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Saturday, 17 March 2018

The Annual Peninsula Quilt Guild Show

Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

I hope that on some rainy day, I will make the usual post of ALL the quilts that we liked over on our other blog (Our Ilwaco).  Here, I will share quilts with the pertinent subjects of flowers and birds (and a couple of other subjects of interest to a certain blog reader).

Show attendees get to vote on quilts of four sizes.  The scary thing is that it seems like yesterday, and yet was a year ago, when I was walking through the show trying to make my 2017 decisions.  Time goes faster every year, which is an especially ominous thought when the quilt show falls right on my birthday.

gardens and flowers:

This was my favourite large quilt of 2018; I always go for the jewel tones:

I hope it would cheer her up for all the hard work to know it was my favourite in its category!

Below is a quilt with the garden-y name “Flower Stalls”.

“Flower Stalls” quilt

Below: This geometric quilt had lovely botanical side panels with garden bridges.

Below, a quilt with botanical fabric star shapes on a vine spoke to me of flowers:

B.O.M. means “block of the month’ in quilt club lingo.

detail, centre

detail, corner

Below, a big quilt includes baskets and strawberries.  I believe the blue toned one to the right was the “Sea Glass” quilt that was raffled off.

Below: a hummingbird garden:

Below: This one qualifies as flowers because of the border:

detail; I like the jewel in the center of each flower.

Below, my favourite medium quilt:

Below, botanical fabric in a traditional pattern:



Below, different interpretations of a flower “block of the month”; one was my favourite “mini” quilt and one was my favourite “small” quilt:

my pick for best medium quilt


detail (the lace got my vote, and the shadow box theme)

…and the raised salmon berries…

my pick for best mini quilt

detail; I love the use of the lace so voted for this one.






detail (California poppies are not Washington natives but they have naturalized)

nature scenes:

Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon


detail from a Texas-themed quilt by Kathy M. Dean

Below, a quilt with birds and critters:




A special bird quilt was on display, with panels created by school children:


I especially love this one little bird.

For Montana Mary:



In case we never get around to posting our more extensive quilt show post, you can see them all here.

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Today began the three day quilt show at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  You had best go on Sunday between noon and four to see ALL the quilts.  These, my favourites, comprise only about half of the show.  I tend to go for jewel tones of green, blue and purple, and for less traditional patterns (with exceptions).  Under most of this year’s quilts is the description from the show programme.



Peninsula Quilt Guild



 Large Quilts

The first quilt I saw became my people’s choice pick for best large quilt.


Irish Posies by Lynda Newell

“This is a combination of the traditional Irish Chain pattern with a little applique added.  I am not a huge fan of doing applique but occasionally it sucks me in.”

details (the flowers are what made it my favourite):




This bright quilt would appeal to my friend Montana Mary and reminds me of our job at the Red Barn.


Rodeo Gals by Earline Nichols

“I love anything with horses and when I saw this quilt pattern I knew I had to make it.  I have donated this quilt to the horse therapy for needy/abused children organization for an auction.”

A pleasing green and flowered quilt turned out to be by our friend Ann.



Stars for Chuck and Sarah by Ann Saari

“Shortly after his marriage, our son’s bride picked this pattern and gave me some fabric she had been saving.  I found it easier to make the stars by hand so over 7 years I did just that. Susan James did an amazing job of quilting.”


flower fabric detail on Ann’s quilt

Below: The quilter to the left made the stunningly beautiful horse quilt.  It was not in the people’s choice competition.



Allan’s photo





While not “my” colours, the quirkiness of this typing test quilt appealed to me.


Typing Test by Karen Snyder


fabric detail


Bazaar in Marakesh by Renee Newstrom

The bright and vibrant jewel tones have me imagining far off travels and colorful markets.  Curved piecing is simplified by use of the Quick Curve Ruler.  Pattern from the book One Wonderful Curve and enlarged from a wall hanging.


