Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving. . . already???

Well, Thanksgiving is already here, can anyone believe it?  I'm not sure where the last few months have gone.  I know I feel like someone pushed me off a speeding train and I am still living back in July.  I never seem to be ready for this time of year, but like it or not, I've had to get a grip and come to terms with the fact that the holidays are really here.

I thought I was actually ahead of the game for once when I was inspired in early September to work on a fall-inspired quilt.  Originally the plan was that it would be hanging in my house during the months of October and November.  Oh well, maybe next year!
I had wanted to capture a softer autumn feeling in this quilt and as I was also going through my fabric stash, I realized I rarely use orange fabrics, but I have way too many of them!  I had started cutting and using scraps for the sashing, which I foundation-pieced.  I auditioned several different options for the blocks and loved the look of scrappy Dresdens.  It took a couple of months to get it all together and completed, but I am happy with the finished look, although it still needs to be quilted.  I've titled it Tupelo Honey, partly after the Van Morrison song and partly because I started reading about Tupelo trees that grow in northwest Florida.  The honey that is produced from the tree's flowers is the gold standard that all other honey is compared to.  The trees also turn a beautiful orange color and since we don't really have traditional fall like the northern states, this is my version of fall!
So let's catch up. . . I had mentioned in my previous post that I had been notified that I had won an award at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in October.  We flew out there for several days and attended the Awards Ceremony.  I was completely taken by surprise when my quilt, Grandmother's Cabin, won first place in the Traditional Pieced category.  What an honor!  And for those of you that may not know this, they do not split up the categories in the Houston show with long arm quilted quilts and domestic machine quilted quilts, they are lumped together.  So the competition is very high, to say the least.  Some of the very best long arm quilters, whom I greatly admire, were in the same category.  Having my quilt achieve such an award is quite an honor for me, since I quilt on my home machine and never felt I could really compete with the long arm quilters.  Here are just a few of the quilts that were in the Traditional Pieced category:
Stargaze by Susan Liimatta, Wisconsin
 Stargaze (detail)
 White House Hexagons by Fiona Bell, Australia
 Cardinal Points by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, Illinois

Cardinal Points (detail)

 Starstruck by Carolyn Hughes & Errol A. Hughes Jr., Texas
Starstruck (detail)
Houston is always so inspiring, the number of quilts on display as well as the immense variety is overwhelming.  One of my favorite exhibits there was the Quilts de Légende Brouage 2015 exhibit by French quilters.  These quilts are pieced, appliqued and quilted entirely by hand and they are breathtaking!  All are copies of antique quilts and done in reproduction fabrics.  They are exquisite.  Of course, photos don't do them justice, but hope you enjoy some eye candy, just the same.
Somerset by Marie-Francoise Gregoire 
Somerset (detail)

Potomac by Yvonne Calvez 

Potomac (detail)

Bouquet d'ananas by Laurence & Eric Durth 
Bouquet d'ananas  (detail)

Legende by Simone Patouillard

Chesapeake by Aline Joulin 
Chesapeake (detail)

 In Memory of Ann Randoll by Martine Lanux
In Memory of Ann Randoll (detail)

 Cephee by Marie-Josephe Veteau
Cephee (detail)
 Champ de Tournesols by Gabrielle Paquin
 Champ de Tournesols (detail)
 La Bertauderie by Monique Hovette
 Wales by Aline Joulin
 Wales (detail)
 Miss Rosetta by Dominique Husson
 Miss Rosetta (detail)
 Antique Basket Quilt by Ghislaine Lucas
 Scaramouche by Dominique Husson
 Amish by Anne-Marie Uguen
 Sunburst Avec Etoiles by Louise Marie Stipon
 Jeu de Dames by Anne-Marie Uguen
 Potomac by Annick Tauzin
Potomac (detail)

Hope all of you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends!  Happy Quilting!


  1. Rahna, Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing all those lovely quilts, truly inspiring.Congratulations on your win, how special it must be when you see the competition, but I know your win was well deserved. Enjoy !!!

  2. Congrats on the win. I am truly amazed with the hand piecing on those French quilts.
    Happy Turkey Day. Debbie

  3. Congratulations on a VERY well-deserved prize! Thanks for sharing all the pictures from the show -- there are so many quilts that I missed -- just not enough time. I got a picture of the best one though ;-D. Love your new fall quilt too!

  4. Hi Rahna,
    congratulations again on your well deserved win at Houston. My friends took pictures and brought them home for me to see.
    This is just to wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year. I'm looking forward to seeing what you are up to in 2017 and being inspired yet again!
    All the best,