Quilt Show in Comox

Last weekend I volunteered on behalf of the Schoolhouse Quilters’ Guild at the Comox Valley Exhibition. It was inspiring to see the  various creations of other quilters. The quilts were displayed on panels of black cloth hung on structures made especially for displays of this sort.

I’ve chosen a few of the quilts for this blog. I would like to have featured them all, but there simply isn’t the space to do that.

I like the way the quilter of this piece used the quilting lines to show the contours of the landscape.


These two wall hangings are hand  quilted. That’s a lot of work when it could have been done by machine, but the hand quilting gives them a special look and is more difficult to do exactly, and much more time consuming. Great care is taken to make sure that each stitch is the same length.
DSCN6356 The mermaid below is done by machine quilting. It doesn’t show up on my photo, but the mermaid’s hair is quilted in two colours of thread, one dark, one light, which give her hair a highlighted look. The scales on her body are not part of the pattern of the fabric; they are quilted on. Notice, too, the stitching lines that give the impression of the movement of the water.DSCN6349 One of my favourites is this sunflower quilt. In better lighting it would be glittering and sparkling, but it was hanging in a darker corner and so couldn’t be seen to its best advantage.DSCN6367 Again, the stitching lines show the contours of the landscape. Excellent job!DSCN6368 This jellyfish quilt has little lights sewn into it which can be switched on at the back of the quilt. But even without the lights, the work is very good.DSCN6370 And what’s not to love about “Oh Canada”? The applique of all the animals on the map must have taken a lot of time.DSCN6366After putting in my time at the exhibition, I couldn’t wait to get home and fire up my sewing machine.

54 thoughts on “Quilt Show in Comox

  1. Pat

    Those really take my breath away! They’ve come a long way from patchwork. You really should get to work so you can have something in the show next year. 🙂

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Most of these ladies are quilting all the time. They have done so many quilts that now they just make them to give to charity, and still, each one is more beautiful than their previous ones.

  2. Sonja Forrester

    They are truly beautiful pieces of art! I would love to see one with wildflowers. Hmmmm, come to think of it, I recall you having an abundance of poppies on your property. Perhaps a poppy flower garden quilt might be the perfect project?? Love the sunflower quilt, the jellyfish quilt (and I agree with no lights on that one), and the mermaid quilt is amazing as well. The forest in the background is so beautifully done, as is the mermaid, of course. Wow…such talented quilters!! I’d be proud to hang any of those on my wall.

  3. Sandra E Brown

    The jellyfish quilt is a wonderful example of how quilting isn’t ‘old-fashioned’. It’s modern and beautiful art. Great topic to highlight.

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      Exactly! And it isn’t only old ladies who do quilting. There are some very talented men who quilt and the younger generation is getting involved more and more because they are realizing this is a very “cool” art form.

  4. Lori

    Wow! These are really works of art, especially that mermaid and the jellyfish. Do these sell for a lot of money? If they were paintings they could sell for thousands.

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      That’s a question I hadn’t thought about. Most of the quilts are made for friends and family members, and a lot are made for charity, but some of the special ones are probably used for raffles to raise money (again, for charity) and I think they bring in a fair amount and are then given away to the lucky person whose name is drawn. It would be very expensive if you paid for not only the materials but all the hours that go into making one of these quilts, and that still allows nothing for the creativity and years of skill of the quiltmaker. But I suspect that quilts are usually sold for far less than they are worth.

  5. reocochran

    How nice of you to serve this time, by volunteering, as well as sharing your “fantastic finds,” with us!
    Each quilt you chose to display to us was intricately sewn and special in its own way. I appreciate your pointing out details, also whether hand stitched or machine.
    The mermaid, the sunflowers and the jellyfish quilts were my very favorites, Anneli. I loved their drama and colors! 🙂

        1. wordsfromanneli Post author

          Trouble is I’ve already given away so many of those bags, but they’re all different, so maybe someone won’t mind a second one if it’s quite different from the first.

  6. Claire

    These quilts are stunning! I attempted to make a quilt when my niece was born, and it was utterly rubbish, but it’s a skill I would love to sit down and learn properly someday.

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I did the same thing, Claire. I made a quilt many, many years ago and it wasn’t very good. But a couple of years ago I took a beginner course on how to quilt – just a one-day thing – and I learned the basics, which was a good “jumping off” point. I came home and looked at my quilt from a long time ago and realized how bad it was, took it all apart, re-cut the pieces so they fit together more exactly, and re-sewed it. I’m much happier with it now and I’ve made a lot of projects since then and love doing it. You might want to try one of those beginner courses and then you’ll be off making amazing things too.


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