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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Quilt Show, Part 1

The Sheridan library hosts a quilt show throughout the month of October every year (ooh, books and quilts, there's a combo I know some of you adore!), and BW and I caught this year's show on its final Saturday. But I saved posting about it till now because December feels like a perfect month to share these snuggly quilt photos!

And because I just wasn't able to squeeze it into November. (But my first reason sounds better, don't you think?) :-)

I can't make a quilt to save my life, but I sure do love and admire them and really enjoy going to quilt shops, especially with my friend Jo who is an awesome quilter. All the delightful eye candy of all those fabrics and colors and designs - it's like being inside a 3-D rainbow!

So I dedicate this two-part post to Joanne, as well as to Daphne (another avid quilter), and to Barbara who, like me, doesn't quilt but admires those who do (and their handywork) and has several lovely, interesting posts about quilts on her own blog. And to everyone else out there who is talented and patient enough to create such useful things of beauty for the rest of us to enjoy!

As always, click on any photo for a larger view.

The colorful scene taken from the library's main desk...

This quilt that greeted me at the top of the mezzanine stairs was an instant favorite of mine...

"Dizzy Geese"
Artist: Jackie Waters, Quilter: Laurie Sheeley
Machine Pieced; Pattern from Great American Quilts, Book 7

The view from the top of the mezzanine stairs...

Looking across the mezzanine with the main desk below...

A closer look at some of the quilts on the wall in the previous photo...

One of the more unique quilts in the show, I love the beads on her dress and in her hair...

"Graceful Geisha"
Artist & Quilter: Elaine Inman
Machine Pieced, Quilted & Appliqué
According to the note above it, she found the
silhouette design in a tattoo parlor clipart book!

Another mezzanine view...

A closer look at some of the same quilts that appear in the above photo...

A closeup of the quilt hanging to the right of the pheasant in the previous photo...

Artist & Quilter: Pat Fosher
The accompanying note said, "It gives the impression
of looking through rippling water or beveled glass."

Here are a few of my favorite details from another wonderful quilt on the mezzanine, "Forest Hollow by McKenna Ryan"...

The butterflies were three-dimensional,
which appears to have surprised the owl! :-)

I love this owl in moonlit flight
this sweet chipmunk, so pleased with the acorn he found!
Artist & Quilter: Judy Peck
Technique: Fusible Web Appliqué

More eye candy coming up in Part 2!


  1. The time and talent that go into these beauties is amazing.

  2. Wow, so many quilts! Many hands working for many hours to make these colorful items. They are all very pretty, and almost dizzying when put altogether like that!

    I love the owl and the chipmunk ones.

    You're right; these are perfect topic for this time of year!

  3. The geisha is my favorite! Quilts are amazing and I often find myself "window shopping" them on Etsy. I would love to be able to make something that beautiful!

  4. Laloofah -- Wow, thanks for the links to my blog, I really appreciate it.

    Your visit to the Sheridan Library quilt exhibit must have dazzled your eyes. I've never been to an exhibit so full of quilts. I think I would have had to make several visits to take it all in. Are the quilts all made by WY quilters?

    Difficult for me to pick a favorite but I can say that the old patterns hold a special interest for me.

    Look forward to part 2 of the quilt exhibit. Thanks again -- barbara

  5. Jamie ~ I know, it boggles the mind!

    Rose ~ Dizzying is right! It's very overwhelming (but beautiful) when you first walk into the library and see them all! Then it looks so sad, stark and nekkid when they're gone again.

    If I'd had to guess, I'd have figured that Forest Hollow would be your favorite! At least in this batch. :-)

    Molly ~ I loved the geisha too - the colors, beads and design - she really stood out!

    Window shopping for quilts is fun, another reason I love to visit quilt shops, which almost always have quilt displays - if not a group of quilter squirreled away in a back room working on one.

