Friday, April 24, 2015

Renton Quilt Show - Saturday Snapshots

Last weekend, my son's neighbor invited me to a quilt show hosted by her church, Fairwood Community United Methodist Church in Renton, Washington. Each quilt included an information sheet, telling its story and the name of its maker. Here are a few pictures I took at that delightful event. (Click on pictures to enlarge for more detail.)

Cats and yarn make a clever quilt design.






Crazy quilts (like the one pictured below) can include buttons, lace, charms, embroidery, silks, satins, velvets, and just about any embellishment you want. Traditionally, these quilts have been created for show rather than for function and often cannot be washed because of the fabrics used.

Here's a signature quilt, with each square signed (and embroidered) by the person who made it. QuiltingInAmerica.com says:
In the mid-1800s, Victorian quilters began a popular tradition of making signature quilts, signed and quilted remembrances, to honor family members or friends. At a time when many loved ones moved away and seldom, if ever, returned home to see their families again, these quilts served as precious remembrances for those families who had only occasional letters to connect them with friends and relatives back home.


Beautiful cross-stitched whole cloth quilt. In a whole cloth quilt, the emphasis is on the stitching. Some designs include trapunto, a technique that involves stuffing certain areas of the motifs to add more depth.

More amazing embroidery.


I wish I'd written down the name of this quilt pattern. The simple design and autumn colors appeal to me.



Now I'm inspired to start quilting again!

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11 comments:

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

Going to a quilt show always give me a ton of ideas. I really like the cat one.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

jacquie said...

The cat quilt was my favorite, but these are all so special! Thanks for sharing them:)

Esme said...

I have never quilted but always enjoy seeing the quilts at craft shows.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Gorgeous quilts! I am a big fan of them, and have loved using them to decorate my various homes over the years. Thanks for sharing!

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Sandra Nachlinger said...

Me, too! Those cats create a crazy pattern, don't they?

Ginx Craft said...

What beautiful quilts. All so different and pretty. Love the cat one.

Jen Masssey napierdailyphoto.blogspot.co.nz said...

they are beautiful :)

Indrani said...

How much of effort, time and love must have gone into making of these! Very beautiful works.
Great shots!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

The cat one is my favourite too.

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie said...

Wow those quilts are amazing!!

Erin @ Quixotic Magpie said...

Wow those quilts are amazing!!