Dallas Quilt Show – Traditional Versus Artisan Quilts

One of my goals this year was  to attend the Dallas Quilt show.   We arrived in Dallas on Thursday and the show was Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  I was so excited because I have always heard excellent comments regarding their show.  I joined the Guild (from afar – about 300 miles away from home) for the last 3 years.  I had considered entering the 2018 Show and wanted to have the experience of attending before I did that.

Today I am going to share pictures of a few of the quilts that were awarded ribbons at the show.  As a traditional quilter, it is apparent to me that the quilting world has gone nuts and about as far left as one could go!   Quilters who read my posts know that the last 3 years have not been the best as far as my quilting goes and it has put me out of the mainstream as far as shows.   What a shock I was in for at this show.  What a change!

First of all, I am a traditional and purist quilt maker.  I do not use glue, thangles, kits, jelly rolls, precut, laser cut, and the things where the math is not required to make a quilt.  I love to make quilts the old-fashioned way.  I love to work on quilts that are challenging and keep my brain sharp (LOL).  NOW, this is MY choice and preference and I am not trying to be negative to anyone who prefers using all the tools available for all quilters.  I also love the autumn colors, batiks and reproduction fabrics but not Kaffe Fassett fabrics as they are just too busy.  I have made one quilt using his fabric when they first came out and it is still waiting in line to be quilted!  Think I would go blind quilting that one.  But 3 months ago I decided if I was going to do scrappy and fussy cutting I probably needed some of his fabrics to include as a ‘zinger’ in my quilts.

I am trying to learn how to work with scrappy quilts, but for some reason it is really a challenge for me because my eyes focus on the pattern and not the colors. This is why I label myself as a Traditional Quilter.  It takes time to make my quilts because of the complexity and especially when appliquéing and because I am so the perfectionist.

During the last 3 years, the Modern Quilt movement started just as the “Contemporary” quilts became popular in 2004 where fabric designers like Kaffe crept into our quilt world, adding different fabrics to traditional ones.  For awhile, the traditional remained popular.  But now the Modern Quilt movement has appeared to take over at the quilt shows.  These quilts consist of very loud colors (very bright) and patterns that have no reason or rhyme to me.  They can be made in less than a week as color is the most important point in these quilts.  So now we have Artisans taking over the quilt world.

I am not being critical of those who love these quilts, it is just not my idea of a quilt. The Art quilt does not have a main focus color, thereby not drawing the eye to the theme of the quilt.  It is understand this would not apply to animals and/or people in quilts.

To conclude, I also understand that to stay in business (fabric and quilt shops) they must continue to bring new and innovative ideas in order to stay in business.  But I feel that they have forgotten the Traditionalists.  Missouri Quilt Company does seem to mix both and mostly with the “louder” fabrics.  Hats off to them.

So here we go – I will let you be the Judge of some of the quilts that won ribbons and the Best of Show.  What are your thoughts?  Are you a Traditional (purist), Modern Art, or Contemporary quilter?  Please no nasty comments – I respect individual preferences.  I am just wanted to share my experience with others.

I will start with the Modern/Artisan quilts that won ribbons.

This quilt could give  me a headache!  What is it all about anyway?  Color?


Nanette being Nanette I stopped and spoke with one of the Judges that was “traditional” and asked him what were the Judges thinking when they awarded this quilt Best of Show!  Mostly no response he just kept smiling, but did say that the appliqué quilts were not good this year!  You can be the judge of his statement as you look at some pictures of the appliqués quilts.  I forgot to mention that the Judges in this show were 100% bias in awarding ribbons.  Two of the Judges were Fiber Artist and the one gentleman was a Traditional quilter!  Easy to see who was in control of the Best of Show decision!

The quilt above was made by a woman who discovered her heritage through a DNA test and it took 2 years to make this quilt that represents her Heritage.  Here are a few close up of a few blocks.  There is some broidery purse within the quilt, but these flowers are done with individual petals – great gradation of color!  So beautiful!  I am not certain, but it appeared to be needle turn appliqués.

