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41.3 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival 2017 Part 1

September 30, 2017

Much like the long stretch of time that a quilt (of mine) is made, I have stretched out the time between the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival (#KCRQF) and the writing about it. The festival is held in June and I am just now writing about it, after organizing, flipping the pictures the correct way, and deleting all the extras close to a month ago. You might say this post in and of itself is it’s own UFO.

I got the current camera that I use just prior to the same festival held in 2015, and after the 2015 show, I learned – “hey, I need to slow down taking all these pictures” because ever so many of the pictures are blurry. Since then, as a general practice, I take 2 or 3 of the same shot. Usually one of the pictures are not blurry. But SO MANY PICTURES!

During the show, I don’t curate only the quilts I like, and always undertake the personal challenge to get one picture at least of each quilt. In addition to trying to take pictures of the quilt tags too! This is a lot of pictures, and as a result, coming back from a big show, I tend to procrastinate the task of picture sorting.

A lot!

I had 1600 pictures to sort through to remove the blurries and duplicates. Originally. Now I have 1250 from the show. Still a lot. I took a second full picture stroll the pictures to highlight and organize pictures to show off to you, because I don’t have space to put 1250 pictures online.

I have organized a virtual quilt show for you. Part 1 will be the generic show itself, and other parts will highlight specific “types” of quilts. Other parts will come later, hopefully not as much later as this post was.

Let’s get started!

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Living in the “greater Kansas City area”, we have a multitude of guilds in the area. This is the 2nd ever show run by the guilds, for the guilds, and for the surrounding (or other) public.

This year 16 different guilds participated in the show. Each guild has an allotment of space for viewer’s choice quilts, each guild provides general volunteers to help with the show, each guild brings an opportunity quilt to, and each guild has a different responsibility from hanging quilts, to hospitality room, to attendance etc.

Our guild is small and we normally are assigned bag check. This year, we got a great space for it. I spent some good quality hours visiting not only with members of my guild during the bag check time, but also members of the public, picking up, or dropping off purchases. Lovely!

I even saw someone I didn’t expect to see that I knew and sat next to at a retreat, and she came from Oklahoma. I forgot a picture, but it was totally a highlight to see her because she and I are quiet quilting buddies (sorta), and I won’t get to see her this November.

In the picture above, you can see the shuttlecock in the quilt in the background. For those not aware, the shuttlecock is a Kansas City icon, there is a large statue or two in front of the Nelson Atkins art museum, shown below.

By Americasroof at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

A quilt with the icon is a really nice call-back to the uniqueness of Kansas City to welcome everyone into the regional quilt show. This quilt is done with the Regional Quilt Festival colors, and presented as part of the challenge given to all members of all the guilds.

 

And someone from my guild (she is in two guilds at least, and the other guild got the honor of the tag on the quilt), got the honor of being the back facing quilt at the front of the show! These two quilts under glass are a lovely entry and exit point for the main show.

Some of the area in front of the show. This is the guild hallway just on the way to entering the main quilt show! The past show they had full booths and we sold handmade stuff, this year, we were selling chances for our opportunity quilts. A few guilds rented space inside the vendor area of the show.

And on my first afternoon, look who I ran into and we were able to talk to briefly!

Jackie from Sew Excited Quilts who last time quilted one of my quilts for me. I do wish this picture was a little bit better, but I only do selfies well if I take like 10 of them and pick the best, but I was not going to do that with Jackie. We did get some time wandering the halls. Originally, it had looked like we were going to miss each other for scheduling reasons. Lucky for me, it was the first half/hour I was there at the show.

It was great to see her on the first day and then again briefly on Saturday – near the end! A lovely person to bookend my show with!

My quilt was on a corner, easy to spot.

And something made me laugh because I didn’t pay attention to the word count limit and so my explanation was cut off. My quilt story is meta, because I am always getting cut off and not knowing when to stop talking (writing especially). I thought I was keeping it short, but not enough. Obviously. So me.

I was going to say I took it as a lesson in humility. So, there I go, being shown humility again, it shows exactly how I think, but is also embarrassingly funny.

The last part of my first day, I found Reeze from Morning Glory Quilts, and we took a selfie as well in her booth.

Reeze has been the one who opened up my eyes to the world of swapping and retreating outside of the state of Kansas. I attend one of two retreats held in Arkansas with Reeze, and we both drive down from Kansas. This will be happening for me this year in just under 2 months! My favorite retreat!

Anyway, Reeze has been working toward her business Morning Glory Designs and has been at many shows and at guilds in our central “midwest” area, and boy can she put some good designs together. She likes doing things that seem hard but are actually easy, in addition to all the “fiddly” (my word) fused applique that just looks great. I’ve known her in the quilting world since about the time I started blogging here in 2009. She also teaches EQ7!

One of our California Twilter quilter entered our show and didn’t get a chance to make it here to see the quilt in person. She made this beautiful art quilt about her grand dog!  Good job Sue & glad to see the quilt in person!

