My corner of the quilt show

Spring weather has finally come to town, and in Ottawa that happily coincides with the Tulip Festival and the Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild Festival of Quilts. While the Tulip Festival runs from May 6-23, the quilt show runs only on Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-8, and will be at the RA Centre (click here for Google map). So if you’re going to be in town, or you need an excuse for driving on over, come join us!

 The biannual OVQG quilt show is non-juried, and the only requirements for submitting a quilt are that one of the quilters be an OVQG member and that the quilt never have been shown at a previous OVQG show. As a relatively new Ottawan I had a few older quilts I was able to enter. So for those of you who won’t be here to see them in person, these are the 5 wall quilts I’ve entered.

Amish Wedding Ring (25” x 25”) 1993 . Using traditional Amish colours and non-traditional piecing techniques, I made this small quilt in a class taught by Lydia Quigley and Elizabeth Lake. To create the arch, we strip pieced the “chiclets” and later sewed along or close to the same seam, tapering as we went. The centre of each block is hand quilted, while the quilting that outlines the rings is machine stitched.

Tire Tracks Through the Jungle (27” x 35”). Below, left. This quilt was created for a 1993 challenge run by the Quilter’s Choice in Kingston, ON. The challenge was to incorporate a Mary Ellen Hopkins fabric called Tire Tracks Through the Mud, the red/gold/blue fabric with the black blotches, somewhere in the design. This is one of several quilts I’ve made that were inspired by Mary Ellen Hopkins’s book Bakers Dozen Doubled.

Violet Menorah (23” x 23” 2008. Above, right. All participants in a Jewish art festival were asked to bring an interpretation of a Jewish candelabrum called a menorah, using their medium, and my interpretation was rather traditional. This original design was made by “unraveling” two Celtic braid designs and combining them into the T design you see here, as well as reworking the design at the base to create the stand. Small pieces of plastic under the flames’ fabric add dimensionality. A nine-branch menorah, also called a chanukiah, would be used to celebrate Chanukah.

Home by 4 (42” x 36”) 2010. This simple 4-patch set on point is made mostly of fabric from the Peace on Earth line by 3 Sisters for Moda. I like the warm, homey feel created by the fabrics.

Dancing Shoo Flies I (38” x 38”) 2011. You already know about this quilt because I blogged about it here a few months ago. What I love about this pattern is its simplicity, movement, and spirit.

 Now I gotta get busy. Only two years to make more for the next show.

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