Although I am back from vacation, there is too much unpacking chaos for me to get back to quilting yet. However, that didn’t stop me from heading out to the annual NW Quilt Expo in Portland OR. I saw probably 3/4 of the 700 quilts hanging.
Three special exhibits caught my attention:Western Modern Quilt Guild’s Native American themed challenge, Cover to Cover’s interpretations from two novels, and Latimer Museum’s antique quilts. A couple photos from each.
From the Native American challenge, I appreciated most the quilts that though inspired by history didn’t closely reproduce traditional native images, rather creating new ones.
This one gave the traditional Crossed Canoe block a new meaning.
Fishing Hole by Nancy Schaefer
Schaefer described deriving her design while watching the fish ladders at the Bonneville Dam and thinking back to a time when salmon were so plentiful they could be speared from a canoe.
This quilt also referenced salmon.
Tails and Fins by Beverly Shoger
Shoger, noting that salmon linked the coastal tribes, chose to represent them by abstracted tails and naming the better known groups.
This quilt was based on a collaboration.
Shaman’s View by Kathy White
White’s granddaughter had done a senior project that included shamanism. She drew a sketch that White translated into fabric.
Cover to Cover Book Club Quilters is a group that designs quilts based on novels, usually doing two a year. One was Gone With the Wind. There were quilts showing Tara, quilts with abstractions in blue and gray, and quilts representing grand living and the Atlanta fire. This humorous one caught my fancy.
Flowered and Southern Fried by Patricia Goodwin Andrews
(Not so humorous from the chicken’s point of view.) Andrews says, “It’s Saturday and this chicken has another day till it is Sunday and southern fried chicken day.
The group’s second book was All the Light We Cannot See.
The Map in Her Head by Dianne Kane
Several of the quilts referenced Marie-Laure’s blindness; the fabric selection in this one appealed to me.
Last, but not least, are the antique quilts from the Latimer Museum collection.
This one was dated ~1840. It looked to be double-bed size.
Here is a closer view of the trapunta and hand quilting. Notice some of the old fabrics are beginning to shred. Those early dyes were harsh.
The next one was dated ~1880 and looked to be twin size.
The center square in the Ohio Star blocks looked to be about 3/4-inch on each side–the blocks about 4 inches.
If you live in the area, you have one more day to see the show. I hope the rest of you enjoyed the sampling.