Heading to Quilt Expo

Getting Ready for Madison’s Quilt Expo

Tomorrow I am heading to Madison’s big annual quilt show – Quilt Expo (see past Quilt Expo’s here) with my friend Sue. Then the next day I’ll be attending with my sisters. I’ll have a report and pictures from this year’s Expo ready to post here next week some time.

Plates from the Attic - using Dresden Plate blocks from the 1930s

This year’s event is special for me because I submitted my first quilt for a show and it got accepted. Quite an honor – even if I don’t win any awards. It will be so great to see my quilt displayed at the show. Very excited about the whole deal.

What is special about this quilt – named “Plates from the Attic” is my sister found the blocks among my Mom’s collections in her house after she passed away. They were made on 1934-36 sugar sacks and we don’t know who made them. We suspect Mom may have gotten them from Grandma who perhaps was a member of a quilting guild. Anyhow they ended up with me after 70 plus years. It took me a few years of thinking about the design I would use and looking at and buying antique fabrics at the Paducah AQS Show to come up with some I thought I could use for the quilt. I had the top completed ¬†two years ago and decided to have it hand quilted because it is an antique or heirloom quilt. Ever since it was done Ross has been after me to enter it into a show. Finally I gave in – and to my surprise – it was accepted. The picture is of Ross and me outside holding the quilt to get the picture to submit to the Expo judges. He wanted it outside so we wouldn’t have to use a flash – which may have changed the colors.

Be reporting back soon. Maybe see you at the show?

Jo.

joquilt@gmail.com

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