Island in New York.  One of the ladies, Judy, was awarded the NQA Certified Teacher of the Year award!  She has been teaching for 20 years.  Her classes are quite popular and taught through community education.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Design Wall Monday

Such a coincidence that today I discovered Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.  Just yesterday, I  put up a make-shift design wall in my basement.  My motivation was that I wanted to lay out my current blocks for placement purposes.

To make the wall, I used what I had on hand which was a flannel-backed vinyl tablecloth that we previously used for picnics.  To hang tablecloth, I used T-pins that are mostly used for home dec sewing.  

I inserted (anywhere that I could) the pins in the wood just above my concrete basement walls. 

The tablecloth and blocks are lightweight that the pins hold it!  No holes in the wall and design wall easily removed.  

What a difference it makes to see your blocks vertical on a wall versus viewing them on the floor.  The credit for this inexpensive and simple design wall goes to Marianne Fons.  Please click on her name for the 3-minute video.  It's worth watching!

In regards to my current quilt project, all blocks are being handpieced.  I am using Civil War era reproduction fabrics in browns and pinks.  Seventy-five percent (75%) of the blocks are completed.  I hope to do some handpiecing on the other blocks while I am away on my quilting travel adventure this week in Columbus, Ohio at the 2013 National Quilting Association Show.

NQA show pictures will be posted later this week.