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Monday, May 3, 2010

Quilt Show

Yesterday, I attended the Northern Star Quilters'  annual show.  I haven't been able to attend for the last 2 years, so I was eager to see the exhibit.  There seemed to be less quilts exhibited this year and the majority of them were art quilts.  Mixed in was a good number of Baltimore Album style quilts and some traditional quilts.  I was surprised at how few quilts were what I would consider "modern style."

There also seemed to be fewer vendors with less merchandise.  Many of them were selling embellishments for art and crazy quilts.  I did come home with a pattern and a few pieces of fabric needed to complete some current quilts in the final planning stage.  I also came home with 4 empty fabric bolts that my husband quickly cut in half so that I could use them for storage.

Besides having fewer quilts, many of the quilts were not hung to show them to their best advantage.  As I walked past a group of miniatures that was too high to really appreciate, a woman stopped me.  She asked if I could tell that the quilt in front of us had 120 hours of hand work.  She went on to point out some of the stitching.  It was then, that I realized she was the quilter and she noticed that I did not stop very long in front of her quilt.  She was very upset at the way it was hung and I had to agree with her (she was actually a little scary).  It is a shame the quilt was not hung at a more advantageous level.  I would have liked to examine the stitching more closely.  Here is a picture of the quilter and her handiwork.  The white area forming the center of each of the flowers was made of of hundreds of tiny button hole stitches.

Below is a the front and back of a quilt by Mary Anne Ciccotelli who is currently soliciting photos of interesting quilt backs for her new lecture and trunk show, "Fun Backs - Going the Extra Mile."  It's not surprising that she won a ribbon.





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