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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Quilt Show 2011, Part 4

I've had a lot of interruptions and distractions lately ('tis the season), and am tardy with my 4th and final 2011 quilt show post. So without further delay, here are some of the non-quilt fiber arts that were on display along with the quilts:

I love lace and admire people with tatting skills...
Tatted Money Insert Cards
Technique: Tatting
Artist: Victoria Bales
"I give money to grandchildren for Christmas
and still have the urge to give them something I've made."
(If you're adopting new grandchildren, Mrs. Bales,
I'd like to submit my grandchild resumé!) :-)

I'm very fond of the colors and whimsy of this frolicking sea nymph...
Ocean Dance
Technique: Cloth Doll, Embellished
Artist: Michelle Havenga

And it's always nice to see fresh veggies get their props! :-) (Cute and clever how she displayed them in a colander!)...
Fresh Veggies
Technique: Knitting
Artist: Georgann Lee
"Eggplant, carrot, tomato, peas, garlic are all from the book,
Amigurumi Knits by Hansi Hingh."

This next display, a bedspread made from the artist's mother's 100-year old handmade wedding dress and petticoats, was the most unique. There was a lot of information with this display ~ click on the photos of the notes to read about it more easily...

And last but not least, a lovely example of counted cross-stitch, the one fiber art that I can actually do! :-)

Gather Ye Rosebuds
Technique: Counted Cross Stitch
Artist: Norma Haase Just
Pattern By: Kathleen Wagner

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying,
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.
~Robert Herrick

And on that cheery note (lol), see you at next year's quilt show! (Well, I'll see you long before then! Though I feel in need of a bit of a blogging pause, I hope to return fairly soon with photos at last of the inside of Dragonfly Cottage ~ with and without Christmas decorations!) :-)

Meanwhile, if you missed any of this year's quilt show posts, here are the first three parts...


  1. Thank you so much for this. I loved them all - particularly the vegetables in their colander. My mother taught herself bobbin lace making. It always seemed to be a completely incomprehensible mess of threads to her ignorant daughter.
    I used to be able to manage counted cross stitch but my hands are recalcitrant at the moment. There are plenty of badly done ones about though.

  2. Wonderfully beautiful and creative things...they are very talented and skilled people. I especially love the knitted veggies!

  3. I'm not so sure about that wedding dress quilt.... but the veggies are adorable. And I LOVE the tatted cards!

    Now, I am going to be very careful with the word verification so that my comment doesn't disappear this time.

  4. Ellie C ~ You're so welcome, I'm really happy that you enjoyed them. The veggies in the colander was my favorite of this bunch too, and the peas were my favorite of the veggies. :-) I'm in awe of your mom's ability to teach herself bobbin lacemaking! It would have been an incomprehensible mess of threads to me, too.

    I've been in a mood to cross stitch lately (I have 2 unfinished projects I'd like to complete), but have had no time for it. I haven't done any in a few years, but I think everything would come back to me, except for French knots, which I always struggled with! I hope your hands will start cooperating again soon.

    Rose ~ I thought that might be your favorite too! :-)

    Lesley ~ I know, that wedding dress bedspread is really different. I'm not sure how I would have preserved it, had it been my heirloom.

    I tried dispensing with the word verification, but was being constantly harassed by one anonymous commenter in particular who left what seemed like disjointed fragments of a one-sided political "conversation" daily on one archived post. You shouldn't have lost your comment, though, even if you typed the word verification wrong! Maybe I'll turn off W.V. again, see if I've managed to shake my anonymous pest.

  5. I am sometimes a little too quick to move on from the comment box and neglect to check that it was accepted.

  6. Lesley ~ Well, I tried removing the word verification, and the barbarian spammer horde immediately stormed my blog as if they'd been laying in wait for me to do that. So I had to turn it back on. *sigh*

  7. Love those woolly veggies - even David wouldn't be scared of them :O) And I'd really like that sea nymph in my bathroom.

    I didn't know you cross-stitched... I used to do it a lot but then suddenly realised I don't have the patience for it any more. My crafting this year has been confined to crochet throws and some knitted socks (one of which has yet to be completed and has mysteriously vanished anyway).

