October 19, 2021: Christine Wickert – Hostess and Quilter Extraordinaire!

Greetings readers! It’s been a great week and I’m happy to finally have time to write about it! The trip to Rochester, NY was a huge success. Al and I stayed with Christine Wickert and she was a marvelous hostess! She graciously shared her lovely home, which is filled with her gorgeous quilts and her father’s wonderful art work, with us and she cooked a delicious meal for us and provided a delicious breakfast each day – way beyond expectations! Christine and I met several years ago at the Vermont Quilt Festival – at which she has won Best of Show 3 times! – have kept in touch, met up there several times over the years, and it was great to spend time with her again!

Christine treated me to a tour through her house and a close look at many of her award winning quilts, starting with this red and white silk quilt she is currently working on:

Christine is known for making quilts with silk fabrics and threads, for her beautiful hand applique and quilting, and her lovely embroidery and bead embellishments – all hand done:

I was amazed by the beauty of her latest finished creation, ”Betsy’s Blanket”, the name being wordplay on the designer of the pattern, Irene Blank.

She is giving the quilt to her friend Betsy and here are some detailed photos so you can appreciate her hand work:

That quilt has already won an award – last month at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza! I also got to see her recent multi award winning “Boutis” quilt, covered with hand done stuffed or trapunto work:

Just amazing! I didn’t get a full shot, but you can see it in full if you go to the Vermont Quilt Festival web site where there is a link to photos of their winning quilts from this year.

More of Christine’s lovely work:

The above is all silk and here is the back, though it is green and I couldn’t get the color to come out right!

The front of her basket quilt and some shots of the hand quilting on the back:

We discovered we each had made a log cabin quilt to help us get through the pandemic🙂:

Here are some details of other work. I’ve shown full views in previous posts over the years so did not take time to get full view photos again:

I have some more photos of Christine’s work and photos of a special quilt she purchased which I’ll share in a future post.

My trunk show went very well! The Genesee Valley Quilt Club was very welcoming and a pleasure to be with! They are a large group and have about 250 members. Their meeting hall is large:

I had to present from a stage and was able to have 2 of my quilts on display up there with me:

The folks that held up the quilts for me did a fabulous job and the quilts were laid out on tables afterward for members to be able to see them close up when the presentation was done:

After the meeting, I was treated to lunch with Christine and Peggy Braitsch, the club member I worked with in planning the program. The restaurant overlooked the famous Erie Canal:

The weather for the whole trip was excellent, warm and sunny! Christine and I treated ourselves to ice cream afterward:

Al and I were able to see some glorious fall foliage driving back through southern Vermont and NH, but we didn’t stop for photos. I’ll share some local fall foliage photos next post and will begin to share some photos from our quilt show then too.

Thanks again to Christine Wickert for being a fabulous host for our visit and to the Genesee Valley Quilt Club for the invitation! And thanks to my wonderful husband for doing most of the driving – 8 hours each way! – and all the unloading and reloading of boxes, and for wholeheartedly supporting my quilting obsession!❤️

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

17 thoughts on “October 19, 2021: Christine Wickert – Hostess and Quilter Extraordinaire!

  1. susie Q October 19, 2021 / 1:46 pm

    What a treat — all these great quilt photos!!!! Thanks for taking us along.

    • gladiporsche October 19, 2021 / 9:13 pm

      Glad to share!

  2. Jocelyn Thurston October 19, 2021 / 2:27 pm

    A treat indeed!! Wow, what beautiful hand stitching! I am in awe of Christine’s quilting. And on silk too.
    You just have to feel so proud when you see your quilts displayed, Gladi, so much beauty made by your hands. What a tremendous, uplifting trip and show this was for you! I read it all with a smile on my face except when I was saying wow; thanks for sharing!

    • gladiporsche October 19, 2021 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Jocelyn! I really enjoy sharing my quilting journey with others and it’s always nice to know others enjoy hearing about it!

  3. Wendy C Reed October 19, 2021 / 2:55 pm

    Oh what a treat! Christine is such a lovely person and to see so many of her quilts in one place must have been heaven. You both make me want to try silk applique! Your quilts look beautiful laid out on the table. Those lucky attendees must have been thrilled to see such gorgeous work! Cyndi says she is free on the 29th (so far) so hopefully the weather will cooperate. I will be in touch early next week.

    • gladiporsche October 19, 2021 / 9:16 pm

      Thank you Wendy! Fingers crossed for the 29th!

  4. Marie Tymrak October 19, 2021 / 5:11 pm

    Thank you, thank you for taking us blog followers along on this trip! I’ll bet the Rochester viewers enjoyed the trunk show and certainly we loved seeing the unusual silk quilts and their maker, Christine Wickert. She not only is an artist, but shows great humor. Thanks for sharing the story of “Betsy’s Blanket” as a name.

    • gladiporsche October 19, 2021 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks Marie! Christine’s work is truly amazing and I am lucky to have been able to see it closeup and share it!

  5. Janet O. October 19, 2021 / 7:46 pm

    Oh, what a wonderful post–full of quilts by two master quilters. I feel like I have been treated to a private showing and a guild show. Everything was beautifully and precisely made. Thanks you for sharing Christine’s amazing quilts, and some shots of your own!

    • gladiporsche October 19, 2021 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks so much Janet for your kind words! I’m happy to share!

  6. marissthequilter October 20, 2021 / 7:44 am

    Thank you for sharing this remarkable work.
    And congratulations on your trunk show.

    • gladiporsche October 20, 2021 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you Mariss!

  7. Paul McKenna October 20, 2021 / 11:16 am

    Gladi: that does sounds (and looks) like a most successful road trip. Your friend Christine is the soul of hospitality and an incredibly talented quilter! Lee and I made many, many trips to the Rochester/Pittsford area when we lived in Toronto so we know exactly where you and Al ventured for this expedition. Happy to know that you can travel with comfort and confidence. Hoping to head to Maine in early November and perhaps we can have a rendezvous for a welcome get-together. All our best to you, Al and your family. Cheers, Paul

    • gladiporsche October 20, 2021 / 8:20 pm

      Good to hear from you! We will get together somehow some time, just not quite sure where and when in these uncertain times! Miss you folks and wishing you all well!

  8. Kyle October 20, 2021 / 10:32 pm

    Lucky you getting to see Christine incredible quilts up close. Her work is amazing. And luckily guild members getting to see your amazing work up close too.

  9. barbvedder October 21, 2021 / 1:00 pm

    Oh how marvelous! I’ve met Christine at several shows over the years. I’m a bit admirer of her work and she’s a lovely lady to boot!
    I’m sure it was a delight to see so many of her quilts again. They are incredible.
    I’m sure the guild enjoyed your program and quilts. What a great fall trip.

  10. Kelley Secrest October 22, 2021 / 10:02 pm

    Amazing displays of quilts! Beauty in every photo. Thank you for sharing. Kelley Secrest

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