One of the days was my turn to sit in front of our own guild’s opportunity quilt! This was done by members with their own stash except the green borders and grey sashing. The cornerstones are just slightly darker grey and that’s a nice touch! This quilt still hasn’t been drawn for (yet, but soon), but one of my local friends from a different guild said she already had the winning ticket already and wasn’t it nice that I was sitting there watching her quilt? 😉

This year the space for the show was all on one level. Last time, there was a beatles exhibit and a modern exhibit in one of the downstairs rooms. This time, we opened up the ballroom and had a whole separate vendor and quilt area. This picture is getting back to the main floor from the middle between the two rooms, guild quilts are along the far far wall from this picture below.

This is the Gwen Marsden exhibit behind which is the judged portion of the quilts, and to the left are the rest of the quilts considered for the guild challenge of the “quilt in the glass”.

Vendors next to the judged section of the quilts in the newly opened area of the show.

This alphabet quilt was deemed best in show by the judges! So many details!

Some of my favorite quilts for the featured quilts are found below. These were submitted to be put behind glass, but not chosen. Many of these quilts were amazing.

The KCRQF quilts that I liked enough for space on this post are below.

My favorite is the one above with the simple lines of black framing the simple blocks turned at angles. Each color is differently quilted.

And the obilgatory “get a picture with me in front of my quilt” that Jackie took of me.

Right across from Sue’s quilt were some chairs and it was nice getting lots of people looking at these great art quilts while I was getting a rest off my feet and charging my battery (literally and metaphorically both).

 

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38.0 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival – Diary – Day 2 – Part 2 – Judged quilts and Categories

July 6, 2015

The weekend of June 19th – 21 was the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival otherwise known as #KCRQF.

I have decided I had so much to say about the quilt show that I would write down in diary format what I went through on different days of the festival, share possibly a few stories, and pretend to take you along with me to the festival.

I am in the middle of covering Saturday, my main day of seeing the festival. My last post was about the guild quilts, and my post about that was the friday twilter meetup day.

So after taking the pictures of all the guild quilts I was ready to go do something else, look at vendors maybe. But when I got back up to the front, two ladies with sheets and golf pencils were there, ready to ask if I would help in determining viewers choice for all the guild quilts.

How could I decline?

So I went back through trying to decipher all what quilt fits into what category. Because the quilts on this side were organized by guild, this made it much harder to pick a favorite. What if my actual favorite was in the back and I failed to go back and see the quilt again?

Organization of Guild Quilts & Quilt Show Categories

Also some categories had only a few entrants, and some categories had many many entrants.

The categories for this show were:

  • Pieced Hand Quilted
  • Pieced Machine Quilted
  • Applique Hand Quilted
  • Applique Machine Quilted
  • Mixed Techniques Hand Quilted
  • Mixed Techniques Machine Quilted
  • Innovative

There were only a few hand quilted items. VERY impressive, but most of the hand quilted quilts were only competing against a few other quilts. These were hard to find in the show.

They were exquisitely done, don’t get me wrong, but perhaps all the handquilting needs to be in a category by itself so there are more quilts to be judged against?

Just a thought.

The Mixed Techniques Machine quilted category has about 100 quilts, the Pieced Machine Quilted category has about 200 quilts, and Innovative has about 30 quilts.

It’d be interesting to see a different way for the show to be broken up.

Perhaps the unevenness of the quilts is due to the fact that we were not limited by how many quilts in each category we could put into the show for the guild side of the show. I know my two quilts went in as the same category, so they competed against each other.

Anyway, the quilt I put down for viewers best of show I somehow failed to get the name of the quilter, so I cannot attribute this quilt to anyone correctly right now.

applique quilt best of show for me

applique quilt best of show for me

I think I was mesmerized by the crystals on the borders. Blurry picture below. Oops.

blurry picture of borders

blurry picture of borders

There were many quilts, and it was fun to run back and forth down the isles, making quick marks on the side of the paper to see which quilts would win in each category. Unfortunately I didn’t take track of my voting sheet for posterity.

After voting for the quilts, it was already lunch time, and the remaining twilters were meeting for lunch.

We had decided this time not to go “off campus” for lunch because parking the day before was hard. So we went back to the connecting Sheraton hotel and had a fancy lunch with hardly any other guests.

No pictures of this event, what were we thinking??

Anyway, it was nice to sit and learn about the private lives of the twilters who came by and to share some thoughts about etsy, quilting, traveling, home life, past lives. I think this was the lunch where I was more quiet & listened a lot. It was so neet just being with friends we haven’t really seen, but have had a chance connecting with online in many different ways.

I still had vendors to see & shop, the judged quilts to photograph, and the Beatles quilts to go view before we left. AND I wanted a picture of the 3 of us who worked on the round robin quilt. We were mostly separate for the afternoon, I went off on my own again, met up with Jackie & her friend Jackie occasionally on the vendor floor, Tami & Valerie went off to rest … it was a big trip and there is a lot of walking involved here.

three of seven twilters entwined

I didn’t take too many pictures of vendors because that was the only possible restriction for pictures for the show. Some vendors rightfully so don’t want people to take pictures of their quilts and patterns. Not all of them, but some, and that’s understandable.

I walked by several vendors I knew from other shows, some I had spoken to before, some I had not. One was Caitlyn who used to be in our guild who opened up her own modern fabric store that she even rented space from a local downtown area for about a year and a half. It was nice to see her again!

