Posts Tagged ‘2001: A Calendar Odyssey’

Faithful Circle Quilters 2016 Show: Quilting with Friends

April 23, 2016

The Faithful Circle Quilters of Columbia, MD guild puts on one of the best guild shows in the DMV (DC-MD-VA). Our show is during the even numbered years. Milltown Quilters has their show in the odd years in the same location. A lot of people think it’s the same guild every year because it is in the same location.

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A couple of weeks ago one of our members had the idea to hang little quilts the size of a block around the railings at the entry to the church where we have our show. Members jumped in and we quickly had a multitude of little quilts to hang. They were so popular with visitors that there were traffic jams on the ramp caused by people taking time to look at all the little bits. There were enough to hang some out by the highway to attract passers-by. Fortunately, we had no inclement weather during the show.

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Our raffle quilt doesn’t photograph well. The light blue background always washes out for some reason. The flower blocks are machine embroidery made by deceased member, Joyce Schneider. Her husband donated the blocks and remaining background fabric to the guild. Margo Cramer designed the quilt and border and wrangled it to completion. Maria O’Haver did the quilting. I neglected to take a picture of the quilting. It was won by a guild member.

These are some of my favorite quilts from the show and, of course, my quilts. I hope the artist statements are readable.

This quilt won Viewer’s Choice for large quilts.

In My Garden is one of my quilts.

This was Viewer’s Choice for small quilts.

I love this hexagon heart quilt by Margaret Minton. Dawn’s quilting is gorgeous.

Farmer’s Market 20/20 is another of my quilts. It has another 20 fabrics on the back.

I love this Sunbonnet Sue doing all manner of quilting activities. In the row below, she buys the fabric in the first block, sews it in the second block, then wears the finished apron in the third block.

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Another one of my quilts. This one won Viewer’s Choice for medium size quilts! Detailed post for 2001: A Calendar Odyssey.

This one was made by my friend, Genie, for the Cuddly Critters Linus challenge. I just love it. It’s much prettier in person than in the photo. Every year or two, Stephanie bags up fabrics in brown bags and issues a challenge for Linus quilts. One year a member had to downsize and donated tons of flamingo fabrics for the Linus quilts. Our members rise to the challenge and make wonderful quilts. We had an entire room plus the hallway lined with the Cuddly Critter quilts.

Mother Goose and Friends is another of my quilts. It was a joy to make despite the half-inch sashing and cornerstones, the small sawtooth stars and the prairie points.

Joyce Ritter’s butterfly mobile won Viewer’s Choice in the Other category.

Some of the silent auction area. It’s hard to get photos because of the cramped space.

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Peddler’s table where guild members sell their excess items. This is an extremely popular area. On Thursday morning when the show opened, the first thing attendees wanted to know was “where are you selling the members’ stuff?” I heard there was a line of people waiting to get into the room. This picture was taken on Saturday afternoon after 2.5 days of selling.

One of the things our show is known for is the decorative vignettes scattered around the show. Member bring items in and Sandy McDonald and her team work their magic. Some, like this one, are themed to the quilts. These decorations add a special touch to the show.

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A popular section we added in our 2014 show is the $10 and under boutique. Members make items to be sold here. I scored 3 bibs for my mother so now I don’t have to make them. I was able to get one before the show and took it home to Illinois with me last week. It was a big hit in the dining room of the facility. I’ll have to draw off a pattern before sending the other two off. Now Dad wants one so Mom will have to share.

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Drawing winners for the raffle baskets and quilt. I neglected to take photos of the 7 baskets. There were 2 that each contained 200 fat quarters – that’s 50 yards each, folks. One woman bought some tickets and gave them to her granddaughter to disperse with the instruction, “Don’t put any in the ones with all the fabric!” Many of us felt that way. I didn’t win any of the raffles. In the upper right hand corner, the woman in the pink jacket is looking at a 2 week old kitten being cared for by a member. He wasn’t happy to be so popular.

It’s all over now until 2018 which will get here sooner than any of us are ready for.

2001: A Calendar Odyssey

April 23, 2016
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I thought we started this project in 2001 but Mimi says we started it in 2002. I had already named it so let’s believe it was started in 2001, OK? The picture above was taken when the quilt was hanging in the Quilter’s Hall of Fame exhibition for Mimi Dietrich’s installation in 2015.

This block of the month, Folk Art Fancies, was designed by Lisa DeBee Schiller. I can’t find any website for her.

Where possible I try to do something I’ve never done before on our grad school projects. For this one it was my first log cabin and first fused applique with hand buttonhole stitch.

