Thursday, March 12, 2015

AQS Lancaster Quilts

Sorry for the delay in posting these last few days. I've been working hard on the banner for Top Anchor Quilting Tools and then I left to come to Lancaster PA for the AQS show.


I haven't gotten to see much of the actual show, since I've been super busy demonstrating how to use long arm rulers on my domestic sewing machine. So many quilters are blown away with the idea of ruler work.

Several weeks before, I contacted a few people at Janome to let them know I'd be at the show demo'ing on my new machine, Janome 8200 and that the technique I used required the Janome Convertible Free Motion Foot Set and the ruler foot from the Frame Quilting Foot Set and would they please make sure that any Janome booths had those feet in stock. I was told they would. By this afternoon, I was told by quilters that the Janome and Elna booths were both out of those feet. Quilters are loving being able to do ruler work on their domestic sewing machine or sit-down long arm.

I snuck away this afternoon and made it down one aisle of show quilts before returning to the booth. Happily, it was the row that a quilt each from Margaret Solomon-Gunn and Bethanne Nemish were hung. The other quilts were wonderful of course, but these gals do amazing longarm work and have inspired my quilting over the years though I've never met them.




Words nor pictures do these quilts justice! Amazing quilting and fine detail work. I want to be like them when I grow up, but without the long arm. Though I'm not sure I have it in me to do such meticulous detail. Below, you can see the beaded piping that Bethanne pieced into her quilt. Those are beads stitched inside a bias strip.








I am exhausted from doing so much chatting with so many wonderful, friendly, and enthusiastic quilters! I hope to post more quilts from the show over the next few days.

11 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are having a great time. What stunning quilts.

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  2. Your sign for Top Anchor turned out spectacular! Thanks for taking time to share the show with those of us who cannot be there. I am not surprised that Janome sold out of ruler feet! Amazon was sold out too last week when I found mine on Sewingmachinesplus.com. Can't wait for it to get here!!

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  3. so sweet to see you pursuing your dreams, one stitch at a time! nice work amy, the banner is beautiful. God BLESS you!!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing and such gorgeous quilts sounds like you had a wonderful time! Love my Janome convertible foot and framing ruler foot not surprised they sold out, they are awesome!!!

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  5. Amy, You are very kind to post these. I know Bethanne and she's fabulous. Glad you got to see my quilt! (wish I could too!)

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    1. Squeeeeee! Margaret Solomon Gunn commented on my blog!

      Seriously, I learn so much from you and Bethanne. If I remember correctly from your blog, our kids are at the same spacing, but mine are a few years younger. (5, 8, and 10) It gives me hope that I’ll get more quilting done once they are all in school. But I can tell that you both have more talent, diligence to hone it, and an eye for detail than I might ever have. Though I’ll keep trying!

      I cannot wrap my mind around how you get all that fine detailed work done on those giant machines!

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  6. Oh Amy, you're a girl after my heart. I too admire the work of Margaret Solomon-Gunn, and at Paducah in 2014, I had the opportunity to interview her about her ribbon-winning work, for the July issue of "American Quilter" magazine. She pretty much quilts all the time. As much as I strive to do work like hers, I don't have the dedication to make it the focus of every quilt I make. I like piecing too!

    I'm happy for you to be sharing ruler work with domestic machine quilters. I haven't mastered it yet, but I sure appreciate having the tools here to use when I can. Keep up your lovely work! (After a good long rest from Lancaster, of course!)

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  7. the banner turned out beautifully Amy! Thank you for posting such great pictures of Margaret and Bethanne's quilts! Those two are among my quilting heros - I love their work! lucky you seeing it up close!

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    1. I could have studied both quilts all day long if I had time!

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