Mass Maples

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





Happy Trails to You?

Last summer my Aunt Cheri let me dig through her neglected fabric stash room. I brought home two large boxes of fabrics from the expedition. Little did I know that Cheri had an ulterior motive. In exchange for the fabric, she asked me to make a quilt for the 2013 Royal Auction in her town of Columbus, NE. I was happy to do it, as part of the proceeds from the Royal Auction go towards the Platte County Historical Society. Not coincidentally, the director of the historical society and museum is Aunt Cheri. This past spring I made "Happy Trails" as a donation to the auction.

Happy Trails, Timna Tar 2013I challenged myself with this quilt to only use half-square triangles, and only fabrics that I had in my fabric stash room.

When I try to keep it simple, I really am unintentionally making design restrictions and decisions. By deciding to only use half-square triangles, it meant the color could move on the diagonal, which is always dynamic.

Happy Trails, in progress, Timna Tarr 2013


By deciding not to buy any new fabric, I had to change up the blues in the border because I did not have enough of any one blue, which is more interesting than using one fabric. 

Happy Trails, in progress, Timna Tarr 2013

Happy Trails, quilting, Timna Tarr 2013

If you are in Columbus, NE on October 13, place a bid down on "Happy Trails". You can have the perfect couch quilt while your money goes to a good cause.

(P.S. The fabrics I brought home from Cheri's house were the inspiration for making Mass Maples. They were autumnal colors, not colors that I normally gravitate to, but were perfect for maple leaves. I just found out that Mass Maples won Honorable Mention in the Traditional, Pieced category at the International Quilt Festival in Houston! I'll be headed to the show in November, and I'm so glad I bought a plane ticket to the show last week, when they were really cheap.)

What I Am Working On Wednesday

What have I been working on over the last few weeks? Spinning some records.

Spinning plates 2

This weekend is my local guild's quilt show, which means I have been sewing on labels and sleeves. My daughter is hanging her very first quilt in the show, so she had to make her first label as well.

S Writing Label

The quilts (Mass Maples, Square in a Square in a Square, Summer Sprinkles, E Pluribus Unum and Yolk Music) are packed up and ready to go.

Quilts to goI worked on this many weeks ago, but this week it came to fruition. The pattern for Yolk Music is in the new American Quilter Magazine. And it is the cover girl!

American Quilter Magazine