Earlier this week I promised to share pictures of the gorgeous quilts by Nancy Swanwick that we saw in Ft. Scott last Saturday. Nancy is a hugely talented quilter from Ft. Scott and a past president of KQO (Kansas Quilter's Organization). She had over 30 of her quilts on display and I almost needed a bucket to carry around the room with me as I drooled. She graciously gave me permission to share pictures with you. She also had a hand-out prepared so I will quote from that as I begin showing you her quilts.
Keep in mind all of Nancy's quilts are hand quilted and many hand pieced as well. She was (maybe still is?) employed as a FACS teacher and apparently filled every tiny bit of leisure time making these wonderful creations.
This is Nancy standing in front of her Pine Burr quilt
For some reason I didn't get a picture of a Wild Goose Chase quilt made 1984-88. She said it was completely hand pieced at Little League games, soccer games, tennis tournaments and family trips, including standing in line at Disney World (Mary: now that's a dedicated quilter!) ....quilted every 1/4" using 6 spools of quilting thread. It hung in the first Capital Quilt Show in Topeka and was selected as Viewer's Choice. Chosen by the Kansas Dept. of Commerce as one of 13 quilts sent to Bloomingdales in New York City as part of the Kansas Exhibit.
(I'm sorry I didn't get a picture but had to share the info about piecing standing in line at Disney world!)
Thousands of Cabins
Made from 3/4" strips, finishing 1/4". There is twice as much fabric in t he seam allowances as on the face of the quilt. This took 27 yards of fabric, countless spools of thread for piecing and six spools of tan quilting thread. This quilt has been named "Best of Show" in several quilt shows and hung in the second Capital Quilt Show in the rotunda of the statehouse in Topeka in 1992. Over 14,000 pieces of fabric.
(Mary....this is an AMAZING quilt to see in person!)