Houston! We have a Rodeo and Quilts!

Texas is BIG and Houston is HUGE!!!  So is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!  There are many Go-Texan competitions as part of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and on more than one occasion I have been asked to be a participant in the “Quilts” Competition. Even having a quilt I own – take Best of Show Metro along with several other ribbons that year!

So there is a story that goes with this quilt.  I purchased the top at my guild auction in 2003 and it was bidding war to the end.  Luckily some folks sitting near by adversary convinced her I was not going to give up and she finally stopped bidding.  What she did not know, is my final bid was truly my final bid – had she bid one more time this beauty would’ve gone home with her.  I arrived home and tentatively showed my hubby – he wondered out-loud what this had cost him; I don’t think I told him that night!  Fast forward to May 2004, I entered my now finished quilt in the Lakeview Quilters Guild show, out of 3 entries in its category it took 3rd.  I had it appraised that year and I highly recommend you have your special quilts appraised, this one appraised for 4 x my initial purchase of the top.  Some interesting information regarding appraisals – the backing fabric DOES matter.  As part of the quilt I was given a beautiful Jane Sassaman for the back; that added value.  I used to say “it’s just the back” but not anymore.  Also, the number of years you have been quilting, your status in the quilting community and many other little things add to the value of your quilt.  I have considered having this quilt re-appraised because my status in the quilting world has changed and it is probably more valuable now.  Fast forward to 2006, I was asked to allow this quilt to represent the NASA/Clearlake/Friendswood Go-Texan Region and I of course agreed.  Well this quilt, took Best of Show, 3 first places and a judges choice!  Be sure to view the photo of the label I included below – I give these women ALL the credit for any ribbons this quilt has received.  I am just the quilter and the proud owner!

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Another block! The background is a Hoffman 1895, color Havana – I have been known to purchase this by the bolt! All the fabric in this quilt are batiks. The patterns for the blocks were from a book by Jane Townswick
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A close-up of one of the blocks in Chocolat
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This is the second label for this quilt. Prior to shipping it off to Houston for the competition I wanted to update the label to include that it was part of the 2006 HLSR Quilt Competition. This label is significant to me because it reminds me who made each block and/or border. These talented women are members of the Lakeview Quilters Guild and there work is some of the finest I have seen when it comes to appliqué!

For 2016 I was asked to quilt this quilt for the competition.  I do love how these wool appliqué quilts quilt up!  Be sure to find this quilt when you visit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this year – be sure to share your photos!  Here are my photos; but they never do the quilt justice because the quilt is not yet trimmed and there is no binding.  The binding always just gives a quilt that polished look!

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An overall view of Ronda’s beautiful wool appliqué quilt!
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A dragonfly close-up – doesn’t this make you smile?
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The border – appliqué and piecing
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A basket of sunflowers
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Another view of the back – more light this time
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And one more of the back – do you need a drool bib yet?

Wishing this quilt and it’s owner best wishes in the quilt competition for Houston 2016!

Denise

‘Twas…….. “The Quilt”

My friend Ronda, took a class with Claudia Dinnell and made an adorable machine embroidered quilt.  She brought it to me to quilt and as yesterday was our first cold front it just felt right to work on this quilt.

She has given me permission to post photos before she even sees her quilt – she wants a sneak peek too!  To learn more about Ronda’s quilt and her other adventures be sure to visit her blog at andsewitbegan.com

There are 4 of these units in the quilt.  I outlined pretty much every sprig of evergreen.  That was tedious!  But I did enjoy quilting the background fill.
There are 4 of these units in the quilt. I outlined pretty much every sprig of evergreen. That was tedious! But I did enjoy quilting the background fill.
These corners allow the medallion in the center to placed "on point", she then added a skinny charcoal border and then added another machine embroidered border that tells the story of the night before Christmas.  The final finishing border is geese in the corners and a beautiful Christmas print.
These corners allow the medallion in the center to placed “on point”, she then added a skinny charcoal border and then added another machine embroidered border that tells the story of the night before Christmas. The final finishing border is geese in the corners and a beautiful Christmas print.
This one makes me want to start singing "Up on the housetop"  Did you just say click click click?
This one makes me want to start singing “Up on the housetop” Did you just say click click click?
The overall quilt is very delightful
The overall quilt is very delightful
The back is pretty busy, but I think you can see some of the quilting
The back is pretty busy, but I think you can see some of the quilting

I hope Ronda’s precious quilt helps you get in the spirit!