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That’s Entertainment! (Continued)

During Pat’s Trunk Show, we learned things about Pat that we didn’t know before. Not things about her crafts so much, but her obvious talent as a Stand-up Comedian.

Pat Gomes started her show by unfolding a long yellow strip of paper containing her notes.

She was born a crafter in St. Paul.  Before the age of five, she was in and out of the hospital many times.  The most severe was when she fell out of a second story window as she leaned on the screen to look out at children playing below; the screen gave way. When she was in the hospital recovering from this, her mother brought her coloring books and crayons, which she shared with another little girl in the room.  However, that girl left the next day, taking Pat’s book and crayons!  At age seven, Pat was making paper flowers from Kleenex and a hairpin and selling them to neighbors for 2 cents each.

In 1955, Pat moved to California with her mother and sister.  She was dating two guys, one during the day and one in the evening; she was engaged to one of them.  Her mother suggested that she marry the one with the better job, which she did.  Her husband dug graves for a living; the other man washed dishes.

Pat has a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren.  She worked for U.S. Windpower as an overhaul mechanic, repairing transmissions and brakes on wind-energy generating machines.  She moved to a cabin in Arnold, where she raised her grandson from the time he was in second grade.  He is now 26, married, and working at Big Trees Market in the produce section.

The first quilt she made by getting fabric and making enough blocks for a king-sized bed. When she finished piecing the blocks, she bought a king-sized blanket and a king-sized sheet and sewed the three layers together.  It was very heavy.  Her daughter-in-law told her that quilt ended up under her son’s car.  Her husband is into old cars and has just given her a 1957 Ford as a present.

For a time, she raised poodles.  She bought a male that had only one descended testicle; the vet recommended that she massage him to bring down the other one. She has shown Great Danes in dog show, switching from competitions based on confirmation to obedience trials.

She still looks for lost old men.

Pat displayed a collection of ribbons she had won at various fairs.  She sometimes submitted her entries under her dog’s name.  The crafts on the table included a wooden man and a variety of porcelain dolls (for which she has the molds): a life-sized baby doll, three small elderly women sitting on a bench together (labeled board/bored?) which won Viewer’ Choice, a Santa Claus, and an elegant witch.  The wall beneath the clock at the end of the room had three quilts she had made and a shirt.

Five years ago, she had a stroke.  The doctor told her husband, “She needs a hobby”.  (Peals of laughter from the audience.)  She had six months of speech and physical therapy.

One day, she drove by Hazel Fischer School and noticed all the cars parked by Independence Hall.  She stopped in to find out what was going on and discovered IHQ. Although she considers herself to be a crafter, not a quilter, she greatly enjoys being a member of this group and she is always talking to other people about IHQ.

Pat apologized if she has offended anyone. “You guys made me crazy!” She finds that IHQ has changed her for the better; she is more outgoing and happier.

 The audience enthusiastically applauded!

      Written By IHQ’s Vida “Ace” Kenk
Photo provided by Edie Diegoli & Facebook

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.

 

 

 

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What Happens at IHQ – Does Not Stay at IHQ…

The Independence Hall Quilter’s Guild meets on Monday mornings. Our meetings are normally great, however last weeks meeting was particularly outstanding. And unlike Vegas, we are happy to talk about it.

Our very own Katie Arndt celebrated her 97th birthday with us, and graciously spoke about the wisdom she gathered over the years. Katie is one of our guild’s ‘founding quilter’ and worked on the bicentennial quilt which was IHQ’s first project.

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Happy 97th Birthday Katie!

Katie's sense of humor kept us in stitches

Katie’s humor keeps us in stitches. (Stitches, get it?)

But wait, there’s more!

Roxanne Borean, producer and director of this year’s Quilt Camp skit, arranged a special encore performance for those of us who did not make it to camp.

The actors had the most fun

The actors seemed to have the most fun of all!

 

The story took a backseat to the way it was presented. Being a visual skit, the “troop”  used props, signs, sewing notions, and miscellaneous junk to convey the story that Roxanne narrated.

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A Dark Cloud Looms

All eyes on center stage

All eyes on center stage

 

 

 

 

 

We laughed hysterically when the “dark cloud” loomed, and when Diane Mitchell and Margaret Zavertnik showed the passing of time. Watching them trying to keep a straight face was an entire giggle of its own.  When the skit was over, Carolyn Rector and Eileen Roberson closed the curtains.

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Time Passes…Slowly

Bravo, ladies!

The Curtains Close

The Curtains Close.  (The End)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may have noticed in the background the beautiful quilts, wall hangings, table runners and pillowcases hanging on the walls. When a member finishes a comfort quilt, or personal project, it gets hung on the wall for a day to be admired before it goes out to brighten someone else’s day. It’s hard to let them go sometimes – but, it’s what we do.

 

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Meet Our 2015 Board Members

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The Independence Hall Quilter’s Executive Board for 2015

Front Row: Linda VanBerckelaer
Second Row (L-R): Margaret Zavertnik; Joanne Padelford; Eileen Roberson; Carolyn Rector.
Top Row (L-R): Jackie Sullivan; Diane Mitchell; Susan Scott; Lisa Lee; Debbie McGee; Jodi Lea Greenfield; Edie Diegoli; Nancy Cooper; Joan Patterson

 

President: Linda VanBerckelaer
1st VPs:  Lisa Lee & Diane Mitchell
2nd VPs: Margaret Zavertnik &
Eileen Roberson
Rec. Sec.: Jodi Lea Greenfield
Treasurer: Susan Scott
IH Liaison:  Jackie Sullivan
Advisor:  Joanne Padelford
Parliamentarian: Joan Patterson
2015 Q.F. Chair: Joan Patterson
Members at Large:

  • Carolyn Rector
  • Nancy Cooper
  • Edie Diegoli

The Aftermath

Quilt Faire 2014 has come and gone. Quilters & their families are sighing with relief that the wildness is over. Until next year. We should be rested up by then.

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Take-down. In layman’s terms, “come get your quilts!”

Granted, the aftermath of a Quilt Faire (QF) is not as horrific as, let’s say, a nuclear bomb would be. Nevertheless, it’s a large job. Next year – I need to wear my camera around my neck with a lanyard. To remind me to shoot photos. I will have a new camera next year. One that should take more than 10 photos before the batteries are dead.

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The lovely 2014 Scholarship Quilt was won by a Guild Member this year: Jennifer Cabral!

The Take Down crew, lead by the same guy that leads the Take In crew – my hubby, are very efficient. I think it only took 25-30 minutes to get them down and back to their owner’s.

Quilts are down and gone!

Quilts are down and gone!

Anything not done after 5pm, is put off until the next day’s cleanup posse. Because pizza is waiting for us, to celebrate another successful Faire.

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Check back next week when we announce our Viewer’s Choice Awards!