Friday, September 27, 2013

BEST SHOW and TELL EVER !! Just Judie contest entries from Little Quilts customers

Twenty Five was a lucky number for Little Quilts. We had twenty five entries in the Just Judie Contest from Marcus Fabrics honoring Judi Rothermel’s 25th anniversary of designing fabrics. We won the contest with the most entries from a quilt shop! 
We want to share with you.  Some of them are even finalists.  We're so proud of all the entrants.
Barb made her Nine Patch variation with the fabrics from Judi’s 25th anniversary collection and her favorite backgrounds. It’s a nice throw size quilt.
Barbara – Anniversary Quilt
Beth made a king size 72” square and she quilted it herself on her long arm machine.


We love Debbie’s classic Snowball quilt – a nice throw size also.
Debbie: Saturday Afternoon 
Another Debbie’s quilt looks like crazy patch, and her fabrics look like it’s an antique quilt! She plans to add some crazy patch stitching.
Deborah - Firsts

This is the first time Doris even entered a contest. She had a good time and loves her wall hanging. 

 Doris – Starring Judie’s Gems
Jane’s quilt is to look at….it creates a secondary pattern of stars and square in a square blocks. 
 Finalist: Jane – Starring Judie
Janice’s quilt has a great combination of English paper piecing, foundation piecing and great machine quilting. She works at Little Quilts too! And would you believe, she’ll be teaching ‘how to make a modern quilt!”
Finalist: Janice – Lemonade
Jean went through her stash and combined it with the 25th Anniversary collection to make this cozy throw. It looks like an old quilt too!
 Jean – Fly Away
Jeanette combined the Civil War ladies printed fabric with a soldier block for this nice tribute to ladies and their soldiers. 
Jeannette – Soldiers at Arms and their Civil War Ladies  
Marty did this wonderful tribute to Judie with lots of fabrics and special meanings…northern flowers, southern flowers and more. You’ll need to study this quilt closely. Marty teaches at Little Quilts.
Finalist: Marty – Judie’s Neighborhood Folk
“Karen’s Friends” is the name of the quilt one of our teachers started for the contest. Karen Mowery lost her battle with colon cancer and our Reproduction Study Group, that she belonged to, finished the quilt by making the Log Cabin Blocks. Karen had made the blocks with the little girls and we finished it. It’s a special quilt. 
 Karen – Karen and Friends
Libby made the pinwheel blocks with the 25th Anniversary collection and combined them with a creamy background for this classic throw size quilt. 
 Libby – Pinwheel Play
Lynn’s daughter’s friend borrowed her entry for a picnic when he proposed to his girlfriend. Lynn made this pinwheel quilt with blocks on point for a throw or small twin size quilt. What a nice memory for this quilt.
 Lynn – Pinwheel Comfort
Linda works at Little Quilts, and also teaches the Hunter Star class with Studio 180’s technique rulers. Each white star has 8 different star points. She made 25 stars to honor Judie Rothermel’s 25 years designing for Marcus. 
Linda – Charmed Star Salute
Mary combined Churn Dash blocks with quarter square triangle blocks to make this wall hanging. It also looks like an antique quilt. Great colors! 
Mary Jo used Churn Dash blocks and a background fabric to make this throw.
Mary Jo – A Churn Full of Judies
Muriel made this Trip Around The World wall hanging using Eleanor Burns strip piecing technique. Muriel works and teaches at Little Quilts, and taught this technique to the Homestead Gathering Club at the store. 
Muriel – What a Trip 
Nancy made these star blocks and quarter square alternate blocks and framed one side with strips of the anniversary collection. A neat wall hanging….it also looks like an antique quilt! 
Nancy – Just Judie Shining Stars
Peggy made Pineapple Log Cabins to frame this center….can you see the selvages used to frame the center blocks? (zoom in)
 Finalist: Peggy – Old is New
Rise had never entered a contest before, and had fun making the quilt. She’s one of our auto-ship customers. Rise used Judie’s border stripe for sashing and also the border. Love the white stars don’t you?
Risa – Rogue Blocks
Sarah combined English paper piecing with a nice border fabric for the stripes in her quilt. It’s hard to see but it’s beautifully machine quilted. 
Finalist: Sara – Jewel Flowers
Nicole names hers “Scrappy Stars” for this nice looking wall hanging. 
Nicole – Scrappy Stars
The next quilt was made by Mary Ellen. She did 3”, 6” and 9” Lemoyne Stars using Deb Tucker’s Lemoyne Star ruler, and combined lots of Judie’s background fabrics for this 50” wall hanging. You may have read her saga in past blogs as she was making this quilt while on a trip without her cutting mat, square rulers, and some of her supplies.
Finalist:  Mary Ellen – Stars for Judie
Wanda teaches at Little Quilts, and made this quil with many dimensional flowers. It’s a beautiful tribute to Judie.  Wait until you see hers in person. 
Finalist: Wanda – Judie’s Anniversary Bouquet 
Allison’s quilt did not get finished in time to enter the contest but we wanted to share it with you. She’s using ½” hexagon papers and the center was 40”. Then Allison decided to add the alphabet around the outside. Here’s her progress so far. It will be beautiful and it’s all Judie’s fabrics! 
Nancy loves log cabins and these were done crazy patch style as in Gwen Marston’s quilts. Nancy loved the yellow fabric from the Party of Twelve line, and used it to make her blocks float. The gals in the reproduction study group named Nancy’s quilt.  Don’t you just love her title?