House Pattern by Peggy Christensen

“My entry for my quilt group’s annual challenge.  House quilts being my favorite pattern I decided to make a block for each member and the rest of the blocks a tribute to my favorite quilt stores.  I could have called it the ‘Kiss of Death Quilt’ because as soon as I started making it, the stores started closing!!  Lucky for us it did not have the same effect on our members!!”

I like house quilts, and my grandma had a little red house.  I think the last quilt store on the Long Beach Peninsula closed recently.

Here’s a quilt in my favourite colors:


Trip to Trinidad by Joanie Chapel

“I have made three quilts designed by Kathleen Starr.  I love the hand dyed batiks and how the colors flow together.”


Harry Potter by Nancy Allen

“Made for my granddaughter who likes Harry Potter.”

details, because I also like Harry Potter:





Medium Quilts


Kaleidoscope by Maureen Bittner


I liked the flower fabric and the gold thread.

Because it reminded me of a quilt made by my grandma, “Flower Pots” was my favourite medium quilt.  Gram liked that sort of appliqued flower.


Flower Pots by Betty O’Phelan

“Too small to keep and too big to throw out.  Combination of several patterns.”


Yellow Brick Road by Joan Palmroth

“I have enjoyed making Yellow Brick Road many times.  It is fun laying out the blocks like a jigsaw puzzle to not have same fabric touching same fabric.  Beautiful “daisy chain” quilting made this one a keeper.”


fabric detail


Over the River and Through the Woods by Vivian Macek, reminds me of my grandma, of course.

“I collected the blue and silver batiks for 2 years and spent another year embroidering the design during my work lunch hours.  This is a labor of love for my daughter.”

I like the Mariner’s Compass pattern very much.  Here are three versions:

mariner's compass

Mariner’s Compass by Sue Grennan, DeLila West, and Mariner’s Stars by Doris Schalka


Mariner’s Compass by Billie Warrick


Paris Boutique by Joe Ann Ridesel

“I purchased the pattern for Paris Boutique at Cotton Pickin’s Quilt Shop in Stanwood, WA.  I added extra fabric to make it twin size. I’m hoping one of my granddaughters will want it.”


Evening Clam Tide by Janet Darcher

“This was my first time using the freezer paper piecing technique.”


Beach Balls by Lynda Newell

“This started as a kit from the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters.  The ‘balls’ were just pieced straight strips of fabric.  As I was going through the boring task of piecing all of the fabrics I suddenly saw beach balls bouncing.  Of course beach balls are not just straight stripes so I had to design them into something that might resemble beach balls.  Never feel limited by someone else’s vision.”  (All of a sudden I feel that this is my favourite medium quilt.)


Exotic Plants by Betty O’Phelan

“Needed a project to go fast so big blocks and not too many colors.

I like the plant fabric:


Normally, I don’t go for orange, but I had to put in this next quilt for Mr. Tootlepedal:


Rolling Along by Marian Martzall



I like quilts that are geometric but askew:


A Little Bird Told Me by Nancey Olson

“I wanted to make a funnel quilt for my Grand Niece.  Polka dots and birds seemed to be a cute combination.”



Small Quilts

The small quilt category often has the most creative and painterly entries.


Stripes and Squares by Beverly Wakeman

“After last year’s quilt show, I moved to Vancouver and to a much smaller sewing room.  When the dust settled, I wanted to get back to quilting.  The first box was full of solid fabric so I made a small throw.  I have enough blocks for another quilt and one empty box.  Only 20 more boxes to go.”

Many of the small quilts feature “BOMs”.



Small Treasures by Beverly Osterholm

“A fun Guild BOM…. I did put a teacup in mine as that is one of my ‘small treasures’.”

My grandma made some quilts with the flower pattern in the upper right corner.


BOM by Marian Martzall


BOM-Summer by Ann Saari

“I made four small quilts to represent the four seasons.”


