Wednesday, September 8, 2021

New England Visit--Part 1

I won't impose upon you with all the visits to cemeteries, lighthouses, historic sites and seafood restaurants. But I will share with you the happenings of a quilty nature. Part 1 is about meeting up with the wonderful quilter, Wendy Reed (The Constant Quilter blog). (She may not be thrilled with this focus on her, but here goes.)

These good people welcomed us to their home, and after DH and I chatted with them a bit, Wendy and I sneaked off to her sewing rooms while Gordon and Gregg talked guy stuff. :)

 It was such a kick to see Wendy in her happy place, with her vintage and repro fabrics around her. Can you see one of her current WIP--the bird applique project hanging behind her?

I wish now that I had been even more observant. There was a heavy case of sensory overload going on with me. And in the presence of such a talent, I was a bit awestruck. I know, Wendy, you are as down-to-earth as can be, but you know me and applique. And it is like breathing to you. I was just soaking in a master in her element.

 

 

After perusing the delights of this room we moved over to the sewing room "annex"--a room across the hall with more fabric, a bed layered with lovely quilts, and walls bedecked with ribbons from quilt shows. We had entered so she could show me the rest of her stash, but it turned into a private bed turning. I felt very privileged to be witness to this event.

I didn't take a photo of every single quilt (though I wish now that I had), but I'll share a few of them, with Wendy's permission. If you follow Wendy (and if you don't, you should), you have probably seen many of these on her blog.

                      It was incredible to see this one up close.

 

                                 Love this circle quilt.



 
Here Wendy is pointing out some of her favorite conversation prints in this quilt.


                                    This cheddar background is so yummy!

 



Isn't the blue background stunning?

Both of the photos I took of this quilt turned out blurry, but I wanted to include it anyway, because Wendy, Cyndi Black and I had been among the group that swapped blocks with Pam Buda when she made her quilt for the pattern cover. This is Circa 1880. 

 

                                                         Wendy's Dear Jane quilt.



This is Wendy's "Community Supper", made from blocks sent to her when she put out a call for them during the COVID lockdown. It is a wonderful quilter's version of potluck.
 
                                                                   It was a treat to spend an evening with Wendy and Gordon. Such good people. I am thrilled that I had this opportunity, and I am sorry if I have embarrassed you with all this attention, Wendy, but you did say I could post whatever I wanted. Can we still be friends? ;)   
Next time, New England--Part 2 will cover our visit to Cyndi Black at her shop, The Busy Thimble. Stay tuned for a show of her wonderful doll quilts!
Until then,
Janet O.

32 comments:

  1. That was such a beautiful special visit.

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  2. lovely post about lovely person...i've never been there but always enjoy seeing her quilts and her sewing space...

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  3. Oh my! She seems like such a wonderful person! I would love to meet her one day. You are way too kind my dear. We did have so much fun! Hope you get to venture out this way again soon. Thanks for a lovely time!!

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  4. Such a pleasure to get a look at Wendy's many lovely quilts again! "Til' we meet again" is a favorite of mine.

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  5. WOW Her quilts are stunning. She is a truly gifted, skilled quilter

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  6. what a lovely time you girls had together.....so many gorgeous quilts Wendy has made..........

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  7. What a delightful post about such a talented and awesome quilter. Lucky you!!!

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  8. Great post. Glad you had such a good time with Wendy. Hugs

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  9. What a treat, Janet! Thanks for sharing your visit with Wendy (and some of her quilts.)

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  10. What beautiful quilts! I can see why you had such a great time! :0)

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  11. Oh what a treasured time! So much beauty and talent under 1 roof (both of you)!

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  12. What a wonderful Visit. I love a good Bed Turning, you know. Thanks for sharing all the quilt Love. Applique isn't my favorite to make but I love to see it all.

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  13. What a delightful post. Wendy is quite a special lady. And, an inspiring quilter. I keep telling her I'd love to see her stash someday and now I know someone who did.

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  14. How special your visit with Wendy was! Her work is lovely and prolific. Glad you took all the pics to share with us.

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  15. Sensory overload indeed! How special to be treated to a one-person quilt show, and to share it with the rest of us. I love Wendy's quilts and her use of color is truly inspiring, not to mention all that glorious applique. Thanks for sharing this special visit.

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  16. Love this post! Wendy deserves all these accolades! I'm lucky to live 2 hours from her and have been privileged and blessed to have the same fabulous tour of her quilting space and the opportunity to occasionally get together at shows or to shop at Cyndi's. What a great trip for you!

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  17. Oh my goodness what a treat! I enjoyed seeing all these quilts and can't imagine what it would be like in person!
    I squealed out loud to see my block in her Community Supper quilt!! Thanks for sharing your visit with us!

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  18. WoW Janet - how special. I'll bet you came away feeling all inspired. Wendy is SO clever. That quilt called Community Supper - I actually have a few (3) of those fabrics used in that - how special - I pounced on that quilt. Wonderful post Janet.

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  19. Janet que maravilloso reportaje. Gracias por compartir este encuentro de amigas!!
    Saludos

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  20. This just puts a big smile on my face! What a great post and thanks for highlighting one of our all time favorite quilters;).

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  21. Wonderful post Janet, what a wonderful place to visit and all those beautiful quilts Wow!! Wendy is so clever.

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  22. It must have been wonderful to finally meet Wendy and see her quilts up close and personal. She certainly is talented.

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  23. All those quilts are beautiful.. I love one of the first ones you show - it has WCR 2012 in the center. Is this a Mosaic Tiles quilt? I recently ordered a book on Mosaic Tile quits and have been wanting to make one. Her's is the first one I have seen on someone's blog. I am going to start following her and thank you for sharing with us your visit.

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  24. Oh I'm so JEALOUS. I have never been to Wendy's home and what a wonderful tour you have given us of her stash and quilts. Wow. You two much have been in quilt heaven!!!
    loved all the photos and I'm so glad your trip worked out.
    can't wait for more.

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  25. Wendy is such a treasure. I am always inspired by her quilts and color sense. The exhibit of some of her art at the New England Quilt Museum was fabulous. How lucky you are to have visited her!

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  26. What fun to have the opportunity to be together with a fellow quilter and to "meet" her delightful quilts in person! I'm sure the two of you had a grand time! A nice memory of your trip East!

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  27. Ohhhh thank you to share with us these wonderful memories with Wendy !!
    She's a sweetheart !
    And her happy place is terrific !! Oh là là !!!! :)))

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  28. Oh what a wonderful post!! Wendy has a beautiful home and those quilt treasures inside.... oh my goodness. So happy for you to make that trip!!

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  29. What a treat to see more of Wendy, her amazing quilts, and her beautiful home. Thanks so much for sharing, Janet.

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  30. What a fun visit! I love seeing other people’s studios.

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  31. Oh, wow!! How did I miss this wonderful post? You really were in quilt heaven!! Fabulous quilts and super fun post!! You look happy!! :-)

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