Monday, March 10, 2014

2014 Quilt Show (Giveaway, too!)

I'm back from the quilt show I make a point to attend each year. It almost didn't happen, either; my car decided to start acting up the day before I had to travel. My guy came to my rescue by swapping rides with me so I could drive down to the show while he took my car into the dealer for repairs. This is yet another reason why I love this man; for me he'll give up his truck for a weekend.

It would have broken my heart to miss the show this year, too, as it was superb. This particular gild is huge, and they have dozens of seriously talented artists among their ranks, so every show is great -- but this one was exceptional even for them. The variety of fabrics, techniques and designs was stunning, and there were so many entries that deserved a prize I don't know how the judges were able to choose the winners. This wedding-ring quilt here was one of my favorite entries, both for the maker's color choices and the gorgeous applique work on the borders, and yet it was just one of dozens that were just as finely made and beautifully designed.

I have to mention one other spectacular entry, this whole-cloth white quilt:



And here's a close-up of the quilting:



As any quilter will tell you, a whole-cloth quilt is considered a maker's opus; it's one of the hardest quilts to make because it's simply two pieces of white cloth quilted together (so your stitching has to be perfect.) The lady who made this one noted in her entry description that it took her twenty years to finish the piece. Yes. Two decades!

You might remember that last year when I went to the show I searched for world-building inspiration. I did the same this year, and found some very cool ideas, but I was also inspired by the other quilters I spoke to, who gave me some new insight into the whys between the threads. They share so much tenacity and spirit, and find joy in the most unlikely moments. As I expected my batteries are completely recharged now, thanks to them.

To celebrate another wonderful year at the quilt show I've put together a special giveaway for Her Ladyship's Hat Box:



For one of you I have the pair of handmade art dolls that I won in a ticket raffle at the show, a sling-handled quilted bag, a little felt owl pincushion, a tissue holder, a fabric corner bookmark and signed print copies of Disenchanted & Co. and The Clockwork Wolf. If you'd like to win the lot, in comments to this post name something handmade that you make or that you love by midnight EST on Thursday, March 13th, 2014. I'll draw one name at random from everyone who participates and send the winner all the goodies. This giveaway is open to everyone so please join in.

11 comments:

  1. I don't quilt, but I do knit. I've knit a couple of bears, a couple of bags, and a lot shawls. The shawls usually go to woman who needs a hug. I always start out with the intention to keep the shawl for myself, but then it decides to go somewhere else.

    SandyL

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  2. Wow! That swan quilt is incredible! I don't have the knowledge to comment on the rings, but the whole-cloth white quilt is another Wow! All that work.

    The dolls are cute, too. :-)

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  3. Hi Lynn, I've just been through the slide show of your photos and I'm very impressed and also jealous. There were some beautiful quilts. I particularly liked a yellow one with big roses on it, the aplique on the wedding ring quilt is quite exquisite and there was a face done in black that was awesome. I'm jealous because I can't seem to do the quilting like these have. I can do the piecing but the quilting is so difficult. I know I'm still learning but I love doing it, still it seems straight lines are all I can manage - and not in the tight formations these quilters manage. I can only assume they haven't got a little Janome domestic machine like me - or I need a course to teach me how to machine quilt. I can't hand quilt, I'm afraid, it kills my wrists. I've thought about sending my quilt to a long arm quilter to have it done properly but its very expensive, so I'm going to keep going myself, after practice makes perfect. Oh - something I love - quilting!

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  4. I like to repurpose jars, etc by painting and adding fabric for decoration. Love the hat box prizes. :)

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  5. I make patchwork stuffed Christmas wreaths which I have given to Family members and Friends. Nothing as detailed as what you have been showing!

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  6. When I have free time I create unique cards for friends and family for special celebrations such as a baby, birthday etc.

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  7. I enjoy making Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for my grandchildren.

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  8. like to receive handmade cards

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  9. I mostly create by baking and canning these days. I do a little knitting for the local homeless shelter. I do love crewel handwork and am thinking of getting back into that. The quilts that you showed were fabulous. I have a couple of family quilts that I just love. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I just discovered crocheting this past winter so I've been experimenting on styles for scarves. So far I've managed to figure out most of the harder styles, but I'll be darned if I can figure out the single chain. :/ I've made so many scarves these last few months that pretty much all my favorite people have atleast one.

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  11. I love making candles and baking chocolate desserts.

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