This is a quilt called Nearly Insane and received a Blue Ribbon and a ribbon for hand quilting (if my memory serves me correctly).  Gretchen is making this quilt in blue and yellow and is doing a fantastic job.  It is a very difficult quilt and takes a lot of time to make a block with all the pieces in each block!


Nice quilt.

This is a pretty red/green baltimore style quilt and it won the Past Show Chair’s ribbon.  If you look closely on Row 2, the vase block is not straight.  I spoke with the quilter and she indicated that she did not catch it in time to correct the problem, but has won a 2nd place ribbon at another show.  She also has a quilt entered in the Paducah Quilt Show.  Good for her!

This is a pretty quilt, but the scrappy distracts from the block centers.  Too busy for my pea brain to handle.

This quilt took some time to study the color and make those points on the stars come out perfect – no ribbon. It could have been the colors.

The last quilt (below) is a Di Ford pattern called ‘Phoebe’.  The lady had some problems with the quilt, but still received a blue ribbon.  This is a very difficult quilt to make and she did well!  She indicated on her card that she had a lot of problems with it and it easy to see how.  Every piece has to be squared in order for the quilt to work well.  If you study the picture carefully you can see she had problems on the right side along with the sashing between the stars.

Well, I have had just too much fun today.  TV problem resolved, and Lincoln is going to inspect the Navigator and hopefully they will realize it is a defect!  Fingers crossed.  Now I am ready to go sit in my chair and finish the binding on my Oh Glory.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy some stitching!

Home Sweet Home? Another Problem Year Starting!

We arrived home from the trip to Dallas Quilt Show, Choctaw Casino, and a visit to friends in Mineral Wells, Texas on Saturday afternoon.  I have now decided to never go to the Casino again – I lost more than I won on this trip.  So since they are keeping my money and not giving me a chance, I will give up that hobby!  LOL.  But the Choctaw’s are smiling (Clay is a member of the tribe – so we have given our fair share forever and ever).

On the way home (and I should have known better) I ask God to please not give me any problems to work on at home for at least the rest of March 2017, as I would LOVE to have 5 days in a row to come to my Studio and work on projects.   I remember when I was younger that I used to ask for ‘patience’, only to learn that one should never ask for that because then we are tested until we learn patience!  Therefore, it is rare that I ask for anything for myself, but pray for others!!!   This year is just not going as I had planned.  DARN!

Before we left Mineral Wells Saturday morning for home, we noticed a crack in the tail light of the BRAND NEW LINCOLN NAVIGATOR!  We figured “no problem” as it only has 2500 miles on it since we purchased it in December and we had purchased a bumper to bumper extended policy.  So that issue did not bother me.  Right before we left on the trip we had to have  two (2)  modules replaced on the Town Car to the tune of $1360.   Of course the Automotive Repair business  screwed up and a part of my driver’s side door was missing and we discovered that right before the trip and after the fun and games with computers happened.   This was the reason for the trip – to get us away from never-ending problems.  No wonder the last 3 years have put me behind on my quilting!

BUT of course, Sunday morning it appears that something had happened to the Whole Home DVR system while we were gone – no problem there – the technician will be here tomorrow.  But I digress, let’s go back to the Navigator!  Just received a call from our Salesman – item not covered and the cost is $2,000.00. to repair the tail light cover!   Talk about wanting to get back in the car and leave again………..But the bottom line on this lovely problem is that the dealer (thank you God for little favors) has agreed to split the cost.  They will pay $1,000.00 and we will pay the other $1,000.00.  We have never had an insurance claim and I do not want to start now.  Someone had to just maliciously hit that lovely little tail light because the car was parked 99% of the time we were gone at the Hilton or the Choctaw Casino.

Another disappointed was the Dallas Quilt Show and that was costly, but I had always heard it was a great show.  I will be doing a Post on the show with some great pictures of some beautiful applique quilts, but also a Compare and Contrast on Traditional Quilts and Modern Art Quilts at the Show and all about the Judges.  But alas, for some reason I do not feel like doing that now – I cannot imagine why!!!!