Each block has a star in the background because of Lisa’s Texas background. One night at the Baltimore Applique Society meeting, Kathy Siuta, Anita (whose last name escapes me right now) and I were talking about the project. Kathy said, “I’m not from Texas. I don’t want stars in my blocks. I’m from Maryland – I’m going to put a crab on mine.” (I don’t think she actually did that.) I said, “I’m from Illinois. What would I put, Abe Lincoln’s head?” Anita said I should put a log cabin. She meant an appliqued, actual log cabin house because she does not piece. Her comment sparked the idea of a log cabin background. As soon as I got home, I started playing around with the graph paper. I attempted to echo the star idea with the placement of the light and dark of the log cabins. I think it would be more visible had I done the center blocks with all dark logs instead of the pinwheel. Hindsight is 20/20.

The logs are .5″ finished width. The applique is fused with hand buttonhole stitch. I don’t recommend doing this. I had trouble with the fusible sticking to the background over all the seams. Of course, it could be that some of the fusible was too old. I used whatever I had – Heat and Bond, Steam a Seam II, and who knows what else. Some of it was picked up at the guild freebie table so was of unknown vintage and brand.

I was too lazy to figure out all the log lengths so didn’t cut the logs to size. I just took a strip, sewed it on and cut it off at the end. DON’T DO THAT! You end up with bowed logs that make a not-square block. I wish it showed more in one of the pictures so you could see how bad it is to do that. I decided to consider it a design decision – just as the logs in a log cabin aren’t straight, neither are the logs in my log cabin blocks. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Maria O’Haver did the quilting. Thank heavens she takes whatever we throw at her in stride. I’m sure a lot of long-arm quilters would have refused to quilt this one because of all the layered fused applique and log cabin seams and the embellishment that I had to add before the quilting was done. Maria just shrugs and gets on with what needs to be done.

Last week the quilt was displayed in the Faithful Circle Quilters guild show. Our show hasn’t been judged since 1998 or 2000. We do have Viewer’s Choice awards. This quilt won Viewer’s Choice for medium size quilts. Quite unexpected and exciting. It never even crossed my mind that this quilt might be that popular because there are so many talented quilters in our guild. There is stiff competition in all categories.

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Margo Cramer has been making the Viewer’s Choice awards for many years. If I remember correctly, they are different every show and each is one-of-a-kind. The pansy is hand applique. Margo does stunning, museum quality applique. She matched the color of the pansy to the color of the details card for the category. Medium size was pink.

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My January. I switched the December and January blocks in the pattern because I thought they made more sense this way.

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February. I couldn’t resist using the 2 heart prints for the hearts.

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March. I fussy cut the fabric that says “Happy St. Patirck’s Day”.

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April showers bring May flowers

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May flowers with the Maypole

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September. Many apples for the teachers.

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October. I don’t remember who came up with the idea of ruching the flowers on this block. The cat is made from a Mr. B’s Cats print from Benartex. I wish they’d do this print again in more colors.

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My December. Beth Rice gave me the ultra suede for the moose. I borrowed the idea of the light string around the antlers from Marylou McDonald. I had to put them on before it was quilted because they go under the applique but Maria was able to work around them. I found the little heart button for the nose at a shop in Lancaster, PA during the 2014 Row by Row Experience.

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The center wreath contains elements from the surrounding 12 blocks. I have a patriotic fabric with bears on it so I cut one out and added it to the wreath because it was so cute. Detail shots of the wreath are shown below.

Anita’s log cabin made it onto the label. The backing is a Jinny Beyer Y2K print.


Mimi made labels for us to document our quilts hanging at the Quilters’ Hall of Fame celebration. I still need to sew this onto the quilt. It is in a safe place and I actually remember where it is! Oops, I just noticed that Mimi made a typo. I wonder if she knows? I’m sure not going to tell her. The pretty border is on the card that came with the label – the label has plain edges.



Quilters Hall of Fame: Mimi Dietrich

September 17, 2015

In 1998 I took Mimi Dietrich’s year long Baltimore Album class. No, I haven’t finished the quilt yet. Our class was invited to join her grad school class so I’ve been attending every month since then. When Mimi announced that she was selected to be inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, IN, we all said “Road trip!” She found someone to arrange a bus trip which I eventually signed up for. I dithered about signing up for the bus trip because Indiana is so close to home. I considered combining my summer trip to Illinois with the trip to Indiana. But, I didn’t want to go alone and didn’t want to subject someone else to a visit to my parents. As it turned out, going on the bus trip in July (I’m posting out of order) was a good decision because my summer trip ended up being in August to attend Rachel’s wedding.

I didn’t take many pictures. We milled around in the parking lot at our departure location while we waited for the bus.

On the way.

On the way.

Marion, IN had no idea what was in store for them. There was a hitch in the git-a-long that caused us to be quite late for supper in the park. For reasons unknown to us we had to stop in PA to change drivers. That took about 45 minutes. Why it took so long, no one understands. Then, it was time for lunch so we had another stop. Why didn’t they combine the driver change with the lunch stop? One of those mysteries of life. We had a busload of cranky quilters.