    Maybe you and I could start our own Quilt Guild - the All Thumbs Quilt Guild for people who can't quilt. :-) Have you ever attempted it? My mother tried to teach me once, but I just don't have the patience. What I enjoy is picking out the fabrics, which Joanne has let me help her do a few times with her guidance (since it can get pretty technical - color wheel and all that - and I'm not technically inclined!) I've joked with her that I'd love to be her "sous quilter" - like a sous chef, but instead I'd pick the fabrics and cut them up, and then she could do the actual quilting. :-)

  6. Barbara ~ You're very welcome! I hope fans of quilts will visit your crazy quilt post in particular, I especially enjoyed that one myself! :-)

    Yes, every year it's dizzying and dazzling! I actually paid two visits to it, one by myself when I just happened to have to go to the library (I'm usually there two or three times a month anyway), and then again this time when I brought along BW and my camera (I was so glad when the librarian said I could take pictures!) Even then, I'd have paid at least one more visit if given another chance! Now I must wait till next year.

    Yes, all the quilts are made by Wyoming quilters, in fact I'm 99.9% sure they're all made by people here in Sheridan County. The librarian I spoke of even had two or three of hers in the show.

    I'm not surprised that the "old school" designs appeal to you the most! :-) They had a lot of those!

    I plan to post Part 2 tomorrow (Saturday). It's a fun one! This may end up like my Street Art posts, where the second post is the overwhelming favorite but it's hard to say. It's my favorite, though! :-)


    I'd meant to ask everyone to share which quilt (or quilts) they liked best, but you're such a good bunch of commenters I didn't even have to ask. :-) Thanks for sharing which quilts (or types of quilt) were your favorites!

  7. I've never tried it. The only crafty things that came remotely close to quilting that I ever did were needlepoint & cross stitch, but both of those were ages ago & I couldn't remember how to do them if my life depended on it. lol

  8. Molly ~ Those were the same needle crafts I used to do! My mom first taught me needlepoint and embroidery, but I ditched the both as soon as she introduced me to cross stitch and wouldn't be able to do them now. I haven't cross-stitched in a few years, but intend to resume it in the future and am pretty sure I'll pick it up again easily. Except for French knots, which have always been a challenge for me!

    I used to make latch hooked rugs before I moved on to other things (like dating, lol). Latch hooking was really easy and fun, but there are only so many area rugs a person can use or give away! I wouldn't mind doing that again sometime, I still have my latch hook!

  9. I love the chipmunk too; reminds me of the Wheekers. :-)

  10. I forgot about latch hook! Yes, I too did that. It was fun!

  11. VW ~ The chipmunk is adorable, but your Wheekers would win any cuteness contest I happened to be judging! (I wonder if the Wheekers would eat acorns?)

    Molly ~ Well we certainly have lived parallel needlework lives, haven't we? :-) Did you ever try knitting? I did. FAIL! lol

  12. I've never tried knitting & have a feeling that I, too, would fail at it. lol Maybe I'll still try it someday, though!

  13. I finally made it to your post. Sorry I'm so late but this was too important to rush through in a few minutes. I wanted to enjoy it and study it.

    First of all, I think your library is the perfect venue for a quilt show with their mezanine. It's so open and gives you a great view. Were you able to look at them all close up? It seems that some of the ones hanging from the railing would have to be viewed from afar only.

    I'm not surprised you liked Dizzy Geese. Those are the same colors as that one quilt I put in the Sauder show that you liked so much. It was a unique pattern too. I don't think I've ever seen the geese go around in a circle like that.

    Reflection is a technique that I've read about and am very intrigued by. I have the technique bookmarked to make a quilt like that someday (as well as about 100 other ideas). I thought that one was a particularly successful piece. A good choice of fabric is really important and I think she nailed it.

    Thanks for the closeups of the McKenna Ryan quilt. She's the same artist who did "Storybook Farm", a pattern I came just this close to buying many times but never did including the time that we found the quilt shop in Montana - wasn't that near the town with the "bat" name. The details elude me but I think you'll know.

    My favorite so far is in several of your photos. It's hanging on the railing across from the stairs and has a large gold/brown/green star in the center and smaller stars on all four borders. In real life I might have had a different favorite but that's the one I like best from the photo.

    I'm off to see part II. Thanks for a great post.

