Friday, November 3, 2017

A Call for Entries... a very Special Exhibit!

Announcing a Call for Entries....
We are excited to announce that the Virginia Quilt Museum will host a very special and much anticipated exhibit titled: Beyond the Valley.
A tribute to Esther Blair Matthews. The exhibit will run May 22, thru September 8, 2018. (see her original quilt finished in 1858 shown below)

Below is a picture of Esther's great-grandchildren sitting in front of her quilt at the Virginia Quilt Museum in 2015. Her family is very proud of Esther and how she chose to use her "voice" in 1858 to express her concerns and political sentiments through her quilt. Esther's story and quilt have also touched the hearts of many quilters around the country and the world.

We hope you will join us in celebrating Esther thru this special Exhibit! The exhibit will consist of quilts made by Quilters of all skill levels that have enjoyed following along with us here and have worked on creating their own version of this Botanical Album Quilt.

If you've made a quilt inspired by Esther, then we hope you will consider submitting your quilt for consideration. You can find details about our Call for Entries by clicking on the highighted blog link below:

Entry Form and Details for Exhibit

Happy Stitching!
Doreen & Dawn

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Quilting

We know some of you are quilting your Shenandoah Valley Botanical Album Quilt.

In this post, some closeups of Esther's quilting is included.

She did do some hand quilting within the appliqué motifs.

She used an echo style filler quilting around the outers edges of the appliqué blocks.

Esther also chose to hand quilt her name and date
in the quilt. It is subtle, yet large and readable.

I am looking forward to it being on exhibit again so I can see it in person, up close.

More and more, I am including my name and date in the quilting of my quilts. I will also be adding a hanging sleeve and label per the museum instructions.

Stay tuned for more on that!

Having just returned from traveling, I found my in process SVBAQ was being guarded and kept warm

Fortunately, I knew to keep a pillow case over the quilt to protect it from those dark kitty hairs.
She loves the quilt as much as I do, and we some lap time planned everyday with this quilt!

Now, I am back to my plan of an hour a day. That gets me to my goal (January 2) to complete it by the submission date a few days early. (January 5).

I am following Esther's echo - I am looking forward to seeing what you are doing!

However, only post little teaser photos if you are planning to submit your quilt for consideration.
The museum wants to keep the completed quilts unseen until the reveal of the exhibit.

If you are still working on appliqué, that is OK!
We would love to see those photos.  Fell free to email them or share them on the Facebook page.

Happy Stitching,
Doreen & Dawn

Sunday, July 30, 2017

End of Month 23

It is another busy month!

We have all kinds of updates....

Lin is well underway on her version.
Lin also finished her Lily Block

Karen created a beautiful rainbow on her brown background.

Many of you are working on all kinds of layouts, sashings, borders and finishing plans. Your progress  is very exciting.  If you are still working on blocks, keep sending and posting the photos. 
Remember to keep your finished tops and quilts a surprise if you are planning to enter the Virginia Quilt Museum Call For Entries.

Stay tuned for more details.
Happy Stitching,
Dawn and Doreen

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mid Month Show and Tell Month 23

Kay used reproduction prints 
Lots of variety in the block finishes!

Some participants opted to make an extra pineapple or tulip block and even out the block arrangement with matching corners.

We will save that for the final reveals - next year at the exhibit.

For now, let's enjoy the rainbows and stars.

Gail is doing a machine 'Quilt As You Go' technique

Nancy has two quilts underway -- one in flannel

Deanna has some soft French General colors
Shona finished her block - and all of the inking.
She's ready to assemble and start quilting.

LeMoyne has a special helper who also admires her work
So pretty in wool.

Sunshine on Shirting
Pieced Stars and Sun Rays 

Happy Stitching,

Doreen and Dawn

We have had many questions regarding the SVBAQ Blog and Facebook page - YES!
They will continue - we still have people starting, very exciting for the museum.  The help blog tabs and photos will remain open.
Keep those BLOCK photos coming.

We will continue providing support and inspiration you as you finish.

Please be sure to visit our blogging friends participating in the Sew Along by clicking on their links below:

Sunday, July 2, 2017

C-3 Rainbow Moon and Stars

"Rainbows are a religious symbol for hope and promise. Inside the rainbow in handwritten ink script are the maker’s name, date, and age. Quiltmaker Esther Matthews spelled her name "Ester" indicating that someone else, possibly her grandson Addison B. Martz, signed her name on her quilt"  ...Neva  

By process of knew the block for this month <vbg>.
I stitched mine in the winter of 2015 - twice!

I was living outside of Denver Colorado at the time. We were having a snow day so I settled in by the fireplace for a stitching day.

What better block to sew on than a rainbow!

In my enthusiasm, I stitched the sun in yellow.

You can see in the background the street plow had come by and I had done one round of shoveling.

Riipppp...Off came the yellow sun.

I decided I wanted to be true to Esther's quilt.

To stitch my rainbows I opted to start at the top of the rainbow basted the first color down. I then needle turned the top curve. Next, I basted the second color on, removing the basting thread of the first color. Then needle turned the top curve. On the lower edge I turned under little bottom edges. Basically building my rainbow as I went.

Esther's Large Star
Esther's Small Stars

Detail of the inking on the original quilt

Esther's hand quilting detail

We are excited to see so many people still joining the Shenandoah Valley Botanical Quilt Stitch Along.  Keep posting and sending in your BLOCK photos. We will keep sharing.
NOTE: If you are planning to show and or exhibit your SVBAQ please don't post the completed quilt.

Happy Stitching!
Doreen and Dawn
Please consider submitting your finished quilt for the Virginia Quilt Museum "Beyond The Valley"
exhibit. Details to follow.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

End of Month 22 Show & Tell + Special Announcement

This certainly has been an ambitious month for our members....
In addition to those finishing up the Red Touch Me Not blocks, several quilters have completed additional blocks that we announced in previous months.

First up are the beautiful Red Touch Me Not blocks:

Deanna's block:

Nancy's block:

Wendy's block:

Shona's block:

Linda Arndt finished up her beautiful Trumpet Honeysuckle:

Next up - our extremely productive members for the month of June.
Susie Corrao's blocks:

Lemoyne Meichner's blocks:

Kay Butler's blocks:

Deanna's blocks:

We'd like to end this post with some exciting news:

Happy Stitching!
Doreen and Dawn

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mid-month Show & Tell Month 22

As you can see, quilters are off to a wonderful start with their block completions and shares! So many wonderful variations of the Red Touch Me Not block.

Blocks stitched Modern:

Hand Dyed & Batiks:

Wool Applique':

1930's Reproduction:

Gail decided to create a block that represents a native plant to Virginia called Trumpet Creeper. She use several techniques including fussy cut, broderie perse and embroidery.

And Harolyn had decided to embroider tiny 4.5" versions of the blocks.

Please visit the links to our blog friends below.
You can also see more photos on the Facebook page HERE.
And we will have more Show & Tell to share at the end of this month.
Happy Stitching
Doreen & Dawn