Well, it has come and gone. Friday was HOT and rather miserable to hop around from place to place to see the quilts. There was a subtraction this year. Our public library did not participate. They did add a pub. It was oddly out of character and place to wait until 2:00 in the afternoon to see quilts with the smell of beer wafting in the air. I disliked that place the most and wondered why the event coordinator made that decision.
Because a new director to the tourism board was running things this year, changes were made. The flow of things had me scratching my head. But first I have compiled two videos of stuff going on with a gob of pictures of the quilts. Let me share those with you first.
First is the quilt walk in the park. This walk had little kiosks with quilt info about the names of blocks and some history regarding the subject matter in our local park. Again at 7:00 pm at nightit was around 104 degrees. Not ideal.
And below are the pictures of the quilts.
The pros and cons
- The places we visited were air conditioned
- The quilts were displayed nicely
- Great networking amongst quilters
- demos with make and takes
- very knowledgable demonstrations
- Scissor sharpening guy
- The heat kept people away
- Inflation and high prices kept people away
- Pay for classroom learning was held at the same time as other activities
- Tags on quilts were to small to read
- demonstration room was too hot
- not very many vendors
- the demonstration schedule was printed before the list was compiled. No one had previous knowledge of some demonstrations (low turn out)
- Website info was updated only 4 days before the show
- 300 quilts advertised which was probably inaccurate by 150
- demonstrator schedules had cancellations, others were assigned to take their place, and then within 24 hours of the demo the cancellations uncancelled
- People who signed up for demos did not show up
- having the demos in a different room meant that passers by could not listen and get interested
- fat quarter bingo area was utilized inappropriately
- The director that made many decisions about the quilt hop is not a quilter
All my quilts made it back safe and sound. Each year I am a bit surprised by this.
I did go to the Texas historical commission where some quilts were displayed and talked to the staff asking about the quilts. I was horrified by what they told me. The Briscoe collection is located between Austin and San Antonio. Some of the quilts cannot be displayed there because their timeline does not have significance to the historical representation of the display so they are just stored in boxes never gazed upon unless another historical curator asks for them. They are not kept in pull out drawers in textile museums. They are under appreciated. These quilts are not owned by the historical commision but the parks and recreation of the state. That is who the original owners donated them too. *sigh* Here are some of those quilts. The handwork is amazing. For those of you who have never hand quilted, making an arc, a circle, or a curve is not easy with a needle because a needle is straight.
The grid of hand quilting is smaller than my finger tip. WOW!
Doesn’t this look like a more modern Moda quilt kit??? It looks so familiar to me!
Have you ever seen a quilt with a burned edge? So this fabric is handmade. It has foil in it. A block printed fabric. It was interesting, but the burned edge was different. We all know that if your house catches fire, you can wrap yourself in a quilt and escape. Everything is flammable, however cotton’s flammable level is very low so it will singe, unlike polyester which is more of a fuel source for fire.
Just look at that quilting!
The pictures do not do this justice. There actually looked like there was extra batting placed in some of the motifs for a very raised surface. Is that called trumpato?
The starburst quilting is hard to do in modern day with modern tools. This is beautiful!
I told the historical commision employee that I could see that some of these fabrics were velvet. And I also told her it just makes me want to reach out and touch it. This quilt was also a bunch of beautiful silks. So pretty!
Isn’t it a shame that these do not get displayed properly for the public to see? Tsk Tsk Tsk, the bureaucracy behind the story needs a matriarch to take charge of this and do what is right.
But I am thankful that I got to gaze upon them for a few minutes. And I am grateful to be able to bring them into your home.
On one more note, they had set up a game of dice. These dice were about 4 inch square dice, but instead of having numbers on them, the printed off the pictures of the quilt blocks and placed them on the dice. You could play quilters yahtzee with them but they called it Quiltzee. The shaker was a large flower pot. Any of you retreaters or quilt guilds looking for a game to play this looks like it could be fun.
Well, that was a gob of information wasn’t’ it? LOL
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