Some groups seem to have an abundance of “over-achievers”! This term definitely applies to the larger of the two quilt groups I belong to. I will have to interject that I, on occasion, fall in to this category, also!! We began the day with a morning workshop on a pattern called “Twist and Shout”. I am not sure of its origin (whether free or not) but it is another of those clever piecings that result in something that appears more difficult to achieve than it really is. Here are 3 that were done by the workshop leader:


And this is the ‘flimsy’ that I completed:

IMG_2931The center blocks were recut from a quilt top that my grandmother had begun and never finished. The fabrics are from the ‘50s/early ‘60s. Although the resulting piece has the blocks set “on point”, it is sewn with  31 4-patch squares and 9 solid blocks in a “straight”/row pattern. The piece is then cut apart and reassembled ‘on point’ with the solid squares becoming the setting side triangles. So clever!!! The directions will follow in my next post.

After the business meeting, show/tell followed and here are some of the photos I snapped:








IMG_2916IMG_2918The gals holding the quilts are the ones who created them….most, since last month’s meeting!!!!!

IMG_2917Yes, those are “Cathedral Windows” done totally by hand and rescued by this gal from an estate situation where the children were ‘disposing’ of all of the sewn/quilted items of a relative with no respect being shown for the artistry. This tree skirt is being used as a table topper, also. Gorgeous!! Be on the watch for this type of situation at garage/estate sales in your area, gals!!!!!

Til next time………

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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19 Responses to Over-achievers…….

  1. Jan says:

    Never have been an over-achiever (OA) myself but I have contributed to creating some! When a former boss retired and mentioned she was interested in quilting, I gave her a packet of coordinating fabrics as part of her retirement gift. Well … since then she has made MANY quilts and become known as an OA in both our local Fargo/Moorhead area and in the Phoeniz/Surprise area where she winters. She does gorgeous applique and much machine piecing. 🙂 Here’s to my friend and quilter extraordinaire, Carol Dobitz!!!

    • treadlemusic says:

      Way to go, Jan!! It’s so much fun to encourage another and have them totally embrace the art!!! For every OA there just has to be an “enabler”/encourager somewhere in the shadows!! LOL! Love your comment!!! Hugs, Doreen

  2. Sartenada says:

    Colors, variety and patterns of those quilts are great. I love Your photos.

    Happy week-end!

  3. ruthiequilts says:

    LOL! I used to be and OA… Somehow, I have too many projects I’ve signed up for that now I’m just “on time” with things… Oh well! LOL! You do have some overacheivers!!! And I could see how you’d be one too. 🙂

  4. They are all fabulous! I especially like the spiral one and I’m looking forward to your instructions for the first item, though your description has already made it clear. I really can’t understand how anyone can part with handmade items that relatives have made. Those who do, must have no idea about the hours they take to make. Thankfully, there are buyers out there who will cherish and look after them. Avis x

  5. Wow, what a group of talented quilters. I had no idea so many people quilt and you are showing members of just one club. Beautiful, beautiful work. And I cannot imagine a family not appreciating quilts made by those that went before them.

  6. Karen says:

    show and tell can be the best part of a meet isn’t it

    • treadlemusic says:

      It is definitely most inspiring! The 2 gals who ‘dominated’ this time are both retired, have no little children nearby and one (the gal with the black outfit/hat) is by herself (her hubby passed away over 2 years ago) and sews constantly for her adult children and for charity. Most of what she showed (other than the large modern gray quilt) are donations to QOV and Project Linus.

  7. mtetar says:

    EACH one has a Statement or Great Craftsmanship, and the Tree Skirt is to me one of a kind in a class by itself. Today’s Tree Skirs are mostly of Circular Shape. Great Post. Be Blessed, http://projectsbyMtetar.wordpress.com

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