Best day of the year…

Saturday is National Quilting Day – the 25th Anniversary celebration.  It’s my favorite day of the year – right after National Waffle Day.  (That’s next week so mark your calendars for the 25th.)

Quilt Alliance National Quilting Day

Begun in 1989 by the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society as a “Quilter’s Day Out” on the 3rd Saturday of March, the celebration was taken to a national level by the National Quilting Association in 1991.

The first National Quilting Day was observed on March 21, 1992 and it quickly grew into an international celebration of quilt-makers and quilt lovers.

But I bet you already knew that.  I didn’t – the nice folks at The Quilt Alliance filled me in.

(Did you see that Kaffe Fassett is this year’s speaker at Quilter’s Take Manhattan?)

Kaffe Stripes On Point

This is one of Kaffe’s quilts.

There are all sorts of special events at quilt shops, guilds and any place quilters like to gather.  (If you see that Target or Ikea is having some kind of National Quilting Day event, be sure to let me know, okay?)

If you’re in Lincoln, Nebraska, the International Quilt Study Center & Museum has a day-long schedule of events.

I would go to Lincoln just to see these quilts by Shizuko Kuroha – they’re part of an exhibit titled Blue Echoes.  It’s the first-ever solo exhibition by a Japanese artist at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum.

Shizuko Kuroha

Shizuko is also the author of several outstanding books, including “Log Cabin Restructured” from Krause.  Her work is varied – and always spectacular.

Because Saturday is about celebrating quilt-makers, quilt-making and quilts, I decided that I wanted to share some of the quilts made by a few of my favorite people.

These ladies.

Designers

These images have been unrepentantly “borrowed” from their Instagram pictures.

Zen Chic BOM 2016

This is Brigitte Heiland’s – she’s Zen Chic – Block of the Month for 2016.  It is made with For You and Flow, and it is a free pattern on a German website.  (If you get a virus or it doesn’t work – just remember that I don’t read German.)  Instagram – @zenchicmoda.

Thimbleblossoms Swiss

Swiss by Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms – and Bonnie & Camille.  It’s made with the red prints from Little Ruby  – mostly.  @thimbleblossoms

Lisa Bongean Primitive Christmas

Silent Night from the Christmas Gatherings book by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings@lisabongean

Jan Patek Sleigh Bells

Jan Patek’s Sleigh Bells.  It was one of Jan’s Blocks of the Month.  @jan_patek_quilts

Sandy Klop Just For Fun

Just Plain Awesome by Sandy Klop – American Jane.  That’s my name for it, I’m not sure she has one other than “Made this at Retreat”.  Sandy started making scrappy nine-patches without a plan… and this is what she ended up with.  Genius.  @genius.  Though she prefers – @sandyklop

Lella Boutique Cottage Blossoms

Cottage Blossoms – made with Little Miss Sunshine by Vanessa Goertzen – Lella Boutique@LellaBoutique

Fig Tree Mystery Sampler

Mixing several different Figgy collections, this is Fig Tree’s Mystery Sampler from 2015 – Joanna Figueroa for Fig Tree & Co..  (If this doesn’t become a pattern so that I can make it… a head will roll.)  @figtreeandco

French General Ville Fleurie

La Lavande by Kaari Meng for French General – the fabric is Ville Fleurie@frenchgeneral

Corey Yoder Star-Crossed APQ

Star-Crossed by Corey Yoder – this quilt is made with Corey’s Prairie collection and it’s featured in the April 2016 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.  Corey’s pattern company is Coriander Quilts.  @lmshabby

Bonnie Cotton Way Snippets

So many gorgeous Snippets from Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way – and Bonnie & Camille.  I spy lots of wonderful collections – Daysail, Hello Darling, Happy Go Lucky, Miss Kate, Scrumptious, Marmalade, Modern Vintage… and I’m sure I’ve forgotten at least one.  @bonniecottonway

Janet Clare Story Quilt

This is one of Janet Clare’s amazing”story” quilts.  I don’t know which book or pattern it is, but I love the subtle color and the variety of block sizes and elements.  It’s really quite perfect, isn’t it?  @janeteclare

Kathy Schmitz A Bountiful Year BOM

A Bountiful Year – this is a beautifully embroidered block from Kathy Schmitz‘ new Block of the Month using Count Your Blessings@kathyschmitzstitches

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This is Dreamcatcher – this version is made with Laundry Basket Quilts’ upcoming Blue Barn collection.  Don’t laugh but “finding” a quilt among Edyta’s pictures was the biggest challenge – the hardest.  She makes so many beautiful quilts and then posts such gorgeous pictures of them that it was very hard to pick just one!

