Floral Fantasy Quilt Show Recap

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The 2014 Heritage Festival at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens was relaxing, informative, and inspiring. Besides viewing quilts curated by the Tarheel Quilters Guild, garden guests could make cornhusk dolls, churn butter, dip beeswax candles, tour a farmhouse and general store, and stroll the immaculately groomed garden paths while listening to tunes from a Dixiland band. Here’s something interesting I learned – –  You can make a healthful tea by boiling green pine needles from a young tree. Sweetened with honey, it’s a palatable antidote for scurvy; Native Americans acquainted early settlers with the recipe.

Several of the quilts I entered in the show received Honorable Mention ribbons. First up is “Garden Pavers.”

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“Fall Harvest” received many admiring comments.

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And “The Gypsy Wife’s Garden” brightened the corner where it hung!

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In addition, my “Fruehlingzeit” wall quilt placed third in its category.

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I also photographed some pictures of antique or vintage quilts. It’s always interesting to see the patterns, colors and fabrics quiltmakers of yesteryear used.

Antique "Birds in the Air"

Antique “Birds in the Air”

Antique "Saw Tooth Star"

Antique “Saw Tooth Star”

Vintage "Uneven Nine Patch"

Vintage “Uneven Nine Patch”

And I love this bright flower quilt made by Sana Moulder. It definitely fits the theme “Floral Fantasy.”

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All in all, I spent an enjoyable afternoon at the Heritage Festival this year!

Floral Fantasy Quilt Show

The Floral Fantasy quilt show is happening this weekend at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville, NC. If you live near Fayetteville, please feel welcome to attend! The Botanical Gardens invited my guild, Tarheel Quilters, to stage a quilt show in connection with their annual Heritage Festival. For a fee of $10, you can view the beautiful gardens and the lovely quilts! The address is 536 Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC  28301. The show began Thursday, Oct. 2 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 5, opening at 10 a.m. each day.

I entered eight quilts. Some were made recently, some I completed over ten years ago. The quilt show planners asked for quilts portraying the floral theme, so I rooted through my closet and found those I thought would help round out the display. Would you like to see what I’m entering?

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This is my rendition of Jen Kingwell’s “Gypsy Wife” quilt. Isn’t it colorful? Since it contains floral fabrics, I named it “The Gypsy Wife’s Garden.” You can read more about this quilt here.

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Conny, Helga, and Angela will recognize this one, “Japanese Basket.” It’s our round robin organized by the Log Cabin Ladies of Esslingen, Germany. All the participants used daiwabo fabric provided by the guild.

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“Friendship Garden” is made from a floral fabric exchange among the Springfield Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia about seven years ago. Click on the picture for a close-up view of the floral quilting in the “Snowball Blocks.”

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If you lived in Stuttgart from ’09 to ’12 and frequented the Patch Barracks Multi-Crafts Center, you might have signed up for the “Fruehlingzeit” sampler quilt class. Read more about this quilt here.

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“Obst und Gemuese” was also completed in Germany. Birgit sponsored a “basket block” challenge at her shop, Patchcom, in Schoenaich. I fused fruits and vegetables onto a simple patchwork basket, and then I quilted the German names of fruits and vegetables in variegated green thread in the light background area.

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Here’s an oldie, but goodie. I recently rescued this quilt from my son’s linen closet. (It no longer fit his decorating scheme.) Our quilt group at Ft. Polk, LA exchanged floral and white half square triangles (HSTs). I used my HSTs to make basket blocks. This quilt is so “old,” it’s hand quilted rather than longarmed!

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“Garden Pavers” was published in McCall’s Quilting, Sept./Oct. 2013. I wanted the look of “Grandmother’s Flower Garden,” but I didn’t want to spend the time English Paper Piecing the hundreds of hexagons necessary to make a quilt! My solution was to hand applique a small hexagon onto a circle which I then hand appliqued onto a large hexagon. This was a take-along project for two or three years. After making “enough” pieces, I machine sewed them together. I hand appliqued the patchwork to a brown background which formed the borders of the quilt. You can read more about this quilt here.

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I consider “Fall Harvest” one of my masterpieces. It appeared in Quilters Newsletter beginning in 2000 as a series quilt designed by Ann Seely. Excitedly, I began the project and kept up for awhile. The hand applique slowed me down so much so that I left off one corner. I thought perhaps I would quilt the shapes of the flowers and vegetables in the blank corner. I procrastinated on that idea for two years. Then, in 2009, I decided to just finish the quilt with an all over feather pantograph and be done. Quilters Newsletter has just released the design as a pattern. You, too, can make this quilt!

Stacy at Quiltiferous.wordpress.com also entered some of her quilts in the Floral Fantasy Show. Click here to see what she submitted.