Block Party Quilters Annual Quilt Show Lots 'a Blocks! Friday, November 8 - Sunday, November 10, 2013 Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM Issaquah Community Center 301 Rainier Boulevard South Issaquah, WA Map to the Community Center
Come see the beautiful quilts and shop at our boutique and our wonderful vendors. Enjoy a refreshment in our tea room. Create a block for a quilt to be donated to Ronald McDonald House. Featured Artist - Virginia Anderson
See you there!
Our Featured Artist for 2013 is Virginia Anderson.
I have always jokingly said that I was born with a needle in one hand and a paint brush in the other! Growing up, my teachers recognized and encouraged my artistic talent. I attended the University of Washington, majored in art, and got my degree in elementary education. Through the years, I have taken classes in oil painting, decorative painting, tole painting, carved a totem pole for fun one summer, took classes in basket weaving etc. I sewed most all of my own clothes, until I began quilting!
After moving back into our newly enlarged and remodeled home in the late 1980”s, there were so many empty walls I decided a few small quilts would be fun to make to fill them! In 1989, the popular colors were country blue and country pink and I made several small quilts for the walls to match the decor in my new home including my first teapot quilt. I began taking a few quilting classes at the Calico Basket in Edmonds.
In 1992 I attended my first quilt show ever! I went to my first Quilter’s Anonymous meeting the following week, became a member and joined a satellite grou all in the same day! I had found what I loved to do.
I am best known for my teapot themed quilts inspired by my large collection of pottery teapots (250+) My Dancin’ Teapot quilts have won awards in juried quilt shows. Quilter’s Newsletter magazine asked me to write an article on how I attached rickrack to my quilts after they saw one of my teapot quilts at the AQS show in Paducah. (my first national ribbon!) That was a real learning experience and a lot of work! Black Cats prowling on a Starry Night was published in Fons and Porter magazine. Dancin’ Teapots Quilt pattern was published by In The Beginning and they also designed a fabric collection to go with it. I have tested several quilt patterns for Sarah Nephew and was honored when she chose my quilt Fleur et Feuillage for the cover of her book: Serendipity Quilts!
My favorite style of quilting is piecing. I love working on really hard quilts with lots of pieces. I love picking the fabrics, have been told it is one of my strengths, and planning the quilt. I also enjoy piecing the tops! I am slow at getting the finished tops quilted and usually do that only when I need a finished quilt for a quilt show entry! Some will never be completed and that is OK. I enjoyed making them! I did buy a long arm quilting machine for my own personal use but I have to admit that quilting is not my favorite part of the whole process and my quilting is less then spectacular!
I am looking forward to being the Block Party featured Quilt Artist and sharing my quilts with you in November. Thank you for inviting me.
2012 BPQ Quilt Show Award Winners……..CONGRATULATIONS!! 1. Best In Show: 1st-Margaret Kamikawa 2. Best Machine Quilting: 1st-Toni Nicholes for Gail Witt, “French All Stars” 3. Best Hand Quilting: A tie for 1st-Margy Duncan and Lisa Jenni 1. Traditional-All Others-Large: 1st-Gail Witt, 2nd-Margaret Kamikawa, 3rd-Elsie Nogle 2. Traditional-All Others-Medium: 1st-Mary Washer; 2nd-Margy Duncan; 3rd-Carolyn Becker 3. Traditional-Solo-Large: 1st-Margy Duncan; 2nd-Barbara Reed; 3rd-Becky Kraus 4. Traditional-Solo-Medium: 1st-Janelle Braun; 2nd-Nancy Cluts; 3rd-Susan Hawley 5. Contemporary/Art-Solo-Large: 1st Toni Nicholes; 2nd-Donnah Burke; 3rd-Nancy Tagge 6. Contemporary/Art-Solo-Small: 1st-Maria Michurina; 2nd-Maria Michurina; 3rd-Arlette Wentz 7. Contemporary/Art-Solo-All Others: 1st-Ginny Johnson 8. Mixed Techniques-Solo-Large: 1st Janet Hayes; 2nd-Linda Tellesbo; 3rd-Paula Finlinson 9. Mixed Techniques-Solo-Small: 1st-Stacy George; 2nd-Maria Michurina; 3rd-Nancy Cluts 10. Mixed Techniques-All Others: 1st-Gail Witt 11. Applique: 1st-Lisa Mortell; 2nd-Ginny Johnson; 3rd-Paula Finlinson 12. Juvenile Theme: 1st-Linda Hunnell; 2nd-Lisa Jenni; 3rd-Vera Smith 13. Miniature: 1st-Charlotte Tucker; 2nd-Charlotte Tucker; 3rd-Linda Storvik 14. Challenge: 1st-Maria Michurina; 2nd-Stacy George; 3rd-Nancy Cluts 15. Wearables/Home Accessories: 1st-Gloria Pritchett; 2nd-Arlette Wentz; 3rd-Gloria Pritchett