  14. Jo ~ I was so hoping you'd have time this weekend to visit these posts! I've been both eagerly (very) and patiently (a little) ;-) waiting for you to stop by, as I couldn't wait for you to see the quilts and hear what you thought of some of them (and the overall exhibit).

    You're right that for the most part, the quilts hanging on the railing were best viewed from afar. But if you leaned over the railing a bit, you could get a pretty good closeup look and a trained eye such as yours could have at least examined the quilting on the part actually on the handrail. :-)

    Yes, I suppose my affection for Dizzy Geese was pretty predictable by now! :-) You know how I love those colors, and your Sauder show quilt (wasn't it "Flowers from my Friends?" I still have that photo of it you sent me!) is perhaps my favorite of your quilts, second only to the dragonfly quilt you made for me. I'm glad to hear the Dizzy Geese pattern is an unusual one, because I really liked it, too.

    And thanks for commenting on "Reflection!" I couldn't remember ever seeing a quilt like that before. I'd seen some whose border looked like beveled glass, but never an entire quilt looking like that, and I enjoyed reading your insights about it. The woman who made it lives in Sheridan but winters in AZ, and learned the technique and made the quilt while taking a quilting class in Tucson. I imagine that's where she also found the fabric for it.

    I see McKenna Ryan quilt patterns in every quilt shop I ever find myself in... in fact, I just saw a few of them in our local Best Out West Mall, which consists of a variety of booths of artisans, antique dealers and all kinds of merchants - like a giant flea market/gift shop. Someone sells a lot of needlework goodies there and had several of McKenna's patterns for sale, including the Storybrook Farm series. The town you're thinking of was Belfry, MT ("home of the Belfry Bats!") which we passed through near Billings on the route we took back from Red Lodge. But the town with the quilt shop we went to was on the way into (and just outside of) Red Lodge. I remembered we did a bat-turn to go to the quilt shop (maybe that's why you associated it with "bats!" LOL) but I couldn't think of the name of that itty-bitty town at first - Yahoo? Wahoo? YeeHaw? LOL Then it finally came to me - the Washoe Quilt shop in Washoe, MT! I even found their web site, and browsed their collection of McKenna Ryan patterns! Of them, I love her quilt titled, "In Full Bloom," and "At Home in the Woods" best. Probably no surprise there, either. :-)

    I see the quilt you're talking about that's your favorite in Part 1. I didn't collect any info on the railing quilts, I'm not even sure where they might have had that info. I was definitely paying more attention to the ones on the walls. What is it about that star quilt that makes it your favorite? I'm glad it happened to show up in several of my photos! :-)

    Looking forward to reading your comment on Part 2, but BW is calling me upstairs for some Winter Spice tea (yum!), so I'll check back in later! xoxo

  15. Have to leave for mass in five mins but wanted to thank you for the Belfry name - I knew only it was a town that had to do with bats. That was a clever name. And thanks for Washoe and the link. The "in the woods" has been around for a long time and I bought that part of the pattern with the deer on it the very first time I visited you in Sheridan (but I don't think I bought it in Sheridan) and made a quilt with it in 2003. It hangs in my den and I looked at the label lest you think my memory has improved dramatically.

    We're having a pretty good snow fall here and Melissa and I are wishing hard for a snow day! Have a great evening.

  16. Jo ~ I remember that deer quilt now ("Under the Boughs," right?), and my recollection is that you bought the pattern in Sheridan, at that quilt store on Main St (that I don't think exists anymore) called Treasured Stitches. I remember your buying that pattern, that there were several women quilting in a back room, and that the store's owner asked you where you were from and then told me she knew I was a local because I'd set my purse on the counter and left it there while I wandered off through the store. LOL Anyway, goodness knows my memory could be wrong, but I really think you bought that here... at any rate, I definitely remember being with you when you bought it!

    You quilted it all in greens (instead of the fall colors shown on McKenna's web site), right? It's really pretty.

    I hope you got your snow day! I think you should just take one regardless. Doesn't sound like a good day to venture out! (We had an insane chinook wind howl through starting yesterday afternoon and all night, and it's melted most of our snow! It's supposed to be in the upper 40s today. So warmer temps should be coming your way!)


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