A post from Kelli–
A couple of weeks ago, Mom and I were invited to speak at the 2016 Quilt Show of the Northeast Iowa Quilt Guild. They first asked us to give one trunk show, but closer to the date, they requested that we do multiple talks–I’m gonna assume that so many people wanted to come, that they had to split the group up ;)
We ended up heading up there a little bit before it started to get all of our stuff carried in, but were quickly distracted by the wonderful quilts that were on display. Because you weren’t all able to see the beauties, I figured I’d bring them to you!
I believe that this one was called watercolor, or somethign similar, which is the absolute perfect name because that’s exactly what it looks like. There would be quite a bit of planning to go into this one to ensure that the colors are planned out right.
This one was a little bit closer to the traditional that I usually like–The same blocks in colors that aren’t too flashy. When I looked a bit closer, I could see that it had been made in batiks–Something I haven’t really tried working with much yet.
Normally, I’m not a fan of bargellos because they aren’t symetrical, but this one satisfies that criteria. While I don’t plan on making a bargello any time soon, if I change my mind, this will be the one that I will be making!
I thought this one was pretty cool too! It was made with striped fabric, which I know mom has at home. I might be raiding her fabric closet one of these days….I think this is probably stored next to the batiks–Maybe I’ll have to sneak in there and just clean her out!
This one took me aback a bit. At first, I thought the blocks in the middle were all the same, but after taknig the picture, I could see that there was a rectangle of lighter blocks in the middle. Kind of a neat optical illusion!
Mom and I had a great time presenting. At first we talked about how we got started getting our patterns featured in magazines and online. We also talked a bit about charity quilts. Our second presentation focused on our book, and the third was a quick overview of all of the things that we’ve done.
While the quilts at the show weren’t similar to ones that I’ve sewn before, it really opened up my eyes to see that quilts sewn from batiks don’t need to be loud, flashy, and look like a Hawaian shirt. Many times, I turned to mom and told her that I was going to make a quilt from batiks–Now for December to get here so I’ll be done with school and have the possibility of having time to sew again–ONLY TWO MORE MONTHS!!!