Friday, October 31, 2014

IQA's Ruby Anniversary

 Look at this fabulous red and white Dear Jane quilt. Stunning! It is the International Quilt Festival's 40th exhibition and to celebrate they put on a stunning display of red and white quilts. I missed the red and white display in New York so I was thrilled to be able to see these lovely quilts. I attended a special luncheon and the table centre cloth was a piece of red Moda fabric and we all had red fabric serviettes. We were all allowed to keep the service totes and a lucky seat at each table kept the centre table cloth. I was so lucky to be in the right chair so I kept a beautiful piece of Moda fabric. So lucky! And the fun continues. More to come soon. Hugs, Jan Mac

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Texas Quilt Museum.

 Yesterday we took a day bus trip to see some of the areas surrounding Houston. First we visited the Texas Quilt Museum at La Grange. The exhibits change every three months and the current exhibition consists of 45 quilts collected by Del Thomas. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photos but the diverse type of quilts were stunning modern quilts. Next door to the museum lies a quilt shop - the Quilted Skein. They also sell lovely yarns too and they have a wonderful selection of batiks. Some retail therapy was indulged in before lunch.
  We ate a delicious fresh lunch in La Grange and then drove to Round Top to see some historic buildings. Sadly no quilts were involved. On our way back to Houston we stopped off at another quilt shop - Quilter's Emporium. We were warmly greeted and it is another lovely shop with a wide variety of fabric, including lots of civil war reproductions.
  It was a fun day but a long 12 hour day so I slept in until 9 am today. Now I'm enjoying some stitching time before going back to the Convention Centre for the announcement of the winners in the different quilt categories.
  Hugs, Jan Mac

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Spectacular Quilt Snippits.

I'm waiting for my flight from DC to Houston  and the internet is fast at the airport so I've uploaded some moe photos of the DAR exhibition. The quilting on the pink and cream quilt was extraordinary. The quilters of those days quilted feathers in the borders as well as other symbols which had meaning for their family. Sorry I hasn't had time or internet access to post the photos in order but you can get the general idea of their workmanship and beauty. 
D.C. Has had beautiful warm weather and now I'm off for more quilts inspiration at Houston. 
Hugs, Jan Mac

Saturday, October 25, 2014

More Fabulous Quilts at the DAR.

 Another wonderful day of studying and appreciating the Baltimore and Maryland Album quilts at the DAR. The fine quilting and trap unto was wonderful and the Eye on Elegance exhibition is inspirational. I'm so happy that I made the time to come to D.C. to see it. I can recommend it to anyone who loves quilts. There is also an online version if you are unable to travel to D.C.
  Tomorrow I'm off to the International Quilt Festival at Houston for more quilts inspiration.