Stephenson’s Family Quilt 2015

I am really behind on sharing my customers’ quilts, so I am going to try to get as many of them posted today as possible.  I apologize up front for bombarding you with all the eye candy.  😉

Judy’s family reunion is later this month, I think.  I cannot believe how much Judy has gotten done this past year.  She has been our quilt guild’s boutique chairperson for the booth the guild is having at the Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival in June.  You can find out more about the quilt festival here.  They’ve got a really cute cinch bag for sale for only $8!  You can find that here.  Anyhow, I digress… Judy has been working on 1,000 kits for guild members to make stuff from to sell in the booth.  She’s come up with tons of ideas for little and big items and has been cutting, gathering, arranging, distributing over and over again amidst all the other things she’s had going on in her life  I have no idea how she’s survived this past year.  I don’t ever want to have to follow in her footsteps!

On top of all that, she managed to get the family quilt done.  She auctions the quilts off at the family reunion to raise money for family members in need.  Isn’t that awesome?  And, to add to her stress, I started something baaaaad when I quilted her family quilt last year.  I stitched names and dates into it.  So, this year, she machine embroidered names and dates into nearly all the blocks, I think.  She said it took her for. ever!  And, I believe it!

First off, let’s look at the whole quilt.  I LOVE how Judy made this a scrappy quilt with all the different colors and fabrics, yet she pulled the colors together in each of the blocks and then, “pow!”, added them out into the checkerboard border.  She really pulled this off well, in my humble opinion.


Now, as you look at the picture above, I want to show you the parts where she embroidered the names and dates.  Here’s a close-up of the embroidery – it’s in white, so it is subtle and doesn’t over power the rest of the quilt.  Do you see it in the strip across the middle of this picture below?


Here’s another view where you can see the embroidered strips above and below each block.


And, to put it all into perspective, here is a shot of it draped across my quilting machine’s frame.  Now, go back up to the top of this post and look at the full view of the quilt.  Impressive, huh?  Each time I look at it, I am amazed that Judy was able to pull together all she has this year.  I think the colors, the stars, the Irish Chain and the checkerboard border are all symbolic of this past year for Judy.  She’s had some jewels in her life, it’s been colorful and sometimes probably drastic and dramatic, she’s had some chains, she’s kept them in her reign (with the solid strip between the blocks and the border) while dealing with the stepping stones (checkerboard border) around her life.


Okay, so after all that, this is what I contributed, trying to give it some elegance while staying out of the way… don’t expect much.  LOL!

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Well… it kind of goes with the paisley backing of the quilt.  <laughing again>

Do you know who Hollis Chatelain is?

I am shocked when I find out people do not know who Hollis Chatelain is.  To me she is a rock star.  But, really, she is a quilter.  She is an artistic quilter, an award winning quilter, and she is known internationally.    When people see her quilts, they gasp.  They stare in wonder, trying to figure out how on earth she does what she does and where she gets her ideas.  She is my hero, and when I grow up, I want to be just like her.  Or… I want to have her artistic quilting talent in my next life.

So, the 2 quilting guilds that I belong to (Blue Valley Quilters Guild in Olathe, KS and Mo-Kan Machine Quilters Guild in Overland Park, KS) are co-hosting Hollis the first week of September; just 2 weeks away.  I feel so fortunate to be able to meet Hollis in person and to see her quilts in person.  I get to go to her morning lecture, “The Relationship Between Drawing and Quilting” on Tuesday morning, Sept. 4th.  Tuesday evening I get to attend her lecture, “The Emotion of Color.”  And, I get to take a couple of workshops with her as my teacher: all day Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 5 & 6) I’ll be learning “Painting Images with Dyes” and on Friday, the 7th, I will learn about “Quilt Line as the Third Design Aspect.”

Take a look at her website at  Eleven of her quilts have been part of a traveling exhibition called Imagine Hope.  You can find out more about that at  But, I think you will especially enjoy hearing her speak about her work and experiences at  And, if you ever get a chance to see the movie, “Stitched” with her in it, DO IT!!!  If you are a quilter, you will really enjoy it.  To buy the DVD, contact Jena Moreno at for more information.

Hollis’ quilt won Viewer’s Choice Award at the International Quilt Festival’s show in Houston, Texas; November, 2011 – yes, that “picture” behind her is a quilt that she quilted on her domestic sewing machine!  If you ever get a chance to see this up close and personal, look for all the other little people within the stitching of the face.  I guarantee you will walk away from it with a new perspective.

*Note: pictures are from Hollis’ Facebook page and Imagine Hope’s Facebook Fan Page

FOR MORE INFORMATION on any of these events, please click on the “Contact Me” tab at the top of this blog page.