I did accomplish 2 things today – put the binding on Oh Glory, and mended the bottom sheet that all of a sudden started ripping – of course what does one expect in this day and age for $100 for a set of sheets – to last more than a year??????  How dumb I am to think that something out there is a quality product?

All in all, I enjoyed the mini vacation, but I am not pleased with coming home.  That darn black cat must be lurking around here.   But on the positive side – the trees are blooming fast and it is so nice to see the green come back.  Spring is one of my favorite times before we start living in the 100 degree weather!

Have a great evening and when I settle down I will do a post on the Dallas Show.  I will try to be ‘nice’.

Success! 17 in 2017 Goal for February!

What a month!  I have met all my goals for the month and it is a good feeling, even with the reformatting and updating of 3 computers!  I am now proficient on the Macintosh and Microsoft Operating Systems.  I know more than a 72-year-old woman wanted to learn at this time in my life in maintaining computers, but look at all the money I can now spend on fabric at the Dallas Show next week-end!  Guess it was worth my time after all.  Now to show you my progress for the month!

Finished preparing 4 A Bountiful Life blocks to appliqué.  The blocks will be 14 1/2″ unfinished.  If I can get them completed by May, I will be half way through the 20 blocks.  FINAL GOAL:  Have this quilt ready to show in the 2018 Quilt Shows.





Completed Section 4 of Stonefields!!!!!!!  This pattern is not difficult other than the pieces are very small.  Mr Rabbit and I had a fun day yesterday.  I would love to have this one completed to show next year also, but time will tell!  Blocks are 6 1/2″ unfinished.






This block was previously finished, but the flowers in the center were too light so I redid it with some of the same fabrics used for the blue leaves.


Margaret Potts is now on schedule (except for the February’s block which was received last week).  I finished 5 blocks this month!  Blocks are 10 1/2″ unfinished.






AND Oh Glory is quilted!  I believe I made this while in Arizona in or around 2013.  It is a Lynette Jennings pattern!  Just need to add the binding.  Think this one will probably replace one of the wall hangings in my Studio now.




Can you believe are already starting March and daylight savings time?  I will be finishing the computer project up (hopefully today) and move on to a new project.  I really do want to work on an RSC 2017 project so maybe now I can take some time and look for a pattern that I really want to do in those colors.  I would like this one to be a “fun” quilt, something that will not be difficult but a little challenging.  Hopefully I can have my March goals selected soon.

Have a great day and enjoy stitching!

Linking to – Let’s Be Social  Esther’s WOW  17 UFOs in 2017

Computers and Quilting – Not a good mix!

Here I am on Sunday 26 Feb 2017 and I have had one of those weeks!  No wonder someone came up with the idea of a Quilting RETREAT!  Somewhere we do not use computers, phones, cook, clean, handle problems, etc.  What a great idea!  So a week ago Friday I told myself (again) ‘just 5 days Lord, 5 days without interruptions, etc’!  Well, he gave me 3 days…. Then the unforeseen requirements hit.  Tuesday was a house cleaning day and I assumed (oops) that Wednesday would be a good day to applique and get the last of Stonefield’s Section 4 finished.

What was I thinking?   Wednesday started out OK but I made the mistake of thinking I could get my taxes out-of-the-way then sit and relax!  WRONG.  After I loaded Turbo Tax I began to have issues with the computer and within 15 minutes my hard drive died!!! (yes I have a backup of documents, etc)  I have reformatted and reinstalled operating systems on PC’s but never on our Apple computers.  This was a learning lesson – the lesson being that Apple support is not the greatest if one does not know more than the person on the other end.  Always ask for a 2nd level technician when obtaining computer support.  Now I can be certified to work on Apple computers – YEA!  Six hours later we had a new Solid State Disk on the way!  I thought that I was through with problems for the week – what a joke!

