A Visit, a Quilt and a Week Off

International Quilt Festival

This week is Spring Break here in the Chicago suburbs. The kids and I have just been hanging out at home, playing outside during the few glorious days of sunshine. I’ve only spent a few stolen moments here and there at the sewing machine, starting work on teacher quilts. (I need to make TWO this year!)

International Quilt Festival

Last weekend my parents came to visit and we went to Quilt Festival in Chicago. I have been really out of the loop I guess, because I had no idea it moved from the Summer to Spring! Luckily my mom was on top of it and planned her visit accordingly. The quilts you see in the top photo of this post are of the Ruby Jubilee exhibit. If you are a regular reader here, you’ve heard me say I love, love, love red and white quilts. So this exhibit was a treat for me. Inspired by the Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts exhibit in New York City, these quilts are a collection of old and new, modern and traditional. All stunning.

Cog + Wheel adaptation by Lorellen Moore

My mom also brought her latest quilt finish to visit. (Hi Mom!) We took it over to my favorite local barn for photos. Isn’t it cool? This quilt was created using Denyse Schmidt’s Cog + Wheel pattern, obviously with some big modifications. She changed where the pattern has negative space and prints, created her own paper piecing template (sorry, I can’t share that as Cog + Wheel is for sale), made some half blocks, rearranged the layout, added a border…

Cog + Wheel adaptation by Lorellen Moore

The prints are mostly from Lotta Jansdotter’s new collection, Follie. You can prints from this collection at following shops:

Gotham Quilts
Harts Fabric
Sew Modern
Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric Spark

She also mixed in some large scale Japanese prints (those letters in the background).

Cog + Wheel adaptation by Lorellen Moore

My mom quilted this on her new BERNINA 750QE (yep, we are now machine twins!) using a wavy stitch. You can read more about creating that stitch here.

I love the quilt mom!



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    April 3, 2015

    What a wonderful way to spend time with your Mom.Her quilt is a beauty…I see lots of similarities in your styles.Creativity runs in your family. What a blessing to share such talent! Happy Easter!

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    April 3, 2015

    This is gorgeous! Your mother did a great job of doing her own thing. Love it

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    April 3, 2015

    Yeah Mom~cool quilt!

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    April 3, 2015

    wow!!! Your mom’s quilt is absolutely stunning!!!

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    Diane B

    April 3, 2015

    I love that mother and daughter are now quilting on the same quilters edition Bernina….how connected you are to one another is amazing.
    Blessed be the one whom passes along the inspiration to the other.
    Cog Wheel is fascinating, thanks ladies for sharing it:)

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    April 3, 2015

    Your mom’s quilt is wonderful. I can see where the creativity comes from in your family.

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    Jen Beatty

    April 3, 2015

    It was fun bumping into another mom/daughter combo at Rosemont an your dad too, my dad likes assisting w/the layouts, but that’s it! See you soon at Sewtopia-Chicago!

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      April 3, 2015

      It was good to see you and your mom too Jen! Counting down the days until Sewtopia!

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    April 3, 2015

    What a gorgeous quilt! My mum isn’t with us anymore but we both quilted and would often raid the others stash for fabric. It is a special relationship.

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    Jennifer B

    April 3, 2015

    Wow! I just love your Mom’s quilt, beautiful!

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    Karen Gifford

    April 6, 2015

    Love all the quilts, it’s wonderful that you and your mother can enjoy quilting together. I love the Red Quilt exhibit! Such a variety. Just amazing 🙂

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    tisha @ quiltytherapy

    April 7, 2015

    Your mom’s quilt is stunning. What a wonderful modification.

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    April 7, 2015

    Love your moms quilt, the letter fabric really pops. My mom and I are also machine twins with our 750QE’s! So much fun together.

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    April 26, 2015

    What a lovely lovely quilt! Congratulations to your Mom!


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