Tuesday, June 4, 2013

40th Annual Quilters Unlimited Quilt Show 2013 Part 1

I just spent some time catching up on my blog reading. You all have been busy stitching away! I've been absent for so long because my dad passed away two weeks ago. He was 83 years old so he had a good, long life. It was upsetting nevertheless. I spent much of that first week with my mom and our big family making arrangements, mourning his death and celebrating his life. I had two days to catch my breath and then it was time to set up the boutique for my guild's quilt show this past weekend. I'm still recovering! It was too much go, go, go for me. Lots of fun, but I think I overdid it. Sunday was our 29th wedding anniversary and Dave came to the show with me. There was plenty of coverage in the boutique so we had time to walk around. He took photos for me. I'd taken some on Saturday but they didn't turn out. I think something is wrong with my camera. Dave was a huge help with taking down the boutique. I had other help, too, but it was nice to have him around to do some of the heavy lifting.

Here is a shot of the boutique when we were almost done setting up.

And here we are Friday. I think this was taken early afternoon between the morning rush and the afternoon rush. Most people like to come Friday to find the best items. Most everything is made by members of the guild.

The show challenge was to make a red and white quilt. Here are some of my favorites-

The above quilts are from the 2012 show team block swap. Mine is on the left. The others, from left to right and top to bottom were made by Carole Marti, Anne Westerfield, Linda Jamrogowicz, Christine Prestenbach, Gen Meyer, Sandra Rees, Gayle Ropp, Dottie Dane and Jeri Borsi.

There were a few Gyleen Fitzgerald pineapple quilts in the show. I really need to finish mine.

 Itsy, bitsy piecing

 Looks like circular piecing but it's not.

 Want to get back to my schoolhouses, too.

 The quilting was fabulous on this one.

 Love the addition of pink. Obviously, the rules were loose. ; c )

I'll be back soon with more quilt from the show and I also have two finishes to share. Just need to get them photographed.

The hit of the show was the calendar put together by some ladies in my chapter (my guild has over 1000 members, broken out into 11 chapters in the northern Virginia area). It was a take off on the Calendar Girls movie.

I purchased a copy to give away. If you'd like a chance to win, leave a comment. It would also be nice if you are a follower.

Be back soon!


  1. Fantastic quilts,
    Greetings Grit

  2. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. It's always hard

  3. The quilts are amazing always love seeing quilt shows from around the country. Thank you for sharing. What a fun calendar. Bet it would be one that would make you smile each time you look at it.
    Thanks for the opportunity to own one. Yes I am a follower!

  4. Sorry about your dad. You've had a tough month it sounds like. Loved looking at the quilt show pics. Thanks for sharing.:)

  5. Maureen I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. You are in my thoughts. Love the show and tell, you are a talented bunch.

  6. So sorry to hear about your father - sounds like you have had a really difficult time - my sympathies.
    Thanks for the show of red and white - I love them all but especially the little tumbling blocks - such a cheery lot.
    That calendar is such a fun idea! I'd absolutely love to have one of those (just to embarrass the kids!) and I am a keen follower.
    All the best

  7. Maureen, you haven't really had time to grieve, have you?
    I hope after all this you have some down time to get some peace and regroup.
    I loved seeing the quilts--so many clever ways to put red and white together.

  8. My sincerest condolences for the passing of your father. Blessings to you and all of your family! Quilt shows are a lot of work!! The red & white quilts are just lovely!!!

    Of course I'd love a chance to win the calendar!!! How very fun!! Reminds me of the Dove soap ads a few years ago!!

    So nice to catch up! Again, sorry that I have been awol! Missed our little visits!!


  9. thank you for the opportunity to win one of the calendars...how fun that must have been! Your show pictures are lovely..thank you to your husband. What a prince to do that for you. The show looks lovely.

  10. Maureen so sorry for your loss, I hope after all this you can have some R&R.
    Wonderful Red & White quilts! The calendar is great - do you have a favorite month?
    Your DH sounds like a sweet guy.

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad, it's something we are never prepared for.
    What wonderful photos of the red/white quilts, they are stunning aren't they, and I love your calender, I'll put my hat into the ring!!! Nice to have you back, sounds as if you have been very busy lately with everything going on, I hope you get some down time soon, just to process all the stuff that goes with losing a parent, heartfelt condolences Maureen.

  12. Dear Maureen, my sincere condolences for the loss of your father. I'm in heartful thoughts with you...
    THANKS for these wonderful quilts pictures. They're gorgeous and so inspirational !
    Now, as you say, have a little rest and slow down, you need it and it will do you good...

    ((Hugs)) and XOXOXOXOXO

  13. Maureen I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad.
    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures, I become addict to red & white quilts...
    big hugs

  14. My heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father, Maureen. Such an important person in our lives!
    Of course, I love all the R&W quilts, but that calendar is a hoot!
    You take care of yourself.

  15. So, so sorry for your loss. No matter what the age, it is so hard to lose loved ones.

    Thank you for sharing the quilt show - what beautiful quilts, and the calendar looks like a fun one!

  16. Maureen, I'm really sad to hear about your father. It will have been a difficult time and my thoughts are with you.
    The show quilts look fantastic - well done everyone!!
    The calendar also looks pretty special - what a fun giveaway - thank you for the chance to win a copy :-)

  17. The quilt show looks amazing! Sorry to hear about your Dad, but I'm sure you have precious memories to help you get through this.

  18. How interesting! Red and white must be really "In" these days. The theme of our guild's April quilt show was also red and white! (Clark County Quilters, Vancouver, Washington) I wonder if the huge red and white show in New York had anything to do with it? One of my finished tops just waiting for quilting is a red and white quilt - I put a tutorial of how I made it on my blog. I love red and white quilts.

    My sympathy on the passing of your father.

  19. i'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. i can say from personal experience that it's a difficult thing to get through and takes some time.
    i myself have been out of blogland (for a variety of reasons) and am just making a few quick visits to see what I've been missing. i hope to get back to posting soon but I've been saying that to myself for a few weeks now . . .

    the quilt show looks like it was a good one and it's great to see all of those vibrant red and white quilts. very inspirational~!

    take care.

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