The spring quilt season has begun-wow, I missed going to shows! I got to the Valley Quilt Guild show in Yuba City and thoroughly enjoyed the quilts despite the rain/wind weather we’ve been having. There was a great assortment of vendors too.Karen Litvinchuk designed, made and quilted this beauty-“In the Pink”. I really enjoyed her quilting, the colors and embroidery embellishments.I stood there awhile trying to figure out how she got that embroidery and quilting on the flower petals-did she embroider/quilt first and then construct? When I read the description she did indeed say she first embroidered, then constructed, then quilted. That process allowed the flowers to be dimensional yet be embellished-great addition. The fabrics are hand dyed. There were many Linda Ballard pattern quilts in the show and this one was lovely. “Shades/Linda Ballard” was made by Dee Jagerhorn, the Featured Quilter, and quilted by Lynne Widener. It was just so fresh and pretty! “Hanky Quilt” was also made by Featured Quilter Dee Jagerhorn and quilted by Lynne Widener. Dee wrote that the hanky collection came from her Mother who was part of a worldwide hanky exchange in the 1940’s-this is but a small part of the 137 hanky collection! I love the way the hankies quilted up. “Imperial Blooms” by Diana Tatro and quilted by Loretta Orsborn is based on a Sue Spargo pattern-gotta love Sue Spargo for her great design! Diana did a beautiful job on this quilt with her color choices and embroidered embellishments-lots of detail to ponder.“Woven Ribbons” was a real eye catcher! Maker Mary Ann Hayre says she got the pattern from a magazine and just knew she had to make it. Quilted by Quilts by Cathy. What fun it must have been to get all those fabrics together for the color transition.“Winter Stars” was a group quilt, submitted and quilted by Vera Smith. There were many exquisite details on this one: great piecing, a tiny little yellow insert in the binding and great quilting. I found this block to be absolutely charming! “Dancing With the Stars” by Kathy Mackey and quilted by Pat Heape was another Linda Ballard mystery pattern. The choices and use of batiks for this made for a great color palette. “Washington Medallion” was just beautiful! Made by Linda Matsumoto and quilted by Dereck Lockwood, it was precisely pieced and the quilting really enhanced the piecing and charm of the piece-pretty! Spring in my area brings turkey mating season. It’s just hysterical because the males are just butt ugly and there they are, strutting their stuff. The females always seem so unimpressed! Really, look at that guy-has he not been hit with an ugly stick…more than once??