Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dekalb County Quilters' Guild Quilt Show

A sampling of quilts from last weekends quilt show: Dekalb County Quilters' Guild Quilt Show in Sycamore, Illinois.

Soft colors
I loved this quilt! It was titled "Social Networking." There is a closeup of the fabric below.
Fabric from above quilt.
I'm very much beginning to like the whole red/black/white look. This quilt was cool!
Antique quilt from 1910.
Another antique beauty
Antique quilt made by Great-Gramma Henning
Great colors--perfectly executed.
This quilt and the one below are the same patterns...different effects.



DeKalb Corn Country! Detailed images below.


Black/white with a touch of red. What you can't see it that some of the fabrics in most of the trees have dogs or cats on them! Nicely done! 
WOW ...
...and WOW!
Embellished

As always I met and talked with so many interesting people:

Karen, a librarian from Minnesota, who refurbishes and sells and sews on old sewing machines smmavin.blogspot.com.

Nancy Baker, a life coach, a creative person and writer JavaCafeStudio.com

I love when Chix That Stitch is at the same show. Judy is such a great person and I'm honored to call her a friend! She sells incredible hand knit items and jewelry and creates personal charm necklaces on the spot. A MUST SEE!

I was thrilled when the keynote speaker entered my booth and asked if I could do a guild talk for her guild in 2016. Meet Janette Dwyer owner of more than 200 quilts and quilt tops that date from the 1880's to present day. She also appraises quilts. Awesome woman, so fun to meet her.
I wrote down the info on this woman but can't fine it! She runs a Bunco Night for Breast Cancer so I donated a book to be included in a raffle basket. Sorry I don't have more details. If I locate my notes, I'll post more info about the event.
This was fun. The guild gave every vendor their own ribbon to award. This colorful crazy type quilt got my vote and ribbon!
I've vended with Val in Stitches from Racine, Wisconsin, at the last two shows I've done. Nice woman, great purses--all her own design.
First time meeting Rhonda of Rag Spun Studio, Brandon, Wisconsin. Wonderful woman ... check out her fabulous items.
As always...The Bunco Club Series was for sale

I have the current weekend away from the quilt show circuit and have been working on Book 3. As much as I enjoy going to the shows, meeting wonderful quilters and readers, and seeing phenomenal quilts it has been very nice to get back into the groove of writing every day. The story of Marge and Beth is moving along nicely and I think you'll all enjoy the continuation of The Bunco Club.

Next weekend, Sat-Sun, October 25-26, 2014, I'll be back in my old stomping ground and home turf of Chicago's north suburbs. I'd love to see any of my old-time peeps that can make it to the show. Come on by my booth, say HI, and maybe take a walk down memory lane together!
I'll be vending at:
Northern Lake County Quilt Guild Quilt Show
Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center
2007 Civic Center Way 
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

Peace to all and thanks for looking, Karen

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Heritage Quilters Guild of South Suburbia Quilt Show

This past weekend I learned what a unique experience it is to vend at my own guild's quilt show. I knew many of the guild members as they came and went throughout the day working their volunteer shifts. I had also watched many of the quilts in the show as they were being pieced, so it was fun to see the finished products hanging in the show.

I have another show this weekend that I'm preparing for (in Sycamore/DeKalb) so I'm going to get right to the photos.

Some of my peeps from our guild: Winnie, Mary, Geri,Moe, Karen, Sandy K, and Sandy T.
With my quilt entry.
My quilt hung in the show. I LOVE 1930 reproduction patterns and fabrics.
Pat Brackman, owner of Petals & Blooms Quilts and Needlework, specializes in handwork.

Evelyn with one of her crazy quilts.
Geri with her quilt.

Moe loves Halloween!
Donna's beautiful Double Wedding Ring for her son and D-I-L.
One Block Wonder--love it!
Love this Halloween Black Cat (sorry it's a little out of focus).


Winnie and quilt
FABULOUS! This is a beauty by Judy Schank.
Well done, Geri!

Winnie with her wall hanging

Taking down the show
Geri, Winnie, and Donna help to wrap up the show.
Anyone who is part of a quilt guild knows how much work and time goes in to planning a successful quilt show. Thanks to all Heritage members who volunteered their time and talents to make this show possible...it was a great one!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gems of the Prairie Rocks the Peoria Civic Center!

The Fun-O-Meter was off the charts this past weekend at the Autumn Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show in Peoria, Illinois. Let me just start by introducing you to this incredible woman who has been playing Bunco for 58 years! Yes, you read that correctly...58 YEARS!!!
Meet my new friend and reader, Donna...interesting, fun, knowledgeable (especially about quilting), and as nice as she could possibly be. My sister and I enjoyed talking with her. Thanks for spending time with us, Donna!
With Donna.
Oh, and then there was Beverly Johnson. I met Beverly a few weeks ago in Galesburg where she bought my books. She has already read them and was nice enough to stop at my booth and tell the shoppers that the books were very good! As readers we all love to have somebody recommend a book as read-worthy, so thank you Beverly for your endorsement of The Bunco Club Series.
With Beverly
Shelly Hranks is an enthusiastic woman with an exciting story. She just started a business ...buying, selling, and refurbishing antique Singer Featherweights! I could tell just by talking with her that she is over the moon doing something she totally loves--best of luck to you Shelly!
With Shelly of Featherweight Fever
 OKAY A MOMENT TO INTERJECT: Really, as I've said before, it doesn't get much better than being at a quilt show spending time with new and interesting quilters and readers. I LOVE hearing their stories!

Two shop owners I've got to tell you about are Denise and Carol....

I met Denise in Galesburg a few weeks ago. It was her first time vending and I was happy to be across the aisle from her again in Peoria at her second vending experience. Denise owns Prairie Points Quilt Shop in Peoria.

Now, for Carol...Carol Keller, the owner of Quilter's Garden in Princeton, Illinois,will be carrying my books in her incredible quilting shop! Woohoo, I'm so honored! Thank you Carol for believing in me.

NOW FOR SOME OF THE FABULOUS QUILTS IN THE SHOW:

First Place Ribbon
Love this modern quilt!
What a beauty!
Wow
The black is great in this quilt--what a pop!
I was drawn to this quilt when I noticed the MS awareness color of orange. A quilter that was recently diagnosed with MS made it and the title says it all, I'm Still Me! Well said, Amanda Niehaus. This one touched me as it's been over 27 years since I was diagnosed with MS.
Again...love the black pop.

It must be Peoria when there is a Caterpillar quilt!
Outside the Holiday Inn Hotel sat a couple of Caterpillar tank track benches. Way cool!
Happy me--Loving that I could get a gluten free bun for my hamburger...YUM!




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