Saturday, August 08, 2009


Scrappy Sawtooth Star by Fern Hamlin

Joseph's Coat by Kay Furfaro

Our guild is having its annual quilt show. We keep it simple, with no vendors, or multiple prizes and categories. We hang the quilts in the main section of the Mishawaka library and both casual library users and quilt lovers who read about the show in the paper can look at the quilts. All are given a program describing the quilts and a ballot so they can vote for their favorite. Everybody likes this: the library for the added crowds, the guild, and the quilt viewers too. It's fun to sit and talk to the visitors. I'm always amazed at how seriously people take the voting idea. I usually don't even vote for Viewers' Choice at shows, but everyone here ponders the whole thing for a long time!

The quilts were varied and lovely this year. I can't post them all, so I chose these two as beautiful representatives of the "true" scrap quilt: pieces of left-over fabric, not a collection of new fabrics purchased to look "scrappy."

13 comments:

Libby Fife said...

Wonderful! I wish I could be there. I love the idea of the show being in a library. I can't think of a better combination of two of the things I like best.

floribunda... aka Julie said...

lovely quilts! The bright colors on black background is truly stunning.

paulahewitt said...

both quilts are stunning. the quilt show in the library with no vendors etc sounds just like my cup of tea

Beena said...

I wish they did something like that at our library! Both these quilts are winners, in my book!!!

Debra said...

What a refreshing change of pace for a quilt show. I'll be right over!

One of the reasons I have such an eclectic blend of fabrics is that originally I was so in love with true scrap quilts. Maybe it is time to get back to my roots.

*karendianne. said...

Dreamy. At least for me. I had to copy Joseph's Coat and stash for inspiration. I was really taken with the piecing and fabrics but that border really set it perfectly. Classic, Kay. A very classic, lovely quilt. Traditional, classic. Uh. I'm in quilt love.

Joyce said...

Scrap quilts are still my all time favorites.

Barbara C said...

What gems. And what a nice idea: a no-nonsense, uncomplicated quilt show.

Candace said...

They're both beautiful, Kay. I like the sounds of your show as well - not having vendors can be a real plus sometimes!
Love your new header!
Cheers!

The Calico Cat said...

I know what you mean about true scrappy - although I am warming up to matchy-matchy too.

I also do not vote on viewer's choice.

Julia said...

Gorgeous quilts..I love Joseph's Coat ..
Wish our library would hold a quilt show,,would be perfect,

Rose Marie said...

Both quilts are gorgeous, but I am drawn to Joseph's Coat. Thanks for sharing!

Nellie's Needles said...

Wonderful quilts! I, too, like "real" scrap quilts instead of "scrappy" ones cut from yardage. It irks me that those not real scrap quilts get awards in the "scrap quilt" category in our shows while the real ones are not even considered.