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!
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.”
Available for purchase. Original design. Copyright Ellen Guerrant
Cover image: “Broken Beech: What Was, Will Be” by Eileen Doughty
WHERE: Piedmont Arts, 215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville VA 24112
Being an artist is often a lonely occupation. I need quiet and solitude when designing, but missed the fellowship I’d known in groups to which I’d belonged years ago. I missed sewing with my late Mother and sewing with my sister. I needed friends!
Early this year, I was lucky enough to grab the last spot in a newly formed quilting bee through my quilt guild. And it was for folks in my neighborhood! Yea! I purposely joined this group because I knew almost none of the members.
This venture has turned out to be just what I needed. As a member of the Queen Bee, I’m getting to know some great women. We laugh, we share, we listen, and of course we EAT! What began as two-hour morning meetings has turned into quilt-a-thons.
Elizabeth was our hostess this month. Her retirement home has a fabulously huge room on the 10th floor. It was lovely and bright, complete with hot coffee and tea and the most divine blueberry scones I’ve ever had! Oh my.
Above are photos of our day. Word has gotten out that “the quilters” were in the building. A woman and her daughter arrived with a grandmother’s flower garden quilt top complete wiwth pathways of 1930’s green. Her daughter had dozens of 3″ bowtie blocks, all perfectly hand-pieced with the tiniest stitches. These women were not quilters and needed information. “What do I do with these? How do I finish this? Do you know anyone who could quilt this for me?” We oohed and ahed over the 1930’s treasures – such a treat to see. And the mother and daughter left armed with information on how to finish and care for their family heirlooms. It was a great day!
Carol McLaughlin with “Blue Winter Star Flakes,” judged Best of Show/Traditional
Carol is an inspiration! I first met her when teaching my Quilting 101 beginner class at Sewing Arts Studio in southeast Charlotte. From the very beginning, Carol showed great enthusiasm, jumping right in with both feet. Always smiling, her bright spirit was contagious.
Carol is a great example of why I love to teach. She was like a sponge, wanting to soak up every bit of knowledge I would share. In watching her, I was taken back to the day I was introduced to quilting, studying with the late Ellen Eanes. I had left class looking for an all night fabric store! I never wanted to stop quilting and knew I had found my life’s work.
I tell all my students about the Charlotte Quilters’ Guild http://www.charlottequiltersguild.org/ and encourage them to attend a meeting of like-minded artists. Ever enthusiastic, Carol not only came to meetings, she became actively involved, volunteering again and again. All this time, she kept quilting, honing her skills.
I was so proud of Carol when she shared her traditionally pieced “Blue Winter Star Flakes” quilt which had won 1st place and Best of Show/Traditional in last weekend’s Charlotte Quilters’ Guild show, “Through the Garden Gate”. I am in no way taking even a wee bit of credit for Carol’s success. All I did was open the door and give her a little nudge. How’s that for a fabulous payoff!
Congratulations, Carol! Here’s a big “attagirl” from me to you. xo