August 15, 2022: Quiltfest New England!

Greetings dear readers! The heat wave has passed! It was a heavenly 62 degrees when I took my walk at 8AM today. Now if we could just get some rain – I walked to the bog and it was dry🙁. I’m glad the recent bill that addresses climate change passed in congress and I hope it will help in the long run!!

One of the things I have truly missed during the pandemic is quilt shows! So it was with great pleasure that my friend Liz and I attended “Quiltfest New England” in Springfield, MA last week – First major show I’ve been to since Road to California in January 2020. I remember watching the news in my hotel room in the evening back then and seeing and hearing the reports of the total lockdown in Wuhan, China. Little did we know at that point how much our lives were going to change!!!

Guess who I unexpectedly found at the show- quilter extraordinaire Christine Wickert!


My blog posts from October 2021 (see archives) detail my visit to Christine in Rochester, NY last fall to do a trunk show for her guild. I had a fabulous time! Back then, Christine was working on a red and white silk quilt and it was in the show!

Isn’t it gorgeous?! It won the award for best hand work in the “traditional “ category. You can click on the photos to get even better closeups:

It was great to have some time to chat and catch up! And then later I also unexpectedly ran into Barb Vedder from Connecticut (“Fun With Barb” blog, link on right side of blog)! Great to see her and chat too! All the pleasures of attending a show – quilts/inspiration, shopping, and friends!

Here are just a few of the quilts from the show. The Best of Show was a quilt I first saw at the Road to California – pieced entirely of half inch (one inch before sewing)squares; incredible!

I loved this beautiful appliqué piece and the “creatures” were delightful – as was the quilting!:

This “frog quilt” was amazing and meaningful to me as a “frog hunter”🙂:

I love the title!😊. Here are several closeups of the 3 dimensional frogs:

This was a fabulous “temperature” quilt:

This next one was beautifully made and I loved the inspiration behind it:

I think that’s enough quilty visual beauty to absorb at once! I have lots more photos of great quilts to share with you over the next several posts. I’ll close out this post with a couple photos from recent walks:

I’m picking up “The Inner Reaches of Outer Space” from the long-armer later today – very excited! Will share it, along with more Quiltfest photos next post. Wishing everyone a very good week 🙂.

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

15 thoughts on “August 15, 2022: Quiltfest New England!

  1. Susan Belyea August 15, 2022 / 11:29 am

    Gladi,I love your blog! It makes me smile when I see it in my in-box! Your quilts are so beautiful and inspiring, the pictures of other quilts are amazing. I share your political views and enjoy the photos of your peaceful walks.Thank you for sharing.Susan

    • gladiporsche August 15, 2022 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind words! So glad you enjoy the blog.

  2. Susan August 15, 2022 / 11:29 am

    Spectacular and so inspiring! These quilts were a delight for the eye and soul. What a wonderful way to wake up and have a cup of tea as much needed rain pelts down here in NC. Thank you Gladi!

    • gladiporsche August 15, 2022 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you Susan! Send some of that rain my way 😊!

  3. barbvedder August 15, 2022 / 11:33 am

    It was wonderful to see you at the show. I thought there were many excellent quilts!
    Let’s make a pack to enter next year. Like you I was thrilled this summer to attend a couple of quilt shows. It was great to get that sense of community again.
    We too have cooler temps but entering week 7 with no rain.

    • gladiporsche August 15, 2022 / 8:57 pm

      Great to see you too, Barb! I agree – we should both enter quilts into next year’s show 🙂. I’m too lazy about getting my work out there – I think the pandemic slowed me down.

  4. Rachel Avice Atienza August 16, 2022 / 6:17 am

    Hi Gladi, thank you so much for posting these fabulous quilts. Your detail photos are stunningly clear, and show off the makers’ eye for detail perfectly. Simply inspiring! I’m very much looking forward to seeing your quilted quilt next time. Take care. Rachel from a very hot UK.

    • gladiporsche August 17, 2022 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you Rachel! I’m putting the binding on The Inner Reaches of Outer Space right now😊.

  5. acityquilter August 16, 2022 / 11:10 am

    gobsmacked by the variety of expertise in just these few photos…way out of my league but very innovative and gorgeous…quilting would be boring if we all did the same kind of stuff…nice peek at the ocean!

    • gladiporsche August 17, 2022 / 5:39 pm

      Thanks Grace! I’m always inspired by these great quilts, but I agree with you in that I love the variety, even utility quilts!

  6. Kyle August 17, 2022 / 1:37 pm

    Your post was a wonderful show and tell to start my day.

    • gladiporsche August 17, 2022 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks Kyle; glad you liked the post!

  7. marissthequilter August 20, 2022 / 10:00 am

    Christine Wickert’s red and white quilt is truly remarkable, as are many of the others that you shared from the quilt show. What workmanship!
    I too have missed quilt shows and you have fuelled my excitement about the forthcoming South African National Quilt Festival in early October. Can’t wait.
    The story of the compas and brown paper bags as one’s design tools was both delightful and sobering. How would we cope without all the modern tools we have at our disposal, I wonder.

  8. marissthequilter August 20, 2022 / 10:01 am

    PS I see that a comment from you has just come through. Lovely to think that we are commenting on one another’s posts simulataneously across the oceans.

  9. Elizabeth E. August 24, 2022 / 3:06 pm

    This was also a fun stroll through the quilt show in New England–so many lovely quilts! Favorites: the mandala from her gr-grandfather, of course. But I also liked the Almanac (umbrella) quilt. It almost makes me believe I could do one more of those quilts. Thank you so much!

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