A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending the Maggie Ball trunk show put on by our guild. Maggie is from the Seattle area, so was able to drive down with LOTS of quilts! I am just going to put my photos in now, and will add notes to the ones I can remember. :)
Maggie worked with a school her son attended to create auction quilts with each grade.
This class wrote down a word that came to mind when they thought of trees.
The snowflakes were created by cutting them out of freezer paper, ironing them to the white fabric, sponge painting with fabric paint around it (the students did that part), then peeling the freezer paper off.
The hearts were hand appliqued down with a blanket stitch, then hand quilted by the students after the blocks were sewn together.
Maggie's version of a Trip Around the World. She likes to take classic quilt ideas and incorporate blocks into them.
An example of how color placement changes the look of a block.
Every one of these blocks is the same layout, just different color placement.
This is one of my favorites, every bear claw block has different base-blocks. And the border is neat too.
I believe this is an example/proof that she does hand quilt :)
I ended up purchasing this one, it was too awesome to pass up.
A neat idea for a sampler, or for those practice blocks we all have laying around.
The following are examples of her Bargello quilts, and again how color and value placement, as well as incorporating sashing can change the look of a single block.
She came up with the neat inner border idea because she ran out of the green fabric, so made those stepping stones in the centers to compensate.
Making our way through the pile of quilts. She's showing off her mini-Feathered Star.
And here is the full sized version.
|One of the two classes she taught that weekend was her Template-free Kaleidoscope Puzzle Quilt, which I just love. You can click on the photo above to go to her website. She has demos on her website as well.|
Maggie says she presses her seams open so the intersections are easier to quilt over.
This one is based off an 8-bit formula (I'm pretty sure...). The design came from the brother of a lady she had in a class. It has black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (8 colors), starts in the center with black, then circles around with the other colors clockwise and keeping in order. Pretty incredible.
Examples of the amazing work her long-arm quilter does.
Maggie helped found a quilting center in Mongolia, in an effort to better women's opportunities there. You can follow this link to learn more.
This one is made of silk, and is just luscious.
The wall hanging on the right was made in the early years of the group. The one on the left is from the last couple years.
If I had the money, we would own this.
This was made for Maggie by the ladies from Mongolia.
A sample of the items for sale, the camels and horses are made of cashmere, the slippers probably are as well.
I got the pattern and a little silk purse that is very beautiful. It currently is holding my quilting cash.
Maggie is full of all sorts of great information, and inspiration. If you can, you should have her come visit your guild!
This is the second trunk show I have attended and I just love how much I am learning from these ladies. If you ever have the opportunity to attend one I highly recommend going.
Have a great day!