Stitches in Time 2014 – Museum Quilt Guild Show

The Museum Quilt Guild hosted their biennial quilt show, Stitches in Time last month. It was a fantastic show with a wide variety of techniques and styles.

“Using My Stash” by Jean Butzer Best of Show

I wish I had a better picture of Jean Butzer’s “Using My Stash” which won best of show.

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Her piecing is perfect! She used about 385 fabrics from her stash without needing to by more! Sometimes our non-quilting friends don’t understand the concept of the “stash”. Jean has given a beautiful example of why we don’t get rid of our leftovers.

Our guild has so many great quilters! They vary in style from traditional to modern. Choosing quilts to vote for for the Viewer’s Choice Award was very difficult because it’s like comparing apples and oranges. How can you compare perfect piecing, awesome applique, and amazing art quilts? Nancy Bush’s “Grandma’s Flower Garden” is one of the ones that caught my eye.

"Grandma's Flower Garden" by Nancy Bush

“Grandma’s Flower Garden” by Nancy Bush

Nancy’s quilt was done in wool and won the award for Large Quilt Mixed Technique. In addition to the beautiful applique done in wool, Nancy did a great job of putting prairie points as a border.

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The award was well deserved. Each Sunbonnet Sue was different. I confess that I’ve never been one to seek out Sunbonnet Sue quilts but I couldn’t seem to get enough of this one. I just kept going back to it and seeing a different fabric or trim each time. It was so mesmerizing that you will definitely see my attempt at something inspired by it in the 2016 show.

You can be sure that I will pay more attention to how I take photos at future quilt shows. The borders on both Jean’s and Nancy’s quilts complemented the quilts beautifully.

Things that make me smile:

  • Seeing a variety of styles and techniques at a quilt show
  • Time spent with fellow quilters

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie

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