Greetings! My guild – the Cocheco Quilters Guild – had its annual show this weekend. Every year I’m amazed at the wonderful quilts on display and the many talented quilters our guild has. I am so lucky to be a part of this quilting community!
Spirit of Japan#3: Kuruma (the wheel) won a blue ribbon and a Judge’s Choice!
I was in charge of the Meet the Quilter exhibit and was at the set-up all day on Friday. We featured 3 quilters. 2 of them were sisters, Patience Dixon and Louise Ford. They are long time members of the guild, having joined the first year – 38 years ago! For a long time both did exquisite hand quilting and hand appliqué. They have continued making wonderful quilts but now have them machine quilted. The third featured quilter is Mitzi Horne who has made some beautiful quilts and does a lot for the guild. I’m afraid I didn’t get a lot of closeups, but click on the pictures to enlarge and see the exhibits more closely:
Here’s Patience’s exhibit (the Hawaiian is hand quilted!):
Here is Louise’s exhibit (check out the hand quilted masterpiece!):
And here is Mitzi’s excellent exhibit (wish I’d gotten a closeup of her Salzburg quilt – the one in between the 2 big ones – enlarging the third picture might help you see it better):
Martha Wilson won Best of Show for her beautifully home machine quilted quilt featuring birds – wonderful use of a panel!
There were several quilts with wool appliqué – more than I remember in any previous show so I think this is a trend; lots of quilters doing wool appliqué. Here is a wool appliqué quilt that won a Viewer’s Choice. Lots of great detailed hand embroidery embellishment!:
I will have many more pictures in upcoming posts! Seems like I have stockpiled a lot of quilt pictures to share over several future posts. I still have a few things from the World Quilt Show, I still have a lot from the New England Quilt Museum, and now our Cocheco Show!
Here are a few pictures from Budapest before I end this post:
We had a small balcony off our 5th floor apartment with an incredible view of St. Stephens Cathedral:
The view from our bedroom window:
The cathedral at night:
Evening view of the palace in Buda:
The Chain Bridge:
The Academy of Sciences:
One of our favorite activities – going to the Spa!! Budapest has numerous public spas. My husband played chess (not a picture of him as we left our phones in our locker and took pictures after we got out and got dressed!)
Another favorite activity – eating pastries in the fabulous cafes!
More to come!
I’m off to Taunton, MA tomorrow to give a trunk show to the Silver City Quilt Guild there. It should be fun! I have half the quilts packed – am taking 24! – and will do the rest in the morning.
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi