QUILT SHOW!!!

Make plans to attend the 40th anniversary, “Down Memory Lane” quilt show of the Charlotte Quilters’ Guild March 10 and 11, 9-4. Union County Agricultural and Cultural Center, 3230 Presson Drive, Monroe NC 28112. Show sponsors: Creative Sew and Vacuum; Elaine’s Attic; Featherweight Poppy; Martelli Enterprises; Sew Much Fun! and The Long Arm Network. I’ll be vending (Occasional Threads – look for my balloon!) along with Bear Hug Quiltworks; Deb Karasik; Dragonfly Quilt Shop; Loving Stitches; Pineapple Fabrics; Quilt Patch Fabrics; Shakerwood Woolens; Susan Edmonson Designs; The Quilter’s Gallery; Threads Run Through It; Threadsketched; Wood Quilt Blocks and Working Hands. Hope to see you there!

My booth will feature vintage quilt tops, table cloths, feed sacks and linens, my quilt patterns, hand-dyed fabrics, vintage buttons, hand-made items, vintage aprons, some class samples and hopefully kits (if they get back from the printer in time).   Please stop by to see me and the other great vendors, as well as over 180 amazing quilts.  There is a judged show as well as several “best of” quilts from years past.   Look for my balloon!

MY COLLECCTIONS

The farmhouse in which I grew up was built in the 19th century. In it were things not of monetary value, but precious to us nonetheless. Family things with history. The somewhat crudely wrought table, made by a man who lived at the “county home” where my great-grandfather was superintendent, as a wedding gift to my parents; my Mother’s beautiful sewing cabinet with the little stenciled drawers that swing out like arms, a gift from my Father in the early years of their marriage; the round oak pedestal table my parents bought when they set up housekeeping, and the beautiful rocking chair belonging to great-grandma Louisa Merkel von Ohlen. “It came from Leland,” we were told about many items from my Father’s boyhood home, the farm where his father and grandfather had been born. Everything “belonged.”

I loved that house and the things in it. I loved being able to open a door in my sister Sue’s room and enter the attic, with it’s pressed tin walls and slanted ceiling, wide plank floors and a tiny window overlooking the farm’s outbuildings. Years later, when my parents had to move, that window would hold a chute down which many of the memories would slide, into a truck to sadly be carried away.

Growing up in a world of cared for things, old books, hand-made clothes (Mother was a wonderful seamstress who made everything from our snowsuits to our prom formals) and the occasional treasure box of hand-me-down clothes from the Chicago relatives of our Danish neighbor Agnes, led to a lifelong love of “things old.”

I still prefer old to new, a choice that led to a small antiques business I ran for years. When I stopped vending every other weekend years ago, my inventory came to live with us here.
Most of my collected things are vintage textiles. I’ll have many in my booth at the upcoming Charlotte Quilters’ Guild Show, appropriately named Down Memory Lane, March 10 and 11. Location details under “See My Work Here” and in the previous post.

MY WORK ON DISPLAY

Posted October 27th, 2016 by Ellen and filed in Exhibitions, For Sale, My Work, News, Other Artists, Quilting Tips

PIEDMONT ARTS

LET’S CELEBRATE

10th ANNIVERSARY – THE ART OF THE QUILT

NOV. 12 – DEC. 31, 2016

My piece, “On the Road to Oblivion” will be on display in an invitational exhibition next month.  I am honored to have my work included in the 10th anniversary show of “The Piedmont Arts Association.”

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58″ Square

Available for purchase.  Original design.  Copyright Ellen Guerrant

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Cover image:  “Broken Beech:  What Was, Will Be” by Eileen Doughty

WHERE:  Piedmont Arts, 215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville VA 24112

217-6322-3221      piedmontarts.org

Appearing Near You

Posted February 14th, 2014 by Ellen and filed in Exhibitions, My Work, News, Quilt Events, Teaching, Uncategorized

I’ll be presenting a lecture/trunk show Monday for the York County (SC) Quilters.  I’d love to see you If you’re in the Charlotte area.

YORK COUNTY QUILTERS

Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Avenue

Rock Hill, South Carolina

LECTURE:  Journey of a Quiltmaker

February 17, 2014 – 7 p.m.

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On the Road Again

Posted April 18th, 2013 by Ellen and filed in My Work, News, Quilt Events, Teaching, Travels, Uncategorized

“His Eye is on the Sparrow”

Hand-dyed and hand-painted fabrics by the artist with a bit of upcycled cloth.

I’ll be giving my “Journey of a Quiltmaker” lecture tonight to the Foothills Quilters Guild in Shelby, NC.  Saturday we’ll have a day full of fun creating whimsical villages in my “Gimme Shelter” workshop.  Hope to see you there!

Photo credit:  Suzie Guerrant   mattandsuzie.com