Quilt Show #3


It’s time to finish up our trip to the quilt show.  This week I will share random photos of some of the quilts we saw.  I don’t think there is any way to categorize these quilts.  We’ll also look at the top winners.

To start, here is a heart shaped quilt.


The piecing on this quilt gives it a feathered look. This one is called “Majestic”


Baltimore Album quilts are always popular.


Anyone out there like to Square Dance?


I am a fan of flower quilts.  This one also won as best original design.s20


This next quilt won “Best of Show”.



This one won for Best Movable Machine Workmanship.  It is called “First Frost”.


To end this post here are some of the other quilts we saw.






Fair warning, in a month there will be another big quilt show in Lancaster.  Yes, we are going.  Yes, I will be taking pictures.  Yes, I will bore you with more quilt pictures.






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Quilt Show Part 2


At the show this year there seemed to be an abundance of quilts with circular designs.  Check these out.


This one kind of looks like an eye.  I guess that is why the quilter calls it “Colorful Retina”.




I have included these two for a special reason.  Can you figure out what that reason is before scrolling down?



If you look closely at the first one, “Celtic Migration”, you will see that the pattern is made up of flying geese.  You will also notice how small those geese are.


The second one, “Reflection in Front of a Wall” is made up of tiny squares.  I know I would not have the patience to do something like this.


How many of you have/had a rubik’s cube?  How many of you solved it?  Do you think this could have helped?


Each year the show hosts a special challenge sponsored by Cherrywood fabrics.  You may remember previous ones on “The Lion King” or “Wicked”.  This year the theme was “Prince”.  I will end this post with a look at some of those quilts.







Next week we will finish with more spectacular quilts including the Best of Show.



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Quilt Show Part One


On Friday Kathy and I went down to Lancaster to the AQS Quilt Show.  This is one of the top shows in the country and on viewing the quilts it is easy to see why.  These are not your traditional quilts.  I highly doubt that any of them adorn a bed unless that bed is not used and the quilt is there for show only.

As with other shows there was a wide variety of quilts on display.  If you like traditional patterns you will see them but not in traditional ways.  If you like modern or abstract pattern quilts there is no shortage of them.  Pictorial quilts always a please so there were several of them as well.

Size doesn’t matter.  If you like wall hanging size, you will find them.  If you like bed size, take your pick of crib, twin, full, queen/king.  If you like miniatures, you would be out of luck at this particular show.  Finally, if you like wearable art, you could see quilted jackets as well.

I took too many pictures to include them all in this one post so I will share some with you now and keep the others for future posts.  Hope you like what you see.

I thought I would start with the pictorials just because I think these are good examples or art done with fabric.

Here’s one for the dog lovers.  I apologize for the blurriness.  I didn’t realize it until I got home or I would have snapped another picture.


Of course, if I include a dog I must also have a cat.


As long as we are talking about art how about these two artists.


I’ve never been to Italy but I wouldn’t mind seeing this castle.


With the winter we had this fur coat would have come in handy.


There was a special section devoted to quilts of valor.  If you are not familiar with these they are quilts made for and given to service men and women.  They are usually done in red, white, and blue fabrics.  Here are a couple of them.




This is just a small sampling of what was on display.  More to come next week.


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We Made It


SOLSC Day 31

On March 1st this day seemed so far away.  I admit that there were times when I wasn’t sure if I would make it to the end.  I am sure that I am not the only one who felt that way.

But we made it.

Some days there as so much going on that I  wasn’t sure if I would have the time to write, post and comment.  There didn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. I am sure that I am not the only one who felt that way.

But we made it.

Some days I was just too tired to write something. My eyes did not want to focus on what I was writing or reading.  I am sure that I am not the only one who felt that way.

But we made it.

Some days I didn’t have a clue as to what I was going to write.  The idea well had run dry.  I am sure that I am not the only one who felt that way.

But we made it.

