We have lots of special exhibits to augment our general exhibit of quilts. This exhibit of "Mini Quilts" was really fascinating!
The two quilts below were all of 5" x 7" and 4"x 5" respectively. And Hand quilted!
These little 'rooms' were amazing, all perfectly to scale!
Some quilts were really pieced and quilted and some were printed on cloth and quilted and a few were simply photo copied onto cloth, such as the Pickle Dish top that yousee in the lower center.
When I came to this picture I thought 'Wow, look the mini quilter even made a mini of our PVQA banner' and then I realised it was a picture of our Bed Turning! I had to laugh! But with the small picture of the old iron bed frame against the plan background it really fooled me!
The Bed Turning is another exhibit that is a big hit at the Faire. Two shows both morning and afternoon Sat. and Sun. Quilts, sometimes vintage, sometimes contemporary are stacked on a bed frame and then a narrator tells stories about them. It's a lot of fun ( and a way of resting your feet!)
PVQA has 3 really active small quilt groups ( and sveral smaller groups) that make quilts for charitable donation. Each year they have a display to help generate interest and support.
Since we use the County Faire grounds for our show we can avail ourselves of this giant display window for dolls, purses and other small items that might need the extra security.
This year the display included some post card quilts.
Last but not least our Opportunity Quilt! This year's an old favorite in contemporary colors!
The reverse color scheme in this Bourgoyne Surrounded quilt makes for a wonderful blue and white quilt! Always a crowd pleaser and The Opportunity Quilt raises a lot of $ for the guild!
Our Featured artist this year was our very own Mike McNamara or Mac as we all affectionetly call him. You might recognize his name as he is one of the featured Men in Joe Cunningham's book "Men and the Art of Quiltmaking". I am a great fan of Mac the person as well as his work! He has been a steadfast pair of helping hands in our guild for 20 years and I love his free wheeling improv way of designing and making quilts! I hope you enjoy these pix of his quilts (just a sampling of his most recent work).
DW #18- Sophisticated Lady- Notice the two arcs of yellow / gold through the quilt.
Mac adds some patches or a few curved pieces of yellow/ gold fabric in each of his double wedding ring quilts to make a nod to the name. Sometimes you have to really look to see where the fragments of the rings are!
Ring # 20
Detail of #20
Detail of #15
Rings # 17 - detail, Where does he get all these crazy fabrics?
Here are the "weeds"
Detail of Laurie and Bobby's Quilt
Notice the traditional blocks mixed in!
See the scotty dogs?!
I find Mac's quilts completely entertaining!! And you might have notice all of the quilts pictured here are either gifts or charity quilts. Mac is a very generaous person!