Greetings! I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Mancuso World Quilt Show in Manchester, NH this past Friday and have lots to share over the next several posts. My overall impression of the show is that there were lots of interesting quilts to see, but fewer of what I would call “traditional” quilts than in past shows. I usually love to see the Japanese quilts, but this year there were only 4! If memory serves me, in past shows there were at least 8-10 of those. I found most of the vendors uninteresting – not sure if this is “me” (because I already have what I need?) or if vendors are tiring of the work required to vend at these kinds of shows and opting out; maybe selling on-line instead?? I bought only a few fat quarters to add to the pastel collection, but I succumbed to buying 2 beautiful Quiltmania books – Di Ford’s second book and Margaret Mew’s new book. Both of these books have many gorgeous projects using reproduction type fabrics, many in the medallion style. Lots of inspiration!
Here is the winner of the Best Hand Quilting award for traditional quilts (click on pics for closeups):
The hand stitching on this was amazing! Confession – while looking at the quilt, I did something I’m not supposed to do! The quilt seemed so thin that it was almost translucent so I just had to touch it – I made sure no one was looking as I did it! I am not sure I have ever felt a thinner quilt; it was almost as if there was no batting in it. There probably is some sort of batting in it, but it’s definitely thinner than anything I’ve ever come across and no doubt helps in creating those tiny hand stitches. I would love to know what she uses!!!
Now here is winner for “hand work” for innovative quilts. This quilt was so much fun to look at!!
The winner of “Best of Country” for USA was Meghan Farkas’ gorgeous quilt, “Esfahan” which I last saw at the Vermont show last year. This quilt is fabulous and was completely worthy of this award! The appliqué work is amazing and the hand quilting just wonderful!
Another hand quilted masterpiece by one of my quilting idols, Linda Roy, was in the show. The details were incredible!
Hard to believe it didn’t win any awards! A hand quilted quilt that did win an award was Zena Thorpe”s colorful and beautiful creation which won second place in the “traditional” category:
One of my very favorite quilts in the show was the winner of the “Best of Country” award for New Zealand. It doesn’t photograph that well because of the black background, but in reality the black background is very rich looking. I just love how she used circles, silk fabrics, hand embroidered embellishment, hexagon and bead embellishments, hand quilting, and the circles in the borders. This quilt is just stunning and, if I were one of the judges, I might have given it my “judge’s choice” – the quilt one would like to take home with them is how the award is usually described!! (There were no “judges choice” awards in this show!)
Notice that I featured all hand quilted quilts from the show today!!! Much more to share over time…
I decided to add stars to the hand appliquéd blocks for my pastel quilt and I cut the blocks down to size (they will finish at 6 inches):
Now I’m not sure if this will be in the “medallion” style as I was initially thinking….It matters not. What matters is that I”m having fun with it and I’m sure the final design will be something I like.
I helped my GD Sveta make a pillow when she and Dmitri visited us last week. I gave her several ideas for designs, but she came up with the idea to do diagonal strips. She drew out her own lines on a 16 inch square piece of freezer paper. She picked out the fabrics on her own – of course she was drawn to my pile of pastel fabrics! And then, after I cut the strips for her, she sewed them on the line, i.e. I taught her how to paper piece! She did a great job and had fun with it!!
Here’s Dmitri, who is learning to play a song on the sax to accompany my husband on the piano (and that’s Sveta on guitar in the background!):
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi