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Minnesota Quilt Show

June 15, 2013


June is here.  It’s that time of year for sunshine, gardening, outdoor dining, . . . well not quite yet in Minnesota.  Sadly, we’ve had no spring and summer is slow to come.  But one thing we can always count on is the Minnesota Quilt Show.  It’s held during the second week of June, which is very convenient for those of us who are in education — or those of us who are retired (I won’t say any names you lucky ones).


This year the show is being held in Duluth, our favorite location.  We all headed up on Wednesday to spend some time on the shores of Lake Superior.  The first thing we did when we arrived was to eat of course.  We headed to the Duluth Grill (on Guy’s Triple D list).  Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.  The four of us each ordered a different entree and shared: pasty (a Northern MN favorite), ratatouille, fish tacos and smoked salmon salad.  OMG – top mine off with slightly sweetened raspberry iced tea and it was Nirvana.  If you take a look at our photo, you’ll discover our little secret.  We all bought the Duluth Grill Cookbook.  Those of you who know me know that I really needed a cookbook!!  Hmm, I think I’ll be making a bunch of pasties soon.


We stayed at the Suites Hotel at Waterfront Plaza.  I know, the outside of the building looks a little scary, but wow was our room great.  We had a complete apartment – two bedrooms, two baths, a main room with a fireplace, full kitchen and dining space, and a whirlpool.  We were over the moon when we saw it.  This place used to be a hardware warehouse but now is totally renovated into a beautiful hotel.

After having our wine and shopping a bit, we spent Wednesday night watching season one of Downton Abbey.  After episode four we all retired while visions of quilts danced in our heads.  More tomorrow on the Show itself.  But here’s a preview.  This was one of my favorite quilts:



Stay tuned,


Amazing Quilt Collection

March 27, 2011

Joanna Rose “accumulated” 651 red and white quilts.  They are all being displayed in New York City.  There’s a story in the New York Times.

I’d love to see them.


Lone Star Quilt Show

January 20, 2011

I recently went to a Lone Star Quilt Show at Glad Creations.  They were made by the staff.  Fabulous quilts.

If you’d like to see some even better photos than mine, you can check out the Smile Box on the Glad Blog.

Glad’s Applique Display

November 12, 2010

A few weeks ago I went to a quilt exhibit at Glad Creations in Minneapolis.   The quilts were the work of Gladys Raschka, a truly accomplished quilter, and founder of the quilt shop.  Here’s some information about her from the Glad website:

Glad comes from a long tradition of quiltmaking. Both her mother and grandmother made quilts. She made her first quilt about 50 years ago and has brought ceaseless energy to the family-owned quilt shop since it opened in 1976. Customers, friends, and family all marvel at her wonderful hand appliqué and hand quilting. Glad’s eye for color and pattern in her appliqué, along with her fine techniques have won her a faithful following. She was named Minnesota Quilter of the Year in 1999.

Take a look at some of the beautiful quilts I saw.

And my favorite:

I invited my friend Mary to join me.  We had lunch at Turtle Bread and then  viewed these lovely quilts.  What a fun day.

Minnesota Quilter’s Show

June 11, 2009

6:15 am !  Being a night person, I would never dream of getting up at that ungodly hour in the summer —- unless of course it was for a quilt outing. So I was on time to Adele’s house ready and anxious to head “up north” with three of my quilting buddies: Adele and Cindy and Mary.

We got on 35W for the drive to Duluth in the Silver Bullet.


We stopped at Toby’s in Hinckley, which as all Minnesotans know, is the famous halfway stop to Duluth.  They have the best caramel rolls, which we all passed on.  Too much sugar and fat.  Instead we had bismarks and muffins, which was much better!


When we arrived at the Convention Center, construction had messed up the parking situation.  An attendant told us to park at a lot down the street and a shuttle would take us to the center.  Well, I think we’d still be standing there waiting for our ride if we hadn’t decided to walk it.


We rushed into the show with much anticipation and headed straight for the vendors.  They did not disappoint.  There were so many wonderful projects, fabric and quilting stuff.  Lots of candy for the eye.

Around noon, we required a break from all the power shopping.  We sat down for lunch and a review of what each of us had gotten so far.  Just what we needed to power up for the afternoon.


