Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Quilters Unlimited Annual Show

You may have noticed that we have not been blogging very much lately.  May was a difficult month for Sue with the passing of her father-in-law and both mother and mother-in-law first hospitalized and then in rehab.  Both still continue with recovery but are improving.  Now that summer is rapidly approaching we will try to get ourselves back on track to blog more consistently.

Last weekend was the annual Quilters Unlimited show in Northern Virginia.   Both of us were able to attend, but on separate days, so you will get our individual viewpoints on this show.  By far, Sue's favorite part of the event was the Fly Me to the Moon exhibit, but she'll save that for a separate post.  First, today's post covers the main part of the show, which consists of quilts made by members of this guild.  QU has 11 chapters and over 1,000 members; members are able to submit up to 4 quilts for the show.  This is a non-judged event.  As well, each chapter has their own small display area that can include group challenges.  Along with the show, vendors, demos, and classes round out the event. 

These are Sue's favorites from the main show.
"My Small World" is a Jen Kingwell pattern pieced by Kay Lettau and quilted by Beth Shafer.
 "Pastorale" is an original design by Jennifer Emry who both pieced and quilted it.
Above is another original improvisational quilt by Jennifer Emry, "Strip Tease". 
"Everyday Best" made by Ann Littleton added some bright, happy color.  It is a Piece O'Cake design and is quilted by Cindy Luby.
"License to Shop" by Zebra Patterns  was made by Cheryl Miller and quilted by Mary Tims.  What a great way to use those Row By Row license plates!
Judy Ballance created "Fade to Black".  Using a traditional block and techniques by Louise Smith in her book, New Twist on Strips and Curves, Judy created an original layout.  Quilting is by Lisa Marshall.
"Zinnias by Yim 3" is the creation of Linda Cooper.  Based on a photo, she used Susan Carlson's collage technique to create this original quilt.  Lovely!

Of course, these are just a few of the many quilts on display.  There are many exceptional quilters in Northern Virginia and it is always a show worth seeing.  Stay tuned to see what Elizabeth highlights from her visit.

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