When Mimi told people a bus was coming, they all pictured a small bus holding maybe 20 people, not a touring coach with 50 people! Mimi said that when we finally arrived and everyone came out to welcome us, Hazel Carter said, “That’s a bus!” I wish I had pictures of the gardens to show but my phone was dead and my camera was packed in my suitcase in the bottom of the bus. Yes, bad planning on my part.

After we ate, we had a little time to walk in the gardens before it got too dark. The weather was beautiful. I hoped to get back to the gardens to get pictures later in the weekend but it just didn’t happen.

On Thursday I went downtown and walked around looking at the decorated windows some of the businesses did.

I found this mural of famous people from Marion, IN, including Marie Webster, whose house is now the Quilters Hall of Fame.

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Another thing to see in Marion is the Garfield trail. I ran across this Garfield. I couldn’t get up close because the gate was locked.

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The large pink pads at the back are arranged as a cat’s paw.

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I was scheduled to attend the Eleanor Burns bed turning so headed toward the venue which was a lovely bed and breakfast or inn. If you ever go to Marion, make sure the water is filtered before you drink it. This place had unfiltered water – it was horrible. I couldn’t drink it.

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There were lots of quilts around the room. I took some pictures of the quilts Eleanor showed and tried to get some good pictures of her but she moved too fast.

In the afternoon, I visited the exhibit of quilts from Mimi’s grad school class and the local guild. There was also an exhibit of antique red and green quilts (requested by Mimi) from the collection of Pat and Arlan Christ. I can only show a few of the many quilts in the exhibits.

This was my contribution to the exhibit.

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Kay does the most wonderful things with fabric. This is one of my favorites of her quilts with some detail shots of some of my favorite blocks.

This was an unusual block in the antique quilts.

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I’m a sucker for anything positive/negative. This was from the local guild’s display.

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This antique Baltimore Album quilt was hung for a short time because it is so large – 10 feet square! It’s pretty spectacular.

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On Friday I was scheduled for Sue Troyan’s log cabin workshop. I signed up for it because I wanted to do something with Sue who is lots of fun. I would have signed up for her Aunt Pittypat lecture but it conflicted with Eleanor Burns. Unfortunately, Sue had to cancel due to a death in the family. I decided to stay in the class to have something to do. I’ll show my log cabin results in a later post.

We had to scurry after class to get on the bus to the luncheon venue which was out in the country. This was Mimi’s big talk.



I’m afraid I’ve forgotten who the super hero was.


Friday night was show and tell. But, before that Kristen talked about the Stitching History project and showed the reproduction of the Star Spangled Banner flag we made. It’s 30′ x 42′. That’s right folks, those are feet! It is one huge flag.


The Star Spangled Banner reproduction.

Mimi and Norma Campbell always run the show and tell night at the Quilt Odyssey show in Hershey, PA. They teamed up again for show and tell in Marion. It was hard to get a good picture because they were moving too fast and there were a lot of other people jumping in the way to get their pictures.

Mimi and Norma dressed up for show and tell.

Mimi and Norma dressed up for show and tell.

During the night I got sick. I thought I was ok in the morning and went downtown to the Hall of Fame. How could I go to the Hall of Fame induction without actually going to the Hall of Fame? It quickly became clear that I wasn’t well enough to be out and about. The bus organizer was there and offered to take me back to the hotel. While I waited and drank my water  – Kay kept telling me, “Drink! Drink! You’re dehydrated.” – I wandered through the garden looking at the bricks and found the one the bus trip bought.

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Saturday night was the big dinner where everyone said nice things about Mimi. She was surprised but pleased to see her 9 year old granddaughter get up and speak. I met Eleanor Burns in the ladies room.

On Sunday we headed for home.

The weather had not been kind to western Ohio and eastern Indiana. I’ve never seen corn like that. I couldn’t get a good picture from the bus. Here are a couple of pictures of flooded fields.

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We were all surprised to get Tow Mater!

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We had a surprise stop at Quilt Trends in Worthington, OH (suburb north of Columbus). Someone thought it was only going to take a half hour for a bus full of quilters to shop. The shop was only running one register so it took an hour and a half to get everyone checked out.

Waiting to check out.

Waiting to check out. The line winds all the way around to the back of the store.

Quilt Trends row design for Row by Row.

Quilt Trends row design for Row by Row.

They had some lovely patterns by a local designer. I settled on the Christmas tree. I’ve collected quite a few license plates so got a pattern for using some of those. I have another pattern I bought last year that uses the fabric plates as the license plates on cars. Must sew faster – yes, I must!


We didn’t get home until 9:30 or so that night. Cowboy got the luggage unloaded from the bus in record time. I was home by 10:30. We were all glad to be off the bus.