Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Gerald Roy, collector, appraiser and dealer had a collection of 19th century antique quilts on display. I took a couple of photos of his Blazing Star Quilts because this is a quilt pattern that has been at or near the very top of my quilting wish list since I began quilting in the 80's. These lone stars always stop me in my tracks when I see them. These two were exceptional examples. Just look at the color intensity of the quilt on the left!
And so I don't ever forget...I want to share with you the "Lost Heroes Art Quilt".
This quilt is very large and was displayed at the entrance to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium where "Images 2010" was held. It was created by artist, Julie Feingold to commemorate the sons and daughters of America's 50 states who while serving in the military have lost their lives since 9/11.
Fifty black and white childhood photos represent each soldier's future potential that is now lost to all of us. The sashings around each block are stenciled with their hopes, ambitions and what they loved most as well as their rank and branch of service.
And now, I have got to get OUTSIDE! Have a great day wherever you live!
OH and don't forget THE WORLD QUILT SHOW - New England, August 19th through the 22nd in Manchester, NH.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
OHD All in all it was a great day and we received a lot of positive comments about our free raffles and plant give away. Our booth was very popular and we had a few inquiries from people who were interested in joining the garden club and signed up one new member!
And here's a Guild Challenge quilt (right) that was made by the Northern Start Quilt Guild. Doesn't it just say "LOBSTAH"
I really liked the way the show organizers set up the space. All of the quilts were displayed on the lower level or what you'd call the orchestra section of the auditorium and vendors were set up around the perimeter of the mezzanine which ran around the entire building in a circle. There were plenty of vendors too but I was surprised, after talking to several that they have gone "virtual". Two of the show vendors who told me they no longer have "physical" shops and now do only shows and internet sales. Interesting, huh?
Faye Labonaris was there with her beautiful ribbons, books, patterns and notions for applique. I bought 0ne of her pretty little clip on scissor keepers with a ladybug on the top to keep me in touch my with "inner gardener" while I'm quilting, LOL. Faye also had a special exhibit of her 50 state flower wall hangings that will be featured in her new book, by the same name, I think she said that the book will be released in the next few months. Show attendees were asked by Faye to vote on their favorite three blocks.
Back in the 90's I took a Baltimore Album class from Faye with a friend. I never made an entire "Baltimore" quilt but I still have a the applique blocks I made in her class. Can you see the appliqued wall quilt behind Faye? It's completely covered with silk ribbon roses and ruched flowers. If you're wondering whether I succumbed to all of the bounty of the vendors--don't because I did, though I didn't go as crazy as I would've a few years ago. I think my eyes are finally starting to sync with my pocketbook!
Here are my purchases for the day. I stopped at Walmart on the way home to pick up a new memory card for my camera---I only have 64 mb of storage so I ran out of space before I ran out of things to take pictures of. I can't tell you how frustrating that is. I had to delete some pictures in order to take others. Unfortunately the sales associate sold me a card that doesn't fit in my camera. I'm hoping I can get one at Best Buy or Staples, but the chances aren't good. My Fuji Finepix is already a dinosaur at just six years old and uses "old" technology cards.
While I was at Walmart, I browsed the fabric dept. and found some fabric for the binding and back of the Garden Song Quilt. It seemd like I had to wait forever for the clerk who was having problems with her barcode reader to cut the fabric but for just $2.97 a yard, it was worth it.
At the vendor booths, I saw a lot of redwork and embroidered quilts in the vendor booths at the embroidery. I'm not very fond of embroidery but the quilts I saw were very reminiscent of vintage quilts and I'd like to try doing a redwork project for a surprise Christmas project! I was looking for a teapot embroidery design or transfer but couldn't find anything at the show. One vendor did have some machine-made embroidered blocks for sale but they were a little pricey at $10.00 for 6 squares especially since I only need one or two. I also bought two colored fabric markers and a new needle threader (needle threader's are going to be a future post).
The FQ in the upper left of the above picture is an African batik that I bought from the vendor's, right. They came all the way from Seattle for the show. Their batiks were amazing. The larger art pieces were stiff and heavy because the wax had not been removed yet. The beautiful batik FQ's were only $2.00. I'm so sorry now that I did not buy more.
Last and not least, I bought that tiny pair of scissors in the above picture, called "gems" that are supposed to be "airline approved"? I'm not sure what that means. The vendor who sold them to me assured me I could bring them on an airplane and not be stopped by security, but I'm thinking they're still pretty sharp and pointy, even if they are tiny.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
There certainly was a good representation of beautiful Baltimore-style applique quilts. I zeroed in on "Cape Cod Baltimore" by Alison Lescher because it featured a lot of familiar motifs from one of my favorite places. Also on display was a wonderful selection of the NEQM's antique blue and white quilts! My very favorite was an antique Hawaiian Applique Quilt from 1920.
I worked on the raffle quilt most of yesterday after squeezing in a much-needed haircut and finally gave up on the pinwheel idea for the top and bottom borders. I just couldn't make the math work and can't afford to take any more time to figure it out and sew the extra pinwheels I'd need. It has to be quilted and bound by Saturday. So instead I'm going with a scrappy saw tooth border around the whole quilt and I'm liking how it looks.
I'm off to the Lowell Quilt Festival later this morning and "Images 2010" after I make a stop at a fellow garden club member's house to trim her weeping cherry's "cowlick"! More later.
P.S. Here's the link for the Lowell Quilt Festival which is running through Saturday, the 14th. www.lowellquiltfestival.org
Saturday, August 7, 2010
If you've never seen grey tree frogs they are quite amazing little amphibians. About two inches in length, their mottled skin blends in so well with lichen-covered tree bark that you would never spot one unless it moved or jumped, and they can jump quite high with their oversized suction cup toes. I'm always amazed where I find them resting. I once found one in a hanging flower pot that I couldn't water without using a step stool!
So tonight, if your able to where you live, open your bedroom windows before you go to bed and listen to the night music playing in your own garden. I can tell you that it's not the work of fairies playing tiny musical instruments, but it is magical all the same.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I'm also planning a stop at Pine Tree Quilt Shop. Today is the first Thursday of the month and their FQ's are usually on sale for $1.50. I may swing by the Sewing Diva's too and see what new goodies she's gotten in recently.
Tonight is our Garden Club meeting. I have to make up an agenda but the majority of the meeting will be devoted to finalizing plans for OHD on the 14th. I really need to step up my production and finish the raffle quilt that I'm making. It's a panel print by Nancy Halvorsen, entitled "Garden Song". I spotted it early last spring at the Sewing Diva's and thought it would make a great garden club raffle quilt. I need to add something to the bottom to make it longer. I do have some pinwheel blocks that I made up which I could add. What do you think?