Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fiber Arts Picnic

Last night, our local guild, "The Quilting Party" (view a nineteenth century painting of the same name here), hosted a big party for fiber artists!

Thirty-five ladies and one young gentleman gathered to represent, promote and support quilting, embroidery, smocking, needlepoint and knitting. And of course, to socialize and eat, eat, eat! Apparently, fiber artists are excellent cooks, too. The two different rhubarb desserts were a highlight of the food tables, and I especially enjoyed the delicious array of beautiful, colorful, delicious summer salads. Quilts hung around the perimeter of the shelter were so much fun to see. The other guilds in attendance displayed some of their amazing work as well. There was much "ooohing and aahing".

There were even quilt tops covering the silent auction tables in the center. And since the evening turned a bit chilly, Judy (far right) wrapped up in one!

Shown at the far left is a quilt Jane made from quilt guild raffle blocks. If you're not familiar with the concept of raffle blocks: a block pattern and color scheme is chosen (this one was a sugar gum leaf in fall colors with cream background). Each participant has one chance to win for each block she turns in. Then one lucky member wins all the blocks. I've seen some amazing sets of blocks won since I joined the guild in 2005, but this is the first finished quilt a member has brought to show us! Look closely at the random setting Jane used, which I think adds great interest to the quilt, and I wish you could see the exquisite machine quilting!

If you belong to a guild, consider hosting an event like this. And if you are a fiber artist and don't belong to a guild (or a few), you are really missing fabulous opportunity to learn from and enjoy the work of others.

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