How to Enjoy a Quilt Show (Even if You’re Quarantined at Home) – Part 1

Inside: Virtual Trunk Show

I sat there with sweaty palms, my heart beating quickly and I wondered if they would like me. Would they like my work? Would I have enough to show? It was my first trunk show, and it was circa 2008 after my first book was published. I was presenting to a local long-arm group, and I was nervous!

We, as quilters, love our quilt shows! And now they’ve all been cancelled. So sad! I thought maybe you would enjoy a virtual trunk show of my quilts. I’ll be calling it the Great Covid Trunk Show, of course, and I’ll be sharing in two parts, so you won’t get too bored.

First are some of the quilts I have made throughout the years.

This is the first patchwork quilt I ever made with help from my mom. Circa 1978, using cardboard templates and hand quilted. It’s not bad considering the method! Always remember that everyone starts somewhere. (Oh, and my cat, Zinger.)

Skip a few years, and a lot of learning, and I taught myself how to hand appliqué with this quilt. Yes, it was insane to think I could just figure it out! It was all reverse appliqué, and I did learn quite a bit by trial and error! Then I took an appliqué class from Jeanna Kimball (the appliqué queen), and I was totally hooked. Now I love hand appliqué! It is my happy place. This quilt was hand quilted, too.

Applique quilt

U.L.S. 2 quilt designed by Karen K. Stone, pieced and quilted by Cheryl Brown.

Applique quilt

Detail of appliqué, U.L.S. 2 quilt by Cheryl Brown.

The next quilt was a fun appliqué project. My coworker, Diane, saw the ticking fabric in the quilt shop where we worked and said I should make this quilt with it! I accepted the challenge, and love the result.

Celebration of American Life

Celebration of American Life ©2002 Kansas City Star Books/Barb Adams and Alma Allen; Made by Cheryl Brown.

Next is another appliqué quilt (go figure) that I used to teach appliqué at the quilt shop. It was a block of the month.

Prairie Flowers quilt

Prairie Flowers: A Year on the Plains ©2001 Kansas City Star Books/Barbara Brackman; Made by Cheryl Brown.

This is a quilt I made from Piece O’ Cake designs. Their original quilt had fusible appliqué, but, knowing me, I had to do needle-turn appliqué. Yes, there is a reason for fusible, at times, because some of the pieces were SO tiny! But I do love the finished product, and I had fun with beads, buttons and crystals to finish it off. (The little white dots in the photo.)

Welcome to the North Pole quilt

Welcome to the North Pole: Santa’s Village in Appliqué ©Piece O’ Cake Designs/Becky Goldsmith; Made by Cheryl Brown.

When I worked at the quilt shop I was contacted by Jenny Wilding Cardon to do the long-arm quilting for her publication The Little Box of Baby Quilts. She worked for Martingale, & Co., and she was able to get me in contact with the right people to publish my first book in 2008, Fresh and Fabulous Quilts. The next quilts are all my own designs, and are in that book. (It is available as an ePub.)

One of the first quilts I designed is Flower Power. This little flower was also my logo for quite some time!

Flower Power Quilt

Flower Power quilt from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts ©2008 That Patchwork Place/Cheryl Brown.

Next is Counting Sheep. These little guys came to life from my husband, Neil’s sketch pad. I just loved them. I added the bed and some wonderfully appropriate sheep fabric. Notice the little black sheep in the corner. Poor thing!

Counting Sheep quilt

Counting Sheep quilt from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts ©2008 That Patchwork Place/Cheryl Brown.

The next quilt, Holly Jolly, was started as a darker project, and when the book was more bright color ways I made this version. Then I finished the original version and use it on my bed at Christmas time.

Holly Jolly quilt

Holly Jolly quilt from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts ©2008 That Patchwork Place/Cheryl Brown.

And here’s the original color way. (Kitty again.)

Holly Jolly quilt

My original Holly Jolly quilt from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts ©2008 That Patchwork Place/Cheryl Brown.

The next quilt is an easily pieced quilt made from some beautiful, tiny print fabric that came into the fabric shop; In The Corner.

In The Corner quilt

In The Corner quilt from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts ©2008 That Patchwork Place/Cheryl Brown.

The next wall hanging is the first project I designed myself. L-O-V-E uses fusible appliqué, and a hand blanket stitch. It still holds its own, I think!

L-O-V-E wall hanging

L-O-V-E wall hanging from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts ©2008 That Patchwork Place/Cheryl Brown.

Have a Heart started its life as a beautiful fat pack from Moda. It was the breast cancer awareness line from the designers of Moda. It was in the quilt shop and I drooled over it for days. When I got a gift certificate for my birthday I decided to bring it home. These paper-pieced and appliquéd hearts are the result!

Have a Heart quilt

Have a Heart quilt from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts ©2008 That Patchwork Place/Cheryl Brown.

I’ve always loved purple, lime and aqua together in a quilt, and my quilt Every Blooming Thing is splashing with these colors! Twelve unique flowers to appliqué and easy blocks make this quilt extra fun!

Every Blooming Thing quilt

Every Blooming Thing quilt from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts ©2008 That Patchwork Place/Cheryl Brown.

As with so many other of these quilts, Fruit Basket started at the quilt shop. The beautiful fruit print came into the store, and between the employees, and maybe a couple of customers it was gone in a couple of days! (Mostly the employees, sad to say.)

Fruit Basket quilt

Fruit Basket quilt from Fresh and Fabulous Quilts ©2008 That Patchwork Place/Cheryl Brown.

I hope you enjoyed this little trunk show! I’ll post part 2 soon. No sweaty palms this time, just sore fingers from typing!

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  1. Jane March 25, 2020

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