    Can I just add my name to the list for prospective grandchildren? I think I have a strong case as:
    a) I have no grandparents.
    b) I have no parents (you can hear the violins at this point can't you?!?).
    c) I'd like someone to send me money.
    d) I'd like one of those cards, and e) My husband withholds medicinal single malt whisky from me so I need someone on my side.

    Has the Christmas card materialised yet? I always wonder if my mail is doomed to disappear into a black hole, never to reappear when I take it to the post office!

  8. Of course if would help if David logged out of his blog when he'd finished using it so that when I leave a comment it doesn't put his details instead of mine!!!

  9. Barbara ~ (If that is indeed your name! LOL), maybe you could knit some veggies and use them as some sort of therapy tool to help David get over his fear of produce. Or you could just poke him in the butt with the knitting needles for a) being afraid of produce, b) not logging off his blog and thereby confusing everyone when you commandeer the computer and go a'commenting, and c) refusing to share his whisky with his beloved in her time of need. ;-)

    I credit Charlie with the vanishing sock. Though have you checked the Buddha's feet lately? I wouldn't put it past Pepper to have snatched it as an offering.

    Okay, I guess you win the Queen for a Day contest! (Or Adopted Grandchild of a Munificent Tatting Grandmother contest!)

    Sadly, no, your card has not yet arrived. The domestic mail here has slowed to a snail's pace, so get an ocean crossing involved and I wouldn't expect a hasty delivery were I you. I share your same dubiousness when I mail anything, so I'll let you know when it arrives!

  10. What an interesting group of items! My very favorite were the tatted sleighs posted on cards for money inserts. I was taught to tat once maybe 15 years ago. I have knitted, I have crocheted and I have macramed and I can say without a doubt that tatting is FAR more difficult. I took me FOREVER to get the hang of it. It's more than learning the stitch, there's a "feel" you have to get before any of the stitches will work. Suffice it to say I have a great appreciation for tatting!!! If she accepts your resume, let me know and I'll submit mine!

    The garments on the Ocean Dance Doll were beautiful. I'm not much into dolls but can still admire the wonderful workmanship on this one. I love the shells used to make the big flowers. Very creative!

    Love the knitted veggies. Though knitting isn't as hard as tatting, this is no scarf!! Wow! I'm really impressed and I agree that the colander was a perfect display.

    The bedspread is certainly unique. Obviously something that will allow her to enjoy a family heirloom more and for that reason lovely though I'm not thinking too many people will be making bedspreads out of wedding dresses anytime soon. But it does make me wonder what I'll do with mine. My daughters will not be wearing it (too tall and not the same size). I won't make a bedspread but I aught to think of something!! Mom spent so many hours making it.

    I'm glad you included the counted cross stitch. It's a lovely piece and very nicely done. I love the frame too.

    I can't wait until next years quilt show. Thanks for including so much of it in your post!

  11. Jo ~ I don't think I could have guessed which of these varied items would have been your favorite, but given your tatting experience it's easy to understand why you chose the sleigh cards! So, it actually IS as hard as it looks. Now I love lace even more! (I haven't gotten a response on my resume yet, but will let you know. She's probably too busy baking cookies and knitting sweaters for her no-good, ungrateful "real" grandchildren!) ;-)

    I always thought if I had an especially meaningful, valuable or beautiful vintage garment, I'd display it on an antique dress form, especially if I had a sewing room (which, of course, I don't!) Your quilt room would be perfect, but I don't know if that's an idea for displaying your wedding dress that busts your buttons. :-)

    The frame around that beautiful cross stitch was very pretty, but your comment about it brought back a funny memory from the movie "Night Shift," in which Michael Keaton's character sees a photo of a rather homely woman on Henry Winkler's desk, asks Henry, "That your fianceé?" Is told yes, and replies (after a moment's hesitation), "Nice frame." LOL

    I can't wait till next year's quilt show either, especially since by then I hope that our current living situation quandry will be settled - as will we! (And hopefully still within easy walk/bike ride to the library with my camera!) ;-)

  12. The counted cross stitch was designed by my mother, Kathleen Wagner. She also designed a companion piece of a young knight on his knee offering the rose to the girl.

  13. Ami ~ Thank you for the info! I've added it to the post. Your mom is extremely talented - I love that piece, and would love to see the companion piece of the knight on bended knee someday.


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