Monday, September 19, 2011

Big September Weekend, Day 2

The newsletter I've been working on is off for proofreading. Sister and I did water aerobics this morning, now at a more civilized time slot of 10 a.m. to noon. Since exercise puts me to sleep, I snoozed away the afternoon with Chloe on my lap: Chloe, the cat who doesn't like to be touched.

This clears the way to get in a little blogging. I tried, during the busy week, getting part way through several subsequently abandoned efforts. One turned out to be a list of all those activities and cancellations thereof. (Example -- Thursday Out at NeedleCrafts, cancelled due to parking lot repaving.) Boring.  I worked a little on a review of a book I finished reading. Still pending.

Then there was the day Laura at Catharsis blogged on "A Bunch Of Crap In A Crock Pot = Yummy Stew For You," which inspired me to gather together some of the oversupply of veggies I'd bought and an array of leftovers from the fridge to concoct a . . well, I guess it turned out to be something like a frittata. I photographed it at the addition of each ingredient and at each step of cooking. I even wrote up descriptions.

Unfortunately, it gave me indigestion. I scrapped that one.

In our little corner of California, the third weekend in September is a busy one, with multiple events going on. In Sonora, the only city in the county, the two-day annual Quilts and Threads Show, sponsored by the Sierra Quilt Guild, Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners, and Sierra Needle Artists, is held at the county fairgrounds.

On Saturday only, the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce holds the '49er Festival and Chili Cook-Off in Groveland, which is kicked off with a fly-over of antique planes and a parade down Main Street, which also happens to be a state highway into Yosemite. Many motorists are thus surprised to be cheered and waved at by the spectators lining the roadway, and accompanied by paraders walking and driving beside them.

Both events are must-do's for me and mine. Ever since my husband and I, followed by my husband's sister and her husband, and my parents moved to the mountains over 20 years ago, we've been going to the '49er parade and festival. Sister and Brother-in-Law have joined in recent years. I've even had participatory roles a few times.

I've been a member of Sierra Quilt Guild for quite a long time as well, and the show is a really big deal. I didn't complete any quilts this year, so didn't show anything, but worked door security for a short shift. I've had quite a few pieces in the show over the years.

Two big photo events and my good camera won't be back from repair until day after tomorrow! :-(

My little old camera seemed pretty good to me until I got my better one (Canon G11) and there is a big difference in the capabilities and the quality of the photos. Nevertheless, I have Saturday photos of the parade and Sunday photos of the quilt show.

Now which one shall I do this time? For Donna B, I think I'll start with the quilt show.

There were hundreds of quilts, so I decided to buy the DVD for the complete rundown, and just focus in on quilts that struck me for particular reasons. This is where I miss my good camera's ability to take really good non-flash indoor photos. I took both flash, which tends to over-illuminate, thus removing the shadow which shows of the quilting lines, and non-flash, which understates the color. So, I'm not totally satisfied with the balance.

I did not write down whose quilts I shot, so if anyone can offer identifying information, I'll add it.

Here's my sampling:

Maureen Kelly was "featured quilter" for the show. My security station was opposite this quilt of hers which is a marvelous layout for featuring Japanese fabrics. I've got a lot of those which I'd love to make into something one of these days.

I was interested in how the quilting had been done on these to achieve the effect of round bubbles at a distance.  The first photo is flash, which kind of overdoes the color, and the next two, non-flash, are subdued.

I gravitate toward bright colors, but this subtle combo below is a soothing way of incorporating all the little pointed blocks that I can have a visual problem with in "brights." It might be hand quilted, which my little camera doesn't focus on well enough to know for sure.

Speaking of bright!  The button booth is always jammed with people looking at the amazing array of buttons. Most of the buttons are organized in to collections, not just this mass of color.

I love black and white quilts and this one is just stunning. As nearly as I can read the tag, this is Laurella Kerr's "Midnight Galaxy."

As I said earlier, not usually much of a soft-color fan, but this one is just a delightful combo of colors, with really nice quilting.

This started a few years ago as a Challenge quilt.  We each received a piece of fabric with "Do Not Touch" embroidered on it. We were each to make a little 12" x 12" quilt incorporating the embroidered piece, which were to be used at the quilt show, to warn people not to touch the quilts.

This is my Do Not Touch. I didn't finish it in time for the competition, or who knows what glory might have come to it, but it was so much fun to make. In case you can't make out the tiny detail, that little person down the hill is about to touch the quilt hanging on the clothesline. The mountain climber far above calls out his admonition to her, which echos through the hills  )) ) )  )   )   )   )    )

Here's another effective way to display a collection of Japanese fabric. Or any collection for that matter.

Here's Susan List's "Wild & Crazy."  She's a fabulous machine quilter, for herself and others, but sounds like she was getting googly-eyed satin-stitching all the appliquéd pieces.

I'm also not usually a super fan of some greens, but this one is perfect with its yellow tulips and Dresden Plates.  "Spring Time," by Louise Nelson.

"Hat Boxes" by Linda Pachell is a perfect showcase for an eclectic collection.  What fun!

I did a "Neighborhood" wallhanging years ago. Loved doing it, love the little quilt, so this recalled fond memories, Barbara Hardwick's "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" This is a modern neighborhood, with foreclosures and underwater mortgages.

Another "Do Not Touch" sign.  I don't know who made it, but you know I'm a sucker for cats.

Now here's an amusing piece, and it leaves a quilter wondering "how did she do that?"  First read the tag, then scroll down to the whole wall hanging. I didn't notice in person just what I was looking at, but viewed on the camera's LCD, it all came clear.  Squint if you don't see anything but an abstract and pay attention to the quilt's description. Very entertaining, Jennifer.

Here's a surprising entry from Donna Barth: "Shaggy Squares."  Donna's quilts are so normally NOT shaggy. This looks soft and cozy, though.

This one's out of focus, so was unable to read even a word about it, but I just love the beautiful flow of the colors in the leaves.  Is this one of the hand-dye pieces?

"Butterflies Are Free," by Barbara Mitchell.  Here's some bright color.  I was so focused on trying to see the eyes of some kind of critter in the wings until I read the name, stepped back a little and saw the butterfly.

Exquisite.  Hand quilting, I believe.

Back art!  Sister and I were getting a kick out of this quilt and when we read the tag, "this is the back" was penciled in. There was such a crowd on the "front" side of the quilt that I couldn't get a shot. It was nothing like the back art.  Cute.

I love the beautiful African animals. Such a minimum of lines to maximum effect.

Later that evening, Sister and I collected Brother-in-Law for a late light supper.  (They turned out the lights on us.)

Crab cakes for me

Will try for tomorrow, but it is a full day.



  1. It was a great show, many exceptional quilts. Love your pictures! I too did security at the door where I got to enjoy that oriental fabric wallhanging made by Maureen Kelley, the featured quilter. The composition and color was very soothing. Of course, no picture can do it justice! The quilt admired that are leaves and was a little blurry was made by Cheryl Ferriera and I believe that was done with "Cherry Wood fabrics". Nice to have seen you there Lee! Hope to see you at camp in November....Marla

  2. Stunningly beautiful - more art than quilt. These people set the bar pretty high for other quilters. Thanks for sharing.