Two friends and I trekked up to snowy Lake County, Ohio, for the annual quilt show sponsored by the county park district. We also did a cool workshop on screen free silkscreen printing, but that’s another topic.
Overall, the show’s entries showed consistent good workmanship and a certain timelessness. There were the usual Judy Niemeyer paper pieced quilts (she must have given several classes in the area) and many quilts made from patterns. However, I noted some crossover techniques from art quilting on traditional quilts and an opening up of color use. I don’t know if the latter reflects the influence of the modern quilting movement. There were no quilts on display that I would call modern. A few used modern type fabrics, but that was about it.
My personal favorites were the quilts made about something meaningful to their creators – memory of a vacation, important events for a grandchild, and the like; plus scrappy quilts.
Here’s one panel from Abbey Grows Up by Kathy Hancock. It commemorates Abbey’s devotion to Barney. I never saw Barney in purple corduroy before. Each panel was designed by Hancock.
I’ll be writing more about this show in future posts. As a friend said, what made the show interesting was the broad range of quilts entered – red work, paper piecing, applique, fabric painting, raw edges, improv, embellishment, and more were all on display. In fact, everything except modern style quilts.