So I didn’t.

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So a note to the other designers… as much as I love your Instagrams, Edyta makes my life-job so much easier.  @laundrybasketquilts

Mary & Barb – the sisters that are Me & My Sister Designs.

Me & My Sister Bandana Freebie

This wonderful throw quilt is made with Bandana, and it’s a free pattern on their website.  You really need it, don’t you?  @meandmysisterdesigns

Star A Day

While all these gorgeous fabrics are from Minick & Simpson collections, Laurie made this quilt using Somerset Patchwork’s – Karen Styles – Star A Day pattern and template.  It’s entirely hand-pieced – and Laurie will surely hand-quilt it.  I know… she’s such a show-off.  @minickandsimpson

April Rosenthal Scraps

This is just a little bit of April Rosenthal’s quilt from the new Scraps Inc. Vol. 2 book from Lucky Spool.  Made with her Best.Day.Ever. and Meadowbloom collections, April’s quilt is so gloriously colorful that I’ve had the book open to this page on my desk for more than a week. @amrosenthal

Geode Front

Kate Spain’s Geode – made using her beautiful Canyon collection.  (One of my favorites, if you’re curious.)

Geode Back

The back of Geode – improv-pieced using leftovers from making the front of the quilt.  Can you believe that Kate has only been quilting a few years?  She’s a natural – I think it’s that “super-talented artist” thing adapting to a new medium. @katespain

Amy Ellis Twilight Chic Neutrals

Amy Ellis’ Twilight from the I Love Log Cabins book by Martingale/That Patchwork Place.  It’s made with her Chic Neutrals collection – the 1 1/2″ Honeybuns.   @amyscreativeside

And finally… Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell.

Long Time Gone

This will be a Block of the Month pattern later this year – I think Jen said in the Fall.  I love every single thing about it – especially the glorious variety of fabrics and colors. @jenkingwell

I know I’ve missed a long list of amazing quilters who are also Moda designers but I’ll get them next time – soon.  So to Barbara BrackmanBetsy Chutchian, LUKE Haynes, A Quilting Life, Brenda Riddle, Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill, Erin Michael, Gina Martin, Holly Taylor, Deb Strain, Barb & Alma of Blackbird Designs, Beth & Haley & Carrie of OneCanoeTwo, Sandy Gervais, Pat Sloan, Vanessa Christenson of V & Co., Stacy Iest Hsu, the sweet ladies of Sweetwater, Lynne Hagemeir of Kansas Troubles and Wenche Wolfe Hatling.

Next time, right?

Happy National Quilting Day!

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11 comments on “Best day of the year…

  1. Gene Black says:

    Great post, but I was a little disappointed that there were no guys in your favorite quilters.

    • Carrie Nelson says:

      Hi Gene! The quilts I shared all have one thing in common – they were made by the fabric designers for Moda. We have just one guy in the henhouse, Luke Haynes, and he’s on my list for “next time”. (He also wasn’t in the collage and that’s what I used for my reference point.)

      Favorite quilters? That’s a much longer list – and it includes quite a few men. 🙂

  2. Helen says:

    Great post, lots of my favourite quilters and fabric. Happy quilters day from down under

  3. Karen Seitz says:

    Such perfect eye candy for my day off work!

  4. Mary Andra says:

    Love seeing all this talent in one posting. Very inspiring.

  5. Mary Ann says:

    Such a great post Carrie. Now I am off to track down some of these patterns and maybe a little more fabric.

  6. Kristi says:

    Great post, Carrie, as always! There are so many different styles, colors, patterns in quilting that it’s difficult to choose a favorite so I will love it all! Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Cathy Mc. says:

    I wonder if Target and Ikea know what a fan base they have among quilters! Thanks for the online quilt show, some lovelies here.

  8. Must have been a tough job narrowing down your list, but I have to say the ones you chose are so deserving!

  9. Janice Holton says:

    Can you tell me where to access the pattern shown on the quilt you pictured by Bonnie & Camille?

  10. Brenda says:

    Hove you been to Lincoln to see Shizuko Kuroho’s exhibit yet? You have until May 25.

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