Saturday, March 18, 2023

My Favourite Quilts at QuiltCon and some Slow Stitching.

The week got away from me and I did not show my favourite quilts from QuiltCon so I will show them to you in this post along with my stitching efforts from this past week.  I'll start with my stitching...

I have finished the flowers to the right of the rabbit in my Spring cross stitch picture and I'm now working on the carrots and beets under the rabbit and the flowers on the left side. I'm surprised all these flowers and vegetables have not been eaten by the bunny--that's what happened in our backyard when we had a vegetable garden.  The rabbits still nibble on some of the flowers...

Christine and I have decided to try to get together once a week to sew for a few hours.  This week, I showed her how to make a rope bowl.  I made the top one and Christine made the bottom one. 

Next, I tried an oval bowl. This shape is a little more challenging to keep the bottom of the bowl flat as you add the sides. 

Finn loves this squeaky carrot toy--I think it is his favourite--it had to be replaced once because it quit squeaking!

This is Finn telling me it was time for me to get his lunch ready.  He lets his wishes be known!

By now, you have all probably seen pictures of the prize winning quilts at QuiltCon.  They were spectacular and inspiring to see in person! I wanted to show you a few of my favourites that did not win prizes but by their very presence at QuiltCon, they were all winners!

When I was growing up, my aunt and uncle had a lava lamp.  I thought it was the coolest thing ever and could watch it for hours on end! Fast forward to when my daughter was a teenager...she won a lava lamp at a sports competition which she had in her room for the longest time. 

My husband came with me to QuiltCon and we spent a day and a half looking at all the quilts together.  This one was his favourite. I like looking at quilts with a non-quilter--gives a fresh perspective and he often sees something different than what I see. 

Atlanta QuiltCon marked the 10th anniversary of QuiltCon so there was a special challenge to make quilts with X, the Roman numeral for 10. This was my favourite X quilt.  I liked all of the scrappy fabrics she used to make the quilt and the 3-D X.  I'm also a big fan of orange!

My husband and I have done a number of architecture tours of mid-century modern buildings.  I think that's why this quilt appealed to me. (also the orange...)

The Banana Pickle quilt just made me smile!  

Chawne Kimber was the keynote speaker and had a special exhibit of some of her very thought provoking quilts at QuiltCon.  The video footage that inspired this quilt just haunts me. 

Chawne Kimber hand quilts her quilts.  This one was done with pearl cotton X's in various colours, often with two different coloured strands in each X.  Amazing to look at these pieces of art up close. 

I went to several lectures at QuiltCon including the keynote by Chawne Kimber. I am already looking forward to attending the 2024 QuiltCon in Raleigh, North Carolina next year.  

I will link up with Kathy and the Slow Sunday Stitchers in the morning. 


  1. Your cross stitch is looking lovely. Some beautiful quilts at the show. I especially like the giant X. The colour shading and stitching on the x is very clever! Faye had a lava lamp for years, a fun quilt! Sarah quilting by the sea

  2. So many fascinating quilts. The X quilt is stunning and the Lava Lamp one is amazing. Gosh, so many clever and unique quilters out there.

  3. Motivationally idea to get together with a friend to regularly sew. The lava lamp quilt is my fav from the non-awarded quilts. Happy cross stitching.

  4. Your cross stitch is looking so pretty!

  5. Thanks for sharing those great quilts from QuiltCon! I bet you were really inspired by all the creativity. Your bunny is looking good, and so are the rope bowls!

  6. The rope bowls are fantastic, lovely work. Bunnies remind me that spring is coming, and I see we both have a bunny in our stitching this week.

  7. I love your cross stitched bunny. Thanks for the QuiltCon pics. Those are some fabulous quilts. Happy stitching!

  8. Beautiful quilts, thanks for sharing. Your cross stitch bunny is so pretty and looks like it will be ready for Easter Time. Love the bows. Have a nice week, Gail.

  9. The rope bowls are fantastic, clever you showing you friend how go make them. So nice to see Finn with his squeaky carrot toy! It's interesting what catches our eye at quilt shows, everyone's taste is different and individual. I Cant Breathe has such a haunting story, that video was shown world wide.

  10. I love, love, LOVE the rope bowls. Would you consider selling one or two? I have no idea how much they cost to make or how much time it takes but they are gorgeous. Your friend must have had a great teacher but it looks fantastic too. I would think Raleigh NC would be a closer drive for you next year. My brother lives sort of in the area. I may consider going next year too!

  11. I adore the quilting on Florally. The X quilt is fantastic also. I always like quilts that look 3D. Your bunny stitching is really growing. Love the bowls. Now I have to see if I can find a squeaky carrot for Ruby who is coming to visit today. Finn looks happy.