Wednesday, November 9, 2011
ABC Wednesday: Q is for Quilts! (Quilt Show 2011, Part 1)
How fortuitous that our public library would host its annual Quilt show shortly before ABC Wednesday's letter Q week! :-)
As many of you may remember from my two-part post about last year's show, our local Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library hosts an annual quilt exhibit throughout the month of October, when its mezzanine transforms into a dazzling rainbow of colors, textures and talent displayed in dozens of locally-made quilts.
The official name of the show, an exhibit rather than a competition, is the "Fiber Arts Show," since there are several non-quilt items on display as well, some of which I'll share in one of my upcoming posts. But since quilts comprise the vast majority of it, everyone just calls it the quilt show (as in, "Have you been to the library to see the quilt show yet? It's even better than last year's!") :-) And because I think this year's may have truly been even better than last year's, this is just the first of four posts (I think ~ might be as many as five, since I'm still working on them!), double the number of last year's. And each post will be photo-intensive, as I have no self-restraint when it comes to sharing photos of these beautiful works of art. This year I decided to organize these posts by first sharing a photo of an entire section of the display, followed by closeups of some of the quilts in that section. And like last year, I'm also including notes on some of the quilts, plucked from the artist's accompanying display card, that I thought the quilters among you would appreciate but that even we non-quilters might find interesting.
As always, I encourage you to click on any photo for a larger view and to name and discuss your favorite(s) in the comments! Enjoy! (But Quietly, please, since we are in a library!) ;-)
This first overview shot, taken from the north end of the mezzanine, shows some of the quilts along the mezzanine walls, draped over the railings, and displayed around the bottom of the staircase...
Now let's take a closer look at some of them!
This one, Birds of Summer, is on the far left of the bottom of the staircase railing...
Birds of Summer
Artist & Quilter: Becky Stedtnitz
Here's more detail...
(For you, Spud! Note that the cardinals got pride of place!)
On the far left side of the wall at the top of the mezzanine stairs we find this colorful, cheerful quilt...
Technique: Piecelique, Glue, Sewing
Artist & Quilter: Donna Weeden
"Piecelique is where you cut the pieces larger
and glue them together.
Then you sew them with a sewing machine.
The sewing makes long curved seams very smooth.
The technique is quite intensive; I'll teach it later this year."
(This one makes me think of you, Molly!) :-)
On a short wall around a corner to the right of Shining Sunflower (and so not really visible in the overview photo) were a handful of small quilts, including this one that was made by our friend Joyce, who runs our local health food store (which also has her quilt shop in it!)...
What's the Point?
Artist: Joyce Thompson
"After rusting some fabric, I thought it best
to use discharged fabric and rusted nails to finish.
It was just a fun project."
And on the large wall to the right of that, facing the top of the staircase, is this trio of beauties...
The Grandmother's Fan pattern on the left and the Dresden Plate pattern on the right are classic and beautiful, but the quilt in the middle (which I think is an example of a Baltimore Album quilt), called Ladies of the Sea, was one of this year's show stoppers...
Ladies of the Sea
Artist: Susan H. Garman
Technique: Hand Appliqué
Hand-quilted by Judy Peck
"Started Oct 2010, finished August 2011"
Since this quilt was a) so beautifully detailed and b) one of my favorites, I couldn't resist sharing closeups of some of the individual squares and a little information about each ship featured in them, starting with one that has a personal connection for me...
The Mayflower ~ English Galleon, 1620
My great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, arrived in Plymouth, MA on the Mayflower. Ironically, I've never been to Plymouth in Massachusetts despite living much of my life in New England, but somehow I managed to visit The Mayflower's launch site in Plymouth, England! Go figure. Since John and Priscilla had 10 children who survived to adulthood, I am but one of a vast multitude of their descendants and so anticipate a comment from at least one of my distant relatives. (Hey, Cousin Sue!) :-)
Of course, my Italian side needs to get in on this action too...
Piccola Bragozzo ~ Adriatic Coast fishing vessel, 1802
I have no personal connection to this particular vessel, since my ancestors came from Tuscany and were vineyard people, not fishing people - which may help explain my affection for vegan red wine, lol - but it was the only Italian boat on this quilt.
But enough about me! Here's a little nod to our friendly neighbors to the north...
The Bluenose ~
A famous schooner built in Nova Scotia in 1929,
her likeness is on the Canadian dime.
(I love the maple leaves on this one,
The Elissa ~ an iron-hulled ship built in Scotland, 1877
(For you, Penny!) :-)
I love some of the details on these blocks, like this anchor...
And here are a few more ships from the past and from around the world...
The Oseberg ~ Viking Ship, circa 875
Chinese Pirate Junk ~ 1807
The first of George Washington's 11 navy ships, 1775
(This one's all yours, Hannah!) ;-)
I was so captivated by the ships, I almost failed to notice the quilt's beautiful border! Here's just one section of it...
Stay tuned to this blog for many more Quilt show photos soon! And if you have no Qualms about embarking on a Quest for more Quintessentially Quirky, Quality, or uniQue (okay, I cheated) Q pictures, visit...
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"