Also I met with Nikki who helps with the Quilts of Valor and is a member of like 2-3 guilds (not mine though) and we have become facebook friends and have similar tastes in quilts. She keeps telling me I should join the Modern guild. If they met in the afternoon, I’d consider it.

I zeroed in on a few vendor items I wanted to come back to later. Then onto the judged quilts.

How the Judged Quilts worked in KCRQF

The judged quilts were open to anyone who wanted to enter their quilts into the show who got in their entry in time with enough space.

I do not know if they cut off certain categories early, but entrants had the entire month of March to enter their quilts for the show. I was seeing they were still requesting submissions at the end of March.

There were no jury on the quilts, it seemed to be “first come, first served”. Each entrant could only enter one quilt per category. And you didn’t have to be a member of any of the guilds to be entered into the show. Or even local. Most were though.

The same 7 categories were in the judged quilts as were for the guild quilts above. Again, it seemed like there were not as many hand quilted items as machine quilted items. A few categories had less than 10 entrants.

This side was also less entered than the guild side. I was glad to see the guild quilts strong, but surprised how few people entered their quilts for judging. Perhaps we all want to get the quilts at the show, but don’t want to know what the judges have to say about the quilts.

My quilt was WAY down at the back of the show, at the end, right near the food. So people would have to see it if they were heading towards the food at the back of the show from the judged quilt section.

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I love it, but was surprised how dark the quilt seemed compared to the other quilts around it.

My guild members were great at telling me they thought it could have won something. It is definitely dramatic looking. I tried not to spend too much time hovering around my quilt. Unfortunately, it was hanging next to a truly innovative quilt. One I kept seeing people go up to and exclaiming how good it was! And I liked it too.

I had put my quilt in innovative and should have put it into another category, pieced machine quilted. I really thought it would have more chance in this category. I decided early & quickly to put it into the show, and then thought later about the category a little more.

Anyway, here are some of the judged quilts I saw & took pictures of. Again in gallery form. I was way less diligent at getting names on all the quilts here, so instead I am just going to label all the quilts the same. More about the show in the next post.

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37.9 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival – Diary – Day 2 Part 1 Guild Quilts

June 28, 2015

The weekend of June 19th – 21 was the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival otherwise known as #KCRQF.

I have decided I had so much to say about the quilt show that I would write down in diary format what I went through on different days of the festival, share possibly a few stories, and pretend to take you along with me to the festival.

After much uncertainty (of my schedule … see a story about Saturday schedule in previous post), I had Saturday to visit the show mostly free. The only thing for certain on my agenda was a Lecture done by Trisch Price about designing quilts in a series, and that wasn’t until the end of the show day.

I was planning to treat myself to breakfast at a fancy breakfast place, but decided instead to go to Panera and of course a bird came begging along for some food (cheese bagel).

begging bird

After it was clear I wasn’t going to be needed, I sat down with fellow guild member Lois and we talked a little bit about family and living away from a place we grew up. Lois is our current guild secretary and does a fantastic job remembering / recording all the details during our meetings that I usually miss some.

Both of us were worried the guild booth would not be staffed on Saturday, and both of us came early to make sure we weren’t needed to help setup/run the booth Saturday. Neither of us were needed, so we were free to enjoy the show.

I stood in line for the show behind the lady with this T-shirt, which was ironic because I had a similar T-shirt on – same saying, different artwork/fonts.

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The T-shirt reads: “Never underestimate the power of a woman with a sewing machine”. I ordered mine online two weeks prior, and it showed up in the mail on the Friday of the show. Quilt magic was surrounding this whole entire show, I tell you.

Viewing The Show & Taking Picture Strategy

Anyway, I went right into the show and I decided I wanted to get pictures of all the quilts. All 700 quilts. As good as I can. And yes, I am going to try to do it on my new phone. The camera on this new phone has the same megapixels as my older camera in my “pockets of awesome”, but it seemed to work faster & easier than the regular point & shoot camera.

I noticed all the other people starting at the front, heading slowly down the rows to the back. I had already been to the show the day before, so why not start at the back and head towards the front?

I tried to do a systematic way for getting pictures of the quilts. I started back to front, each side of the show at a time. Then in the next side repeat the process of back to front.

quilt traffic at 3pm sunday

Also each section of the walls was like a “C” shape, so I tried NOT to move away from each C until I got at least some picture of each quilt in each section before moving to the next section. If people were standing in front of one quilt, I tried to get a picture of a different quilt. There were 3-10 quilts in each “C shaped” section.

Arbitrary rules for my arbitrary completionist attitude. I do have to say I do a similar thing when I photograph quilts for our local quilt show. Very methodical and it gets at least one good picture of each quilt in the show for our posterity for the guild.

Of course for our own guild, I bring a tripod to make sure the camera is steady and centered at the center of the quilt. But this is just for ME, not for everyone at the guild to enjoy.

 

But this time, I was trying to SPEED through. Almost as fast as possible. AS I was going, I was trying not to blur everything, not necessarily document EVERY quilt maker too, but one shot, one idea of each quilt at a time.

The back to front technique was a great idea. I had also read taking pictures in the morning was the best time. And I had witnessed that to be true during our local guild-only show.

But for this show, probably the best time would have been like 3 in the afternoon. It was way less crowded than right away in the morning. The picture above shows traffic at 3PM on Sunday, almost dead compared to early Saturday morning.

