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Machine Quilter’s Showcase 2011 Overland Park

on May 14, 2011 in Blog, blogging others, quilting | 4 comments

I attended the AMAZING Machine Quilter’s Showcase 2011 at the Overland Park KS Convention Center. Can I just say- OH HOLY SMOKES! That work is unreal. It is breath-taking and precise and creative and innovative and colorful and bold and…. I think it will be best to just show you some pictures. Click on any of them to see them larger.

**I did not make ANY of these. I also do not have the names of all the artists. If one is yours, let us know in the comments.

Enjoy the mini show.

Here are some things that I learned by walking the show:

  • Bobbin thread is really important
  • Mixing/nesting background fillers is totally acceptable
  • Making a border design in “blank” space can be done completely with quilting and not piecing
  • Texture rocks the house
  • I should experiment with colored threads more
  • Signing the quilt in thread or ( in Karen McTavish’s case) hand painted ink is really stinkin’ cool


  1. Very cool! That’s the type of challenge I like to give myself, too! You completed it beautifully – I love the polka dot fabric, and your quilting design is wonderful – thank you for offering it up! I would so love to go to a MQS.

    What Comes Next?

    May 15, 2011

  2. OMG. These quilts are humbling, to say the least! Karen McTavish’s quilts always look like living, breathing beings. Such movement…


    May 16, 2011

  3. I just love that you have a picture of my quilt next to Karen’s! <3 🙂

    Lisa Sipes

    May 17, 2011

  4. These quilts are STUNNING!! Totally aweinspiring – thanks for sharing 🙂

    Helen in the UK

    May 25, 2011


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