04 September 2008

Land of the Rainbow Quilt Show: Part 1

I seem to remember promising you a post on the quilt show. If you remember, I had a terrible terrible sunburn from walking around the park looking at hot rods all morning and early afternoon. When CarGuy went back to the car show after lunch I went to the Gunnison Arts Center to look at quilts. Much more my style!


The quilts were hung in the gallery just like you would see them at a quilt show and were a mixture of contemporary and traditional quilts. I did not take photos of all of them. The curator of the show had a great eye for hanging the right quilt in the right place. This poppy quilt was made by Liz Rathbun and was the first one you saw in the gallery. It was the ONE with the WOW!! factor, obviously. She said in her statement that she designed it using some pottery she owned as her inspiration. It was raw edge fused and free motion quilted.

Next up was what I thought at first glance to be a disappearing 9-patch. But with a closer look it is a 4-patch with sashing using all batiks. The quilting really enhanced the simplicity of the design without overpowering it. The main lines were done in red and blue with the background quilted in white. There was a red and white disappearing 9-patch there that used the same red fabric in the center but I did not take a photo because I figured my quilting readers know what one looks like.


Notice the hand quilting?


I loved this traditional quilt just because the pattern was unusual and isn't that bluebird quilted in the center just the sweetest? The center hexagons were quilted with various straight line motifs (think spiderweb) with an occasional bluebird flying in. So cute!
This pattern would make a great hand-piecing project using up all those little scraps and I believe that this was hand-pieced. Those squares finished at 1".

The next quilt was an Amish Sampler. I have a habit of collecting photos of different settings for a Block of the Month sampler. I seem to do quite a number of BOMs, must be because I get bored making too many of the same block. Now don't we all have a block of the month stashed somewhere and we aren't quite sure how to put it together? with maybe some extra blocks? Look at how this one is set with quarter square triangles. There was no border, just setting triangles. Minimum effort equals maximum impact.

Amish Sampler

Want to know why I mentioned the extra blocks?

Amish Sampler Backing

Look at the back. This quilter used up all kinds of things by putting it on the back side of the quilt. Even the hanging pocket at the top was pieced of fabrics from the front. This photo shows the simple quilting done in the body of the quilt and the fancy quilting in the setting triangles.


  1. Great variety of photos, Paula. Thanks for sharing... I love that scrappy w/ the quilted bird, quite unusual pattern/design.

  2. Thanks for sharing the close-up of the 4 patch - I love that quilting!

  3. Very nice. Thanks for sharing. ~ksp

  4. I bet that was a great show. I really liked the amish quilt! Glad you had fun.

  5. There is a great variety of these lovely quilts - thanks for sharing! The four patch with sashing is wonderful. The hexagon is great too, but way out of my league.

  6. Ahhh - what a sweet blue bird. I tend to favor them as I was a Blue Bird back in elementary school *s*
    I think I favor the back of that Amish quilt even more than the front.

  7. Nice quilt show. Thanks! The four patch quilting is very nicely done.

  8. I adore the Amish blocks. The colours are so vibrant and the backing is amazing.