I know that I was not the only one facing these obstacles throughout the month.  Others had posted having similar problems.  Many of us felt this way.


Congratulations to all who took the Challenge and saw it through to the end.

Thank you to all who read and commented on my posts throughout the months.  I really appreciate your helpful and encouraging comments.

Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for once again hosting this challenge.  Because of it we are all better writers.




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Brunch…Music…A Test…And Quilts


SOLSC Day 30

We attended out Dauphin County/Lebanon County Retired Teachers Brunch on Wednesday.  Although there were a few glitches everything went well.  I am so glad.

We usually have a guest speaker or entertainer at these gatherings.  The way it works is that Dauphin County takes care of finding a place to hold the event, setting the date, agreeing on the menu and price.  These were all things I handled.

Lebanon County is responsible for getting the speaker/entertainer.  This arrangement works well for me.  I am ashamed to say this but we hold it at the same place every year.  The menu doesn’t change and the price remains the same.  It takes me one phone call to set things up.  This system was in place long before I took over the job of president and both chapters are happy with it.

The woman who got us our entertainer really outdid herself.  We had a lyric soprano.  She has a 4 octave range.   Her name is Jessica Weidman.


Here she is with her sound technician also known as her mother.


During her performance Jessica decided to test us because we were all school employees.  She had a question for each song she sang.  We had to listen to the song to get the answer to the question.  The winner would get this basket containing teas, a cup, honey spoons, treats, and Jessica’s two CDs.


Guess who won.


Afterwards we went to the quilt show as I posted yesterday doing only the vendor mall.  Yesterday we went to the main quilt display and wow!  I will start posting those pictures on Tuesday and continue that thread for several weeks once I figure out how I want to group them.  However, as an enticement here are a couple of quilts we saw.  These are not award winners.

This first one has jewels in its title.  I can see why.


I was wondering if I could take this one home.


As you can see it clearly says it is my garden.


Hope you’ll come back on Tuesday to see some more.


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Visit to a Quilt Show


SOLSC Day 29

Yesterday we spent out first day at the Lancaster Quilt Show.  Normally this show is held earlier in the month and it is good for several posts during the Challenge. This year not so.  I guess I will need to spread these over the next few Tuesdays.

To whet your appetite here are some pictures from the vendor’s mall











Works of art

Done in fabrics.



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Which End Is Up?


SOLSC Day 28

Shortly we will be heading out.  I am not sure when we will get back home.  The beginning of this week wasn’t too bad, but the next three are a whirlwind of activity.

Today we are going to a brunch.  Not something I would generally do, but because this is with the retired teachers, and since I am a co-president, and because I organized it I guess I had better be there.

This will be over around 1:00 which isn’t too bad.  At least it wouldn’t be if we were going straight home.  Did I mention the the Lancaster Quilt Show is running this week and today is the first day?  Want to take a guess as to where we are going after brunch?

It is a little over an hour’s drive from Palmyra where the brunch is being held to Lancaster where the quilt show is being held.  We should be there by 2:30 which will give us two and a half hours to look around.

This is not nearly enough time so we will be going back tomorrow.  Besides the building where the quilts are housed there is another building a few miles away hosting the vendors Kathy likes.  I know it will be an all day event for us.

You would think I would take Saturday as a day of rest.  Guess again.  The Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA) is holding a board meeting on Saturday. I am on the executive board. I need to be there for 8:30.  It is a two hour plus drive from home so that means leaving around 6:00.  It ends at 4:00.  I figure a two hour drive, maybe stopping somewhere for church, and definitely stopping somewhere for dinner It could be 9:00 or later until I get home.

Hopefully I will be able to have some drafts done so that for the next three days all I need to do is post them.  I would hate to blow the challenge this close to finishing it.  My bigger problem will be finding time to read and comment on all of the posts I want.

It will get done, but I am saying right here up front that the comments I leave over the next three days might not make any sense or they may be totally unrelated to what people wrote about.  If that is the case please just ignore them.


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