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.
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. 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. Again, the stitching lines show the contours of the landscape. Excellent job! 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. 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.After putting in my time at the exhibition, I couldn’t wait to get home and fire up my sewing machine.