Martha Schellingerhoud was the speaker at our Rouge Valley Quilter's Guild meeting last night. As soon as we walked into the hall we all saw this quilt hanging up on the stage. Click the link, it is really gorgeous! She told us that it has been chosen to represent Canada at a quilt show in France this fall. I think it is a great choice.
Martha did her trunk show for us. The thread of her narrative was how she has developed different techniques for machine quilting large quilts in sections on a domestic machine. I immediately began to pay close attention! She showed us several quilts based on square blocks, and described her technique of joining pre-quilted sections together with sashing, and then quilting the sashing after. All this time I am looking at that big circular design up on the stage and thinking about Sedona Star. I could see how the concentric rings could be pre-quilted and then joined with those flying geese rings.
And indeed, she told us that had been her plan, but then on this quilt she changed her mind and quilted the whole thing in one piece! Sigh. She was worried that it would not lie flat if quilted in sections. So that idea went out the window!
But the trunk show was excellent, and her miniatures have to be seen to be believed. There was one with over 700 pieces!
In any case, I still have a year to figure out how I will quilt Sedona Star. I'm sure the right idea, or better equipment, will come along!