Saturday, February 5, 2011

Do You Remember Interquilt?

This morning I was getting reacquainted with a fellow former member of Interquilt, Lori.  It brought back so many memories....block swaps, fabric swaps, Secret Sister, and get togethers. 

  I was fortunate to go to the Interquilt Convention in Lancaster in 1999.  I met so many of the women who I had been swapping with for years.  Interquilt had a "Squishy Challenge" in connection with the convention.  You sent in 3 ugly fabrics to Melissa (the Web Mistress), and she sent back someone else's ugly fabrics plus one she chose to send to all participants.  The bottom picture shows the back of the quilt.  I used my uglies for it.  The top is the fabric Melissa sent to all participants, the 3 uglies were: 1.  a blue with pinwheels, 2. a very ugly hand dyed, and finally #3 a batik with zebras.  We could add 2 additional fabrics.  Top picture shows the quilt I made.  It is button hole applique.  I added black and the red inner border.  I won the challenge and then I entered my little quilt in my guilds quilt show.  I was so excited to win first place.

This shows the good side of the Internet.  Quilters from all over the world who get together to further the craft of quilting.  Interquilt is now gone but many of those friendships still exist.  I was away from the Internet for 4 years while taking care of my Dad.  Once back home I got reconnected with friends through Facebook.  That led to Blogs and then  starting my own.   I am learning so much through these online friends. 

I've been in my sewing room, sewing all morning with my back to the window.  When I went to get my laptop I looked out the window and what did I see.....SNOW!  I don't know about you but I have had it up to hear with SNOW. 

Hoping you are having a quilty day.  Hugs, Cat

9 comments:

Cheryl said...

The snow looks so romantic to me, but I don't have to live in it! Happy sewing.

Mama Pea said...

Ewwww....again?! We've been snow-free, today. I know it's south of us and now east of us, too. Guess we got lucky this time. Have fun sewing!

Allie said...

Now that just proves there is no ugly fabric - your little quilt is just gorgeous!!! I've never heard of Interquilt, I think I was totally into homeschooling sites when we first got internet.

I was getting ready to go help my girlfriend move today when she called and told me to look out the window. ARGH. We stayed home, lol! C'mon, spring, enough is enough!

laquaqltr said...

oh I used to be a member many years ago, in the mid 90's. sometimes i miss it. Joined the site My Quilt Place similar but different.

Anonymous said...

I found Interquilt to be addictive - I participated in too many swaps and quit about 1998. I am currently trying to finish make some wall hangings with those swap blocks.

Karen said...

Cathy -- and anyone else from IQ. Some of us are still together on a list that we formed when InterQuilt was shut down. Check us out in The Quilter Magazine, April/May 2012 issue. We'd love to see some familiar names again! We still do gatherings, without the drama, and have a lot of fun. karen in ct

Moira said...

I remember the year that challenge took place and the fabric that was sent to everyone...lol. Still have my quilt as well.

Like Karen said, check out the article about the Beehive in the article this month. We'd love to reconnect with old list members.

Joan S said...

And I'm a third putting in a plug for the Beehive. The article is really nice. I was also one of those who took part in the squishy challenge and won an award - just don't remember which one!

Cate said...

I'm several years late to this post, but I was a member of InterQuilt YEARS ago - but I remember it fondly, and wondered if it still existed. Did a web search and found this reference on your blog - great memories! I definitely remember the swaps and the squishy challenges, and the birthday sign-ups - it was great to get surprise fabric in the mail. Take care - Catie Drew.