Although we did do more shopping (duh), we also took some time to view the quilts on display.  My favorite, for conversation sake at least, was this gigantic Obama quilt.


Late in the afternoon, tote bags of goodies in hand, we stopped at the booth of one of our favorite quilt shops, Quilted Treasures of Rogers.  We got a photo of all of us with Mary, one of our favorite quilt shop owners.


After another stop in Hinckley for a light dinner it was back to Minneapolis. Finally we were home again, home again, jiggety jig.

Maple Grove Quilter’s Show

April 21, 2009

I headed over to Maple Grove Saturday to take a look at the Maple Grove Quilter’s Show.  

There were many wonderful quilts.  I’m posting my favorites for you.  Cllick on the labels to enlarge them and read the name of quilters.

The first is Stars and Kittens in My Mother’s Garden:





Flower Garden:  I especially liked the large pieces that showed off the fantastic floral prints.  The black is a perfect frame.





Sampler:  UFO quilt project, pattern from Keepsake Quilting.





Miniature Tumbling Blocks:





Folk Art Vine:






Tulips in the Park:  Love the black background, and there’s polka dots in every block!






I bought a chance to win this quilt, planned a wonderful spot to display it and everything, but never got a phone call.  Darn.  Hope the winner is loving it.


Clothesline Club Show

April 15, 2009

roadtoromanceaThe Four Season’s Quilt Shop is having another show.  This time it’s cute little 30’s quilts.  Click on the link to their newsletter and then on Clothesline Club to see the quilts.

Four Season’s Newsletter


Jo’s Little Women Club Quilt Show

January 12, 2009

I go to Jo’s Little Women Club at Four Seasons Quilt Shop (Plymouth, MN) once a month. We make little reproduction quilts designed by Jo Morton and using mostly her fabric. The shop has a show right now of many of the quilts made during 2008. Attend a virtual quilt show right now:

Chaska Quilt Show

October 13, 2008

My quilting friends, Karen and Mary, attended the Chaska Quilt Show. Here are some pictures they shared with all of us. Thanks for the inspiration.

MQ Annual Show

July 17, 2008

Each summer the Minnesota Quilters host a quilt show in one of the major cities. This year it was held in Rochester. I took a road trip down there with some quilting friends. They were nice enough to let me squeeze into “the quilt bus” so I didn’t have to travel alone.

Once we arrived I headed straight for the vendors. I love to see what new things I can find to inspire my quilting. I had a few missions in mind. First of all, I wanted to get some pantographs for the new long-arm machine I bought. I found some great ones at Golden Threads. It was only the second day of the show, but many of the newer and more popular patterns were already gone. Not to worry – I didn’t have any yet – so to me, they all were new. For those who are interested I bought Winding Plume, Feather Me, and Whatever.

Each year, I scope out the whole show, and then buy my favorite kit. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do that this year, since I had just spent a lot of money on my machine – and – I know you’ll find this hard to believe – I have a few unfinished projects in my closet. I found one kit I really, really liked at Grubers booth though. It was Market Square by Whirligig Designs. I hemmed and hawed. I walked around some more. Then I ran into my friend Karen. Guess what? She liked the quilt too and bought it. That was all it took. I had to have it too. Mine is still nicely folded in the plastic bag it came in. Karen’s top is finished. We were right. It’s a beautiful quilt. Here are some photos to prove it.

Jan's Quilt Kit

Jan's Quilt Kit

Karen's Quilt Top

Karen's Quilt Top

I also took some time to admire the many quilts entered in the show. I was delighted to see many Glad Creation quilts. Several friends have taken the mystery classes there each spring and fall. I’ve joined them a few times and had a marvelous time. The patterns are always intricate and scrappy. One really nice feature is that usually the borders are part of the blocks and not an add on later.

We stopped at Cannon Falls on our way home for dinner at a restaurant that will remain undisclosed. We waited for our food for quite a long time. When others who arrived much later than we did finished eating we inquired. Our order had been “dropped.” Our food finally did come, although not at the same time. All of our food was on the house, but we agreed we would have rather had a better experience.

Next year’s show will be in Duluth, my favorite spot. The dates are June 11-13, 2009. I’m going for sure. Check out the MQ website for more information. Maybe I’ll see you there. Free food anyone?