Mystery Quilt Completed

I recently finished a Mystery Quilt.  Remember the pics I shared of the event in Sheridan?  Well, the quilt has returned from my excellent quilter, Virginia, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

We were awarded with $15.00 from Quilter’s Fix if we completed our quilts, so I qualified for that.  But there was an additional $5.00 prize if we could use the left over pieces for another project.  I added one color to the mix — purple — and designed an entire quilt for the back side of this one.  What do you think?  Can you see the leftover pieces around the edges from the previous project?  The circles in the middle were great fun to paper piece with some of the left-over fabric.

You will notice some spirals in some of the centers.

Woohoo!  I got my $20.00 from the shop!  Thank you, Jackie and Julie!

New York Beauty Completed

I finished my New York Beauty quilt!  I worked on it for nearly four years, and I’m really happy with it.  Bright colors!  It’s a super warm quilt, too, so will be great on cold, winter nights.  This was a long, labor of love but well worth the time spent on it, as the paper piecing is super fun.

 

 

Historic Quilts

We were recently treated to a special program at our Fiber Arts Guild.  A relative of Ernest B. Haight had some quilts of his (and the family) to show us, just before the quilts go to the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Nebraska.  The museum already has several of his quilts, so these will be added to the unique collection.  Beginning in 1934, and for over 30 years, Ernest, an Army veteran of World War I, now a farmer, designed and engineered more than 300 quilts.  “Engineered” is the correct term, because, as an Engineer, he created new ways to design and piece quilts.  Since his hands were “short and stubby,” it was hard for him to hold a needle; therefore, several family members, including his 78-year-old father, helped with the hand quilting.  His story was featured in the Feb/Mar issue of Quilters Newsletter.  In that issue, he was quoted as saying, “I feel that few people realize that in quilt making there is fascination in feeling the pattern develop under your hands as you sew — a feeling that is hard to describe.  After a tiring day on the tractor, I can sit at the sewing machine and in a short time forget my weariness.”  Isn’t that great?  We were told that in 1934, when he’d studied one of his wife’s quilts, he’d pointed out that one of the corners wasn’t quite right.  She said, “Well, if you can do any better, go ahead and try.”  That’s when he began his quilting journey, and what an amazing one it was!

This quilt has knitted squares in the middle.  It was really amazing to see.

This next one is really pretty.

This one obviously came out of the 70’s.

The article stated that “Ernest’s signature style included original border designs, complex geometric designs, stained-glass effects, stars and bold colors.  For one quilt, he looked through a kaleidoscope, sketched what he saw, and translated the sketch into a quilt.”  In a day when hand stitching was so valued, he “devised a way to quilt them on the machine using a continuous line of diagonal stitching and also did the binding by machine.”  Quilters Newsletter featured an article about this revolutionary method in the March 1971 issue.  I’m so thankful this family is willing to share his quilts with the world by donating them to the International Quilt Museum.  They will be well protected and preserved in that facility.  I think one of the quilts they already have is one he called the “Quilt of a Thousand Prints,” which has 4,500 squares of cotton fabric in it.  You can see this remarkable quilt at this link, along with another nice article about Ernest, the amazing quilter.

 

 

 

Traditional Quilts

In addition to the modern quilts, we had several traditional ones at our library quilt show.  There were several old ones that had been handed down through the generations.  Others were made more recently, but have a traditional look.

Finally, you can see my New York Beauty quilt hangin in the upper right, next to some of the traditional quilts.  Fun to see!

Mysteries Revealed

I attended a Mystery Quilt class recently, and we had no idea what we were making until after lunch.  When we returned to the room, some samples of the finished quilts were on the wall.  It was exciting because they were beautiful.  Apparently, not everyone that begins a Mystery Quilt is happy with the finished product.  But this pattern was a great one.  Take a look!

The next step was for each of us to finish at least one row of blocks.

Several people had more than one row ready by the end of the day.

Here are my blocks — I used a set of grey batik fat quarters and added some blue for color.

I’ll show the finished product later.  There’s a mystery (and surprise) that I won’t reveal to you until later, and I hope it turns out well.

Here’s the group of ladies, each proudly showing at least one row of mystery blocks.