Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Show and the Selvages

 "Wildflowers" - Prairie Quilt Guild's 2014 Opportunity Quilt
designed by Kim McLean, adaptations with permission
appliqued by PQG members, machine quilted by Kim Hull

Our guild, Prairie Quilt Guild of Wichita, Kansas, is getting ready for its biennial quilt show, Common Threads 2014, which will be held June 26-28. There will be 500+ quilts on display, everything from beginners to advanced quilts. Some will be judged by our NQA certified judge and quilt appraisals can also be arranged. Plus demonstrations, shopping at the vendors, a used quilt book sale, make it take it booth, etc. By the way, there's still vendor space available if anyone's interested.  We like to shop!

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This is my first year to be on the show committee and I'm in charge of the show book. Some days I think I know what I'm doing and some days ... ha. I feel like I'm getting a crash course on what happens behind the scenes of a quilt show. Lots more work than most people can comprehend!

Back to the quilts, I've entered five of mine - three in the general entry category and two to be judged: Phebe and the Selvage Star of Bethlehem quilt.

Remember this picture I showed you in a previous blog post? This is the inspiration for my Selvage Star of Bethlehem quilt.

Here's my version of the quilt. I just got it back from the machine quilter so no binding, label or sleeve yet. Too busy with the show book and life right now. I'm hoping it will all get done soon!

As usual, Jan the machine quilter did a wonderful job. Follow that link to see what she won at Paducah!

Sometimes I wonder if Jan secretly takes my quilts apart and repieces to make them more accurate! She says she doesn't like to piece but suspiciously, my quilts always look much better when I get them back.

Jan stitched around each selvage. Can you believe that? I haven't counted how many selvages there are but she must really like to Stitch in a Ditch!

Must get back to the quilt show book so that's all from me this time!

Take care, Mayleen


  1. Wow! The Selvedge Star quilt looks brilliant, the combination of your piecing and the quilting are just stunning. All the best for the big show and for all your entries.

  2. Your quilt is amazing and was a pleasure to quilt - I didn't see any piecing problems up close. I'm so glad you don't make 'normal' quilts Mayleen!

  3. great raffle quilt and your selvage quilt is absolutely stunning and the quilting is beautiful!

  4. Your quilt is great, Maylene! As always, you do beautiful work, and your quilter is very talented. So glad you pointed us to Jan's blog as I realized I interviewed her in Paducah! I did the write-up about the winning quilt she and Gail made together. Gosh, that Jan is an amazing quilter. I can only dream about ever being that good.