One of the special exhibits at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show; this one was inside. Not only does it depict a river, but the project also involved education about the rivers and a project to reintroduce salmon.
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Why historic, you ask? It got RAINED on
for the first time in 37 years!
Luckily we had gotten there at 7:30 AM to watch the hanging, so saw most of the show.
First we saw them hanging quilts from relatively low balconies. Then we watched as the firemen used their special equipment: ladders, of course, and hooks to grasp wayward corners to get the quilts in place.
We wandered up and down viewing quilts on one of three long streets and all the short streets between two of the long ones.
We saw probably 2/3 of the 1300 quilts that were displayed before the first raindrops fell. At first it seemed just a teaser, as the drops evaporated almost as fast as they fell; then they stopped. Quilts that had been removed were replaced. Then more drops fell. Then more and more and faster and faster. Volunteers hustled as fast as possible with ladders to remove quilts and get them inside; people hustled for shelter when thunder and lightening began. We sat in a nice bakery/coffee shop while the hail hit. The 2012 outdoor show was over around 4:30 pm and streets were opened to traffic early.
I kept searching and did find an older post about a quilt show so linking this one with Val’s Tuesday Archives.
The Houston International Quilt Festival was as large as I had been told it was; however, I was not as overwhelmed as I expected to be. I guess it comes from knowing what I wanted to see and from pacing that.
Maybe you would like to see the winning quilts: http://www.quilts.org/winners.html Their photos are better than mine, and some very exciting exhibits did not allow photography.
For this show I had two days. The program map made it very clear what exhibits were where, so I could go directly to my favorite categories. Of course I look along the way. At first–as I usually start any quilt show–I started out reading each and every quilters’ comments. I soon realized, as I usually do, that I had to speed up. So I went into down-the-middle-of-the-aisle mode. In that mode, I walk, glancing left and right, and only get into detail on the quilts that call to me. Plenty of quilts yell! Thus I catch my favorites first, while I am still alert. Any time that is left goes to the other categories and the vendors.
When I reach the chosen area, I slow down and give each quilt more individual attention. I always check out the Hoffman Challenge because I love to see the wild variety of quilts that come from one fabric. The rules are that the fabric has to be used in a recognizable way on the top in more than the border. I am always amazed at the designs where a quilter has taken a small motif of the fabric, cut it out, and appliqued it throughout another design, like one with a weeping flower tree. The flowers, about nickel size, were carefully cut from the challenge fabric and appliqued as the flowers on the tree. Since I don’t applique, I also look to see if there are patchwork winners. There usually are a few. Every year I think I will make one myself. I did once. Here is the URL for previous challenges and winners: http://www.hoffmanchallenge.com/past_challenges.html The fabric for 2012 is pink and lavender roses: http://www.hoffmanchallenge.com/index.html We have until July 20, 2012 folks!
One thing always amazes me. When I hit an area I have already viewed from a different angle, it is as though it has totally different quilts from the first viewing. So I can enjoy an exhibit more than once. In smaller shows, I often go around twice. Here the double viewing came if I was with friends at a section I’d already viewed or if there were a section I had to pass to get from here to there.
This show could have used more chairs more randomly placed; however, they did have a “meet the teachers” section where there were continuous half hour presentations and nice seats. I wandered there by schedule for presentations I wanted to see and when I needed to sit. The latter provided introduction to a variety of things I found interesting but would not have sought out.
Thank goodness for cell phones. My friends and I could meet up for lunch and going home. In between we did some viewing together and some on our own. Both are great ways to see a show.
The vendor area is another kind of exhibit. This one I walked through quickly and again let a booth call to me. I was quite tempted by several: raincoats, kits, hand dyed fabrics. But I didn’t do a lot for the economy this year. I am sure the vendors prefer shoppers to viewers like me.
Non quilt show aspects of a trip are interesting as well: accommodations, restaurants, local museums. It was great to have a local hostess who knew the restaurants. I will never forget The Red Onion. I ordered their specialty, Chicken Brazil, but it was a difficult choice–each looked so good. There was even one vegetarian offering and one meat-and-potatoes offering, so most anyone could be accommodated. Look at my entre
Today I leave for Houston for the International Quilt show. It will be my first time to visit that show, and I am looking forward to being overwhelmed. I have two days to view it, and hope that is enough. I didn’t sign up for any classes this time. Oh, some looked tempting all right, but I resisted. I need to use what I know for a while before moving in new directions.
I haven’t decided whether to take my camera or not. I view a show much differently if I am taking pictures. I am more interested in light, angle and composition. I become a photographer instead of a quilter. It also makes me more impatient of crowds, the people who get in the way of my carefully composed shot. I prefer enjoying the people.
I do much better just enjoying the quilts, looking at design, looking at technique, maybe commenting to my companious or eavesdropping on others who are commenting. Of course i do not touch, though that takes MUCH restraint. On rare occasion I have sketched something I want to remember, but I do that less and less. Instead I figure the mental image will do, and if it gets distorted, maybe there is a reason. There will be bed quilts, wall quilts, traditional quilts and art quilts, and I will revel in them all.
I will be meeting friends in Houston, and that certainly adds to the fun; I will also be staying at the new Hosteling International Hostel, the Morty Rich Hostel. Hosteling is a great way to travel; in the US it has always been for people of all ages, and they finally took “Youth” out of the name of the organization.
So time to get packing.
I have just been to the Vermont Quilt Festival in Burlington, and the quilts were fabulous. So was the workshop led by Mary Stori. I’ve not been one to rush onto the embellishment bandwagon, but I have been curious to know how those mirrors are attached. And what better way to learn than to do it?
I work a little slowly, so this is all that I got finished in the six hour workshop. But it was enough to learn at least one way to attach those mirrors plus a couple other stitches.
Now I am thinking, have skill, will use. Sort of the reverse of “If your only tool is a hammer, all your problems will look like nails.” Now it is more like this: If you have nails, get a hammer…
I have been planning a crazy quilt, and now it seems that in addition to embroidery, some beading would be a nice touch. So I bought a book of stitches and some beads color coordinated with the used kimono silk that will be the basis of the crazy quilt.
Back to the show. There were current quilts entered in competition, there were antique quilts dating back to 1860s, there were quilts from the Green Mountain Quilters. There were hand quilted gems and gorgeous machine (stationary and track) quilting. And there was an exhibit of Nancy Halpern’s quilts through her career. I especially enjoyed the walk through she led, telling the stories of several quilts, sources of their design and techniques used.
In addition to the show and workshop, there was the visiting. An online quilt guild listserv I belong to (Our Quilting Beehive) had arranged its annual gathering (Swarm) there. Twenty or so of us gathered from Vermont, Quebec, Ottawa, New York, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts–and I’ve probably missed some.
Altogether, it was a great weekend.