I'm in Yellow Heaven! To start with, this quilt is decidedly a happy yellow. Secondly, it's made in Mississippi. Thirdly, this quilt just visually represents how I felt today at this June Gathering of the Mississippi Quilt Association. (Running around in circles, taking a zillion little steps to look at the beauties in the room.)
I don't know where to start. (BTW, my name is really Alice Penelope (nickname of Penny), so I really am "Alice in Quilt Wonderland", and this event is really being held in a pretty pearl of a town called Pearl, Mississippi.)
This yellow beauty is titled "Katrina Waves", and it was hand pieced by Cindy Pannier. There are 1,870 half-square triangles in this amazing quilt. Cindy Greer machine quilted this beauty.
The tiny stitching on this red, green and gold Feathered Star beauty was all done by hand (I think....after seeing so many quilts, I may not be remembering accurately.)
I think this was the quilt that was started for the quilter's 40th wedding anniversary, and she finished it by her 43rd wedding anniversary! Hey, that is downright speedy by my definition!
Hey, that sounds pretty good. LOL That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
The lady in the red jacket won a stack of red fat quarters at the last Mississippi Quilt Association Gathering (back in February in Hattiesburg), so she made a "Fat Quarter Jacket" for show-and-tell! I loved it, especially the cuffs!
So many pretty quilts for Show-and-Tell. So much inspiration. So many ladies listening and looking and learning, while all the time sewing on something.
That was nice to see. I personally like to keep my hands busy, and it makes me happy to see ladies bring sewing of any kind to the programs I give, so I was delighted to see so many busy hands in the audience. I worked on my Red and Green BOM tonight!
I've not even scratched the surface of the event this afternoon, and I have not shared any of the details of the Gala last night in Vicksburg!
Our two speakers tonight were funny, talented and very motivating! More on them in a separate blog post.
(This is MQA President Broach Winsley's "Children Around the World" work in progress.)
Our quilters who have had pieces hang in the "big shows" and those who have visited the "big shows" are bursting with enthusiasm over the excitement in the quilting/crafting industries!
The last photo is "Classical Brass" pieced by Nancy Harber of Weir, Mississippi, and machine quilted by Betty Lewis, my teacher tomorrow. Irene Rogers did the binding by hand.
The quilt is a design by Mark Lipinski (check out his website for some spectacular quilts). Mark is the editor of Quilter's Home Magazine. His quilts are often featured in McCall's Quilting Magazine.
Nancy found the pattern on the McCall's Quilting website. It's the same block made in different sizes. I thought it was STUNNING!
Don't tell Gordon, but tonight (between shooting "artistically fuzzy" photographs and taking notes and hugging ladies I've not seen since the Mary Sorensen class last summer), I managed to contribute to the financial upkeep of two of the three Independent Fabric Shops that brought their beautiful fabric to this Gathering. The third shop I will gleefully support early tomorrow before the day starts.