I joked around with people that back to front was awesome because I could go picture/picture/picture for a long time, and then “thump” hit the wave of people coming towards the back. Today they all had pieces of paper with them and a pencil too. So they were slower, and more methodically going through the quilts. I liked dashing to the back quickly as if I had someplace to be.

Guild Quilts

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The two halves of the show were organized completely differently. It was almost as if there were 2 shows together in one – three if you count the Beatles exhibit.

The guild quilts were organized by guild. We had no restrictions on how many of each category of quilt would be entered with the guild, as they were not necessarily going for judging. Which means we had hand quilted quilts next to machine quilted quilts next to innovative quilts, and applique quilts.

The different colors of hanging papers signified the different categories of the quilts. As you may be able to see in the picture above, one of the local guild names on the top right, a quilt with a blue tag, and then on the far left a yellow tag which would be next to the quilt next to it. These two quilts were in the same guild, Kaw Valley Quilters Guild, but not the same type of quilts.

I liked how this showed & felt like community. The book lists all the names of all the quilts by Guild for the guild side of the show. Guilds first, then quilters.

A few of the guild quilts

My speed method of taking pictures did have its downside. I have plenty of pictures that are blurry. Which is too bad I couldn’t settle myself down enough to take a good picture. I think it was how I was going close to some quilts, and then far for the next quilts. The camera probably couldn’t figure out what focus to use and I am sure if I wasn’t “fighting against time” I could have slowed down a little bit more.

There were 700 quilts to photograph if I wanted them all. And we had planned to do lunch with the twilters, and I wanted my picture with twilters in front of Twilters Entwined quilt, and I hadn’t seen the vendors, and I hadn’t seen the Beatles quilts, and I had the lecture, and Sunday I was going to be volunteering.

So I SPED through the quilts. Too bad. I missed out on some great pictures.

I did get some pictures of hanging cards next to the quilts. Looking over them in detail this weekend I figured out something. If I really liked a quilt at the “gut level”, I took a second picture of the tag. Sometimes the tags were blurry. Sometimes they were fine.

Good thing I had the guild book to help me decipher names here.

I am going to post these as a gallery, something I don’t often do. It seems if you click on one, it takes you through the gallery at more full size. Let me know if this feature has issues. It seems to work on my computer when I test it. About 30 pictures of quilts with names of artists attached.

NOW THE GUILD QUILTS

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37.8 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival diary – Day 1

June 28, 2015

Whew! It’s been a busy week following a very busy and very happy weekend last weekend.

For those who didn’t know, hadn’t heard, last weekend was our big biannual (maybe that’s semiannual) quilt show with participation from a WHOLE lot of quilt guilds. I think I read 15 guilds.

Anyway, it was tireless work and planning and thinking ahead to make the quilt show a success!

We had several nationally known speakers come to the show to teach (and to take) classes, a lot of them are in the local KC area. I forget sometimes what an essential asset we have in our wonderful teachers and vendors to our larger community.

Arriving on the main show floor at the top of the long escalators, we see a quilt completed by one of the major quilt planners.

entrance quilt under glass

This quilt was done by Lynn Droege was beautiful under glass and a great way to entice people to go into the hall.

I have so many memories of my experiences of the show, I am going to try to write them down for posterity. This post will have LOTS of writing, the next post may have LOTS of pictures in addition to LOTS of writing.

Indulge me as I go on in “diary format” and pretend I am reading this account to you in podcast form. Or that I am Frances, sharing a few delicious “quilt diaries”. Quilt Diary – Day 1

The Too Long;Didn’t Read version is: I had a lot of fun, met people I knew, people I didn’t know, felt happy, show went well.

How the show was organized

The first hallway before the main quilting area was the individual guild booths. This was our main moneymaker for the year, and all the last year we have been making items to sell at the boutique. My guild had lots of different types of items for sale, kinda like a craft show. Several guilds had opportunity quilts.

I somehow failed to get pictures of our guild booth, or the general front hall with all the guilds, even though each day I was blessed to see people from my guild and others.

Then a right hand turn and either with a ticket or a bracelet we could get into the show itself!

Immediately when we come into the hall, there is a door prize ticket booth on the left. The far left-handed side were all the guild quilts that were not judged. There were 2 full rows (each side) of quilts here. About 500 quilts on this side.

Directly in the middle were the vendors. Several rows of vendors.

And to the right-handed side coming into the show room were the judged quilts. About 150 quilts or so here if my math is right.

map of show floor

I was able to be at the show the 3 days of the festival itself. There was one other day of classes I did not attend.

AND there was a special room of 3 special exhibits that weren’t part of the main hall, down on the first floor, there were Beatles quilts by a group of quilters in Virginia, and Kansas City Star quilts (a main reason this is a great quilting hotspot), and some of the best quilts from QuiltCon.

So much to tell! I may break it up by days instead of break it up by types of things seen like Kathy did.

Personal Experiences of the KCRQF Day 1

Friday was unfortunate in that I had to work, but as soon as I got done at noon, I drove past the scary construction on the scary interstate to the show.

