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Sunday, October 21, 2012

"A Harvest of Quilts" Show

This weekend was the last Guild Quilt Show in our area for this fall. I enjoyed a beautiful drive upriver to Keswick Ridge on Friday. The morning fog was slowly lifting as I drove along. I have often wished I could have a camera embedded in my forehead and that I could trip the shutter by simply blinking my eyes. As I crossed the Mactaquac Dam, the mist was rising off the river and the yellow maples on the far shore were glowing in the sunshine. A long-legged heron was standing by

the shore, watching for fish.... oh how I wished that "forehead camera" could have taken that incredible shot. I could not stop as there were cars behind me, and I did not have my telephoto lens with me. I knew if I stopped once off the dam and walked back the heron would likely be long gone.. it was one of those magical moments you just have to remember and savour in your memory. It would have been such a beautiful shot - sigh.... kind of like the "fish that got away". The photo above was taken later in the morning- no river mist, but you can see how beautiful the views along the river were..

Okay, back to the Quilt Show.... Upon entering the foyer of the church, you immediately got the "fall flavour" of the show. The various pieces in the foyer were skillfully chosen to reflect their theme "A Harvest of Quilts". The first piece (at left) which caught my eye was "Autumn Market" by Heather Olmstead. I loved it for her choice of "soft" autumn colors.

Above it were several lovely 3D pieces by Jean Newell. She used "One Block Wonder" blocks to make the 3D cubes.

Nearby was this lovely hand quilted "Autumn Stack and Whack" by Donna Neilson. What an absolutely perfect fabric she chose - look how different each block turned out. I think this is one of the most successful Stack and Whack's I have ever seen.

On the other side of the foyer hung this lovely "Quick Trip Around the World" by Margie Grieve. The colors look just a bit washed out here, sorry. The border fabric was really quite beautiful.

 I love quilts displayed in a church sanctuary and this show did not disappoint. Every pew was covered in quilts, and each was displayed pretty much full width, so you really got a good look at each one. What a view! Isn't it wonderful?

There were a few antique quilts on display as well. This antique Pineapple quilt is 120-130 years old! It was in extremely good shape for its age... made by Mrs. Enoch Lunt.

Christa Gunn combined embroidery and piecing in this exceptional original piece at right - I cannot believe I didn't get its name. I guess I was too busy admiring it closeup!

 Elaine Stairs made "Pathway to the Stars" for her granddaughter Genna, who loves learning about stars and the planets. What a lucky girl to have such a beautiful quilt for her bed!

Log Cabin quilts have always been my favourites, and this variation was no exception. "Shoreline Log Cabin" by Gayle Day has 7600 pieces! It was made for the wedding of her son and daughter-in-law. What a very special gift!

"Furry Feline Friends" by Donna Neilson made me smile- well of course you know why! How could I not like a quilt that features cats!! 42 blocks.. each one different...

This is just a taste of "A Harvest of Quilts".  Of course there was more- Christmas quilts, baby quilts, two challenges, vendors, and refreshments! Who says coffee and cake doesn't make a good lunch.. lol
The Keswick Ridge Quilters are a relatively new Guild, but they sure know how to put on a great Quilt Show! Kudos girls!! Well done!


Quilts are like friends- a great source of comfort!


Wendy said...

Wow! Lovely show indeed!
Is it possible your antique quilt was incorrectly named? Looks like a pineapple quilt to me ???
It really does not make a bit of difference though...what a stunner. I thoroughly enjoyed our retreat, but dang! That's two quilt shows we missed this weekend...Miramichi had one too! Thanks for sharing the pics Linda.

Darlene D said...

I know exactly what you mean about the forehead camera. How convenient that would be! Looks like a great quilt show!

Gwen Buchanan said...

wow there has been some very busy and talented people at work.. quite a display! Thanks!

Diane said...
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Diane said...

I was just to a quilt show in Kincardin,On. and they displayed them the same way. Never seen this before and I love it. So much talent there, thank you for sharing. How lovely the colours are in your countryside. Now there is a landscape wallhanging.

GailM. said...

I thought it was a great show too. I must have been just ahead of you driving. The fog was lifting as we were driving up the ridge. I want one of those blink activated cameras!!!!

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