I attended the Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild quilt show last weekend. The name of their show was, Patchwork Nation and featured many Canadian themed quilts. Since today is Canada’s 150th birthday it seems appropriate to feature some of the quilts from that show.
The decor outside of the show definitely gave you a hint as to the theme of many of the quilts inside.
The challenge quilts were fabulous! Every quilter had to use the colour red in their project and one other colour that was drawn at random from a paper bag. You can see the mandatory colours that were used in each quilt on a piece of paper next to each quilt.
The following images were of quilts that centered around the Canadian theme.
These two fabulous quilts were part of the Premie Quilt donation program that the guild supports. This guild donates on average 500 quilts to the NICU (Natal Intensive Care Unit) at Women’s Hospital.
Every time I hear the story around this quilt it makes me smile. This quilt is by Val Smith and is called, Does It Come In Other Colours?
There was also a bed turning which featured quilts from Canada over the last 150 years. This quilt was from our Centennial in 1967 and featured the symbol of Canada’s Centennial in the border. 1967 was also the year that Montreal hosted EXPO.
This vintage quilt was from 1967 and featured the crests and flowers from each province. The designs were drawn on fabric and then coloured with liquid embroidery. I remember the tubes of Artex paint that my mother used to have. :) This is another Canadian Centennial quilt that was painted with Artex. This quilt won first prize at the PNE in Vancouver in 1967.
Our quilt guild’s bi-annual show was this past Friday night and Saturday (October 17 and 18, 2014). I was once again on the committee that hung the quilts. We were very organized this year and had the quilts hung in record time.
I was also doing demos again this year. Unlike some other quilt shows, our guild does not just do demos at specific times during the show. Our demos are on-going through the whole show. This means that the people that are doing the demos are doing lots and lots of talking. :) There were four of us doing demos this year. We had the most perfect spot with perfect lighting against this bank of windows.
This was my home for a day and a half while I demonstrated how to make string/crumb blocks using a stabilizer. I use used color catchers as my foundation, but any other stabilizer product such as muslin or paper could be used. If you use paper, you will have to remove the paper before quilting your quilt. This is one reason why I use the color catchers–there is nothing to remove; the color catcher is not removed and stays in the quilt. Granted the quilt is a bit heavier because of the additional layer.
The woman doing demos beside me was demonstrating another technique for using up scraps–making those fabric wrapped bowls that are so popular now. We were very complimentary to one another with our demos as we were both showing how to use up scraps that some people put would put in the trash.
The quilts that I entered in this year’s show were:
And lastly, my entry into the challenge for this year’s show; Roses are Red, Violets are Blue.
I was very tired by the time I got home after quilt show take down last night. …but ask me in two years if I am ready to do this again and my response will be a definite, Yes!!!
I am busy working on another scrap quilt. I am calling this one, Yin and Yang after the Chinese symbol by the same name. I boldly entered this quilt in our upcoming guild’s quilt show on October 17 and 18 even though it isn’t finished yet.
This quilt will be 8 blocks wide by 13 blocks long. So far, I have 8 columns put together so technically I am more than half way done. :)
On Saturday, I attended the Countryside Quilters first quilt show. Despite the small number of members–only 27–this group put on a huge show–over 400 quilts!!!
I have seen pictures of quilts displayed in the sanctuary of churches before but I had never attended a quilt show in person where the quilts were displayed in this way.
The golden glow created by the lighting in the church combined with the colours of the quilts made the display breathtaking. I was glad I was there first thing in the morning though as the aisles quickly became crowded.
I really liked this scrap quilt. I am going to have to try this layout for some of my string blocks in the future.
I have a maverick star quilt on my list of quilts to make. I really like the effect of the red background on this star quilt. Red is not always a colour that you see as a background, but it really works on this quilt.
The group also hosted old fashioned bed turnings at different times during the day. I was there for the 10:30 bed turning. One of the group members told me that the quilts displayed during the bed turning were not necessarily the fanciest quilts, but they were the ones with the best stories. She was right–many of those stories were enough to bring you to tears.
This quilt show proves that you don’t have to have a huge membership to put on a great display of quilts!
Update: I found another slide show on YouTube that someone else had posted for this show. It is always interesting to look at someone else’s pictures for the same event that you attended to see things from their eyes. Click here to enjoy!