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And — The Winner is…

Raffle Ticket Winners:

Kathy Griggs went home with that striking Bargello Scholarship Quilt!

Sandy Mayfield can’t wait to give her granddaughter her new American Girl Doll!


The show winners walked the red carpet to receive their ribbons on Monday. If you look to your right, you can see how much fun they were having!

Announcing the Winners of a Viewer’s Choice Award – by Category…

 

Member Challenge (CH)
1st  Place Jocelyn Muncaster

Burger Invasion

2nd Place Jennifer Cabral

Vase of the Hamburgers

3rd Place Nadine Bowlus

BBQ Picnic Wreath

Dolls (D)
1st Place  Jean Schwisow

My Sewing Room

2nd Place  Nancy Macomber

Berty, Button Merchant

3rd Place  Sharon Stephens

Country Critters

Hand Quilted (HQ)
1st Place  Laura McGavern

Elephant for P.A.W.s

2nd Place  Linda Palmer

“Nana’s Quilt” **

3rd Place  Carolyn Earhart

Dyeing to Shine

Needle Arts (NA)
1st Place  Linda Burns

Poppies

2nd Place  Carolyn Rector

My Quilt Room

3rd Place  Sue Wilmer

The James-Younger Gang

Quilts (Q)
1st Place  CarolineEarhart

Save the Last Dance…

2nd Place  Diane Mitchell

Somers Bay Sunrise

3rd Place  Jeanne Hand

Fabulous Fiona

Wearable Arts (WA)
1st Place  Nadine Bowlus

“Hope is the thing …”

2nd Place  Jean Schwisow

Knitted Shawl

3rd Place  Nadine Bowlus

Aspen Grove Totebag

 
Wall Hangings  (WH)
1st Place  Diane Mitchell

Kitchen Hunting

2nd Place  Nadine Bowlus

Aspen Grove

3rd Place  Phyllis Holmes

August 21, 2017

Wonky
1st Place Nancy Macomber

Past & Present

2nd Place  Mary Sue Budrow

Love of the Game

3rd Place  Erin Lee Borean

“Flutterbys”

 

** “Nana’s Quilt” also won the coveted “Ironstone’s Choice” award.  

 

Congratulations to Everyone!!

The Results Are In!

It may not be as huge as the Presidential Race, but our “Viewer’s Choice” awards are very important to our guild.

Guests and members are given a ballot, inserted into their Quilt Faire program. All eight categories of entries are listed and we ask for your favorite one in each. We understand that entries vary in complexity and technique – you need not worry about that. Which one YOU LIKE the best is what we want to know.

You don’t even need to tell us why!

Our Viewer’s Choice chairman collected all of the ballots at the shows close and crunches the numbers for us. In a week (or two), we have our Viewer’s Choice Awards. ALL entries are considered, even non guild members can receive a ribbon.

Winner’s, including our raffled off items, are below:

Wall Hangings:

1st Place: Carol Earnhardt, Forget Catch and Release

2nd Place: Penni Barger, Milliare Man

3rd Place: Sara Henry, Long Tall Sally

 

Needle Art:

1st Place: Linda Van Berckelaer, Splash

2nd Place: Sue Bishop, Christmas Stockings

3rd Place: Sue Wilmer, Shanty Town

 

Wearable Art:

1st Place: Joanne Padelford, Black Jacket

2nd Place: Candy Gutierrez, Home Tweet Home

3rd Place: Nadine Bowlus, Gypsy Soul Totes

 

Challenge:

1st Place: Joanne Padelford, The Golden Gate.

2nd Place: Candy Gutierrez, At Home in the Poppies

3rd Place: Diane Mitchell, Lavendar Fields of California

 

Dolls:

1st Place: Barbara Cleveland, Agnes the Peddler

2nd Place: Pat Gomes, Thrift Store Annie

3rd Place: Candy Gutierrez, Bird Girl

 

Hand Quilting:

1st Place: Larie Tippetts, Jeanne’s Surprise

2nd Place: Mary Ellen Nikola, Aunt Jane’s Honeysuckle Vines

3rd Place: Jocelyn Muncaster, Ribbons of My Life

 

Quilts:

1st Place: Caroline Earheart, Family Road to California

2nd Place: Lorene Lucas, Kenai

3rd Place: Sue Bishop, Winter’s Majesty

 

Wonky:

1st Place: Edie Diegoli, The Peacock Farm

2nd Place: Thalia Hart et.al., Wonky Winds (Zentangle)

3rd Place: Tisha Cabral, et.al., Wonky Hawaiian

 

Scholarship Quilt, “Sierra Views”  went to – Linda Gogna, from Stockton.

“Samantha” (American Girl Doll) went to – Nancy Hecker, an IHQ Member.

Congratulations to All!!

