Quilt Faire is Over

I sure hope everyone who wanted to go did.

The weather was gorgeously autumn. Sunny and crisp, with a slight breeze that ruffled the leaves yet did not blow them off and around. The grounds at Ironstone were pristine, of course! Decorated with brilliant reds, yellows, and browns, as if fall had saved up its Ta-Da finale – just for the Faire.

The Boutique had oodles of fine handmade items and fun stuff. The Country Store was closed this year, and we hope to open it next year, COVID permitting. Our vendors had wonderful things to offer, and we (and I speak for me, actually) spent a bunch on essential things I needed. Yes, I needed that gorgeous “jelly-roll” for a class I was signed up for!

If you did not have the chance to follow the fancy shoes up to view the quilt show, I almost feel sorry for you. Let me show you a smidgen of what you missed. Of course, the photography is lousy, and the quilts look one thousand times more incredible in person. But then, you weren’t there to see them, so I am telling you this.

Sons Wedding Quilt – Laurie Jurgens
Sunflower – Valerie Conrado
Audobon Christmas – Mary Black
Mitered Boxes – Jocelyn Muncaster
Farm Girl Quilt – Jean Schwisow
Conrad’s Grad Quilt – Jackie Sullivan
Picnic in the Park – Paula Broglio
Women of Courage – Sue Bishop
Biker Quilt – Jodi Lea Greenfield

Maybe we will see you next year…

The 44th Annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire will be held: October 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2022

Disclaimer: The quality of photos depends on what the photographers send to the webmistress.

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

Buried Treasure

I went into our local Thrift Store in search of a used paperback to read. I found “The Witching Hour”, by Anne Rice. The book was so tattered that the little round price sticker read “Free.”  I also found two reference books, each marked $.49. Definitely affordable.
I wandered around the little store, looking for crafting items and found a shelf with remnants of fabric tossed into a plastic bin. Of course I had to look through it! Blankets and quilts were on a different shelf. I saw a glimpse of pink flowers and a scalloped edge, buried under all the other items.

Just as I suspected – a large handmade masterpiece. Sure, it needed repair work and the fabrics were worn. But at IHQ there are a lot of ladies who know how to “date” a quilt, and those that are experienced at resurrecting abused ones.

The price tag shocked me:  $29.44. Thirty. Measly. Bucks.

For THIS!?!:

Lovely and Complicated
Lovely and Complicated

 

Scalloped Edges
Scalloped Edges

The lady (or ladies) who made this gorgeous creation, put a LOT of woman-hours into it. Even a beginner (like myself) can see that.

CenterOfQuiltFromAbove
Long view, of inner border of roses

 

No photo can do it justice. A professional may come very close, but – and I mean a HUGE but, they   just can’t capture the wonderful feel of it against your skin.

I decided that it was a moral imperative for me to take it home and show my fellow quilters at our next meeting. Get expert advice on repairing old quilts.

It’s a little smaller than California King, but larger than a Queen. That means it will be hung on the “back wall”. No one will believe I created this – even if I were dumb enough to try to pass it off as my own.  Our guild members were not born yesterday, ya know.

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