Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Melbourne, Fl Quilt Show favorites - The Mini Quilts

Last Saturday, I visited the Melbourne Quilt show. Melbourne is 15 or 20 miles south of Cape Canaveral. There were hundreds of people at the show. I'm so glad I went. I'll take a couple of days to show you some quilts that were personal favorites of mine. Today I'll show you my favorite mini quits first because my friend at home, Linda H. is working on a mini and she promised to show it on her blog soon.

This first churn dash mini was exquisite. It is about 18" wide by 24" tall. The piecing was perfect, but what I loved most about this was the machine quilting and the binding.
The quilting is whimsical and surprising to see the the swirls and bubbles in the quilting. I am a binding lover and I love how the maker of this quilt did an uneven curved binding. It really made me smile. I sorry I didn't get the name of the maker of this quilt.

This next mini was slightly bigger than the churn dash above. What struck me on this quilt was the colors, the traditional style, and how the Irish chain extends out to the corners. It reminds me of the layout of the Lemoyne star quilt that I'm working on now.
But what is so different for this mini, is the embellishment of the borders. It's has the skinniest vines you ever saw. And they are embellished with 5 spoke silk ribbon roses. It also has beading to add a bit of sparkle. It is just sweet.

This last mini was made by Kathy Gardze. This was made from a Caryl Brayer Fallert pattern in a workshop she took recently. This piece is so small. I'm glad I caught a bit of the label in the photo to show you just how small it is. There was another full size quilt just like this in the show. I will have to check my other camera to see if it was the same maker. I'm guessing it is.

Watch tomorrow for another group of favorites from the Melbourne 2010 quilt show.


Linda H said...

Ooooohhh, Gail, I LOVE these... wish I had been with you!!

Lee said...

I just love these! Like Linda, I wish I had been there too!

Anonymous said...

I'll make that three! Linda G