The little old grandma standing in line ahead of me was clutching tightly to her large stack of quilts. Her adult grand daughter was carefully unfolding each one so that it could receive its random number tag for judging in the Marathon Quilt Show. Every once in a while, grandma would correct her grand daughter on which part of the quilt was up. It was clear that grandma was unabashedly proud of all her hard work and was eager to show it off.
This reversible baby quilt uses some of the Elizabeth Hartman quilt designs on both sides of the quilt.
Super excited to share that my first travel and quilting article is now in print in the Sept/Oct 2018 issue of Quiltmania. The article shares my story about the Dubai International Quilt Show that I attended earlier this year. Pick up a copy of the magazine at your local quilt shop, book store or on line .
Hope you enjoy it.
Original Quilt Design – As we were planning our trip to Kenya and Tanzania, I knew I wanted to memorialize it with some type of Africa inspired quilt, and photograph it on location in Africa.
Barns and quilts. Both of these represent unique aspects of America’s traditional farming heritage. Today, old barns and old quilts are lovingly preserved as a link to a slowly disappearing lifestyle. What better way to foster awareness of America’s legacy and history than a Quilt Barn (or Barn Quilt) Trail through the rural landscape.
Dutchman’s Puzzle quilt photographed with the Dutchman’s Puzzle block on the Tualatin Valley, Oregon Quilt Barn Trail.
I followed the Quilt Barn Trail in Tualatin Valley, Oregon, and discovered great places to eat global, drink local, play with Mother Nature and love my stay in a fun and quirky lodge. You do not have to be a quilter to experience and enjoy this destination that is barely 30 minutes west of Portland, OR.
One of the 50+ Quilt Barns on the Tualatin Valley Quilt Barn Trail. The Quilt Barn Trail showcases the agricultural and historical heritage in Oregon’s Washington county. Many of the barns on the trail are “Century Barns” which have been in the same family for over 100 years. Each quilt block panel on the trail represents the personal story of the barn’s owners. This Captain’s Star block on the Demmin Farm pays tribute to Captain Lester Demmin who retired to this farm after being in command of a nuclear submarine during the cold war. The barn is framed by the farm’s blueberry crop.
Please note that my visit to the Tualatin Valley Quilt Barn Trail was sponsored by the Washington County Visitor’s Association. All content and opinions are my own.
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Quilt Inspiration – I love all the beautiful traditional Turkish Iznik tiles that can be seen in the historic sites in Istanbul like the Blue Mosque and Topkai Palace. I wanted to make a quilt inspired by all those colorful tiles that I admire so much.