Our ThreadBenders group recently had a great opportunity to exhibit some of our quilts in a lovely show in Marquette, MI. My friend Cathy’s sister lives in the Upper Peninsula, and that’s how Cathy found out about the show. She did the legwork to get our quilts entered and delivered way up north for the show this past weekend. Then she invited me along to see the quilts and bring them home afterwards. It was a bit snowy, windy and cold, but the sun was shining and the scenery was beautiful. I especially enjoyed this sunset from our motel room window.
Each member was welcome to enter a number of their quilts and encouraged to choose some from our recent challenges. The show’s staff did a great job of keeping our quilts together as exhibits. This was the first time we were able to use our ThreadBenders banner – with all the blocks in place (click here to read a post about it).
And our quilts got a lot of interest.
As with other shows ~ I’d love to show you all of the quilts, but I only have room for a few of my personal favorites. I hope you’ll enjoy them 😊.
A Place in Our Hearts by Christine Jenkins
Flower Power Galaxy by Karen Dill was made using raw-edged reverse applique. I’m intrigued!
African Nightmare by Carol Mihalko. Carol said it was a nightmare because it took her a year to complete.
The next quilt is also by Carol and is entitled Yooper Row by Row. The rows are of sites in the upper peninsula and, if you’re not from the area you may not know that Yooper is a term for the UP.
There were quite a few quilts made using gradation/ombre fabrics, and I couldn’t resist sharing a few:
Aurora by Carol Bowling
Good Vibrations by Cynthia Yackel
This next one was made for a challenge to put words on quilts, and Karen chose some of my favorites from the book of Galatians.
Fruits of the Spirit by Karen Maki
My Girl by MaryJo Busch is a favorite of mine. MaryJo is a ThreadBender, and talented long-arm quilter, who made this quilt for a challenge in a different guild. She recreated a piece of art hanging in a local hair salon using Shiva Paintsticks ~ in the style of Degas. Lovely!
The vendors were also great. My favorite was Rae Warner.
Rae is a retired art teacher who creates the most fascinating dolls. Their faces are drawn with colored pencils and each one was a delight. Esmerelda just had to come home with me.
I began this post with a the view from our motel room. Here are a few photos of the inside:
Yup ~ Cathy and I brought our featherweights and spent the evenings stitching away 😁. We’d purchased kits for Santa wreaths on a previous adventure and it seemed like the perfect time to get ’em done.
It was a great motel room and it even had a wheeled table that was just right for our machines.
Thanks to Barb and Lynn, and all the members of the guild, for making our quilts look great!
Stay tuned for finished photos of our Christmas wreaths, and a lesson I learned about featherweights!