Sunday, December 22, 2013

Inspirational Sunday (13) - via the 2013 International Quilt Festival in Long Beach

Today's quilts seemed festive to me.  Since this is the last Sunday before Christmas, I felt it was the best time to share them.

The first one is called "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" by Patricia Adair of Huntington Beach, CA.  The design source was Judy Neimeyer's Diamond Wedding Ring pattern.  It was paper pieced, hand appliqued and quilted on her domestic machine.

"Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" by Patricia Adair of Huntington Beach, CA

The quilter's statement: "I started this quilt in Judy Niemeyer's class at Road to California in 2005.  I got the center done, but was intimidated by the border.  Our UFO Challenge got me working on it again.  Sometimes we need to revisit our UFO's because our skills improve and what was difficult back then is now doable!"

How true!

"Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" by Patricia Adair, close up

Have you had a UFO that you were glad you put off, because your skills improved enough to make it really special?

The next one is called "Pretty Is As Pretty Does" by Cyndia Gerner of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Her design source was the Feathered Star and medallion antique quilts.  She hand appliqued, machine pieced, and machine quilted this quilt.

"Pretty Is As Pretty Does" by Cyndia Gerner of Indianapolis, Indiana

She says, "This Civil War reproduction quilt was inspired by a Feathered Star beelet challenge.  These fabrics do no appeal to everyone but they sing to me.  In the "use it up, make it do" attitude of our foremothers the design needed to be of a scrappy nature.  I wanted this quilt to represent what it could be like for a quilter using what she had but dreaming of more."

"Pretty Is As Pretty Does" by Cyndia Gerner, close up

Civil War fabrics don't really sing to me, but I can appreciate them in a beautiful quilt like this one.

Next week, a little "all that glitters" in time for the New Year.

Thanks for reading,



  1. Wow, aren't they amazing! I really like the border of the first one, simple but unusual. Hope you all had a great Christmas xxxx

  2. Love them both. So true about revisiting our UFOs. Thanks for sharing.


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