I had the “pockets of awesome” or on Friday, the “pockets of no charge”. I had my old phone which had all the phone numbers and access to data and was going to be my main connectivity with the twilters I was set to meetup with.

I also had my normal camera, the one that has been taking all these pictures for this blog since like 2012.

And I had my brand new phone, not really setup yet.

And a cable to charge all the things. At one time I had both phones outta charge. Silly technology.

Ok. First thing I did after entering the show was to find Carole’s quilt – I See Bridges. And I took a picture of me in front of it.

i see caroles quilt i see bridges
I tried to make a joke about how I saw bridges and I saw Carole’s quilt, but I didn’t see any twilters.

Unfortunately, Carole & Gretchen had plans to come to the show and neither one was able to make it. Carole’s quilt was about the only judged quilt I saw from anywhere not in the KC region, which I found very fantastic for her to enter the show that way. It was really unfortunate that she wasn’t able to see it in person.

I was starting to get nervous because the phone with the texts was notorious for dropping almost half available battery in half an hour, and I knew I would have to periodically check twitter and email on this very unreliable phone.

I think I was walking around for almost an hour back and forth before I saw anyone. Luckily Jackie and I were able to text. I stayed in the back of the show before I met up with anyone just to “stay in a central place”. I forgot how much I don’t have to wait for people on a regular day.

Jackie & I met up, walked the vendors really quickly, and then got in touch with Joyce, who follows Sandy at Quilting for the Rest of Us who also wasn’t able to attend the show. Joyce was with her friend Linda who was in the area, and Joyce and Linda were delightful to meet, even though she was not on twitter, and didn’t really know us, didn’t officially consider herself a twilter.

Just after we met Joyce, another friendly face, Valerie, showed up and introduced herself to our group, recognizing one of us, probably Jackie.

three twilters and Joyce

This was when Linda took a picture of us twilters and Joyce Friday afternoon.

At this point, we walked around and talked a little bit. I met one of our local guild members (also named Sandy – I think I know like 5 quilting Sandys), the one who quilted my red & black King’s Puzzle Quilt, and we had another long conversation, while Valerie & Jackie had things to do.

I got a cool idea of a suggestion of a collaboration with Tami since her round with all the folds was really fantastic on my quilt and her & I may be a good compliment.

And just as the local Sandy left, I was able to locate Tami! At this point, my phone situation was really getting desperate, my charge was like zero on both phones. I was seeing the people who were important for me to see, in addition of stopping by local people who I also kept seeing and they kept saying nice things about my quilt on the judged side of the show. It was also nice to sit and talk with people I know that did a lot of work for the show and just enjoying the show in general!

Tami & I had a small intimate discussion right there near the front door of the hall, probably in everyone’s way, but you know what, I didn’t care. I never exactly told Tami that I officially put my quilt Twilter’s Entwined in the show. I was so worried that I had jinxed it out of the show.

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Long Side Story Here

Here’s the short story of that. The round robins were due back in Feb, and Feb our guild voted on quilts to put into the show. The day our guild was voting, I had no energy, I had had a crappy day, I was burnt out doing all the work on Diane’s round robin, and so I brought nothing to add to quilts for my guild for the show. I didn’t have my round robin quilt anyway, and I know how long it takes for ME to go from top to quilt — LONG time usually.

Anyway, it was at our Feb guild retreat (after the voting) that we heard of several twilters going to try to come down for the Kansas City Show, thanks in particular to Sandy from QFTRUS really encouraging people to consider a meetup.

At the retreat, I finished the red & black quilt, and guild members said I should try to get it into the show, so Royal Red King’s Puzzle, I arranged to have it quilted in time to enter for the judged section (guild section was closed already, or so I thought). That was my very first long-arm purchasing interaction I have ever had.

Anyway, all the deadlines for the show had come & gone March 31st. I received my round robin quilt early April. A week later, there was a frantic email from our president saying ‘oops, we have more space than we thought’. Later the email said, ‘we can add more quilts, but the catch is that I have to know by 6PM on Friday (the day I am reading this is the same Friday)’. So I thought I could include Dancing Ribbons, sent off an email and then driving to work started thinking.

What if … I could get the pink quilt, the round robin quilt, twilter’s entwined completely finished in time? Would it be crazy, would it be do-able? If I could just get a quilter to agree to it……

So I put a post on twitter, tagged Jackie and a few other people maybe, and waited to see the response. I had massive emails/texts/twitter messages back & forth. I tell you it was nuts. I first thought for certain I could get both quilts in, emailing back the guild president, I met up with Jackie after work, showed her the pictures, we had already setup a sew-in date for early May, so would she be available to quilt it? YES?! PERFECT!

I was bouncing up & down the walls, not believing my good fortune. Tami did the round on the quilt and she was going to be here to see it and be a part of it hanging in the show. And another twilter was quilting it. Amazing! Things fell into place. I was joyous, I was obnoxious with happy, I was just so incredibly amazed and just feeling absolutely great!

Then later that night, they said there wasn’t enough space for the “medium-large sized” Twilters Entwined quilt.

Embarrassed at my overreaction about how things just seemed to work for the quilt. I was pretty much in tears that night. Mostly from embarrassment at myself and how I wasn’t keeping everything into perspective.

