Thursday, February 18, 2010

Please Don't Drool On The Quilts



One of the biggest treats for those of the quilty persuasion in these parts is the West Pasco Quilters'Guild Show. It is held biennially [with a nod to Suse for setting me straight!]



Anyway, guess where I went on the weekend? Excellent guess! To the West Pasco Quilt Show of course. Over the years I've honed my technique for making sure I see everything when I go to one of these shows.

First I get a choke hold on the programme so it doesn't float away.

Then I approach the first quilt that catches my eye and examine it from various angles, including, but not limited to, up close. When my eyes have drunk their fill [or others, impatient for me to move, jostle me on my way] I carefully tick it off in the programme and proceed to its next door neighbour.




[I can't resist quilts with houses and appliqued flowers, like this one.]

The goddesses of quilt shows have no rhyme or reason to the order in which they hang the quilts. Or so it seems to me. It would be nice to go smoothly from number one to number two to number three.....But no! Willy-nilly seems to be the preferred method.




[Please note: Purple quilt! Very Purple quilt.]


Which is better, I guess, than having all the appliqued quilts clumped together. That way, even if you have no interest in applique, you're going to see some anyway, because they'll be sprinkled around among all the others.




[This is what, I think, is called thread painting, something I could eat more easily than do, but I liked the blueberries-beads-since I have an enthusiastic blueberry grower in my family!]


The only problem is having to switch pages at every quilt, while hanging onto your purse, making sure you keep track of your camera, keeping the death grip on the all-important programme, making small talk with all the people you meet, and enduring the mortification of not remembering names --- "Well, hello there! I remember you! I took a class from you at the blah-blah quilt shop, way back when the earth was young! How are you?" [you really want to know? Suffering from profound amnesia.]





And fumbling for your phone in the depths of your purse when the friends you came with are wondering where you've vanished to.....Fun times!




[This log cabin quilt had wool applique blanket stitched over each block. Very unusual and gorgeous.]

This next quilt was my favourite. I voted it Best of Show. My picture of the whole quilt came out very blurry, so instead, here are some detail shots.






If someone had told me I could take home one of the quilts in the show I'd have taken this one.......


Or this one......




[I have the book for this delft quilt. It's on my list to make before I die!]

Or this version of the Dear Jane quilt.....




[These little four inch blocks are an ideal project for toting around in your purse for when you're stranded without a book miles from home. That never happens to you? Oh.]

There were a gazillion quilts to see. I think I saw most of them. The quilts I've shown here show my applique leanings, but there were lots of beautiful pieced quilts too. Hope you've enjoyed the show!

16 comments:

Suse said...

I believe biennial means every two years and biannual means twice a year.

Oooh some lovely lovely quilts there!

Molly said...

Why thank you Suse! I googled it---must have clicked on an unreliable source. Off now to put my new found knowledge into action!

persiflage said...

Some lovely quilts there, and I like your choices. There seem to be huge numbers of quilts in the world now. What happens to them all? Are they for people without doonas?

Pauline said...

Thanks for the tour! Almost makes me want to sit down with needle and thread...

Molly said...

What on earth are doonas, Persi?

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love the quilt cover for the car! I have the kit for the pink houses quilt but haven't started it yet. Guess that will be next year since I have so many UFOs now! blessings, marlene

silfert said...

Drool, indeed! those are magnificent.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I love quilts, too, and quilt shows are a quick trip to Heaven for me. Please forgive the drooling - I tried to keep it between me and my computer.

Have fun in Las Vegas, Mollie.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

....um, they are lovely! Yes! yes... lovely... but, Miss Molly, where are YOURS?

Do you not enter yours into this show? Yours are as good or better than those. *sniffs stubbornly* I think you ought to enter it next time.


Andy by the way... bought Alison Krauss' album 100 miles or more for the song 'baby mine' from the Disney Movie 'Dumbo'; she did a fabulous remake, and there's a song on there title (and consequently about...) Molly Bahn. It's YOU! You didn't tell me you were in a song! I was so excited that I bounced and thought wonderful thoughts of you!

HUGS!


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Ali Honey said...

Thank you I did enjoy that! I love all of them too especially the purple one and your favourite.

jkhenson said...

Your photos are lovely! My favorites were the third photo with houses, and the Dear Jane quilt. Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing! :)

Micki said...

Thanks for the eye candy!They are all wonderful quilts!
Micki

Isabelle said...

Ohohohohoh! I want!

(Not so much the purple one.)

Meggie said...

Thankyou so much for sharing these with us. Loved all the ones you chose to feature.

Suse said...

Doonas are duvets, or what we used to call continental quilts.

(Earning my keep here on the molly bawn chronicles).

rhubarbwhine said...

I love the car quilt. I can think of a few car nutters (female) who'd love that!