Marcia Derse

Gerta Collection 2

Don’t you love finding a new, original fabric? There was one booth at the Chicago Quilt Festival that really stood out to me compared to all the others – Artist Marcia Derse from Sylvania, Ohio.

Marcia Derse 1

Isn’t the display fabulous – not to mention the fabric!

Marcia Derse 3

Marcia Derse 2

Marcia and her very kind sister (who lives in Chicago) were working the booth together and had SUCH a great energy to them. As soon as we walked in they were very kind and showed us the fabric and explained how Marcia creates her designs. Honestly, what a difference it makes to talk to the actual designer and see the love and pride she has in what she is creating.

My mom and I both bought her fabric which made us laugh because we have such different taste but both loved this line. There is just something about buying something so fun and original. Really, I can buy Heather Bailey anywhere – but this fabric is special and I can’t wait to make something beautiful out of it.

Gerta Collection 1

I’m going to be combining it with some bright white. Does anyone want to suggest a pattern? I have a few ideas in my mind, but want to do something big enough to show off those great patterns.

Marcia sells her fabric on her website. Definitely check it out!

Chicago Quilt Festival

My parents came into town this weekend from Cincinnati for the Chicago Quilt Festival. It was my first quilt show and it was pretty much exactly how I pictured it – except bigger. They said the Houston Festival is at least twice the size – I can’t even imagine as it took us 6 hours to get through this one.

Chicago Quilt Show 1

The beginning of the Festival was full of antique quilts dating back a couple hundred years. It is amazing to see what people used to make, all by hand. I could picture a lot of the elements in these quilts reworked in a modern fashion.

Chicago Quilt Show 2

Other quilts displayed were made by current artists.

Chicago Quilt Show 6

Chicago Quilt Show 4

Chicago Quilt Show 5

Chicago Quilt Show 3

Chicago Quilt Show 7

Chicago Quilt Show 9

There were what seemed like a million booths. There wasn’t a lot of modern fabrics – some Amy Butler Love, Sandi Henderson, Heather Bailey, Kaffe Fasset – but I did buy some very cool, original fabric which will be it’s own post. I saw a few booths with feed sacks. I dug through them and found some pretty neat prints, but didn’t make any purchases.


In one of the booths selling antique quilts, I came across an unfinished string quilt top. I flipped it over and it still had the paper on the back – a newspaper from Baton Rouge in 1967! I thought that was a pretty neat find.

1967 String Quilt Top

This guy really intrigued me – he built his own long armed quilting frame! Now I just need to talk my engineering husband into building one for me…

Long Armed Quilting

Overall, it was a fun show. My mom LOVED it. It is moving to Cincinnati next year which is cool because that’s where they live so I will just go to visit them next time.

The Bloggers Quilt Festival – Fall 2009

Park City Girl is holding a really neat event, the Bloggers Quilt Festival. Basically it’s a way for all the bloggers out there to share their favorite quilt they’ve made. Why not join in the fun?

I’m including my Good Folks String Quilt. It’s by far my favorite quilt to date. I love the design, I love the hard work I put into it, I love the Anna Maria Horner Good Folks fabric. Pictures just don’t do it justice. I keep in on my couch where the colors just make me so happy as the days get a bit drearier. My kids love playing on it and staring at the design. Overall, it’s just a very happy quilt. You can read more about it here.

String Quilt

String Quilt front

String Quilt back

Renegade Craft Fair

Today the family and I went into Chicago to the Renegade Craft Fair.  I received an email last week from Etsy about the show – they were one of the sponsors.  It was a beautiful day, 75, not a cloud in the sky.  There were a lot of great artists there and it was fun to see what’s new in the hip, modern crafting world!  I saw a purse made out of Flea Market Fancy and was tempted to buy it for the fabric!

I kept thinking about how cool it would be to have a booth and sell my stuff there.  But then I started having flashbacks to helping my mom at craft shows when I was growing up (she made and sold stained glass) and I decided it was better to be a consumer today.  :-)

A look at the booths, up and down the street.  There were a LOT of artists!

Etsy booth!

My daughter Avery, all tuckered out: