Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It's Rodeo Time!

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is in full gear, boots and all! I love the rodeo - and I love what the Houston rodeo does for kids. Aside from livestock, cowboys and cowgirls, boots and spurs, country-western music, and barbecue, since 1957 the rodeo has given over $120 million to educational programs and support in Texas. Yahoo!

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo also hosts an annual quilt show and contest. This year's "Best of Show" was made by my guild (www.lakeviewquiltersguild.org). I had the privilege of making one of the blocks, along with many other women. Georgann Wrinkle organized guild members, and Denise Green quilted the finished quilt top. I'm really pleased that our guild was honored with a "Best of Show" award (the third one in six years!) - and so here is the quilt that won:

La Diva, 2006 Lakeview Quilters Guild raffle quilt

As a quilter, I know that quilting means many things to many people, ranging from a creative outlet to the basis for a social network, an avenue for expressing joys and sorrows, a method for sharing oneself... the list goes on and on. And thanks to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, one of the things in that list is helping today's youth receive good educations. The "win" for us is a win-win: a student in our area will now get a substantial scholarship from the rodeo. Like I said before... yahoo!

(c)2006-2008 Susan H. Garman


  1. This quilt is stunning! Hope you make bunches on it!

  2. do you sell the pattern for this quilt?
    It is amazing, just beautiful.

  3. Sorry - this quilt does not have a pattern!

  4. Would you be willing to share the sources for a few of the blocks? I found a few in the"Baltimore Beauties and Beyond" book you recommended. This is such a gorgeous quilt, I'd like to try to make a similar one to enjoy.

  5. In answer to the question regarding the source of blocks used in the guild quilt "La Diva," I believe that most of the block designs either came from or are variations of blocks in Elly Sienkiewicz's book "Papercuts and Plenty" published in 1989. That book has many, many different papercut blocks in it - numbers 2, 38, 48, and 56 are included in the quilt, or variations of them - along with others. Our guild members were encouraged to take liberties with the patterns such that they were appropriate for their own skill levels. I am sure other sources may have been used, but since I was not involved in organizing the quilt-making, I am not certain which other books may have been used.
    Best wishes -
    Sue Garman