Last Saturday I had the pleasure of joining my sister for the day. She had found out about a Quilt Show in her area, and both of us were excited to attend. Much to each other’s surprise as we talked about the upcoming quilting show, we both expressed that we had an interest in quilting one day. So that was an exciting discovery to make. I see us attending a class, or making quilts together at some point.
I used to quilt many years ago. The last quilt I made was for our daughter and that was the year that our son was born, 26 years ago. But my quilting adventure began when I was 14 years old. An elderly neighbour who made many quilts taught me how to quilt. I remember the old wooden quilting frame that my parents allowed to stay up in the dining area that winter so that I could stitch my quilt by hand with my neighbour. My parents still to this day have that very first quilt that I made. I’ll see if I can gather the quilts that I have made over the years and share some of those photos in a blog post.
The afternoon at the quilt show was a scorching hot day, but thankfully there was a bit of a breeze. There were so many clothes lines, all filled with quilts… 121 quilts blowing in the wind. It was such a beautiful sight. At the church next door, they had many older quilts on display. One quilt there was over 100 years old. I will share photos of that one below.
So here’s a visual feast of the beautiful talent that these quilters had created and shared with us…
The next two photos you will see what is called “Touch Quilts”. Local quilters make mini-lap quilts for people who have Dementia or Alzheimer’s who live in nursing homes. You can read an article about it here.
I was talking to the woman at that table who shared with me about the mini-lap quilts and I was telling her how much it reminded me of some things we used to do for our son when he was very young and first diagnosed with autism. We used to have things that had different textures so that he could explore using different senses. It really reminded me in many ways of what we used to do. I love that so many give from their heart to those in need and to help make a difference in their lives. I found that part to be deeply touching.
More quilts in the gardens…
We had to vote for one quilt before leaving. This one below is the one I voted for. It reminded me of our son and the “upside-down boxes of kleenex” around our home. Our son has to always have every box of kleenex upside down, with all the kleenex packed tight inside the box. So I had to smile when I saw this quilt. Click on the link to read about his upside-down boxes of kleenex.
The quilt below named “Oh Canada” was made by Sue Dewar. It’s the quilt that WON with the most votes!! It was very beautiful. She had stitched so many representations of our country inside that maple leaf. I should have taken a close up of the leaf. It was beautiful. I especially loved the white area, all the quilting stitches. Just below I’ll post a close up of one of those areas.
Close up of the stitching…
“God creates the universe. We can discover our place as one strand in the web of life”
The quilts below were all the older quilts on display in the church. The next two photos are of the quilt that was over 100 years old. It was in an amazing condition.
The quilt in the background below, is called the Dresden Plate. I made one like this one for my parents many years ago, in blue colours.
This one below, I believe is called the “Wedding Ring” quilt. Stunning quilt also.
So do you remember a grandmother, great-aunt, mother or someone who would spend hours on end piecing the top of a quilt together, then sit with her thread and thimble stitching one stitch at a time bringing the quilt to life? Today it looks like the quilts are mostly all machine stitched. The quilts I have made over the years were all hand stitched like in the olden days. Not that I’m that old, but that’s how it was done back then. 🙂