Friday, July 24, 2009

Show Loot

Well you asked for it. Here are some of my favorite Craft and Quilt Show purchases.


Japanese Honeycomb Dots in Aqua, Banana, and Tangerine
Kei Fabric Honeycomb comes in many colorways

And then there is this fabric which was just way too cute to resist (it comes in other colorways as well), it is hand screen printed on a linen/cotton basecloth. There is a small amount of text on the fabric, including "craft is the new black", and "who are you calling a fat-quarter?"


Cookies by Shannon Lamden - Cherry on White

And some fat quarters because I "needed" them:


I also promised to show you the winning quilt that my sister, Karen Terrens, made. Karen is a professional long-arm machine quilter. She entered this quilt, named Zigue Zague, in the Custom Quilting section of the Machine Quilters' Competition, and came 2nd in the category.


The free motion quilting on this quilt is just so detailed and so perfect. Her quilting work is truly inspirational, particularly when I am still having difficulty mastering the basics of stippling.

The quilting runs from top edge to the bottom edge of the quilt in one continuous line. Karen did not mark the quilt top nor did she used a laser guide to follow a pattern. It was quilted entirely freehand.

A deserving winner; her work is always perfect and so beautiful. Well done, Karen!

52 comments:

  1. I'm in complete awe! Such amazing quilting... and how'd that only come in 2nd! What magnificent quilt took 1st!? The mind boggles!

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  2. LOVE the fabrics...any hints to where the dot comes from? Your sister's quilt is really beautifully done...she deserves the accolades!

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  3. WOW! Seriously? That got a second??? Whatever topped that must have been gold-plated. Your sister is one talented girlie!

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  4. That quilting is amazing !!! You girls have some creative stuff going on in your family!

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  5. It really does run in the family! Your sister is amazing - her quilt is stunning! Love the fabric selection - as always lots of fresh colours and modern prints! Oh if only I could have you as my personal shopper! I am useless at matching colours and fabrics. Have a great weekend.

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  6. Love the fabric, I am soooo jealous.

    Your sister is very talented and I just think the quilting is exquisite.

    gg

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  7. Thanks for showing my quilt on your blog - it was very exciting to have a winning quilt and fantastic to see it hanging in the exhibition with a ribbon on it! Thanks for a great day yesterday!

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  8. Karen's quilting is amazing, I can't believe she did that freehand, she should have come first I think! I love the fabrics you found...beautiful xo

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  9. wow - if Karen's quilt came second what was the winner like? What a beautiful quilt!

    I'm loving your loot too. Those FQs were definitely needed. Aren't all fabric purchases complete necessities?

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  10. I'm so glad you got some Aunty Cookie, isn't it just the best. I love the dots fabric too.
    Your sisters quilt is wonderful, how neat to have quilting in the family.

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  11. Your Fabrics are lovely...Congratulations to Karen on a Beautiful Quilt...the Quilting looks Amazing...gee what got 1st..would have to be Pretty Spectacular...

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  12. i really like the dot fabric that you purchased! i LOVE the quilt your sister made! it is just gorgeous!

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  13. Great loot and AMAZING quilting.
    Karen is quite an artist with that machine!!!
    Andi :-)

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  14. Love that quilt! Wow! ..and I'm quite fond of the 'cookies' cherry on white panel....I think I'm going to do some serious admiring and shopping tomorrow!

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  15. Wow ... Karen's quilting is superb !
    I love the whole look of that quilt .
    The fabric loot is yum !

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  16. amazing quilt and the quilting is just to die for
    to know she quilted this freehand makes the quilting even MORE amazing!
    Kathie

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  17. She does absolutely beautiful work!! You are right she is very deserving of this award. Congrats to her!

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  18. wow Rita! Your sister is a phenomenal free-motion quilter - that quilt rocks!

    And I would love to know where to purchase the honeycomb dots.

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  19. I'm with everyone else - what on earth came first if that AWESOME quilt got runner up?? That is just out of this world!

    Oh yes I'd like to know about he honeycomb dots too :)

    Nice haul there Rita

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  20. I'm weak in the knees over the dots! LOVE all things dotty. Your sister's work is amazing and deserving of an award. Obviously a very talented family.

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  21. her quilt is gorgeous...i am amazed by the gorgeous quilting

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  22. Rita I LOVE that Cookie fabric with the fun little sayings on it! You made some GREAT purchases! And congrats to Karen for sure! That zigue zague quilt is truly a work of art!