Day Two & Three

Wednesday is Hanging Day (of the quilts, I mean)

This is the day we go home exhausted, but smiling. Between 9:00am and noon entrants arrive to check in their quilts (or gallery entries).

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                         Before

Renorise Krause is the chairperson of quilt take-in and it runs like a well-oiled machine. The check-in table is divided alphabetically and once the owner has their receipt, a copy of it is pinned on the back of the quilt. Now it is handed off to a ‘runner’ who finds the quilts special space and hangs it on the bar of where it needs to be hung.

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 Gals start arriving with their    precious cargo

The Frame crew, led by Bruce Greenfield, climb on ladders and get them hung. Every year there is a quilt ‘shuffle’ that needs to be done and this year was no exception. “A few frames repositioned and 14 quilts moved – not too bad”, is what he told me.

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                   Dolls, Dolls, Dolls

Somehow the number of drapes put out for the quilts were not enough, and more had to be ironed. So… it was more of the same for me and a couple other gals. Why the drapes at all? To cover any open air spots and to hide the frames.

But wait – there’s MORE!

After all the quilts are hung, we place description cards and participant ribbons on each entry. It takes us a while to do this because we get distracted by the quilts themselves. Meanwhile… The props people are hauling in cool things to place by quilts that have the same theme going on. They have cute to vintage items.  Then the fresh flowers are arranged and strategically placed. Now – we have a show.

When I walked into the large room on Thursday, everything was magnificent (as always!)  It always takes my breath away to see it all put together. Like I had not seen all the preparation. It just needed one more prop – a large brown bear. Thank you to Chloe Baer for letting us borrow him.

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We hope to see you there!!

Friday Oct. 7 (9-4) & Saturday Oct. 8 (9-4)
Ironstone Vineyards

♥  TTFN  ♥

 

Day One

If you have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes putting on a Quilt Show, this is your chance. There are a lot of areas that yours truly does not work in, so I can’t talk about setting up our Boutique or Country Store, but I do know something about getting a showroom ready to hang quilts…

Day One, Monday, is the major set up day. We will skip all of the preparations leading up to this day for now. [Please let us know if you are interested in all the nitty gritty. We love to talk about it!]

Custom made frames are put together for each show – entries vary in sizes and no two shows are the same. There are no re-runs in the Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire. Each quilt has it’s own special place, measured and built for it.

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The long counter in front of the “bar” area (below) belongs to Barbara Cleveland, and her dolls. She spent a lot of time arranging the curtains today, and will have a lot more work to do on Day Two, Wednesday, when the Dolls arrive.

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Also ready to roll are the ‘Gallery’ frames that display wall hangings:

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2016-glenessoverseesDuring the building and setting up, the “sweat shop” is busy ironing pounds of white cotton ‘skirts’ and ‘drapes’. These will hang around and under the quilts, adding a touch of elegance to the display. I do not have a photo of that – probably too busy ironing.

 

 

Gleness Nelson drapes the “skirts” on the lower pole of the Main Quilt Room frames.

When all are in place, and weighted down with small metal poles, and the long drapes were ironed and the skirts hung – Day One is finished for the Framing Team.

Susan Scott is still smiling this afternoon, after hours of ironing both skirts and drapes. She now helps Gleness getting the skirts hung so they can both go home.

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Nadine Bowlus & Veda Kenk also smile while they work on the ‘Wearable Art’  display.

 

 

 

♥  TTFN  ♥

Do You Hear That? It’s Chaos Coming!

Tomorrow is Labor Day and for most people the Monday holiday will be spent tending a BBQ, catching up on a good book, or visiting family/friends.

NOT for the Independence Hall Quilters, however. This year the Monday holiday falls on our guild’s “First meeting back”, after summer break.  September is here and we can’t spare any Mondays for jocularity*. Quilt Faire happens on the first weekend of October this year and, despite popular belief, it does not come together by magic.

Tomorrow there will be no chaos, not really. There will be loud talking, loud laughter, summer projects hung everywhere to show off. Gals will be turning in entries for the faire, to moi because I am the co-chair of submissions. I will be asked a lot of questions – I have a list of my own questions to ask people, because making the quilt is the big deal, filling out the submission form – not so much. Blank spaces where information should be. Titles and measurements being crucial to anyone planning the show and building the frames to hang them.

My favorite: using an overly Xeroxed form from a different year, crossing out the old year and unfortunately missing the information for 2016.

You know who you are.

Then, after all that Hub-Bub…  The monthly Board Meeting is held. The agenda must be monstrous!  The president should send it out this evening. I hope it’s under 3 pages.

In spite of all that – It will be great fun! I can’t explain it – it just is!

 

 

* Who used this word (jocularity) often? Hint: a TV show character
Extra points to those who know…

♥ TTFN ♥