Flower Fiesta by Joanie Chapel

“I love Batiks, flowers, butterflies, and applique so this pattern jumped out and grabbed me.  It was fun making each flower different.  I added yoyos and Swarozski crystals.”

This got my vote for favourite small quilt, because I loved the crystals and it reminded me of my grandma, even though Women’s March quilt (shown a ways below) was a close, such a very close second.




Ties That Bind No More by Karen Haines

“When my husband retired, he swore he would never wear a tie again.  So I gathered them up to hold him to his promise and to do something creative with them someday.  I’m grateful he had a playful attitude towards the ties he wore.  The silk was challenging.  I chose Dresden because it looks like teeny ties.”




Maui Turtles by Sheri Hendrix

“Bought kit at Maui Quilts after seeing sea turtles at the beach.”


Early Fall Afternoon by Janet Darcher

“Landscape quilt, raw edge applique, acrylic paint and machine quilted.”

Wait.  Now I think the above is my favourite small quilt.

This one spoke to my heart and was also almost my favourite small one:


Astoria Women’s March by Cathie Jensen

“This quilt was made to take to the Astoria Women’s March in January 2017.  I was inspired by my daughter who works in Civil Rights in Washington, DC and will be sending her the quilt.”


A Light in the Darkness by Cathie Jensen

“A quilt guild in Newport, OR sells artwork panels by Dennis McGregor and had a large panel in their raffle quilt.  Since I didn’t win, I made this wall hanging with a small panel to practice blending the panel with added fabrics.”


Dahlias by Joanie Chapel

This is my first landscape quilt.  It is an original.  I grow over 100 dahlias on my property so, naturally, there are dahlias in this quilt.”




Dahlias by the Sea by Joanie Chapel

“I bought this pattern at the Quilted Dandelion.  It was rather dull so I jazzed it up!  I added bright colors, sand, star fish, sand dollars, and flowers.  I love beach scenes.”




Flames by Maureen Bittner

“Group challenge using a specific color and using black or white as an accent.”




Ocean View by Deborah Berkely

“I’m a fabric stasher.  My husband calls it hoarding.  I had a lot of blues that I kept playing with and finally came up with this skinny quilt that I named Ocean View.”


Chain Gang by Deborah Berkley

Just after another show viewer and I were laughing over this one, he tried to turn over the corner of the next quilt by the paper piece, as one is supposed to (to admire the stitching), and he knocked it off the wall.  I don’t know what happened to him…

“This little wall hanging was inspired by a cartoon from a 1986 Quilting Magazine.”


Yellow Ducky by Glennys Sherman

“I found this pattern at the Paisley Duck in Kelso.  I was intrigued by the fact that it was made with tiny squares.”


Ruddy Rooster by Joanie Chapel

“Three of us in the guild took a class from Ann Shaw.  We all made a rooster.  It was fun.”


Falling Leaves by Joanie Chapel

“This quilt was very challenging and I learned some new skills.  All of the fabric came from my stash so it didn’t cost anything.”


Christmas Trees by Maureen Bittner

“Made for a Christmas wall hanging for myself.”


The Grand Canyon by Maureen Bittner


Happy Circles by Marian Martzall

“This was my first attempt at making circles on a home machine with a walking foot.  I really enjoyed the whole process and look.”



There are many more quilts to see if you go to the show, and there are quilts and quilt books in the museum gift shop.




quilts by Karen Snyder for sale

Ss we left, we saw a sign promising fabric, but though we followed the arrow and went all the way round by the port, we never did figure out where it was pointing to!


Allan’s photo




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Saturday, 15 March 2014

In the afternoon , while Allan ran some errands (possibly having something to do with my birthday), I went to the Peninsula Quilt Guild Show at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Here are some photos of my most favourite quilts. There were over 100 on display. I respond to garden themes and to jewel tone colours. (It takes a lot for a quilt based on brown and tan colours to win me over!) There is a ballot box for people’s choice of small, medium, and large quilts.


Tropical Dreams:  I like the colours.

