Quilt Odessey – Get Inspired


I went to a friend’s house last night for a little sewing shindig, and I did make progress on my string of pearls QAL project but not enough to be photo worthy, so I figured it would be a good time to keep posting pictures from the quilt show in Hershey.

As I mentioned before, all of the quilts there were ridiculously beyond my skill (and patience) level. But, for today’s post, I am going to post some quilts that did at least get me thinking about what I could do.

The quilt pictured first in this post is called “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Timber Wolf?” It was quilted by Sue Turnquist of Georgia. I’m giving this quilt the award for the most clever that I’ve ever seen. Sue quilted this in response to a guild challenge. What did she have to do? She had to draw 3 crayons blindly, make 50% of the quilt out of those colors, and include the name of one of the crayons (Timber Wolf gray) in her title. Not only is her quilt an example of beautiful craftsmanship, but it’s hilarious. I might have even giggled aloud when I saw it at the show.

So, what’s the inspiration for me? I think either this fall or next spring, I ought to join a quilt guild. There is one right here in Lancaster, and I was talking to my sewing friend last night about it. That guild is a bit more traditional, but she knows at least one person who does wonderful FMQ, and I think I’ll grow more in my quilting if I find people to learn from. The other exciting discovery that I made at the quilt show is that there is a Capital Area Modern Quilt Guild. It looks like the bookstore where the guild typically meets is about 45 minutes from me. But, that’s still better than driving to Philadelphia, which is where I previously thought the nearest modern guild was meeting. The Lancaster one would be super, super close. Maybe I’ll think about joining both….

A Slice of Life B.J. TitusThen, I developed a little orange crush on this quilt made by B.J. Titus, who is almost a local quilter. I like the vibrant colors and retro feel of this quilt, and I’m inspired by remembering that after I get some quilted projects into my etsy shop, (so that it’s actually a shop instead of one little quilt waiting for a home), I need to take some time out to make some quilts for me. I have a blank wall in the kitchen (away from the greasy stove and wet kitchen sink) that would be the perfect place for a quilt. I even have a quilt kit that I started eons ago with a rooster on it that would match the kitchen decor and give me applique practice. And, for my birthday, my sister gave me a houndstooth quilt pattern that I want to make for my living room. I think it would look amazing hanging over the banister at the bottom of the stairs. Maybe I can make it a winter break project and then I can even have a few more winter months to snuggle under it in the evenings. That sounds like a plan.

So, there’s two inspiration quilts. I’ve still got a few more quilts from the show that I want to get added to the blog. It’s going to be a busy week with the semester starting right around the corner, but I’ll try to get in at least another post or two since I’m leaning towards driving out to Deleware this weekend for another quilt show, where I’m sure I’ll find even more beautiful quilts. I don’t want all those beautiful quilt pictures to get ahead of me.