Saturday, June 8, 2013

Quilt Stroll at 100 Degrees -- Part 2

This is working out well, this lounging on the bed (after this hot and tiring day) with my recently acquired Lenovo Ultrabook: none of the frustrations of my more recent laptops that take twice as long to do anything, what with all their little quirks. Well, there were some hardware test failures, apparently. But the problem seems to be resolved. My first laptop was an IBM ThinkPad, lo these many years ago, and it was a real workhorse. I spent one whole summer pounding out school district policies on it in Yosemite where Hubby had a volunteer job. Finally, IBM's successor has a laptop close to the weight range that I can lift (along with all the other junk) into the overhead on a plane. Otherwise, I would have been there much sooner.

So, back to the Quilt Stroll put on by the Pine Needlers Quilters in Groveland, CA. (See Part 1 here.)

Another combo I'm fond of is black, white and red. I'll probably use the red as an accent, rather than a feature fabric, when I get around to doing mine.

There was an interesting development just days before the Stroll. It had been scheduled for months, possibly even years, to be held not only in the park and on the town streets but in the Community Hall, where a Civil War Quilt exhibit would be displayed. Then someone booked a wedding in the Community Hall. I'm not privy to all the details, but the Quilters got booted and were scurrying for alternate venues in the few days before the show. Local merchants came through, as did a church right on Main Street where the Civil War Quilts found a home. They're all sitting neatly in the pews (a term for the seating reflecting my Episcopalian childhood -- don't know what this group calls them). I guess the quilts are done with Civil War reproduction fabrics, since they certainly don't look old enough to actually be from the era.

This one, seeming almost transparent in the light, reminded me of fields of poppies . . . what was it? Flanders?

The next few quilts were made by the prolific Patti Potter. Many are hand quilted. (In fact, I think a lady sitting there quilting might have been Patti, but silly me, as usual I hesitated to ask.) They were in shadow, so the vibrancy of the color doesn't come through very well here. And they were hung around the perimeter of a parking lot, and parked cars interfered with best shots for several of these quilts. (Damn cars! What are they doing in parking lots?)

I can't recall whether this is one of Patti's, or whether it was inside the building where people were taking down quilts at closing time.

This is an embroidered block from a large quilt with blocks for all the states. Unfortunately my photo of the whole quilt was totally blurred.

They folded up around me and I headed for my car (wherever that is).

It was a wonderful show. Star blocks of various types were much in evidence and a lot of quilts were for sale. There were lots of vendors of quilt and craft items, but I hear attendance was down, what with the hot weather. The show is held every other year on the same weekend in June. I've often missed it, because Jeanne Mills' inspiration for quilters tours were typically that time of year. One of the ladies said it snowed the day before the show two years ago. You never know. It's always a gamble. And then there are surprise weddings.

See you when I can.



  1. "In Flanders' fields the poppies blow, between the crosses row on row..." I quoted the poem on my Memorial Day post on FB. I have a framed print from the 20s with the poem that hung on the wall for a long time. (I've never put up any of the wall art I took down for the renovation. Not sure why...) Looks like a wonderful show and I agree that those Civil War quilts are repos. I even have one "in progress."

  2. What a shame that you got booted from the 'hall'. That doesn't sound like the kindest thing but it looks like you all found nice new digs for the 'stroll.'