Quilts from IQF Attendees are Starting to Roll In!

Every year Quilts Beyond Borders tries to attend the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, and we’ve been fortunate to have a charity booth there in the Exhibit section for the last several years. Among our activities in our booth is to sell quilts and native products for fundraising, and giving out some kits to attendees who’d like to make tops and quilts for us. This year we gave out about 200 kits, and we’ve begun to see some of these kits return to us in the form of beautiful quilts!  The three I’d like to feature today were picked up by Mary Shotwell of Iowa, Judy Pierce of Oregon, and Lynn Cartwright of Florida.

Mary Shotwell QuiltThe first quilt was both pieced, quilted, bound and labeled by Mary Shotwell.  It’s really a beautiful quilt.  Her pretty quilting of bubbly circles makes a very nice counterpoint to the very straight lines of the blocks and sashing.  Beautiful work, Mary!


The second quilt allowed me to connect Judy Pierce, the piecer, with Kathy Morrison, a professional longarm quilter who also lives in Portland. Judy was kind enough to kit it up for us with a pretty backing and coordinating binding, so it was ready to go straight to Kathy, without making any stops along the way.   This quilt is a tumbler pattern, which Kathy quilted using a pantograph called Music Meander, again a really pretty counterpoint to the straight edges of the piecing.  Kathy’s longarm business is called QuiltRocker  and you can see more of her lovely work by checking out her website at www.quiltrocker.com.


The third quilt was pieced by Lynn Cartwright and sent to me for quilting.  Lynn attends the IQF in Houston every year with her Sister-in-Law, and we look forward to seeing her again later this year!  Lynn’s piecing was great, which made it easy for me to quilt!

I have to admit that when I look at our kits sometimes I wonder whether anyone will be able to turn “sow’s ears into silk purses”.  Sometimes it’s hard to visualize, and maybe I’m a little lacking when it comes to vision!  But I’m always so surprised and pleased to see the results!    Great thanks to all of the ladies who took part in making these beautiful quilts!   Mary, Judy, Kathy, and Lynn, thank you, thank you, thank you!!  I know the children who receive these quilts will love them!   My current plan is to take them with me to Ethiopia when I go later this year.




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