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....
"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!!
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!
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.
"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.
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!!
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.
"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:
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??