Tropical Dreams: I like the colours, and thus picked it as my favourite medium sized quilt


Daisy Dew: reminds me of my grandma's quilts

Daisy Dew: reminds me of my grandma’s quilts


Round Peg in Square Hole: vibrant and modern

Round Peg in Square Hole: vibrant and modern


Beach Condos: I like houses!

Beach Condos: I like houses!


Struttin' Rooster

Struttin’ Rooster


Roo's girlfriend.  I don't share the sentiment about females being more temperamental than males.

Roo’s girlfriend. I don’t share the sentiment about females being more temperamental than males.

Rooster and Hen together

Rooster and Hen together


Pansy Garden

Pansy Garden


Beach Circles; I find the colours soothing.

Beach Circles; I find the colours soothing.


Spirit of the Southwest

Spirit of the Southwest

detail, with pins for cactus spines

detail, with pins for cactus spines

The cactus quilt reminded me of two gardening blogs that often feature cacti, The Miserable Gardener and Danger Garden.


Get your MOJO on; excellent depiction of a crab boat

Get your MOJO on; excellent depiction of a crab boat

Garden Path

Garden Path: My favourite of the small quilts

Garden Path: My favourite of the small quilts. I like the stepping stone shapes and floral fabrics.


Café in Paris.  A charming wall hanging.

Café in Paris. A charming wall hanging.


Wedding Memories, three dimensional flowers

Wedding Memories, three dimensional flowers


Friends.  I was touched by the two different name quilts on display.

Friends. I was touched by the two different name quilts on display.

There's our client Ann of Ann's garden!

There’s our client Ann of Ann’s garden!


Signature Quilt (the second one)

Signature Quilt (the second one)




detail of three dimensional yo yo quilt

detail of three dimensional yo yo quilt


Oriental Floral

Oriental Floral

I chose Oriental Floral as my favourite medium sized quilt, until I saw another quilt that won me over. I wish I had taken detailed photographs of the gorgeous floral fabrics.


Quilted Village; I like the buildings at four angles.

Quilted Village; I like the buildings at four angles.


How Does Your Garden Grow

How Does Your Garden Grow

center of How Does Your Garden Grow

center of How Does Your Garden Grow

How Does Your Garden Grow was a very close runner up for my favourite medium quilt; I just love the center panel so much.


Our House at the Beach: bright and intricate

Our House at the Beach: bright and intricate


Salvage Threads by our garden client Ann of Ann's garden

Salvage Threads by our garden client Ann of Ann’s garden

seems like a very technical quilter's quilt showing great interest in the art.

seems like a very technical quilter’s quilt showing great interest in the art.




Quilting detail.  Usually I don't go for the "bonnets" look of Redwork but I loved the scenes in this one.

Quilting detail. Usually I don’t go for the “bonnets” look of Redwork but I loved the scenes in this one.


Journey to the Farm with intricate embroider.  I like the words being the centerpiece.

Journey to the Farm with intricate embroider. I like the words being the centerpiece.

And here is my favourite quilt, not just in the medium category but of the whole show. You can read more about it in the Oysterville Daybook blog.


Garden of Eating

Garden of Eating













leeks and tomatoes

leeks and tomatoes

In the museum gift shop, you’ll find a raffle quilt on display.

nasturtium quilt

nasturtium quilt

Having examined every quilt, some more than once, I walked the three and a half blocks home….past Larry and Robert’s house:

garden boat in bloom at Larry and Robert's

garden boat in bloom at Larry and Robert’s

Forsythia pops against the garage wall at home.

Forsythia pops against the garage wall at home.

I had a visit from Planter Box Theresa to take a hellebore admiration stroll through the garden and a long talk with Montana Mary about something that was troubling me. I so appreciate having had a friend for 47 years whose peculiarities are similar to mine. The rest of the afternoon on into the evening was spent posting the day’s cash mob photos on Facebook and the day’s blog entry.


Teresa and me on a Hellebore admiration walk

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