Sunday, March 3, 2013

Quilt Show

It was cold this morning--only forty degrees outside.  The wind picked up around noon.  While it was mostly sunny, a few rain showers did spare me the effort of dragging out a garden hose to water in the new plants I have put in.  Red tide is once again affecting the nearby beaches.  While Mike is feeling better, he was content to read and watch a history channel show about the Middle Ages.  So it was a good thing that what I had planned for the afternoon was attending a demonstration put on by the Venice Area Quilters' Guild.

The show was set up in a large conference room at the Venice Community Center.  There were guild members demonstrating each step of a basic guilt construction--from picking out the fabric to binding the completed quilt.  Other members demonstrated machine embroidery, hand quilting, Japanese quilting techniques, and quilt preservation.  There was a display of antique quilts.  There were also craft stations where kids could do a small project to take home.

I picked up a few good pointers and tips.  I like to go to see jury vetted crafts and art quilts, but they can be intimidating.  This was fun just because it was simple and everyone was friendly and relaxed even as they worked.  There was the occasional gasp of "whoops'" and seam rippers on every table.  So I left feeling that I could do this.


12 comments:

  1. I've done a lot of crafts in my life but couldn't get my head around quilting. I so admire the lovely quilts & quilting projects, all the time wondering why I couldn't seem to enjoy quilting myself.

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    1. I never thought I would quilt although I used to sew clothes and doll clothes. Now I like it. It has seriously cut into knitting time, though.

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  2. My mom was the quilter in our family. She began with a group of other ladies as a community effort to raise funds. Within a couple of years she was quilting daily, to the point the quilt frames were a permanent fixture in our living room almost year round. We got used to laying on the floor to watch television. :-)!

    I've never made any attempts to learn, but I do love the quilts Mom made that I still have. They bring many happy memories.

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!

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    1. It is somehow addicting. Thanks for joining in here. Welcome.

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  3. I was the class ripper in home economics so maybe I could do quilting.
    That red tide is a mess but if you can take the smell and breathe around it, there are some amazing fish on the beach. Things that look like they come from the darkest depths.

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    1. I know what you mean about getting to see all the fish. I guess they have really been seeing some exotic things lately. I can not get past the coughing/choking/watery eyes. Red tide really bothers me so I stay away.

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  4. Sounds like the quilt show was fun and informative. I do love quilts and admire quilting artists.

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    1. Except now I want one of those fancy quilting machines to ease the process...oh, and a dedicated sewing room.

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  5. I'm glad you got to enjoy the show. It sounds as if it was a wonderful afternoon.
    Peace,
    Muff

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    1. It was fun and I went home and sat down at my old sewing machine until Mike started making some hungry noises.

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  6. My sister is very good at quilting, but I just didn't get that gene. I can knit. As long as it is a square.

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  7. I didn't get the quilting gene either. I love them but I just don't have the patience to make one. Glad you are enjoying it.

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