Quilts On Display

October 2014

Posted: October 17th 2014 - 1:00 PM

This quilt was done by Joyce Gronenthal who is a member of the Desert Sage Quilt Guild.  This was a project done with the Quilting Spuds group, taught by Kim Radabaugh.  There were 16 members that traded fabrics to come up with the many different colors.  Gronenthal made this quilt for her daughter but it will also be entered in the 2015 Quilt Show in April. 

August 2014

Posted: August 28th 2014 - 12:03 PM

Circle of Nine

This quilt, Circle of Nine, was made for a Quilt of Valor. Quilts of Valor are quilts made to be awarded to any military person who has served in a war. This quilt will be awarded to a very special Air Force person that was badly wounded by an IED in Afghanistan, losing both of his legs in the explosion.

There are special guidelines we must follow in making a Quilt of Valor. If you are interested in making a Quilt of Valor, please go to the website: www. govf.org to find out the requirements.

July 2014

Posted: July 11th 2014 - 5:43 PM

Blue Starburst

The making of this quilt combined three of Pat Wagner’s favorite things: a blue and white quilt, the Lone Star pattern, and space for hand quilting.

Blue and white quilts are a popular theme in quilt history.  This quilt pattern is called the Broken Lone Star. It can be challenging but is worth the effort.

Quilt Maker: Pat Wagner, 2006

June 2014

Posted: June 5th 2014 - 10:06 AM

My first attempt to make a quilt was in 1974 when I made a quilt for my Mom and Dad out of the old clothing of mine, my husband’s and my daughter’s. They have since passed away and I have the quilt in my possession. It needs to be red one as I didn’t know what the heck I was doing.

I started making quilts in the 90s when I made a quilt for my daughter’s Christmas. It was a flying geese pattern. Then I just made lap size quilts as I could get them done sooner. I also hand quilted them. I have always put a label on each quilt because, 100 years from now whoever has my quilt will know about it.

We moved to Idaho from California in October 2004. My husband bought me a new sewing machine and then I got serious about making quilts. I made this quilt in2006 and had it quilted by Kimberly Quilt Barn, in 2008. It has been on my spare bed  ever since. The pattern is Delectable Mountains by Eleanor Burns, and it measures 101”X101.” I have made many large quilts. I love Eleanor Burns because she teaches quilting techniques one step at a time, and is easy to follow.

I joined the Crazy Quilters at the Twin Falls Senior Center in the summer of 2009or 2010. We hand quilt our quilts for the public and the money we make on them goes directly to the Twin Falls Senior Center. I am not very good at hand quilting but I keep trying. I love these ladies because they have saved my life. When my husband had knee surgery and heart surgery, I had a place to go as soon as he was able to do something with himself.

I have made many quilts for gifts and donations. I take pictures of each quilt and try to make a journal to have for when I am gone.

I have learned many things since I first started quilting. When we travel, I try and stop at any quilt shop I might see along the way. My passion is to some day make it to Kentucky for the Paducah Quilt Show. I hope you enjoy looking at my quilt.

-Helen Hensley, Twin Falls, Idaho 2014                                                                                           

April 2014

Posted: April 18th 2014 - 10:07 AM

This quilt is called “On Point.”  All of the blocks are set on one corner, or onpoint, giving it a unique look.  Thecenter is hand appliquéd in a whirling flower pattern and embellished with handembroider to complement the chocolate colors that dominate in the quilt.

Suzanne Pack completed this quilt as part of a challengingblock-of-the-month project. Each month two blocks were presented to us to pieceto piece. The final block was the center for which Pack had the choice of an appliquédblock, that she chose, or as a pieced block similar to the other blocks.

Pack enjoyed completing this quilt for her guest bedroom.  The colors are so vibrant and welcoming forguests.  Kay Anderson did thequilting.

February 2014

Posted: February 20th 2014 - 3:32 PM

Sew Many Stars

Made by Emma Koffer

This quilt was begun in March of 1994. It was designed by myfirst quilting teacher, Mary Whitehead, in an adult education class in MountainView, California. It was begun at a time when machine quilting was not lookedon with favor, so she procrastinated about hand-quilting it until we moved toTwin falls, and she finally finished it in September of 2002.

Emma began quilting 25 years ago when I was forced to retirefrom my pre-school teaching because of rheumatoid arthritis. It gave her a newlease on life and she has been at it for 25 years, making more quilts than shecan remember. Quilting has filled her life with pleasure and she has made manygood friends in the process.

January 2014

Posted: January 13th 2014 - 9:22 AM

“Infinity” by V. Joan Anderson

This quilt was started in 2009 and was worked onoccasionally. In January of 2012, Anderson decided to focus on finishing thequilt. It was completed in time for the DSQ Quilt Show on April 13thand 14th. Though she enjoyed the work, it was very time consuming.Every quilt is a different journey and this one was a long, enjoyable experiencefilled with the memories of all the gardens in Anderson’s life.  Anderson’s eight year old granddaughter namedthe quilt when she stated, “Grandma, I love this quilt to ‘Infinity.’”

The first border of t he quilt contains flower swagsdesigned by Anderson. The quilt features needle turn appliqué with silk thread,hand embroidery with silk embroidery floss, satin floss, pearl, cotton, cottonfloss and metallic floss. Other hand techniques used are Broderie perse,couching and crochet with fun fur and angora yarn. Fabrics used are batiksfelted wool and ultra suede.

The quilt is set in a Circle of Nine. Beading, SwarovskiCrystals, and 3-D appliqué flowers were added after all the quilting wascomplete. The quilt was bound after adding double piping.

When asked how long it took Anderson to complete this quiltshe states, “My entire life. “

Artistically quilted by Margie Kraft, 2013.

December 2013

Posted: December 6th 2013 - 10:15 AM

Sharon Riddleberger has been a member of the Desert Sage Quilters since 2002. After teaching school for 23 years, Sharon retired last year.  She has been married for 44 years and has three adult sons. The name of the quilt is “Grandmother’s Dream, A Floral Watercolor Quilt.”

 Sharon took a class from Kim Radabaugh in May with 12others. They traded fabric strips and each used the strips to created different colored blocks. Sharon finished this quilt the end of August 2013 and Kim Radabaugh quilted it for her.

October 2013

Posted: October 29th 2013 - 1:10 PM

Made by Joan Anderson

Quilted by Kay Anderson

 Joan Anderson started this quilt in 2003, during a Saturday class at Stitchin Time.  Unfortunately,it was put aside because of health issues. In 2011, she was determined to finish it. Her granddaughter offered design and color tips when she visited and Joan decided to save it for her wedding quilt.  Instead, when her granddaughter graduated in 2012, Joan gave it as a graduation present. It was made with two inch squares and half square triangles with machine and needle turn appliqué.

September 2013

Posted: September 5th 2013 - 4:13 PM

This quilt was created by sixteen women in the Twin Falls United Methodist Church for the 100 Year Centennial celebrated in 2005. It has photos of the stained glass windows in the church as well as photos of the original church built in 1905. In 2005, this quilt won first place ribbon at the Twin Falls County Fair. When not on display at the Twin Falls Public Library, this quilt hands in the Friendship Room at the Methodist Church where church friends meet for coffee after the Sunday service.