Sunday, January 30, 2011

Quilt Show!

Two of the most exciting words in the world. lol. The last week of January each year the local MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) hosts the quilts for the years annual relief sale. The quilts are auctioned in April and the proceeds are used to help folks over seas. So Tasha and I braved the bad weather and went up to the show.

The first couple of years I went they just displayed the quilts. The last two years they have had a Quilter's Attic and voting for Viewer's Choice.

The problem they have is a small building - meaning most of the quilts are folded and hanging over rails. You can't look at the entire quilt and taking pictures is rather difficult - the racks they use are pretty close together. But I did manage to get a few pictures.

I was surprised by the number of quilts that had a large portion of embroidery or cross stitch as a main component. Here are a few:

Each group was asked to make a quilt representing peace and this was their offering:

This was my first runner up pick for viewer's choice:

I so love Sunbonnet Sue quilts and an Amish SBS? Oh my. lol.

But I really had to pick this one for viewer's choice:

And look at this close up - check out the quilting - all done by hand and it is stunning:

I couldn't resist snapping a picture of this cool weaving machine (do you like my technical terms? lol).:

So here are a few of the pieced and appliqued quilts:

What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Until next time, hugs and stitches. Jody

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