Once again, it’s time for the National Quilts of Valor Sew Day on Saturday, 7 February. I’ll be sewing here all by my lonesome, but that’s OK. I do my best work that way. Most productive work, anyway!
For those of you want to participate in Quilts of Valor, but aren’t up to piecing a whole top, there is a great alternative. My friends at Machine Quilters Exposition (MQX) are collecting QOV blocks (to be made into tops later). Last year, they collected over 4,500 blocks. Think of it: four thousand, five hundred blocks! That is one big pile of quilts.
If you want to make blocks, please take a look at the patterns MQX chose from the designs of Candace West for the MQX donations.
Wonderful, aren’t they? You can find her instructions for the blocks here. (While you’re at it, please take a few minutes to look around the MQX site. If you’re in New England, you must go to MQX in April. Yes, must. I had the pleasure of appraising at MQX-Midwest in Springfield, Illinois, this past September, and could go on for hours about what a wonderful show it was, and such a terrific group of people!)
I already have one entire top cut out to make and send to QOVF after it’s quilted and bound, but you can bet I will spend the rest of the day making blocks to send to New Hampshire. How about you? Think you can make a couple of blocks too? Just think how many they could get if we all made just two. Two!
(And by the way, I will be counting these blocks toward my goal of 350 blocks this year!)
…it must be Springfield. Or Brussels. Or something like that. You haven’t heard much from me (here, at least) in quite a while. Here’s why…
Many of you know by now that September and October have been idiotically crazy for me. Good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. It’s show season so I have been all over the place, and loving every minute of it.
I started in mid-September at the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild show, “Celebrate Quilting,” in Springfield, Missouri. I gave two lectures and a day full of appraisals. I also had three quilts hanging, “Out of Time” (which won a ribbon earlier in September at the Little Balkans Days show in Pittsburg, Kansas; “Round Holes, Square Peg” (more on that one another day); and “Trading My Sorrows.” It was, in a word, wonderful! The show was lovely, they kept me busy with appraisals, and treated me so well.
The following week I was in Springfield, Illinois (yep, Springfield again. See what I did there?), for three days of appraisals at MQX Midwest. Janet-Lee Greer Santeusanio and Mary Schilke and their amazing crew run a top-notch show. (They are a seriously hard-working bunch of genuinely nice folks.) This was the first year they had the show in Springfield, and it was a terrific choice. The hotel (the Crowne Plaza) provided a wonderful, all-in-one venue to see quilts and vendors. I met some new friends there and got to give some quick hugs to others. I am keeping my fingers crossed that MQX will come back to our neck of the woods again.
I had only one little glitch, a detour in St.Louis on my way home, but hey, that’s not bad at all. I was grateful that it was Saturday evening, though, and not rush hour. There are Starbucks everywhere (as in most cities), so after I wove my way through the detours, I fueled up before driving the last leg home.
This past week I have been getting ready for a small exhibit of my Schoolhouse-pattern quilts, as part of the Maple Leaf Quilt Show at the Powers Museum in Carthage. After sewing eleventy-million miles of sleeves, we finally got my quilts hung. This is the first time most of these quilts have hung and I am so excited to be able to share them! The show will run all month so if you’re in the area, stop in. The hours are 10:30-4:30 Tuesday- Saturday; 12:30-4:30 on 19 October, and 6:00-8:00 p.m. on 20 October.
Today I head to Arkansas for a weekend with the Missouri-Oklahoma-Kansas-Arkansas Quilt Study Group. Tonight we’ll enjoy a presentation on “Cousins: Coverlets and Quilts.” Saturday will be all about The Master Quilter of Mississippi–Martha Skelton. I’ll get to hang out with some of my buddies too. (IF I can squeeze it in, I’ll be stopping by Crystal Bridges for a few hours. The last time I was there was January for the O’Keeffe/Stieglitz exhibit, I’m sure things have changed!
Next week I’ll be zooming to Kansas City for the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Overland Park and as many appraisals as I can fit in all over the city. I am really looking forward to seeing Mary Kerr’s exhibit, “Dare to Dance.” You might remember that I was so fortunate as to have one of my quilts included in the book. Now I’ll get to see at least a part of the rest of the them. Hugging my pals will be high on my do list for the weekend too.
Also in October…four days appraising at the museum, a day at an art gallery in Kansas, and maybe a Tuesday or two sleeping in my own bed. Maybe.
Have I mentioned that I love my job? I really, truly do. Yes, it gets a little hectic at times but what could be better than what I do? I meet terrific people and see fabulous quilts. Does it get any better than that?