I received my quilting frame from Grace and good ole’ UPS must have been playing ball with the box (which was not the best one to send 67 pounds of wood to me) as it had holes in the box and pretty beat up.    Bottom line – I sent that one back and now waiting for a new one that I will stain and finish.  Wednesday was such a fun day – may I never have another one like that!

Thursday.  Hum – all I can remember is that we picked up the Town Car that had 2 computer  modules that had gone belly up and remembering how the check book was beginning to cry a lot!  I did get my Oh Glory quilted along with all of the A Bountiful Life ready for applique (4 more).  Good ole Stonefield’s remaining blocks of Section 4 had some “fabric selection” problems so they will be finished tonight!

Now Saturday was a day to remember – The new hard drive arrived Friday so the plan was to format the hard drive using my other Apple computer to make sure there would be not issues.  Well 30 minutes into that computer something went wrong after I downloaded Google Chrome……………long story very short – that one took 6 hours and ultimately I erased the hard drive (I BLEACHED IT!)  It took 14 hours but it erased the disk 7 times to make sure there were not bugs OR DATA on the drive.  This morning I re-installed everything only to have the same problem.  The mouse and key pad were not letting me control the computer.  In steps my hardware guy (hubby) who figured out that the keypad was stuck for some reason.  He found that the battery was old and was pushing on the keypad on the laptop keeping it pressed down all the time – fixed in 30 minutes.   So now I have lost some data and files on that computer because the idiots told me to reformat and reinstall.  Grrrrrrrrr.  But now all is settled down and I am downloading some updates on the “Wednesday” computer problem, but there will be more time to do some downloading of my documents and pictures once the upgrades are done.  I need to get out of retirement and start a computer business – I am just having too much fun in retirement!

Now on to quilting!  Clay and I had ordered some fatigue mats and they are wonderful.  Great for the long arm area and my cutting table.  (Check book was crying on this acquisition also! but they are worth every penny!)


I did get one thing accomplished – Oh Glory is quilted!!!!  YEA!  I do free motion quilting and on this quilt I tried to get creative.  I will work on doing curved lines, but basically I am pleased.  It is a utility quilt and probably will be hung on my wall in my Studio.





Morale of this post is that one cannot count on having 5 days straight to quilt without the roof caving or those nasty unforeseen requirements.  I can hardly wait to get to the Dallas Show and my favorite Casino where I can drain my brain and come home refreshed and quilt!

I hope that everyone is enjoying a peaceful quiet day stitching.  I am headed for the other room to finish my 3 remaining Stonefield’s blocks!

PS – weather is hot!  Winter is no more!


Decisions, Decisions, and a Grace Quilting Frame

I started the year out with 17 UFOs that I wanted to finish. I met my January goals, and looks like I will meet my February goals. I have decided to not continue with RSC 2017 this year because there are 3 quilt shows that I want to enter in 2018. They are the Dallas, New Braunfels, and Austin Texas shows. It will be nice to visit the Dallas Show so I can get a feel for the Judges and the show set up. I have shown before in NB and Austin. In order to do this I must stay focused on 4 quilts that I want to show. Three would be appliqued and hand quilted and the 4th is going to be Robin’s Nest. I could show in the San Antonio Show this year, but would need to send 2 quilts to a professional. I will ponder on this one as I have plenty of time to decide and the quilt tops are already finished! In place of the RSC 2017 project, I am going to work on the Quiltmania 2017 Mystery Quilt.

I have been in an “Indecisive” mode for a while, but finally getting over that and am making progress – more than I had last year!  This last week I have caught up with Margaret Potts BAS BOM. (I am doing this post on my iPad so the pictures are not the best)


Block 19 Ms Potts

Ms Potts Block 15

Ms Potts Block 19

Ms Potts Block 19

Yesterday the BAS newsletter was posted and so now I have one more block to do soon in order to stay current!

