I went to a quilt show yesterday. It was not an “art quilt” show, but a made-by-loving-hands-at-home quilt show.
It appeared to me that almost all of the quilts were scribble quilted. You know -- squiggly lines all over the quilt which ignored the piecing or appliqué. There were three beautifully done needle-turned appliqué quilts, but two of them had been scribbled all over by machine. The third was machine quilted fairly well and the stitches did not override the appliqués.
There were three quilts in the show that caught my eye. One was a 3-D Dragonfly piece.
Dimensional Dragonflies made by Devi Lanphere. She said “This was a perfect joining of a fabric that called to me and a new pattern. This is paper pieced.” Ms. Lanphere did not give the name of the pattern designer. The quilting was minimal. I took a close-up picture of the dragonflies. How did she do that?
A quilt called “Harper Family Tree” was very sweet. The maker, Marilyn Harper, noted, “My mother-in-law has dementia and I wanted her to remember her family. We gave this to her for Christmas.”
No scribbles on this quilt. A close-up of one of the family members doesn’t have any lines crossing through the picture, thank goodness.
I noticed clothespins clamped on lower corners of all the quilts. I wondered what they were for.
My dear husband, Robert, demonstrated the purpose of the clothespins when he used one to lift the corner of a quilt so we could read the label. There were no white-glove ladies anywhere (nor any white-glove men). Ahaaaaa.
I ran into a very familiar quilt called “‘Ex Libris’ Library Quilt” by Tracy Langford, and quilted with scribbles all over by Debra Canon. Tracy wrote, “This quilt was made for my daughter, Amy. It celebrated her graduation from Liberty High School and going off to college… The books reflect her special interests.” I couldn’t get a very good picture of the quilt because there were always people standing in front of it and examining it closely.
Tracy didn’t give credit to the pattern designer – ME.
Labels: family, home, odd facts, quilting