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  23. Don't we all need more fabric!!! LOVE Aunty Cookie fabric

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  24. Your new fabrics are fabulous and please do give your sister Karen my congratulations on her quilt placing 2nd! She is amazingly talented!

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  25. Congrats to your sister!!!! The quilt is ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR!!!!! Well done!!!! Love your new finds!!!!!

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  26. The quilting on your sister's quilt is truly unbelievable, and that she did not even mark it is just too much!

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  27. That quilt job is amazing! You must be very proud, and loving having such a talented sister.

    Who are you calling a fat quarter - that's awesome I was laughing so hard!

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  28. WOW!!! What else is there to say - just gorgeous!

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  29. wow what a great stunning zig zag quilt. you guys must have had so much fun!

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  30. You should have just bought double of everything because you have chosen exactly what I would have! What's the red one in the 3rd pic down? Never seen that before and I HAVE to have it :-)
    Your sister's quilt is simply stunning - it obviously runs in the family

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  31. I love Aunty Cookie.
    Thanks for sharing the lovely quilt. She certainly deserved the prize.

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  32. I love the polka dot fabric and might have to get me some. The quilting is gorgeous on your sister's quilt. I'm glad she won!

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  33. Holy cow! She did that without marking or laser guide?!?!?! I almost don't believe it.

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  34. I wanna be like your sister someday! WOW!
    You got some CUTE fabrics. :D

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  35. I am in utter awe of the both of you!!! My jaw is hanging around my knees....nope....my shins!:) I just can't believe she did that all freehand....and I'm lucky if I can do loop de loops without them running into each other!:0
    Any other talented family members down under?:) Thanks so much for sharing.

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  36. Your sisters quilt is spectacular!!! I am so glad you posted this today. I joined a quilt along for a zig zag quilt and I chose to do all solids. I've been doubting my decision for two weeks as I watched people post lovely print combonations. Now that I see your sisters, I feel so much better. Your sisters quilt is so inspiring. Her quilting and color combination are amazing. Wow. Well done!

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  37. These are all so beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!
    You sister is a brilliant quilter!
    domoshar at domoshar.com

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  38. i love the inspiration your sister gave us! wow! i am also guilty of "needing" fat quarters. :)

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  39. Congratulations to your sister! I still can't believe she did that freehand! It's amazing.

    Great goodies. Love that you 'needed' the fat quarters. :)

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  40. A great selection of fabrics and I can't wait to let Karen loss on one of my quilts!

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  41. WOW!! This is a testimony to the fact that quilt making is truly an art. Congratulations, Karen.

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  42. Wow!!! Your sister's quilting is stunning. Please pass on the congratulations!
    I love the sentiments on the red and white fabric, especially the fat quarter statement. How funny!
    Have a great day.

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  43. Congrats Karen - what a wonderful quilt! The colours are fabulous too - did you make it for yourself or for someone else or for the show? By the looks of it, I think you need a blog to showcase that amazing talent!

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  44. Lovely treasures you acquired at the show -- love those dots! Your sister's quilting is magnificent!!

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  45. I saw that quilt and thought it was amazing! Well done to your sister......like your stash of purchases too.

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  46. oh my I love the STASH (especially "craft is the new black!") and I am drooling over the ZIGZAG quilt! I am in AWE that that was done freemotion....no way SHUT UP. What on EARTH topped it for first? Seriously...my first attempt at "free motion" quilting is officially entitled "The Puckered Quilt" because oh what a MESS I MADE!

    As always, thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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  47. Just love that zigzag quilt! Thanks for sharing it here.

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  48. OMG....I am amazed at the talent that your sister has...freehand?!?! Again OMG! It's a wonderful quilt.

    Love all of your stuff.

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  49. Oh that quilting is so pretty on that zig zag quilt! It makes me want a long arm........never gonna happen, but I love it!

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  50. Your sister does gorgeous work. I can only hope that mine will look 1/2 as good one day.

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  51. The quilting is gorgeous! Your sister does great work.

    Do you know what the green and blue fat quarter is? I have a sister one in grey and leaf green I bought and the Stitches and Craft Show in Melbourne. I'd love to know what it is if you do. Not sure I'd even be able to find it in the States but you never know.

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  52. What a fantastic looking quilt! Amazing freehand quilting, what a fabulous sister you have!

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