Wednesday, March 21, 2012


 (click to see youtube of the last day)
 651 pieces from the collection of Joanna Rose.
A year has passed since I packed my bags and took the red eye to The Big Apple.

It was a trip that included a lot of firsts. The first time I dared to take a trip like this.
People thought I was crazy, travelling across the country to NYC to see some old quilts.

What I didn't know at the time was how this trip would change my life. I, like most of you, are passionate about quilts and quilting. To see a show of this magnitude was amazing and beyond words. Reflecting back on it, it almost seems surreal.
This show has sent ripples through the quilt world. Yes, world. Linda from Quilts in the Barn is working hard on a Red and White exhibit for her annual quilt show. Just Takes 2 is working hard at reproducing blocks from many of the displayed quilts. All over the world, R and W quilts are quietly being made again, all because of this one show.

My version of Just Takes 2.  A work in progress that will deviate from the published patterns. I just don't know when that will happen, but I'm sure it will.

Making 1/2 square triangles that finish at 1"  I really like using Triangles on a Roll
Can you guess what block I"m making?  So far I have one of 4 sections togher for the corner squares. 
 Slow and careful will win this block.
I had to stop for this!  I wind 10 bobbins at a time. 
Aurifil, can you please make pre wound bobbins for my machine?
Then I do this.  10 bobbins and it's time for a new needle. 
And for one last shot, here is my next block, #23 of 25 for my BTCT. 

I hope you take some time to reflect back on this show, it was truly an amazing experience.


Louise said...

I just knew you were right on task with all of these wonderful blocks red/white and otherwise..boy once the wedding bells stop ringing I will have major work ahead of me. The JT 2 blocks look great.

Janet O. said...

As the JT 2 quilts begin to come together I will watch with interest to see where you go your own way.
Love that BTCT block--partly because it contains purple flowers!!

Linda C said...

The ripples from that exhibit just keep going. While l know our exhibit in our barn won't be anywhere as magnificent as the one we saw in NYC (not unless Thinc decide to get involved!! LOL )
l know many people will be as inspired as we all have been to continue to make red and white quilt ripples for years to come.
It was a true joy to meet you and hopefully will again someday.
BTW, loving your just take 2 blocks.

Kathie said...

its amazing it was a year ago...oh I still think about the exhibit a lot and am very influenced to still make red and white quilts love your latest block...

Beth D said...

I did not go to New York for the show, but just from what I've seen online, that was the show of the century! And I too, am starting a red and white quilt. (Just what I need, another UFO!)

Lori said...

Fantastic Sharon!! Your FS is going to be lovely!!
I cannot believe it has already been a year!!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I was just talking to a friend about the exhibit it yesterday.I love your idea about 10 bobbins and a needle change, great idea!

liz said...

Definitely a defining moment in modern quilt history. Wish I had been part of it, but at least with computers those left behind got some sense of it.

Janet said...

Even those of us that didn't go have been influenced by the exhibit, it's often on my mind and my i phone and my i pad, lol. Love the latest btct block.

The Quilted Finish ph 02 63310084 said...

Love your blocks. Your 10 bobbins then a new needle is a great idea!
There's something about 2 colour quilts, especially red and white that really speaks to us quilt makers. I'm about to start a red and white double Irish Chain.