Friday, October 25, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Ohhhh, it's the Fall 2013 Blogger's Quilt Festival time again.  Thank you Amy Ellis for all your hard work getting this launched and put together.

 It was difficult this year to pick the category that I wanted to enter, but there's a very special group of quilters that are close to my heart - the Valle Vista Quilters group.  We are primarily a subset of the Kingman Quilters Guild, but do have some who join us who are not members of the guild.

I'm selecting the category Favorite Group/Bee Quilt because this year our Valle Vista Quilters created 4 quilt tops for the Kingman Quilters Guild Quilt of Valor celebration in November.  Each year our guild presents to wounded warriors in Mohave County.  This year, I was asked to quilt one of the beautiful tops that was pieced by our group. 
Snow Ball Quilt Top with Rows of Appliqued Stars

The snow balls were each made individually by our quilters and were assembled into this uniquely designed quilt top.
Quilt Motif of a Waving US Flag with a Border of Feathers
 The quilting
The border uses the same verigated
thread in a feathered border
The red stripes are filled with paisleys
The field of stars emulate  the size and shape of the applique'd stars

Jo was our co-ordinator.  She laid out the snow balls and presented each of us with a strip to sew, then laid out the strips and sashing and appliqued rows driving the effort to assemble the quilt tops.

Lastly Margie created labels for the quilts that include each and every name of the participants from Valle Vista who helped with the quilts.

Fun, fun time with projects that help show our appreciation for quilting and for those who served in our military.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Smithsonian Journey Stories - and Kingman Quilters Guild Exhibit

The doors opened Saturday afternoon, September 28th and Kingman Quilters Guild was ready to go!  We spent the morning putting up our kiosk displays for the Smithsonian Journey Stories exhibit joined by the Arizona Humanities Council.  The Exhibit is at the Mohave Museum of Arts & History.
My kiosk is "Decorative Arts" covering the period of 1850 to 1920.  This was an era in America that began with survival and ended in affluence.  The latter part of this era ran parallel with the Industrial Revolution, which allowed the well to do American women (the Victorian women, to be exact) to spend time developing "master quilts" that exhibited fine fabrics as well as stitching talents.

1880s crazy quilt made by Dr. Paul Acer's great grandmother

Crazy quilt jacket (left) by Bonner Maxfield and crazy
quilt by Kornelia Hambley - both members of KQG

Crazy quilt loaned by Jan Ellwood.  Purchased in Goldfield, NV

Crazy quilt (top) by Karin Goudy.  Antique framed portion of crazy quilt
from Nancy Hilton and 4-square crazy quilt loaned by Jan Ellwood.

1880s crazy quilt made by Nancy Hilton's mother in law in Rural Retreat, VA

Beautiful embroidered album quilt loaned by Jean Johnston.  Made in 1933.

(Top) Cross stitch embroidered quilt made by Nancy Hilton's mother-in-law
and (bottom) crazy quilted table runner loaned by another KQG member.
The quilt show runs through October 11th and displays other kiosks including:
  •  Folklore
  • Album Quilts
  • War Quilts
  • Depression era quilts
  • Pioneer Quilts
  • Contemporary quilts
Be sure to check the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street tour schedule to see if there's a display coming to your area.