Would you like to go to my quilt show with me?
Well, then, come on! I’ll show you some of the many quilts we had on display at the Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild’s 29th Annual Quilt Show last weekend.
Our show is divided into 11 categories for entry, and the voting is all Viewer’s Choice, so they are voted on by all the folks who come and walk through the show and take the time to pick out their favorites.
I took pictures of all the first-place winners in each category, so we’ll start with those.
In the Small Art Quilts/Wallhangings, first place went to Michele Breault, with her beautifully executed “Spring Flowers for Froggy”. The work on this, in Michele’s usual style, is just flawless — she does the most gorgeous hand work:
In the Large Art Quilts/Wallhangings, Diane Jarvis snagged first place (probably quite easily) with her “Snow Days” quilt. Diane’s embroidery is so well-done, and she obviously gets enough practice! Diane made this quilt using a Crabapple Hill pattern.
In the Youth Quilter category (quilts made by quilters under the age of 18), Abby Krog, the granddaughter of one of our long-time members, won first place with her very first quilt! Way to go, Abby! Abby is also present at our show every year, and is a big help with the set up and take down of the show. She’s a hard worker!
Jane Eitel’s gorgeous “Log Cabin” quilt won first prize in the Computer Guided Machine Quilted category. The quilting was done by Marsha Yahl. I love this quilt. What a great way to use up some scraps. I may have to make one in my spare time!
In the Hand Guided Machine Quilted category (over 82″ wide), This fabulous creation by Alice Allinson, titled “Star Glow”, got the top honor. I wish I had taken a close-up of the quilting on this — it is just incredible. Alice does beautiful machine quilting, all hand guided.
In our Antique Quilt category, an embroidered quilt owned by our guild president, Di Zook, won the blue ribbon. I think the Antique Quilt category just might be my favorite. I love looking at the old quilts, and we had some beauties this time. Voting was tough in this category.
Now I’ll go back through and show you a few other quilts from our show.
My sister, Katy, had this entry in the hand quilted category. It’s called “Duck Island Basket”, and the pattern came from one of the Great American Quilts volumes from years back. It’s all hand pieced, too. That Katy is an ambitious one!
Here are a few of the quilts that I quilted for some customers that were hanging in the show.
There were also several quilts in the show made by some of our retreat attendees, who did the mystery quilt I presented. These quilts were all made from my Charleston Pavement pattern, and I absolutely LOVE seeing all the different color combinations they came up with!
The bed turning at the show drew a large crowd every time it was presented. There were some fabulous quilts shown.
The vendors were a very welcome part of our show. Yes, I did some shopping! Because I needed to. Yes.
And our raffle quilt went to one of the best possible homes . . .
We have a long-time member named Jean, who has had a rough way to go the last year or so, health-wise. She has MS, and suffered a broken bone or two, but her daughter still brought her to see the show in her wheelchair. I stopped to speak with Jean, and she told me that this is the first year that she has been unable to enter a quilt in our show, and she was sad about that. A few minutes later, her name was drawn as the winner of the raffle quilt! I sure hope that helped cheer her up some. And we all know the quilt has the perfect home.
So, there you have it. Another year’s quilt show done and over with, and I think it was a big success. I hope you enjoyed coming along and seeing some of it!