Sauder Village Quilt Show Awards Dinner

Last night was the Sauder Village Quilt Show Awards Dinner, held at the Heritage Inn at Sauder Village. It was a really fun evening, featuring a talk and trunk show by Bill Kerr, this year’s guest teacher. It was not just interesting; we were able to see (and touch) his quilts. Bill and his wife, Weeks Ringle, of Modern Quilt Studio, collaborate on their quilts and we were given a peek into the process they use to come up with ideas and see the quilts through to completion. It’s always inspiring to see and hear from other quilters (in this case artists!) and I’m always influenced in one way or another.

Sauder Village Quilt Show 2015 Prior to Bill’s presentation there was a slideshow of the winning quilts and first place winners were each presented with a plate made by┬áthe Sauder Village potter – Mark Nafziger. Each year Mark designs a plate for the winners; this year he has based the center design on a Modern Quilt Studio design.

To say I’m thrilled to have one of these plates is an understatement! It will have a place of pride in my quilt studio. When I get frustrated with a particular design I can look to it as a reminder that hard work pays off.

I’ll be going back to the show tomorrow for one more look and to pick up my quilt, and I’ll look forward to seeing all the beautiful quilts at next year’s show. Check the Sauder Village website for more details on the 2016 Quilt Show.

Pineapple Delight


Pineapple DelightI’m so pleased that my miniature pineapple won first place at the Sauder Village Quilt Show. It was unexpected and a thrill! Pineapple Delight is 14 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ and was foundation paper pieced. It was pieced with #aurifil 50 wt. cotton thread. It kept my seams bulk-free and gave me the precision I wanted.

Every quilt has a story and here is this one’s: “Knowing that I enjoy working on small blocks, my friend and quilting buddy Kathy Clark challenged me to create this miniature pineapple quilt. The kit Kathy gave me called for making either three or five inch foundation paper pieced blocks; I chose to go with three and a half inch blocks instead. Pineapple Delight, to my mind, contains all the best things about quilting: it was a gift from a quilting friend; it challenged me to take my skills to another level; it is scrappy and traditional; and I made it at the Sauder Village Quilt Retreat, where I met Kathy several years ago.”

I did a quick once around the show tonight and there are so many lovely quilts to see. If you’re in the northwest Ohio area it’s a must see! I’m looking forward to spending more time at the show later this week.