Along with catching up on Ms Potts, I wanted to finish prepping the 4 Bountiful Life blocks for applique.  I have all four backgrounds traced, and two blocks ready to applique.  Tomorrow I will finish selecting a few fabrics for the flowers and they will be ready for applique.  When I first started appliquéing I used the “blue marker” but I had one issue and I only use a number 2 pencil to trace the pattern on the background fabric.  As you can see, I do not use glue or starch, I use freezer paper and needle turn the pieces.  I do not baste the pieces either.  I work with glass head applique pins to keep each piece in place.


Ready to Applique


Ready for Fabric Pieces


Vase Fabric – Need to finish leaf fabric pieces


Ready to Go


A Bountiful Life Finished Blocks

One day last week I read Happy To Be Scrappy (Deb) where posted that she decided to purchase a Grace hand quilting frame.  She is such a bad influence on me as a lot of Blogger’s are!  LOL.  I had not hand quilted a quit since 2013 and every time I read a post from another blogger who had their quilts in a quilt frame I thought about my applique quilts.  I will not have them machine quilted every though there are any quilters who do.

So I went to the Grace website and fell in love with the Z44.  It would be great to have a frame like this where I can adjust it in 6 different positions which would make it easier for me with my Fibro and back issues.   They have a great video for the Z44 hand quilting frame.  Check it out.  I worked with Karla when I ordered the frame.



At first I thought I was nuts for doing this, but then realized that I wanted to enter Quilt Shows again after a 3 year hiatus and that I would need this frame for my applique quilts!

Well, this post is lengthier than I thought it would be, but I am very pleased that in the first 2 months of this year I am well on my way to catching up on projects and have a goal in mind for 2018!  Now let’s see if I am able to maintain this momentum.

Have a great week all!


Margaret Potts and Stonefields, 3 Quiet Days, and Dallas Quilt Show

Greetings from sunny/no sun/ hot/ LV Texas!  Well, guess winter is over, although the Mesquite trees are not blooming yet…. so maybe there is hope for some cooler days later in the month.

I am so excited. For the last  days it has been so nice and quiet and absolutely no problems have hit us.  It has been a long time that since I have had such peace of mind and spirit!  Thank You God!

On Wednesday Clay and I  took a day trip to the Corpus Christi area to pick up my son’s remains.   It was a good day and a very peaceful feeling came over me that is still with me!  Richard loved the Ocean but I would not give him up to it.  I wanted to bring him home with me and we did.   I love the Ocean and we were able to have time to sit by the bay in Rockport, watch the Sea Gulls and look out over the water where the sky and water meet.  So refreshing.  We stayed in Rockport to visit with a grade school friend and enjoy a leisure supper at a local eatery.

This was our first trip in the Navigator and boy did we have a fun time trying to use the GPS in a vehicle!  Everything went well until the return trip.   I am very familiar with the Corpus Christi area but not Ingleside where we had eaten supper.  Bonnie advised us to not take the same route home that we did earlier in the day coming to Ingleside. She said that there were too many wrecks, so at ‘dark thirty’ we were trying to figure which way to go to Portland, Gregory, and then on to Corpus Christi, where we would take IH 37 home.    The lady in the GPS just did not want us to go that way so we finally just entered in Portland and we were off! What a Hoot that was trying to remove the route from the GPS.  The lady would just not shut up – finally we figured that one out and we arrived in Portland and from there I knew the way home – over the Corpus Christi HIGH Bridge and on to IH-37!   I remember  when I lived in Corpus in the ’60’s that I did not like the HIGH bridge – I learned a trick – if you do not like to go over high bridges  and see how high you are from the water, only go over them at dark thirty – you do not see how high you are from the water!!!!!

Friday I spent a couple of hours planning a trip to the Dallas Quilt Show in March, a few days at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, and then off to the Mineral Wells area to visit friends of ours.  This will be a great week of fun and visiting friends!  We will be traveling in the Navigator – so much easier that hooking up a 36′ 5th wheel and packing up the house!!!

The Dallas Quilt Show is one that I have wanted to enter a quilt since 2014,  but life got in the way, so now my goal is to enter the show in March 2018! Guess I had better keep my fingers crossed on this wish.  Never thought I would wish for a dull quiet year, but that is what I am wanting this year – it would be great!

