Monday, September 24, 2012

Bombers and Blankets

Things With Wings was an unqualified success!  We had a wide variety of new quilts, a gorgeous collection of WWII quilts courtesy of noted quilt historian Sue Reich, lectures by both Sue and quilt designer and novelist Marie Bostwick,
raffles, origami for the kids, hands-on demonstrations, and vendors.  And all of this was set in the New England Air Museum among the planes!  This was the brainchild of our good friend Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quiltworks; she certainly outdid herself!  The planes were incredibly cool, the venue provided a cross-population appeal that showed in ticket sales for the Museum, the lighting was terrific and we had a wide variety of quilts offered up.  Here's a fraction of the fun for your enjoyment:
The super-duper-fantabulous B-29 (was I impressed?  you bet!) with some of Sue's WWII beauties:
Even the back yard at the Museum is cool!  If you're anywhere near Bradley International Airport it's well worth a drive past the runways to see this facility.

Some of my favorites from the World War II quilts provided by Sue:
This quilt was made up entirely of sailors' arm patches.  Apparently the quilter sewed the patches onto uniforms for a living; she traded cigarettes for patches to make this unique quilt!  She made a companion quilt in wool blues.
A unique signature quilt:  love the center block!
A silk Victory quilt - stunning!
Another fabulous signature quilt:


There was plenty of non-WWII eye candy too!
Christmas tree skirt by Maria using a Judy Niemeyer pattern.  Judy even had her own work in the show!  Drool-mops will be on our must-provide list if we do this again!  

There were lots of airplane quilts, naturally.  This was my personal favorite for pieced plane blocks. 


Speaking of drool ....  I've done a lot of hexagon-watching over the past few years but I've never seen them done quite this way before.  Note the edging too.  I spent two full days walking the floors during the show and this one got more of my ogling time than any other!
Donald Gough's Snippets quilt, which won Viewer's Choice.  Over 3,000 pieces!  Donald and his wife Eunice are prolific quilters and had an impressive array of groupies by the end of Sunday!
 Jackie made this one for her husband; ain't he lucky??


Look Ma v.3.0:  My Orange You Glad bee quilt, hanging at a real show!
A terrific quilt based on a Laurie Shifrin pattern, Mango Tango. Note the edges of those curves - they're flanges!  If you get a chance to take a class with Laurie, leap at it!  She's a terrific teacher with loads of color management advice and cool technique tricks.


More mop-worthy fun: 

Look Ma v.4.0:  My One Block Wonder!  It took me a shameful long time to finish but I love it.  A pretty "before" fabric helps!  Fabric is Siena by P&B textiles.


Some of my favorites from the Things With Wings mini challenge:
Thanks for coming along for the ride!


  1. I love the silks quilt and the first air plane quilt. What a fantastic success.

  2. Do you have any details on the silk victory quilt? I found an almost identical top (but in cotton) in a thrift shop and have been trying to search down the original pattrtn or story behind the quilt block. Any details would be so appreciated! Thanks!