Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Celebrating Friends

Two really wonderful things happened about the time I was getting ready to head to Paducah. First, I received a note from Linda Halpin mentioning that Quiltmaker had published two of her quilts! You can find her quilts in the current May/June issue. Way to go Linda! She is a fantastic teacher. Linda has been teaching quilt making nationally for thirty years. Her classes cover so many spectrums of the quilting world from color theory, hand applique, hand quilting and more.

One of Linda's specialties is scrap quilting using a two for one technique where cutaway scraps from one quilt are used to create a second bonus quilt. I love exploring her scrap quilts. I always find fabrics that I would never have thought to purchase and I am amazed that they work so well in the overall assembly. Read more about Linda on her website.

Flying Geese is the primary quilt featured to the left. Linda machine quilted this quilt in sections using the "Cyndication" quilting technique developed by Cindy Fenster and Cathy Doyle.

The quilt in the upper right hand corner is the bonus quilt. This quilt "Split Rail Variation" was Machine quilted for Linda by Marcia Wachuta. Linda says the machine quilting is perfect and I'm sure she is right. Marcia is an extremely talented quilter.

Linda will be teaching this class at Millhouse Quilts in Waunakee, WI on July 31st. Linda notes this class has just been scheduled so it may not appear on the Millhouse calendar until the next newsletter is published.

A few weeks ago Lynn contacted me and mentioned she had given me an award. Thanks Lynn!!! Lynn is a fellow art quilter that I met in blogland last summer. She is always trying new techniques. Her art work inspires me to do more. I can't wait to see what she will do next!

Here is a description that accompanied the award "This award goes to fellow bloggers who visit frequently and raise my spirits with their kind words of encouragement, their beautiful images and their wonderful outlook on life. They make blogging a positive experience and continue to make my life richer.

I really have a hard time passing awards on to others. I read so many blogs and visit each one because I find inspiration at each stop. (I love receiving your comments. If you leave a return e-mail address I will reply). I've listed a few of the many I enjoy below. Thanks for your encouraging words and your friendships.


Lynn said...

So glad you liked your award (via Studio Lolo to me to you)...She painted the wonderful picture!

I hope the other bloggers come to get their awards!

Lynn said...

The Linda quilts are wonderful to behold. Nice of you to show her work and share her sites.

Millie said...

Thanks for sharing Linda's quilts and for the link. Congratulations on your sure inspires me too. And your handdyed fabrics are to dye for. Have a great day!

bindu said...

It was such a nice surprise to find the award passed on to me! Thanks, Chris. Your quilts are lovely, and best of all, I like your posts about the place where you live - its wildlife and beauty.

Jackie said...

Linda's quilts are wonderful! I always love to see what people do with their scraps.

Robyn said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed wandering through your blog, catching up, enjoying all your beautiful photographs of Paducah, farmlands and stunning quilts. (Love Linda's 2nd quilt!)

quiltcrazygal said...

Hi Chris, beautiful quilts from Linda thanks for sharing. Blogging is so uplifting and fun. It is a great way to inspire each other even when we are all so busy:) Thanks again for sharing. Jenna Louise