A Dairy Queen Surprise

Last week I mentioned that Wendy and I set up a quilting studio in the kitchen of the guest house we stay in, like we do every year. This year we spent many hours stitching with the warm Kentucky breeze blowing in the door – it was lovely. My plan was to create samples for some new WCTC classes. I also took 2 workshops while at AQS: Linda Poole’s “Hoot” – working with Inktense pencils, and Kathy McNeil’s “Summer Seascape”, learning her way to appliqué. Both were excellent and I have plans for the samples. Here are the pieces I worked on in Paducah:

Paducah-16-projects

 

While stitching one day, my friend Kathy sent me an invite to an annual “party” they host during Quilt Week, at the Dairy Queen on Friday night. Wendy was taking a class, so I decided it would be something fun to do. Boy, was I right! I arrived, said my hellos to everyone, and then purchased my peanut butter cup blizzard. While we were enjoying the ice cream a bearded man came up to our group (which numbered about a dozen) and welcomed us to Paducah. He said that he’d been looking for a group of quilters and had something in his trunk he wanted to show us.

A few moments later his wife and daughter came in with a large garbage bag, and began to pull a quilt from it. Melissa explained that it was made by her grandmother in 1979. The back was a very bright yellow solid fabric with a red border. I had no idea what to expect – and then she unfolded one of the most beautiful crazy quilts I’ve seen!

CQ-Paducah-16-Shaws

The embroidery was spectacular and we spent a lot of time admiring all the wonderful details.

CQ-Paducah-16-racoon CQ-Paducah-16-spider CQ-Paducah-16-qal CQ-Paducah-16-pixie CQ-Paducah-16-basket

And look at the beautiful way Melissa’s grandmother signed her quilt:

CQ-Paducah-16-name

Some of the most amazing things happen when you least expect them.

CQ-DQ-group

Thank you to the Shaws’ for sharing their lovely quilt.

And thanks for the invite Kathy! Same time next year?


3 Opinions

  • Norma said:

    the most beautiful embroidery I have seen on a crazy quilt. What a treasure.

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  • Patti Neavin said:

    What a stunning quilt!! She is so lucky to have that beautiful work of art her grandmother made.

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  • Mary Beth Weeks said:

    So glad this beautiful and amazing quilt got to meet with such an appreciative audience. Thanks for sharing!

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