Progress has been made on my applique projects.  I finished Blocks 14, 16, and 18 of Margaret Potts Quilt.  Now I have only 2 more to applique and will be current with that monthly project.  YEA.  (Blocks are 10 1/2″ unfinished)



Block 14


Block 16


Block 18

I also changed the middle flower buds on one of the blocks in Stonefields quilt, Section 4.  There is a lot more work to do to complete this Section.  Hopefully by the end of February I will be through and ready to go to Section 5.  I would love to have this one ready for next year!   (Blocks are 6 1/2″ unfinished)


I am still in a quandary as to which quilt to make with RSC 2016.  So hopefully when I am caught up on the applique projects I will feel more like making that decision.  WHOOPS – forgot Oh Glory is still patiently waiting loaded and ready to be quilted in the long arm.  Humm

I hope that everyone is having a good week-end.  I am headed back to the table to finish 2 more Margaret Blocks and 3 Stonefields blocks.  Easy blocks, and hoping to have them complete by Tuesday as Wednesday will be San Antonio Rodeo day.  It will be the coolest day of the week and I do not do Rodeo grounds in 89 degree weather!  We are “supposed” to get rain starting today (ha ha) and Monday and Tuesday.  Time will tell on that one.  So far the weatherman has missed a lot of predictions this year.

Have a wonderful Monday and keep on quilting!  Life is short!

17 in 2017 List and Completions

I decided to not go with One Monthly Goal (OMG) and instead I am switching to 17 in 2017 as this fits my projects and UFO’s better.  So here is my list.

Nanette’s 17 in 2017 Projects  (see my 9 January 2017 Post for additional information).

For January I have completed all my goals, well with one exception – quilting my Oh Glory quilt.  But it has now been moved over to February and hopefully finished soon.


Oh Glory

Finished projects for January 2017.  Cross off quilting of Dear Jane Quilt; Circa 2016 – Modified; Sewing Machine Cover; and Xmas Place mats for Doug and Jean.


Minature Dear Jane


Miniature Circa 2016



Pat Sloan’s Sewing Machine Cover


Place Mats for Doug and Jean

I will now be working on catching up on A Bountiful Life – I have 4 blocks ready to prep for applique (selecting fabric) and have finished Block 6 in January – Yipee!   Upon finishing the next 4 blocks I will then be half-way through with this project.  There are a total of 20 blocks.  It is similar to the Australian Version of Civil War Bride.  I am saving the more difficult blocks for the end!


Grapevine and Swooping “Yellow and Orange” Bird

I am currently working on Section 4 of Stonefields by Susan Smith;  Margaret Potts Quilt – a BOM with the Baltimore Applique Society, Brinton Hall (EPP project), and Handful of Scraps (EPP project).  All of my applique projects will be on going and hopefully will have Stonefield’s and Brinton Hall completed by the end of the year.  I am almost finished with Section 4 of Stonefield’s and have 6 more Sections – there are 121 blocks in the quilt.  This is my center medallion for Brinton Hall.  I am doing it in batik and need to sew all the hexagons around the 7 blocks.  I am used Asian prints for those blocks.  I am going to re-design the remainder of the quilt, just need a nudge to get going on completing the center!!!

Final Setting for the Medallion Center of Brinton Hall

Brinton Hall

For my new projects I am going to work from my list of 13 “Waiting in the Wings” Quilts See above list.  I am also adding the Quiltmania 2017 Mystery Quilt  2017. (I am not endorsing Homestead Hearth – they had the pictures of the first 2 blocks).   I have the first 2 blocks prepared and ready for reverse applique!  Think I will be seeing a lot of dots when I finish it because I could not purchase enough of the background fabric that the Designer used.  Quilt stores are holding it for kits.  Hope I did not select the wrong fabric for the background!  Time will tell.

When we are under stress in our lives – applique saves us because it is so calming.

Have a great Super Bowl week-end I would like to thank everyone for providing me comfort at this time in my life.