Fortunately, the next morning the guild president called me and told me that they were looking/talking with one of the coordinators, and somehow there was actually more space. I am not sure how that happened or if it was a result of me going overboard, or just miscalculation, or something else occurring somewhere.

But after that, I put in my paperwork, but wasn’t fully convinced it was going into the show until I turned my quilts in with the rest of our guild the meeting Tuesday before the show.

 The rest of Friday continues

So Tami said she had seen my little Dancing Ribbons quilt in the show, was looking at it with I think Kathy earlier that day before I got here, turned her head to the side, and then saw the pink and purple quilt of my last story, Twilter’s Entwined. And she said she was floored. I really was excited for the fact that she may not know the quilt was there, I thought it was a nice surprise for her.

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This picture is Tami in front of Twilter’s Entwined. I think taken by Kathy. Before I got there.

Anyway, while talking to Tami, Kathy came along and we talked about her love of Angela Walters, her love of blogging and how I love her quilt memes and blog posts are always so funny! And we kept standing right there at the beginning of the show.

Kathy did get a picture of her by my Royal Red King’s Puzzle quilt. Taken by Tami maybe. Before I got there.

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Kathy looks great in front of my quilt, right?

We broke up as a small group in the late afternoon, with our prearranged meetup place & time – Joe’s Kansas City barbeque, which was like one “block” over from the convention center. During the time in between out-of-town twilters, I went back to the bag check area, found a plug in for my navigation phone so at least I could figure out what side of the road Joes was on exactly. I chatted and laughed and laughed with our bag check ladies from our guild, another from another guild, and I sat in the spot of the 3rd.

We constantly talked about how well the show seemed to be doing, how the people at bag check in the morning saw packed lines going up & down the escalator, how parking was a nightmare, and another lady from our guild saw me and asked if I knew I was working Saturday for the boutique.

What’s with this Saturday thing?

This had started to become a running joke with me, in addition to another embarrassing situation I put myself in due to a horrible typo. And finally by now, I had seen my twilters, so if nothing else, working Saturday wouldn’t be an issue for me since we were now able to meet on Friday night instead of Saturday morning.

I was originally signed up to do two volunteer sessions for the show. One for the ‘show itself’, and one for the ‘guild’. One of these I actually DID sign up for Saturday morning, before the Twilter’s had looked at schedules and decided that maybe Saturday breakfast was going to be our only shot at everyone getting together at once. The only time we were originally were going to meet was Saturday. This was the “Original Plan”.

A few days later, I asked both groups to make sure I wasn’t volunteering Saturday morning, I would just switch and then it would be easier and I wouldn’t miss the meetup.

Well, you know how many different versions of schedules get floated around, and how we all think we’re making a change, and somehow it doesn’t stick? Well, somehow both groups put me on Saturday morning, there was more going on, but the 2nd time it happened, (planning stages here), I was starting to get worried that things wouldn’t work out. I asked a 2nd time to make sure I wasn’t volunteering on Saturday … there were emails, and a very large typo. And it was embarrassing. And teeny tiny bit funny, once the hurt feelings from the typo were straightened out.

Once I knew we were meeting Friday night instead, that eased my worries a little, because no one had accidentally put me down for volunteering on Friday. Thank goodness for Jackie pulling together the spreadsheet with our times on it and noticing the date /time was available.

But that hadn’t been planned until a week/few days before the show. Good thing too, because we were getting the idea no one in particular was looking forward to a really early morning meetup for breakfast (except for maybe me).

I was just “so sure” that I would get volunteered Saturday by one or both groups I signed up to help, and that I would completely “miss out” on the meetup with everyone all in one place. I did get myself worked up for a while, imagining being “this close” to something I really wanted, and not being able to have it….

So on Friday of the show when I was told I was working Saturday, I burst out laughing. Mainly because of our other arrangements, also how silly it was to think how hard I was fighting not working Saturday. But now Saturday morning was MINE – FREE.

I decided to come early Saturday & make sure the one group didn’t actually NEED me to be here – a little family issues & trying to interpret someone else’s chart made it possible that I would need to help out on Saturday.

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Me waiting for the show on Saturday, reading this diagram of classes (below).

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Anyway….

At 6PM I pulled up to Joe’s, met with Valerie and Steve, then Jackie & Greg showed up, then Kathy & Cliff drove up with Tami.

I had heard great things about Joe’s, but mostly I heard about the fact it used to be called Oklahoma Joe’s and they changed the name to Joe’s Kansas City instead. And I heard the food was really good. I think the last time I had eaten it was like 10 years ago when I first moved to the area at a work function.

It was a “go up and order” your food and then sit down with a table once you got it kind of place. And I put myself in the front of the line.

I was tired, excited, elated, happy…. exhausted, talking a lot … on my feet for hours and hours and hours Friday. Luck was on my side when we got through the line, it was busy, and I wasn’t sure we were going to get to sit together, and oh boy, now I would somehow have to figure out how to arrange a seat. And then, a seat magically appeared. Large table with space for everyone! YAY. More quilt magic occurring.

Yes, the things I worry about.

So we got to sit together at Joe’s KC after the #KCRQF.

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I didn’t realize that it was guys on one side + Kathy, and girls on the other. But there was a Royals game on that the guys could watch.

