Thursday, August 18

local quilt show...

Every other year our local quilt guild, "PieceMakers of the Madison", put on an outstanding quilt show.
Here are just a few photos of the two-day show...
This year our theme was, "Quilt Me a River".
The beautiful Madison River runs through Ennis and south central Montana. 
Several of our guild members created these amazing mini quilts depicting the Madison running through our valley. 
We lined them up in order for this display...
 
 
 
These photos don't do this display justice at all - but you get the idea.
 
 
See how the river keeps flowing through each quilt - so beautiful!
 
 
I entered my "happy" Lone Star. 
I'll blog more about it later. 
(wait until you see the backing...EEE!)
 
 
Here is my theme quilt entry. 
It was a "round-robin" so several members of the guild
added to it. 
It started out as a trout panel and ended up as this! 
I also included some embroidered tied flies I had that were created by the local embroidery shop, Coverups.
(thank you, Stacey)
 
 
 I won this pretty 2nd place ribbon for my
 "Home D├ęcor" entry. 
It's an old wood window pane and I attached a
crazy patch quilt behind it. 
It hangs in a little bathroom in my home - next to a little
blue sink.
 
 
So many beautiful quilts deserving of ribbons.
Sue won 1st in Traditional - it's her own design!
 
 
I love this Scrappy Trip of Tara's.
She won 2nd place in Traditional.
 
 
 
 Bonnie is hanging signage on our raffle quilt. 
It's such a cool quilt - those are paper pieced fish.
 
 
Bonnie and I are here ready to sell tickets for that amazing raffle quilt.
 
 
The kitchen crew, Tara, Vonna Mae and Marsha.
  We all donated dozens and dozens of FREE cookies.
 
 
My favorite moment of the entire quilt show is our
QOV presentation.
 
 
This year we honored nine Veteran's....ranging in ages from 30 something to 90 something.
Each recipient had a member of the guild create a
quilt for them. 
They did not know they were receiving a quilt - such a humbling experience for everyone.
 
 
Along with each quilt comes a beautiful certificate from the national QOV Foundation.
 
 
Each Veteran is wrapped in their own QOV...
 
 
I love these happy faces...
 
 
This is our Montana representative, Kathy Coontz, who keeps us all organized.
Her display is amazing!
 
 
My sweet husband, an Air Force Veteran, puts on this handsome uniform, stands in front of each Veteran, thanks them for their service, salutes them,
then hands them their quilt. 
This man never hesitates to help out when needed. 
(he did receive a quilt from me, but I'll blog about it later) 
He's visiting with one of the Veteran's after the presentation.
 
 
After the presentation - he put on his other "gear" to go riding.
You deserve a few hours on your bike!
(he cracks me up!)
 
 
 
Another great show - now I'm inspired to get working on quilts for the next show in 2018!
 

Sunday, July 31

Idaho Retreat with friends...

The small town of Heyburn, Idaho has recently opened a retreat for quilters.
Shelley, an employee of, "The Gathering Place", in Rupert, ID, decided it was about time the quilt shop offered a retreat for quilters and let me tell you...she went all out!
My friends, who I have been retreating with every year for at least 20 years, decided to try it out.
Here are lots of pictures of the fun we had...
I'm ready to start sewing with my little bag Des made me - she is so kind...
 
 
Emily, working on her pretty blue & white quilt...
 
 
Here's the finished top:
 
 
Betsy contemplating how to set these flying geese:
 
 
It's a great start! 
 
 
Betsy also made this cute bag....I wish you could see the zipper pull. 
It's a slice of pie with a fork. 
It's speaking to me!
 
 
Here's Corrie working on piles of projects...
 
 
just one pile of DS prints with linen corners....love!
 
 
 Corrie really nailed it by finishing two quilt tops! 
 
 
My sister, LeAnn, forever cutting on a king size quilt.
 
  
 Sewing on the king size quilt:
 
 
 The blocks are HUGE!
 
 
 
Enough to make you go just a little crazy! 
(I love my sister....)
 
 
But that craziness paid off.....beautiful!
 
 
The beginnings of Des's pretty little baskets...
 
 
 
 Progress!  (love that little pink one)
 
 
 
 
Julia worked so hard on these beautiful orange peel blocks.
 
 
She used a charm pack of pretties.
 
 
It's SO beautiful!  Nice job, Julia.
 
 
My friend, Carol, worked the entire time on these amazing "T", square-in-a-square blocks.
 
 
I don't know that I could have stayed with it that long - I get easily distracted.
But, look at the result!
 
 
 Shelto is an incredible designer. 
She designed this T-shirt quilt as a "thank-you" for a teacher of her daughter's. 
 
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It's beyond amazing! 
 
  
 We offered a doll exchange and they were beyond cuteness!
  
 
 Des's Maverick Stars...
 
 
Trimming 1/2 squares - not my favorite thing to do but it's worth it...
 
 
 
 Super cool quilt, Emily! 
LOVE that orange pinwheel just thrown in.
 
 
 
I brought a lot of little things that just needed finishing and one of them was my pretty "Single Girl". 
I sewed the binding on for hand finishing.
I'm so happy with this quilt...I'll blog more about it later.
 
 
I added a few more string blocks to my pile - it's starting to look great!
Did you notice this design wall made of sheets of metal?
We're using magnets to hold everything up.
Brilliant!
 
 
At the end of the day....with my friends.
 
  
 I loved every single minute of this retreat - thank you, my friends, for the laughter, talents and love you shared for a few short days.
Until next year....xxoo