Nancy - Aunt Gracie Builds a Log Cabin in Gee’s Bend
I hope you have enjoyed this quilt tribute to Judie Rothermel.  She has been a "rock star" in quilt design to preserve the past into the future.  She has designed fabrics in the 30's style that are not even the focus here, that have kept lovers of 30's feedsack style quilts stocked up with options for fabrics and quilt patterns for many years.  Judie, Judie, Judie... we can't wait for your visit to Little Quilts. It is a great match-up.
Thank you, customers, for entering and REPRESENTING!  It is a mutual blessing to be a source for great repro fabircs and to have customers with the creativity to use them so dramatically.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

More Second Saturday Sampler Show and Tell

Second Saturday Sampler Quilt from "Block of the Month" to a beautiful finished quilt.

  Sara makes some lovely quilts.  Here it her version.

Nicole made this blue and white version of Saturday Sampler blocks. We all love the classic blue and white quilts don't we?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Reindeer Games

Jean's been busy. This is her own design for a great Christmas quilt. Too cute - love that reindeer!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Show and Tell _- Sept Saturday Sampler

Jean made this neat Log Cabin table topper from leftovers for a Log Cabin Project in Kim Diehl's book. It's her own variation of the table runner in the book - Simple Charms.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hampton Ridge - upcoming Block of the Month from Marcus

Wanda's working on the blocks for Hampton Ridge. This new BOM from Marcus Fabrics designed by Red Crinoline Quilts (aka Bonnie Blue Quilts) will be stunning. It's 88" x 88". The program starts October 1st - still time to join! Call for details!

Here Kitty Kitty!

Jean finished this neat candle mat with the darling kitties!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Oh My Gosh Quilt

Helen Marie, and her daughter Kathy worked on the quilt for 3 years. Now it's going to the long arm quilter to finish!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pieced Pre-Historic Dinosaurs

Karen made this darling dinosaur quilt for her grandson's 4th birthday. He loves dinosaurs....don't you love the graphic primary colors!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lone Star Stunner

Amanda made this beautiful Lone Star quilt for her granddaughter Reese's birthday. She's an excellent machine piecer, and also machine quilted it herself too!

Sunday, September 08, 2013

The always A+ four patch

Lori made this baby quilt for her soon to be born grandson. Parents didn't want a " baby looking quilt". Lori fussy cut the centers with the University of Georgia motifs!

Lori enjoying her new sewing machine. It sews names and other info beautifully... Technology is wonderful!


Friday, September 06, 2013


Allison made this top . Didn't get it finished in time to enter the Marcus fabrics Just Judie contest... A masterpiece for sure. She used  1/2" hexagon papers!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Teal Mini

Bobbe stopped by on her way from St. Petersburg to Buffalo to show us the miniature quilt she made for her great-niece who will be getting married in a few weeks. The miniature heart blocks are made from 308 pieces. Wow! What a gift of love! Paper pieced pattern is from Carol Doak. 

Monday, September 02, 2013

Small and Scrappy.. just how we like it!

Would you believe these are 2" Bow Tie blocks from a challenge Linda did with Temecula Quilt Company in California. It's a beauty! We think that shop could be a 'sister shop' for us! We're sure they have great stuff!  The quilt is 86"x 86".  That is a lot of blocks!