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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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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 ♥

The Night Before Quilt Faire…

‘Twas the Night Before Quilt Faire,
and all through the place,
not an item was stirring,
Not even a vase.

The quilts, they were hung,
on the frames with great care,
in the hope that admirers
soon would be there.

The quilters were nestled all snug in their beds,
But no visions of sugar-plums,
they slept like the dead.

One heck of a week,
working hard to get ready.
A lot of things going wrong,
and chaos aplenty!

This happens each year,
to the planners dismay,
but it always works out
by opening day.

See for yourself tomorrow (or later),
and vote on your favorites, to do us a favor.
We love quilting and creating,
but what’s even better?

Sharing our quilts, and telling their stories,
so exciting to see them in all of their glory!

A sneak preview Shhh!

[A sneak preview    Shhh!]

Quilt Faire Hours:
Fri., Oct 9th        9:00am-4:00pm
Sat., Oct 10th      9:00am-4:00pm
Sun., Oct 11th     10:00am-4:00pm

Located at Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys

Recipe For A Quilt Faire

Combine the following ingredients, and mix well for 8 months:

  1. One brave and patient individual to be the Quilt Faire (QF) Chair (a.k.a. Boss)
  2. Chairpersons in charge of the several QF committees
  3. Hard Labor (a.k.a. Husbands)
  4. Minions (many, many, minions!)
  5. Hand-made quilts and specialty items in the Boutique
  6. Country Store cookies, cakes, pies, candy – all yummy!
  7. Venue (the Fabulous Ironstone Winery)
  8. Talented Entrants
  9. Quality Vendors
  10. Esteemed Guests

I could break this list down to hundreds of tasks that we members of Independence Hall Quilters (IHQ) need to get done – but I won’t.

Just come to the Faire and enjoy yourself!

The 38th Annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire
Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys:

Friday October 9, 2015   9:00 – 4:00
Saturday October 10, 2015  9:00 – 4:00
Sunday October 11, 2015  10:00 – 4:00

For details & more information click HERE