Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Primitives of the Midwest - Opening Night and Day One

What a great opening to Primitives of the Midwest here at Quilters Station in Lee Summit Missouri. Jennifer from American Patchwork and Quilting magazine opened the Monday night program. She had us all in stitches and shared many of the quilts from upcoming issues. Just a heads up they are featuring me in the October issue which will be on sale in August. Today I got a preview of the article. What a great job they have done!
I will be here all week. I am so happy we are teaching indoors as it is 100 degrees with incredible humidity! My fist class was from my Urban Sacs book, the Vintage Duffel. We worked on applique, logcabin pockets and assembly.
It was wonderful to see the students using different embellishments, ribbons and textural fabrics.
The other treat was that Barb Thatcher who took my Folklore quilt last year returned with a complete project that she had done some great embellishment on. I just love seeing how my patterns are interpreted and how each individual makes it there own.
She really embraces our hand dyed velvet. Look at these great birds in the tree!
She also made a fun flower garden at the base of her tree.
As you know I am very partial to Japanese fabrics. I love the way she fussy cut the bird fabric for her corner blocks.
I have the day off today so I am catching up and going to do a little stitching. Tonight we have a JP party at the store and I will be demoing my new wool thread 'Genziana' which I love.
Creative Stitching


  1. I do love your Folklore quilt. It is at the top of my list now, once we've had estate agents round. I've not seen it done the same way twice and it always looks good. I think that is the hallmark of a great pattern.

  2. I have not heard of Primitives in the Midwest before until I was on my way home to MI from St. Louis last weekend. We were at an on-line group retreat. My friend and I stopped into a quilt shop and we were telling them what we had been doing and where we were from when she said someone had stopped in just a few minutes earlier from MI and they were headed to St. Louis for the Primitives show. It has peaked our interest and I would love to learn more about it. Is it open to the public? I will do some research on it now that I have seen you mention it on your blog. Have fun...then again, how could you not!!!

  3. What great work, Barb! You do such wonderful stitching. For those of you who don't know about Primitives of the Midwest, visit and follow the links to Primitives. You can see the classes everyone is taking this week and photos of most of the projects. Great fun time for primitive lovers of quilts, wool, punch needle, cross stitch and basket weaving.