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Monday, June 27, 2011

Fun At The Quilt Show

The Material Girls Quilt Guild show  from this past weekend went off really well. There were well over 100 quilts to view,  a bunch of  vendors selling cool stuff,  and a lot of fun quilters to talk to. It was hard to get pictures of the quilts with the crowd of people around, and some of my pictures are at strange angles because of the closeness of the aisles, but here are a few that caught my eye.

This is called "Impulse", and was made by Carol Sarafconn. I love the bright colors.


The centers of all the blocks are hand painted squares. I'm not sure how she made them. Some looked sort of like ink blots, some like spin art. Maybe they were gelatin prints?


This next quilt is actually quite tame for Jessica Leger. Her quilts often have everything including the kitchen sink on them. I think this one is called "Santa Baby". It's the only  one whose label I didn't photograph, because I swore I would remember the name. Oh, well.
  

I think this must be Jessica in the center.


She also makes (and wears) these coats!


This one, by Nancy Sullivan, was one of my favorites. It's called "My Daughter's Prince".


I managed to cut the top off the next quilt (in the photograph, that is). It's called "My Fun Time", by Allene Leger. She made it from a Block-of-the-Month program at The Quilted Crow.  It's wool, but I'm not sure on what, because I couldn't touch it. I think it was either homespun, or flannel.


This next one intrigued me, because all the quilts that I had seen from this woman before were dark and/or patriotic. Turns out she made this for a granddaughter. It's called "Flowers of Squares", by Kolleen Dickinson.



I loved the colors, and the slightly wonky nature of the squares in this next one. It is "Dreams of Australia", by Ellen Parkinson. I couldn't get back far enough to photograph the entire quilt.



There were several dog quilts by Janice Quejo. She does wonderful animal portraits. This quilt is very different, but so much fun! Click on the picture to see a larger version. The faces are fantastic. This is called "Dazzling Dogs".


This Leaf Quilt is by Sandie Catlow. The background makes good use of half square triangles received in an exchange.


I wish I could show you all the quilts, as they each had a unique beauty.  And as for the vendors, well, they were fun, too. Somehow I managed to keep myself from buying more fabric. The notions were a little harder to pass up. I got these gorgeous handmade ceramic buttons from Grana's Buttons. This woman uses a wide variety of items to texturize her buttons, including roller stamps that she carves herself. Apparently she doesn't have a website, but she can be reached at granasbuttons@charter.net.


And, I also came home with this beauty made by Cynthia Ellis. Not only is it pretty, but it feels really good in your hand. I only hope I don't have to use it too much! You can see more of her work here. 


Tomorrow I'll have a few more quilts to show you, that were the result of an interesting group project. Right now, I'm off to give Weasley his evening cuddle. Can't keep a bunny waiting!

4 comments:

Lisa said...

Looks like a good time! Love the shapes in that first one!

The Fab Furs said...

It is always interesting to view the products of people's imaginations. Even if everyone was given the exact same materials, there would be a great variety of use.

Jade said...

Ooooh, so many pretty quilts! Love the variety and the colors.

Love those buttons, too--my mother used to have a tin of 500 assorted buttons (they were sold that way, I wish I could find something like that now) that I used to play with as a child--I would dump them out onto my bed and sort them by shape and color, then make up stories about them as if they were dolls or something (yeah, I had a really vivid imagination as a kid).

Give Weasley a squeeze for me--cannot deny a bunny his snuggles, there would be heck to pay. :)

Michelle May (Shell) said...

What a fun show! I loved the horse quilt and the wool quilt the best. Those buttons are incredible! Oh my gosh and that seam ripper!!! To die for!
xx, shell