You can just barely make out our heads on the left. 😉

It was nice sitting across from Kathy & Cliff, we talked of them driving to Missouri Star Quilt Company on their way back in the morning, and it turns out that Cliff is a Husker fan (go Huskers), and now I will know someone in Illinois that is watching the Illinois/Nebraska game this fall when they play! 🙂

Kathy had saw the Beatles quilts down on the main floor. She seemed to really enjoy them! Kathy mentioned that she attended Quilt Con and she thought that this show, put together by GUILDS (not a quilt company) was super well run, seemed to work really smoothly, things seemed mostly on the top of their game. It was impressive about what we did. Luckily, there are enough guilds in the area that can help out with a show like this one to have the manpower to have the crowds we were talking here.

I may have lost some other parts of conversations, but soon, we were getting our “twilter meetup” picture and I was driving myself home.

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Twilters agreed to try to meetup for Lunch the next day who all was here.

And that is another day, and another story, and hopefully more pictures, in another blog post. And I don’t know exactly when it will be written/posted. This story so far has taken me a lot of the afternoon. Probably why I was putting it off. So much to tell. And tell and tell. I don’t want to forget my fun & fantastic weekend, so I will be back hopefully soon with more details for you to share in my experience!

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36.6 I am Planning on Entering Kings Puzzle quilt in a Regional Show!

February 28, 2015

Hey everyone! Long time no see here.

I have been working on projects for others. Until 2 weeks ago, I went to a retreat, and I finally finished up the borders on my Royal Red Kings Puzzle quilt.

And I have a great picture of it. Okay, still slanted, but I may have actually gotten the reds & greys close to accurate — do you know how hard it is to photograph such a graphic quilt?

Ta-Da!

Royal Red Kings Puzzle Quilt Top With Borders

Anyway, there is a regional show here in Kansas City. The Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival.

I was tired of deadlines and not wanting to think about the quilt show, so I bailed for the guild selection of quilts. However, after I brought this beauty out at the guild retreat, I had more than one person come up & tell me this quilt needed to be entered.

The show for judged quilts is first come, first served, it is not juried. There are also guild entries that each guild selects to represent their guilds. I was hesitant when we decided to vote on quilts for the guild, but now I am sticking my neck out there wider & getting this quilt judged! AS long as it makes it in time.

I am heading to fill out the form right now, as soon as I am done with this post. First day for postmark on the quilts is tomorrow, so hopefully the mail here won’t be too slow for my entry to show up late at the headquarters. We do have a slow mail system, but I can’t mail it until Monday afternoon.

Anyway, for those of you keeping reference, the pattern of the center of this quilt is called King’s Puzzle, made by Lois Hatleberg. I contacted her and she is fine with me putting this quilt in the show.

And since I had all the extra dark reds I collected to find the last border, I pieced the backing into also a square. I tried to go from light to dark, inside to out.

Royal Red Kings Puzzle Backing

This quilt will be the first one that I don’t do start to finish. I know I could figure out & work through quilting this quilt on my own, but since I want some form of custom work on this quilt, and I don’t own a long arm, and it takes me enough time loading & unloading when I rent the long arm, that I would get frazzled doing this sort of work in a shop where everyone could see me.

So I am reaching out to Artfully Quilted by Sandy Morgan Cockrum to quilt this quilt. We’re meeting to discuss next week. Here’s hoping that meeting goes as planned on both sides. She does amazing work and may work well for this “modern style” quilt. I do have to figure out what category this is going into. Maybe modern? There aren’t many categories.

In Other Quilt Show news:

The show is also making me extra excited because several #twilter friends are going to come & make a special trip for a meetup! What a great day when I found out they were coming!

If you’re coming, buy tickets through the website rather than in person if you can. Or I assume you can contact me & I can get you the tickets myself once I have them to sell.

The website for the show is http://kcrqf.com

Looking forward to it. Maybe I’ll see YOU there! And if so, maybe you’ll see MY quilt? I hope so!

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36.3 You can take quilts outside?

October 21, 2014

I was able to visit a new experience for me last weekend – an outside quilt show at the arboretum.

It was labeled as a Quilt Walk, which was a show without vendors or quilt boutique/garage sale.

There were two sections of the park which quilts were tied to fences by zip ties and binder clips. It was a lovely fall day, with fall splendor colors splaying out for all to see.

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The smaller quilts, which seemed more like me than the larger quilts, I found a quilt artist I contacted who is local who has a style of quilting that I admire.

I kept seeing Trisch Price’s quilts (author of Accentuate the Negative) and thinking how much I really liked her quilts.

Fibonacci!

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And she did this technique that I am trying to decide if it is double applique or “magic binding” around the applique pieces, where the applique pieces is slightly outlined by another color pop, which I really admire and will show up in one of my quilts one day.

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I like hats, as you may have noticed before if you have seen a picture of me lately. Cool hat quilt. – Mary Strege

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And the larger quilts were also impressive.

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Sometimes flapping in the wind.

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Or hung over the rocks – these quilts were like the featured quilters’ quilts – very impressive!

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And I saw 4 bed turnings! The first one was someone I have followed on flickr for a few years, that saw me at the only one meeting of the modern quilt guild meeting I’ve ever attended, and had the courage to talk to me, and I had the courage to talk to her at the show just before she did her own bed turning.

