I'm back from a glorious week full of family, friends, quilts and fun in Utah. We suffered from quite a bit of Utah homesickness! (it is nice to be back in our own beds after 10 days though)
One of the trips highlights, for me, was the Loch Lomond Quilter's Show on Saturday. Twelve of us participated in a casual exhibition in Kristin's beauitful backyard. I was blown away, as I always am when we get together, by the quilts my friends have created. We have been an unofficial guild since 2005 when Kristin organized our first exchange. She must have been inspired. This has been a great outlet for us to use our creativity and develop a deep friendship with each other.
Since 2005 we have had have five quilt exchanges in which we've exchanged fabric or most often blocks for a quilt. Each time it has been so fun to see how each person's personality and creativity have come out to create diverse and beauitful quilts.
I count myself lucky to be a part of this group, to know each of these women and to be inspired and uplifted by them.
Here are some photos from the day. They aren't in an particular order. And some of them are very poor photographs. But I think you can still get a sense of how lovely and inspiring the day was. Captions are below the pictures.
Can't remember whose 2007 Group Exchange Quilt this is.
Here is one of Anna's and Elizabeth's Nosegays.
Another one by Elizabeth
I loved this scrappy one by Kristin. She called it Matilda Mae. It was part of a three way tie for People's Choice Award
Michelle's (correct me if I'm wrong) 2007 Group Exchange
My 2007 Group Exchange. This won me Honorable Mention and a tied People's Choice Award
Kristin's 2007 Group Exchange and 2006 House Block Exchange Quilts
Kristin's 2007 9 patch Exchange Quilt
Jennifer's House Block Exchange (sorry this is such a horrible picture)
My unquilted Feathered Snowflake Quilt
Baby Quilts across the front porch (another bad pic)
I think these are both Meghan's - her House Block Exchange and her 9 patch Exchange Quilt
Several people's Shoofly Exchange Quilts. Coincidence that they were finished in blue.
Kristin's Hand Dyed Mali Stars
Another that I'm sorry to say I can't remember whose 2007 Group Exchange this is.
Elisa's Robot Quilt
Jennifer's 2007 Group Exchange. I really like how she did hers.
Two cuties: Anna's on the left and Elizabeth's on the right.
Elizabeth's stunning Strawberry Fields
Another great one by Elizabeth done in civil war reproductions.
Kristin's that I can't remember the name of but I love the fabric.
Elizabeth's Halloween Quilt and Butterflies
A gorgeous one by Kristin hiding behind the tree and Michelle's cute Butterflies
Such a simple and cute one done by Dana
Anna's 2007 Group Exchange
State Flowers by Kristin. This one was very cool.
One of the favorites: Amy's Martha's Tea Towels. Made with Martha Stewart Tea Towels. I love, love, love the colors.
This one won best of show. Elisa's Joseph Smith Quilt. She, like so many of the other girls, has a very good eye for fabric and color.
Kristin's Flowers. I hadn't seen this pattern before and thought it was darling.
Another of Amy's that was one of my favs. Denise Schmidt fabric.
I think the top was MEghan's and the bottom Anna's 9 patch Exchange.
A bunch of great baby quilts along the back fence.
Another favorite: Michelles's House Block Exchange. The embroidery on here is fantastic!
L-R Back: Dana, Jackie, Kristin, Elisa, Miranda, Anna, Amy Front: Meghan, Michelle, Me, Elizabeth, Jennifer
Oh! how I love these ladies. I think I'll print out this photograph and hang it by my sewing machine as a reminder of the day.