Quilt Dots Giveaway

Look what came in my mail today - Quilt Dots with my quilts on them! The tins each contain a set of six magnets. There is also a set of six pins. I knew they would be cute, but they are about 1" in diameter and adorable!  QuiltDots

How would you like to win a set of 6 magnets? Leave a comment here before Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 11:59pm Eastern time (U.S. residents only, please) answering this question:

What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? 

Mine is mashed potatoes (the white kind - I hate sweet potatoes) and pumpkin pie.

I'll draw one name out of a hat next Monday and contact you if you are the winner!

International Quilt Festival 2013, Part 1

As many of you know, I spent last week at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX. Festival is the largest quilt show in the country and the most fun quilt show I have ever been to. Women (well, mostly women) fly in from all over the world to see some outstanding quilts and to hang out with "their people". The line of people waiting to get into Preview Night:


I had a couple of quilts in the show. "Mass Maples" was in the judged show. It won an honorable mention in the Traditional Pieced category!

Tarr - Mass MaplesCatena was in the "Celebrate Spring" special exhibit. I love how it was hanging right under those graphic restroom signs. Made it easy to find the quilt.

Catena under signs

I also had a mini quilt in the silent auction to benefit the International Quilt Association. It is made up of leftover scraps from "Valley Snapshots".

Tarr - Snapshopts RevisitedKaren Sievert's quilt, "A Truly Feathered Star" was next to Mass Maples in the show, so Karen and I got to hang out while we stood by our quilts. Karen is a hoot and the quilt is stunning. Hers won Third Place in the Traditional Pieced category.

Sievert - A Truly Feathered StarThe points on the stars are made with prairie points. The quilt is trapuntoed, and although you can't see it in the photo there are 2200 little pearl beads hot fixed onto the top.

When Karen turned the quilt over you could see that she had hot fixed 2200 Swarovski crystals to the back of the quilt. It was a show-stopper!

Sievert - back

While at the show I also did a couple of demonstrations for Open Studios, which were presented by Craftsy. I did a demo last year and had so much fun. This year I did two, one on paper-piecing and one on making circles for your appliqué.

Open StudiosThere were four demos going at once, so you could walk around and learn a lot in a very short period of time. I listened to several demos and learned several little tips and tricks.

My mom took this shot through the window of the back of me. Some of the participants look a bit confused, I hope I was able to clear up their confusion quickly!

Tarr - Open Studios

Tomorrow I will post more photos of some of the quilts I liked, but I will leave you with the part of the show that makes me laugh every year. The husband's lounge. When I took the photo, there was one husband in there in a recliner, with his feet up, reading the newspaper.

Husband's Lounge





Sizzling Summer Flowers

I was thrilled to see another quilt inspired by Catena show up in my email this week! Sizzling Summer Flowers by Michelle Berry

Michelle Berry saw Catena in Quilters Newsletter Magazine and made her own version titled "Sizzling Summer Flowers". She reduced the block size, padded the circles with batting and extended the border.

I love Michelle's color choices and the border fabric is great. I am flattered that Michelle shared her quilt with me, and so happy that she allowed me share her quilt with you! 

Friendship Flowers

Friendship Flowers Petaluma Quilt Guild's version of Catena 2013 Look familiar?? I was flattered when asked by the Petaluma Quilt Guild if they could make a version of "Catena" for their annual Opportunity Quilt. Of course I said, "Yes!". They enlarged the block pattern found in the Dec 2012/Jan 2013 issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine, distributed the foundations at their January meeting, and had 125 blocks returned at their February meeting. Now they have a whole quilt put together - "Friendship Flowers". Those quilters work fast, and the quilt looks fantastic!