Raffle Quilts

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2015 Raffle Quilt

Shimmering Stars

Shimmering Stars
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Photo Courtesy of Marilyn Karper www.karperquilting.com

Shimmering Stars was designed and constructed by Marie Clark, Gloria Miller and Joan Waldman. Quilting was done by Kris Vierra.

We were at the Country Piecemakers Quilt Guild meeting when Shirley kept trying to get one of us off in a corner. She finally cornered Joan and asked if we would consider designing and making the 2015 quilt for her. OH! OH! Then she kind of laid a guilt trip on by saying "You guys did it for Sandi Kosch when she was president of the guild, and would you consider doing it for me!" OH! OH! Joan said she couldn't commit and would have to talk it over with the others. So on the way home from the meeting she told them what Shirley had asked! For a minute or two there was dead silence! Then we cussed and discussed it all the rest of the way home and said we would talk again in the morning. We slept on it and decided you can't do this for one friend and then say no to another friend.  An email was sent to Shirley the next day saying OK we will do it.

Now what to do. We knew it was the 30th anniversary of NSQG, so we had to consider that.  We had just had a feathered star class and thought that might be a good design. Gloria had used a gold batik and a coffee bean batik for her project and we really liked the fabrics. We also thought the coffee bean fabric would represent Shirley as she is never far from her coffee cup.

We decided on stars and created a Feather Star within a Feather Star and put an 8 Point Star in the very center. Each star would represent 10 years of the guild. Hunting for the fabric was interesting as no one seemed to have the coffee bean fabric any longer. A search of quilt shops produced just enough, at an Omaha shop, to make the quilt. The gold came from a local shop and the double black had to be ordered.

Now we had a center--OH! OH!  it is big, now what to do? So we set it on point and added the double black for corners. Now what do we do with those big black corners. Well stars shine through trees, so the branches and leaves solved the problem of what to add on those corner triangles.

OH! OH!  Now what do we do for borders?  The stars have some half square triangles in it, so why not bigger half square triangles? With the border on we contacted Kris to see if she would consider quilting it. She said yes so we road tripped to her home. We told her to work her magic on it and she suggested the variegated thread for the quilting.

The quilt came home in about a month and we added the bindings. Then Marie said it needs some "bling". So approximately 3,000 crystals were added in the next couple weeks.

Marie is Quilt Mom -- if you would like to order tickets her address is:
Marie Clark
2408 Muirfield Pl
Columbus, NE 68601
Phone 402 564 2471
email: <quilterm@neb.rr.com>
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Photo Courtesy of Marilyn Karper www.karperquilting.com

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Photo Courtesy of Marilyn Karper www.karperquilting.com

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Gloria Miller, Marie Clark, Kris Vierra and Joan Waldman
The quilt won Best Collaborative Quilt at the MQS show in Wichita.

Photo Courtesy of Marilyn Karper www.karperquilting.com

2014 Raffle Quilt

The 2014 NSQG raffle quilt, "Ride the Rails", was the work of Katie Wilson, Elaine Koenig, Mary Weich, Kaye Petta and Stephanie Stuckrath. The quilt was displayed and tickets sold at several events thoughout the year and was always well received. The winning ticket was drawn at our Saturday night banquet during QuiltNebraska 2014. The winner is April Franke from Palmer, Iowa.

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