Dallas Quilt Celebration 2013

From my perspective, at least.

I like the Dallas Show, have since the first year I attended. I like that it has a wide variety of quilts on display, from the ridiculously ornate show stoppers (or winners, more precisely) to the simple and simply quilted t-shirt quilts. Antiques, groups, art quilts, and plenty of vendors.

I think there were A LOT more vendors in Houston at the International Quilt Festival, and I also believe there were more vendors at the Dallas show last year. Maybe it was just how they were organized… But in Houston there were also so many people in and around the vendors, that I felt like shopping was nearly impossible.

I knew this year I had a number of people that I quilted for entering their pieces in the show, so I was really excited to go see my work on their work hanging on display. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of quilts that ended up in the show with my name on them.

Some of the quilts I had worked on earlier in the year, before I got married and changed my name. So for anyone else looking at those quilts, they may not have known that Maria Davis and Maria Hall were one and the same quilter. There were 8 quilts in the show that I was priveledged to be a part of:

Tie One On by Darrell Kerr

Elongated Star by Darrell Kerr

A Beatle's Rebus by Linda Newman

this is actually a group quilt from a block contest for the TX Department of Agriculture

this is actually a group quilt from a block contest for the TX Department of Agriculture

Free to Fly by Joan Gearner

Are You Sure He's Ours? by Sharry Evans

i apologize for the blurry pic... She also told me this was going to end up in the Crazy Horse Museum in SD!

i apologize for the blurry pic… She also told me this was going to end up in the Crazy Horse Museum in SD!

there was another quilt of this same pattern in the show. pretty interesting!

there was another quilt of this same pattern in the show. pretty interesting!

Now, this is my favorite part… Joan sent me a card that arrived yesterday. It included a photo of this quilt WITH A RIBBON ON IT! It won Past Show Chair’s Award!!! So here is a pic of that photo :)…

quilt with a ribbon!

Just wish I got a copy of the ribbon to hang on my wall ;). I guess that means I need to CREATE my own AND quilt it for next years show!!

Happy quilting my friends – hope you enjoyed the show as well!

MN Quilt Show

I make it a point to attend as many quilt shows as I can find time and excuses to visit, especially when it means I can visit an area outside my local city. In this case, I wanted to visit friends and family in my old stomping grounds, and I was able to coordinate the timing with a quilt show taking place in St. Paul during my stay up there.

My daughters and I met my friend Beth and her mom at the show and spent the entire day shopping the vendors and perusing the show quilts. By the time we left our feet were SO SORE!

The vendors ranged from “Ghana Crazy” handwoven baskets from Ghana (www.ghanacrazy.com),

ghana baskets


hand dyed fabric (www.cherrywoodfabrics.com), african panels and fabrics (www.vogies.com), thread, notions, machine vendors and antique quilts. 

antique quilt


And we couldn’t pass up the ewe pins at the wool shop (www.ewe-niquecreations.com).

my EWE


The show quilts were from various states. Submissions came in from all over the state of Minnesota, as well as Montana, Utah, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona and Colorado, just to name a few states. There were quilts created by children, art quilts, including an exhibit showing 16 quilts with a river flowing continuously through each. There was also a beautiful special exhibit from the Corea Quilters Association. The most unique creation I witnessed was one made of denim fabrics, namely jean parts.

denim quilt


There were so m any beautiful and intricate quilts, some with extensive quilting, some simply done. My favorite quilt was “Earth Mother”, submitted by Laurie Ceesay of WI.

earth mother

The quilting shown on the following quilts is amazing and inspiring. There were many hand quilted quilts, that must have taken volumes of hours to complete, but I was more taken with the machine quilted pieces. If you would like more information about the MN quilt show or quilt guild, click here!



PADUCAH report

me with quiltman!

I figured it was about time to add a post about my trip to Paducah, KY to the great quilt show held there last week.

Quilt Man was kind enough to pose with me for a photo before a class. I feel so special! He rode all over town on his Segway ensuring all quilters were greeted with his cheery smile and stamped with his autograph. I got a fancy looking Q on my hand.

Paducah is an adorable small town, nestled in the southwest corner of Kentucky. I drove from the Dallas area, and it was a mere 9.5 hour drive. OK doesn’t sound ‘mere’, but it was a very easy drive, both ways. I stayed with a local lady that opened her home to visitors for the quilt show. How or why did I do that, you ask? Well, I booked my workshops back in December, and ALL the hotels and B&B’s were already booked full. But the Chamber of Commerce understands that the population doubles every year during this week, and that the hotel accomodations aren’t sufficient. So they have this great program for which you can apply in February, to stay with a local resident for a reduced rate (AND they provide breakfast).

downtown Paducah buildings

So my stay was lovely, even with the thunderstorms and threats of tornado activity (like I’m not used to that from Texas!) I had the opportunity to spend some time in the downtown area, which was quaint and fun to browse.

I am happy to report that if you ever chance to visit Paducah, during the show or not, there were some great little restsaurants from which to choose to dine.

Whaler’s Catch had THE BEST fried okra ever! Mother Duncan’s Pub had wonderful portobella mushroom dishes (great for the vegan :)). Shandie’s had some interesting dishes as well.


I spent a significant amount of time at the National Quilt Museum, mostly taking classes, but also checking out the museum. It was pretty amazing, not only offering a showcase of older quilts (theme orange this time around, which offered an interesting perspective), but also many modern works of art, that just happen to be quilts! It truly is a gallery of eye candy that would please many palletes.

I thought this was an interesting bit as well: 

NQM time capsule

I’d love to know what’s in there! Guess I’ll have to wait…
All in all, there were TONS of vendors, TONS of restaurants and scenery to check out, and lots of friendly people available to chat with. I would highly recommend a visit to the town, AND the quilt show. There were many beautiful quilts to see and informative classes to take.
Happy quilting!


Paducah KY quilt show was amazing! AMAZING! seriously, it was really great. Dont take my word for it, check this out!


This is a link to the webcast that is STILL available for you to view! You can choose some of the classes that were offered through this link to view the course as if you were actually there (and at a much reduced rate)!!!

Want to see the winners? Try here: http://www.americanquilter.com/

That will bring you straight to AQS, where you’ll find info about the quilt show and winners.

I attended for 3 days, spending each day in a 9a-5p class, and one 6-8p class. I (barely) had time to see the wall hanging and bed sized and mini winners, some vendors, the huge fabric shop and the lovely downtown area of Paducah while I was there. There was more to see and more to learn, so I already have plans to return in subsequent years.

Paducah Kentucky sounds like it’s barely on the map. But it’s a hidden gem.  http://www.paducah.travel/

Despite the rain, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip. I stayed with a local woman, who opened her home to me (she didn’t have internet, which was limiting, but otherwise the experience was fantastic). She fed me in the morning, and provided me clean towels and sheets on a wonderfully comfortable bed every night. It was cozy and comfortable, as well as convenient. To anyone inquiring, I would recommend a visit to Paducah. And if it’s during the quilt show week, stay with a local!