Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Harvest of Quilts

Get your cuppa ready. I've got a quilt show for you!! Last weekend, the Vancouver Quilters' Guild held their biannual show. The Gathered Threads attended (we were first in line on day 1, don'tcha know!). I always enjoy this quilt show because it is the perfect size (not overwhelming), they hang the quilts in categories, so you see all of the children/baby quilts together, challenge quilts, workshop results and, they always feature one of their guild members by hanging a retrospective of her work over the years. The guild members also provide a lovely tea/sandwich/cookie lunch that hits the spot after a couple of hours ogling quilts in the gallery!

Here are some of my favs from the show....

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"Rod Stewart" by Jean Allbeury (this is her fourth quilted Rod, I'd say she's got a crush). Somehow she got him to sign this one!!

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Look at these retro-styled rockets called "Lift Off" by Gwen Horne. On her description card she wrote "I can't remember when I started this, or who I was making it for..." I'd say it has aged well and is now super in vogue!

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Barb Keith did this western red work for her husband and pieced it into a quilt called "Bonanza". Ahh, brings back memories of my childhood crush, Little Joe, the adorable Michael Landon in his 20's! I quickly moved on to Shaun Cassidy, though....I digress.

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"Shirt Scraps" by Alison Rice gives me inspiration for all the shirts I have piled in my sewing room waiting to be cut up and pieced into a quilt.

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I loved this Storm at Sea colour variation called "Sunny Day" by Gail MacDonell. The batiks were so saturated in colour and the whole effect stunning - and definitely sunny!!

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Now this one really impressed me. I don't mind foundation piecing, but Heather Glassman-Berkowitz has taken it to another level here with her "Chevron Lone Star". Amazing! It was so beautifully pieced and quilted.

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"Dijon in the Sky with Diamonds" by Plu Dorcey was a big winner with the crowd. Plu and her husband spent a year touring Europe on a Dutch canal boat and this quilt is from her photos of the tiled roof tops of Dijon, France. All of those roof tiles are pieced! Stunning.

I want to show all of you embroidery-types a close up of a great idea I had not seen or tried before:

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Liz Austrom filled her chain stitch with a little running stitch in contrasting thread - isn't that effective? I'm going to try that!

I have to get busy. My guild show is coming in June 2010 and I really want to hang something of mine. What will it be??

3 comments:

Annie of Blue Gables said...

stunning show, thanks for posting. I never get a chance to go to these shows, so I am so happy you took pictures and posted them. thanks
~a

The Garden Bell said...

What a great blog you have going here. I found you over on Luce's Attic 24. Even though I'm a "hooker" like her. I love to look at quilts too. Hope you don't mind if I follow along here and feel free to stop by my garden.

The Garden Bell - Kate

Quilt Inspiration said...

Just came across this blog and blog post, and enjoyed your photos very much. In case anyone wants to know: the Storm at Sea colour variation called "Sunny Day" by Gail MacDonell is from a design by Joen Wolfrom. It is on the cover of Joen Wolfrom's book, called "A Garden Party of Quilts". http://www.amazon.com/Garden-Party-Quilts-Pieced-Projects/dp/157120301X