It’s been a while since I’ve been to a quilt show. (TWO months!), so I was happy to be at the Quilter’s Unlimited Show in Chantilly, VA with Handi Quilter retailer, The Quilter’s Studio of Fairfax, VA. The Quilters Unlimited Guild hosts the show each year. It’s a wonderful show with LOTS of quilts on display and plenty of great vendors. I noticed a few quilts that caught my eye because they were great examples of quilting out of the box. Something unexpected, something totally unique. And I love that!

I love house quilts and this one is really sweet.

Going Uptown
by Mary Ellen Simmons
of Fairfax, VA
quilting by Amy Steigerwalt

It was created in response to a guild challenge.

Right next to it was the “out of the box” version.

There’s a Storm Brewing Outside My Town
by Susan J Sladek
of McLean, VA
Quilting by The Quilting Cellar

Susan stepped out and chose to create a stormy, nighttime house quilt. It’s delightful! Some windows are darkened (early to bed?) and some show lights shining. The little church is quiet, but you can still see the darkened stained glass windows. The border fabric really speaks to the title of the quilt. It’s just a small change from the usual daytime house quilt but made me say, “Wow, what a great idea!”


Then I saw this giant leap out of the box.

by Linda Jamrogowicz
of Haymarket, VA
Quilting by Linda Jamrogowicz


detail of Celebrate


To quote Linda, “This quilt explodes with all the things needed to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, good grades, winning a game, quilting, and more.” It is 3-dimensional with pennants that can be changed for different occasions. Look at the dimension-ality in the 2nd photo. How fun!

I always expect to be inspired when I go to a quilt show and this show did not disappoint!

by Mary Beth Krapil