Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Tucson Quilt Show - And Friends!

Last week we had an excursion to Arizona for a few days.  We were visiting a friend and looked forward to some beautifully warmer (dare I say, hot?) weather.  We had looked forward to pulling out a few "summer clothes" and getting a little sun on our legs and arms.  I cannot complain about the recent weather we have had in Southern Colorado - unseasonably warm with little wind.  Ahhhhh...

Our day of travel south was lovely!  We passed the time by listening to another installment of the Chronicles of Narnia - The Horse and His Boy - and I did some English Paper Piecing.  This was a new technique for me.  I had prepared all of the pieces for this quick little project...

I had figured that it would be more than enough to keep me busy for the entire trip down (10+ hours) and back.  Boy, was I wrong!  I stitched for about 9 of those hours, which was just about perfect.

But now I didn't have anything to work on during our return trip.  

Well, it was a good thing I was attending the Tucson Quilt Show the next day!  

It was a lovely time spent with a fellow quilter and blogger that I "met" through the 2016 New Quilt Bloggers Group.  Karen, her mother (Frances) and cousin (Carol) welcomed me into their little group.  

We wandered the many quilts in the show, snapped pictures of some of our favorites, and discussed techniques and styles and personal preferences and favorites.  There was so much to take in!  It seemed that there was always an opportunity to learn right around the next corner.

A few of my favorites...  

This was just a sweet little pony that would fit perfectly into a little girls room.

This reminded me of looking through a kaleidoscope... and caught my eye because it was all hand-stitched with the English Paper Piecing technique. 

The depth and dimension in this eagle and the nest was amazing!

By the Light of the Silvery Moon received one of my votes for the Viewer's Choice award.  It included strips of fabric with a raw edge enhanced by the silver paint as the reflection of the moon on the water.  Very Nice!

These triangles were T-I-N-Y!  The piece was approximately 18 inches square and the finished triangle sides were, I believe, only 1 inch!  Now I have worked with one-inch squares, but the triangles would have biased edges and could warp and stretch funny.  Perhaps, it was paper pieced to eliminate that problem... Hmmm...

These Labrador Dogs captured my heart in the Thread Art  category.  What detail!   

When we finished with the quilt show portion we perused the aisles of the vendor section.  I had such fun with Karen!  If you read her blog (over at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats) she is open and honest and presents herself exactly as she is.  She is a refreshing personality and jumps in with a canon-ball approach when she starts something - for example, she wanted to participate in a quilting bee group this year... so she joined three! 

She was on the hunt for some "true red" fabric - not orangey red for one of the Bees... what a challenge.  Along with the help of her family, we think we may have been successful.

I was on the hunt for some fabric to use in another EPP project for the trip home... Another successful hunt!

and "a little souvenir" to enjoy.  I have misplace my travel mug and was on the hunt for one - a hunt that was unsuccessful.  I settled for a wine glass instead.  

The remainder of the weekend in the Tucson area was cloudy, cool (only in the upper 50's) and rainy.  Boo... So much for summer clothes!  We enjoyed several long walks, dinner with new friends and catching up with a cousin and a quick stop at my grandparent's home of 40+ years.  

The exterior of the house looked the same - however, I am certain, the inside had been remodeled (especially the bathroom and kitchen).  It was a sweet trip down memory lane and gave me a desire to tackle a quilt using my grandpa's ties...

But first I must get a wedding quilt done!  The shower is just around the corner and the wedding will be here before we know it!  The top is done, it is sandwiched and ready for quilting... 

You know where you can find me - 

Happy Quilting,



  1. The quilts are amazing, especially the art quilts. I love the way they look, but wouldn't attempt to make one I just don't have the patience.
    It is always nice to visit places from the past. A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went down to where I lived when we were dating. There was nothing there--no house, no road, nothing that I could recognize. It was kinda disappointing.

    1. I am with you about the art quilts - I am not ready to attempt them!
      How disappointing about visiting a place where no landmarks were recognizable - Hopefully you have photographs.
      Blessings, Melva

  2. Melva, Meeting you at the Tucson Quilt Show was a highlight of the day for me! Thanks so much for helping me find that true-red fabric which I still need to make into that bee block before the end of the month. The quilt show had some really amazing quilts. Karen

    1. You still have time to get the blocks done before the end of the month... you can do it! Blessings, M

  3. I enjoyed wandering through the Tuscon Quilt Show with you, Aunt Francy and Karen. It was a fun day! I like the pictures you posted. Perhaps our paths will cross at another Quilt Show! Carol

    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I will be reminded of you every time I see a NY Beauty quilt and your love for them. Blessings, Melva

  4. I love EPP, it is so relaxing. Your blocks look lovely. How big will your project be? Blessings.

    1. Thanks Gretchen. I have not decided how bit the EPP project will be... I had thought of turning the two I have done into some mug rugs, but my husband is encouraging me to do more of the green and brown ones to make a larger quilt - TBD... Blessings, Melva

  5. Wow! Thanks for sharing your favorites from the quilt show! Those quilters are amazing! Sounds like you had a lot of fun with Karen. So glad you got to meet someone from our 2016 New Quilt Bloggers group. She sounds delightful. I know I sure enjoy her blog. What project did you pick out for the trip home?

    1. The art quilts are quite impressive. I made the second EPP in the southwest colors. Thanks for stopping by.