Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Congratulations to Jennifer Perkins

Meet AQS Certified Appraiser
Jennifer Perkins, Harlan, has just earned her certification by the American Quilter's Society (AQS) as a Certified Appraiser of Quilted Textiles.  She passed the tests in Paducah, KY the end of April.  She is the first Certified Quilt Appraiser in Iowa.  There are 100 appraisers nationwide.  She is also a National Quilting Association (NQA) Certified Quilt Judge (again the only one in Iowa).  She can be contacted at qltrstore@harlannet.com or 712-755-5383.  Iasked Jennifer to comment on her accomplishment, and she responded,  "This has taken many years of study and hard work and I am so happy to finally be certified!"  We are really fortunate to have such a talented quilter in the area.  Jennifer is the president-elect of the Iowa Quilt Guild and will take the reigns as president in July. 

Monday, May 30, 2011

Omaha Quilters Guild Show is June 23-25

Quilt Safari
June 23-25
LaVista Conference Center
Quilt Safari is the theme for this year's Omaha Quilter's Guild Show, June 23-25 at the LaVista Conference Center. Come see extraordinary quilts, challenge quilts and other displays. Many vendors will be on hand, including... US! (you might also note that we have a new line of fabric that fits the Safari theme...) Check out our booth at the Quilt Show. We will have specials for our bag ladies that we will advertise closer to the event. If you'd like more details about the show, classes, and events, go to the Omaha Quilter's Guild website (omahaquiltersguild.org).

Aniko Feher is coming to Iowa

Iowa Quilter's Guild Workshop
July 22-23
Buena Vista University, Storm Lake

Born & raised in Hungary, Aniko Feher loved to draw people & their faces. When she came to America, she discovered quilting at an art fair and has been designing portrait quilts ever since. Her work is extraordinary. If you are interested in learning how to make fabric portraits, click on the Iowa Quilter's Guild website link to register-- iowaquiltersguild.com. Space is limited, so hurry & register today. I will be hosting Aniko in my home and transporting her to and from the event. I'm so excited to meet her and learn more of her personal story.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Mary Jo Bonsall May 2011

Mary Jo Bonsall, Dunlap, is a seasoned Bonnie Hunter quilter. She attended a Bonnie Hunter workshop and learned to cut & sort her scraps. Mary Jo is religious about cutting and sorting, and she loves to make log cabins. She recently brought 3 log cabin quilts in. They will soon be wedding gifts.

Just to mix it up a little, Mary Jo Bonsall, Dunlap, slipped this farm baby quilt in. She chose to have it quilted in Loops & Swirls pattern with Mother Goose Signature thread.

Look What's Quilting -- Marilee Christensen 5-26-11

This beautiful quilt is on it's way to a wedding in Denmark. Marilee Christensen, Harlan, chose to have it quilted with Black thread.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Rosemary Reinig 5/24/2011

Rosemary Reinig, Harlan, is a frequent shopper and prolific quilter. She makes quilt after quilt after quilt. And gives them all away. Rosemary has a huge heart (and a huge stash). This turquoise/batik beauty shows how a simple 9-patch can create a stunning quilt.  Rosemary chose to quilt her batik with Meandering Suns pattern in Turquoise Ombre Signature Pixelles thread.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Show and Tell -- Granny's Girls 5-21-11

Granny's girls are showing off their table runners.  They are quick and easy, and make a fun project when the sisters are home visiting Granny.

Jane, left, shows her runner using Central Park fabric.

At right, Becky is showing Bistro fabric & Jane has Sandy Gervais' Pumpkins Gone Crazy.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Show & Tell -- Alice Buman 5-20-11

Alice Buman, Harlan, is stocking up on great-grandbaby quilts. She is a wonder at using up scraps in quilts, like this tumbling block quilt. We appreciate that Alice allows us to display her work.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Janet Stuhr 5/18/2011

Janet Stuhr's (Harlan) grandmother handpieced this scrappy quilt top. Janet chose to have it quilted with Vickie's Meander pattern in Sand Dollar Signature thread. What a treasure.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Look What's Quilting -- Janine Jordison 5/16/2011

Janine Jordison has been monkeying around! She called from Ames to see if we could quilt flannel and Minky. Yes we can! And we did! (with Funky Monkey pattern in Walnut Signature thread)

Beautiful Quilts at Market

American Valor Quilt by Gail Kessler, Pennsylvania
The Award Winning Quilts of Valor were displayed at International Quilt Market along with the IQA award winning quilts that came from all over the world.  I took pics of each of the quilts on display so you could get an idea of the extraordinary talent on display.  I have more information about each quilt, but not enough room in the blog, so if you want more information about any of the quilts, give me a jingle.

American Valor by Cindi Hershey, Pennsylvania

Brown Bird's Lullaby by Sally Magee, Texas

American Valor by Nancy Rink, California
Boston's Back Bay by Mary Schwin & Friends, Massachusetts

Butterfly Dance by Anna Faustino, Pennsylvania

Circular Momentum by Becky Goldsmith, Texas

Feathers In The Wind by Caryl Bryer Fallert, Kentucky

Fireworks by Nettie Smith & Linda Hibbert, Colorado
Flower Market, Chichicastenango, Guatemala by Meri Henriques Vahl, California
Go! Be Dazzled by Sarah Vedeler, Arizona
Gridlock by Jill Robinson, Wisconsin
Hanging By A Thread by Nadine Sanders, Washington
Hollyhocks by Joann Hoffman & Shirley Hobbs, SouthDakota
I'm Watching You by Barbara McKie, Connecticut
In Quito's Market by Patt Blair, California
Let Freedom Ring by Shelly Bachand, Connecticut
Magical Mauve by Mariya Waters, Australia
Majestic Bugs by Irena Bluhm, Connecticut

Flag Of Valor by Kathy Bauer, Texas

Mini Log Cabin by Thelma Robbins, Canada

Mission Impeccable by Kumiko Frydl, Texas

Monk In The Doorway by Julie Duschack, Wisconsin

Montana Tigers by Karlyn Bue Lohrenz, Montana

Return Of The Grackle by Diane Rusin Doran, Massachusetts

Ring Around The Aloe by Lois Podolny, Arizona

Royal Amethyst by Rachelle Dennenny, Australia
Back side of Royal Amethyst by Rachelle Dennenny, Australia

Stars & Stripes by Lucy McCandless, Washington

Stars of Valor by Betty New, Florida

Stars Of Valor by Sandi Irish, Minnesota

Still Standing by Pamela Druhin, Vermont

Valor by Sloan, Miglin & Hoffman, Virginia

Wrapped In Gentleness by Hiromi Yokota, Japan