Saturday, May 18, 2013

IMQA - MQS Wichita, KS

This was the best year ever at MQS.  My wonderful husband, Bob, was my roommate.  He spent the week exploring Wichita, while I took classes and enjoyed the show.  OK, so sit down, here's my big news........ my quilt "All My Rowdy Friends" took 2nd (SECOND) Place in the Tools of the Trade category. I challenged myself to design and make my first wholecloth, to use every ruler I possibly could AND to create each round dedicated to a quilting friend. Some of you have already claimed a round, yes Kevin, the center is yours....a couple of you have to fight over the feathers... My original markings were only the main squares and circles.  Most of the designing was done after the quilt was loaded.  So after countless hours (didn't track) of design and contemplation, and 250 hours of quilting, countless bags of Hershey Kisses, and one entire day of binding the day before shipping to MQS...... I present to you ....


Yes, I know, it has a few wrinkles, but you would to if you were stuffed in a box and shipped!

Here are some close ups of the heart sections:

You better believe it! That is 1/8" cross hatching... No wonder I had to get new contacts. Here's a pic before the feathers were added..

And 6 of the 8 feather sections, apparently I forgot to take pics of 2, so I will when I get the quilt back

And every quilt needs a center:

 A little closer...

How does it look on the bed, you may ask?  Well this is probably the only time it will every be on a bed.  LOL  Otherwise the dogs and cats might claim it!  

Almost forgot, here's a close up of a corner detail:

The quilt is not finished here, but I wanted to show you the green flame shaped thing. This is from before the quilting was complete.

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures of my quilt "All My Rowdy Friends".  I really enjoyed designing and quilting it.  If you happen to be in the area in June, this quilt will be at the show in Columbus, Ohio.  My next quilt is a Double Wedding Ring pieced by my friend Kevin the Quilter.  Check back in to see how the quilting is going.
Happy Quilting! 


  1. I am ALWAYS in awe of your quilting skills Ann! Congratulations on your very deserved award at MQS! Me? The center (of attention)?????? Should we plan a trip to Columbus now?????

  2. Wow, that's AMAZING!! A well-deserved win - congratulations!


  3. Wow!!! This quilt is stunningly beautiful!!!

  4. Yes, Wow! Always amazed at your work.

  5. Beautiful design and a stunning quilting. Congratulation for the award, Ann - well deserved!