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Bed turning was a table, layered with several quilts. We got the story of each quilt, an abbreviated story, like a mini trunk show. Which was so fantastic!

It was nice to see each artist and what they chose to display & talk about!

The quilts were even nice from a distance.

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I wonder how many people who were there to visit the Monet garden got to see similar colors in the quilts!

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32.5 A Few Pictures from the AQS show in Des Moines 2013

October 27, 2013

I have  been slightly hesitant to post pictures of AQS show quilts, as I generally do not take the time/energy/camera battery life to gain the necessary knowledge to be able to post pictures of the quilts.  To my awareness, a point brought out by some discussion before the early October show, in order to post pictures at an AQS show, one needs to have the name of the quilt/creator to be able to post pictures publicly. This limits my pictures and makes me put off posting from the show.

First, if I post your quilt and you are the quilter involved & you do not want your picture posted, please kindly let me know. I tried my best to see the names through blowing up some of my pictures, and some names I am successful at reading more than others.

Some info about the AQS show from someone NOT ‘in the know’ about it.

It is held the first week in October in Des Moines, IA and I think it is the last of the officially sponsored AQS shows of the calendar year.

First, I want to say that the Machine Quilter’s Showcase that used to be held in Kansas City is a really good precursor/analog to what one sees at a AQS quilt show.  Vendors, quilts, special challenges/ groups. The Des Moines AQS show was bigger, but  very close to what one used to see here.

Des Moines itself is a fun place for a show, near the show are a few rivers, and a fun walking bridge.

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Back to the show. There were several categories of special exhibits at the show. I may be forgetting one or two, but I remember seeing quilts in the following categories. Sort explanation of the types of quilts found based on the best of my knowledge.

  • Quilted in Honor – quilts for service men & women. These were fantastic, and not all red/white & blue, and many had so much meaning wrapped into the quilt
  • Masterpieces – quilts that were exquisitely done, works of art on fabric
  • Claudia Pfeil – Fire & Ice exhibit – her quilts are amazing with tons of colors & quilting
  • Modern Quilt Challenge – quilts that were a part of the modern quilt atheistic
  • Tentmakers of Cairo – hand applique quilts with many colors & pieces
  • The Go quilt Challenge – quilts that were made using pieces from the Acuquilt Go cutter
  • Des Moines quilt guild quilts – local quilts, also had a subgroup of quilts that showed quilts over the generations
  • The Cow Parade – quilts using Mary Lou Weidman’s cow quilt book: “Out of the Box with Easy Blocks” that had cows in hilarious situations – a RIOT
  • Colorplay – 12 small quilts made by 12 artists that highlighted a specific color or group of colors. These were so much fun to see.
  • Applique Artistry – can’t remember details about this exhibit. Maybe these were some of the quilts for sale

The main show had 3 different sections to my knowledge.

  1. The general show
  2. The author’s section where sometimes authors did demonstrations of things from their book & stuff
  3. The quilt museum (this was a strict no picture area) where they had the miniature quilts display and when they say miniature, they mean miniature!!! Blocks the width of my finger with massive amounts of detail.

Plus a healthy section of vendors, area for classrooms etc.

A quilt or two from each section? I’ll see if I can do that.

Quilted in Honor.

This quilt: Patriotic Stars II by Sarah Vedeler of AZ

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Masterpieces

This quilt: Piece & Quiet by Cynthia England of TX

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This quilt: Kentucky Dogwood by Natalie Sewell of WI

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Claudia Pfeil

This quilt: Fire & Ice (I think) I have seen this before – from Germany

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Modern quilt

This quilt: I C U – Do You C Me? by Birgit Schuelier – from Germany

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Acu-Quilt Go quilt (modern style)

This quilt: Playing with Color by Sandi Snow of FL

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This quilt (2): Cherry Blossoms by Sally Manke (Manike?) of MI

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Applique Artistry

This quilt: Arabasque by Patricia B Campbell

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Color Play

Orange quilt set – by 12 different artists – cannot read details very well but including the description as a second picture below.

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Cow Stampede (Cow Parade)

This quilt: Captain a-MOO-rica by Julie Post

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This quilt: Moo-dy Blues by Laurie Latta (sp?)

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Tentmakers of Cairo / Stitch like an Egyptian

This quilt: Dendon

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We saw Mary Lou Weidman’s talk about creativity

This quilt – the House that Jack Built

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The Main Show (other room)

This quilt: Shoreline Log Cabin by Karen Barr (one of my aunt’s favorite quilts). Most of the pieces are close to 1X1 inch, but looking closer, there are probably some 1X2 inch pieces in here.

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This quilt: Mickey & Friends by Jim Gropper (posting for my one very dear friend who loves mickey & minnie so much there was a M&M theme at her wedding).

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Author quilts:

This quilt: Through the Moongate by Karen Fisher from the book “Easy Grid Quilts”

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And at some point after this my camera died before getting a good picture of the grandprize winners.

So I hope you enjoy the pictures. Even a month late, it’s never too late to enjoy good quilting!

I have more to share about my trip to Des Moines, and I will try to get them into separate posts. Local quilt shops local to Des Moines & bridges to come.  Also a very special Vetrans quilt.