Barbara’s favorite craft is making dolls. Each year, Barbara has at least one new doll to the Annual Heirloom Quilt Faire, making her (or his) début.
At our May 21st meeting, Barbara agreed to bring her favorite dolls to share, not only the beautiful dolls but their stories, with us.
[Left to Right] 1. Bisque Lady with camisole & stone necklace; 2. Bisque Lady doll with sculpted roses in her hair; (Barbara Cleveland herself), 3. Bisque reproduction with Russian clothes; 4. Bisque Soldier; 5. All cloth & painted faces; 6. Bisque Google reproduction. 7. Clay sculpted going shopping; 8. Reproduction of a Kestner baby bisque
[Left to Right] 1. Bisque reproduction of a Kestner Baby; 2. Clay sculpted Rapunzel; 3. Cloth Lady; 4. Bisque reproduction of a Scottish Boy; 5. Clay sculpted Old Lady Quilter; 6. Clay sculpted head and hands, Mother Goose; 7. Bisque doll dressed as a gypsy; 8. Bisque doll dressed in Russian Outfit; 9. All cloth doll
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).
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.
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.
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.
Our Spring Luncheon weather included rain, gloomy skies and a bit of snow. A perfect day for Candy to have her show! Her colorful quilts, wall hangings, vests and dolls certainly brightened up Independence Hall.
Candy Gutierrez is always moving way too fast for the camera!
Jean shows off a pretty fish tank quilt
Candy’s latest crayon project
This darling “window” makes any wall more open and pretty
I love the colors in this one!
Black & White lap quilt with appliqued blooms
Large skateboard quilt, made for grandson.
The lovely Ren shows off Candy’s dolls
Creation from Bling Class!
Applique Sampler – Wildflowers
Have a tennis shoe or two or ten..
It took three tries to get this one perfect
Gorgeous flowers created using the crayon technique.
Candy’s first involved cross-stitch. Also her last.
Candy, Thank You for sharing your impeccable work!
And a Special Thanks to our “Vanna White’s” for letting us all have a close look at each creation.
On another note…
We presented Anne Salem with her Comfort Quilt – signed by members of the guild. Anne is battling COPD and is not always able to join us. We have been missing her and wanted to let her know that!
Anne holds up her quilt for a photo
Bad Photography by Jodi Lea Greenfield. She apologizes. Profusely.