Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Picture Heavy Post

Here we are, the dog days of summer. I was away for a few days, I took a drive to The Dalles, OR. It's just east of Hood River, the wind surfing capital of the world, right in the heart of the Columbia Gorge. What an amazing place. I forgot how beautiful it is and I realized how much I missed the rapid moving river, the green trees, brown hills and blue skies. I also miss my friends there. The time spent together is never long enough.
The Columbia River Gorge Quilt Guild held their annual show in Hood River this year. It was a Viewer Judged show and here are some of the photos.  Click on them to "up size" them for more detail

First place applique.  This was also hand quilted and the quilter used fabric and quilting designs very well in this piece.

My vote for best Pieced.  Look at the border, how fabulous.
A lot of time and effort was put into this quilt, I love the Storm at Sea border.
It tied for First place.
This was the other First Place in Pieced.
It was a Viewer judged show.
This was second in Mixed Technique. JMHO but it was the BEST of the show. The design was original, the piecer did everything on this, the machine quilting was exquisite, many thread color changes, applique was beautiful, use of color and design was fabulous.
This was First in the Mixed technique.  It was a kit, had very little applique and the piecer sent it out to be computer quilted.  Did I mention it was Viewer Judged?

Here are a few more with ribbons.  I think I voted for 4 of the six winners.  There were about  100 pieces in this show some of them were lovely.

First in Miniature
 Second in Mini  This was my piece and I was thrilled to have a ribbon.  Both pieces I made at a Gwen Marston workshop have won ribbons.
 This piece was about 10" high.  Amazing and was awarded Best of Show
 Second in Innovative, very fresh with these colors.
 Third in Innovative.  This was made by Kim  B.  She is an amazing stitcher.  Her hand work is fabulous and I love how she brought your eye out to the border with clusters of buttons on each border edge.
 Loved this piece, First in Innovative. Very good perspective in this piece.
A few non ribboned pieces.
Loved the colors in this one, piecing was fabulous.

 Who doesn't love a 2 color Winding Ways, non quilters have no idea the challenge of making this block
 Non quilters also don't understand the skill of needle turn applique;  this piece was amazing, her work was fabulous.  Stitches that could barely been seen, great color choices, and extending the applique into the border takes a lot of energy.  Thought a ribbon would have been on this one.
 Loved this one.  All the things this quilter experiences at their friends cabin.  This is being gifted and I'm sure the recipients will cherish this original design.  Click on this to see the choice of fabric for the loon, never would I pick this and yet it is definitely an amazing choice.
 Hand work that was under rated.  Loved the evenness of this persons stitches.
 A Crown Royal quilt, amazing piecing in this quilt and the quilting was lovely.  This was in a tough catagory, pieced had the most entries.
 This is mine, no ribbons, but while I was working the floor, I heard a lot of compliments on this, so that was nice. It will be gifted next year, so it might see one more show while it's in my possession.
 Another 2 color quilt, what can I say?  Loved it.  OK, to top it off, this was hand quilted!  They didn't have a category for hand quilting, but there were a few pieces that could have competed in the category.

That's all for now.  Update on BTCT, I'm 1/3 of the way through the final border. Once it's finished and attached, I will post some pictures.
I hope everyone is enjoying the last days of August. I'm picking fresh beans, my gladiolas are blooming as are my dahlias.  Others have faded away for another year.



Lori said...

Beautiful Sharon! If you are ever down this way again please let me know as I would have loved to meet up with you at the show! It looks like it was amazing!!

Janet O. said...

I've been to the Columbia River Gorge a couple of times--beautiful area. Throw in a quilt show and it's well worth the trip.
Do I detect some disagreement with the "viewers"? : )
Congrats on your ribbon. Very nice little piece!

Nifty Quilts said...

Woo-hoo! Congratulations on your awards. Well deserved. Thanks for the eye candy too.

Karen said...

The border on the last quilt must have been challenging to stitch. A beautiful ending to the quilt.

paulette said...

WOW!! Some incredible quilts...lots of talented quilters from this neck of the woods!! Thanks for sharing!

Barb said...

congratulations - beautiful work.
What a great show, so many different styles and lots of traditional - yea!

Brandie said...

Thanks for taking us along for the show! I have filed away a few ideas. Thank you for the inspiration!

Aunt 'Reen said...

What beautiful quilts!
Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

Linda O said...

What beautiful quilts - such a great variety! Thanks for taking the time to share the pics! Congrats on your ribbon too!

Mimi said...

Oh my..those were beautiful. Thank you for sharing those with us.

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

.....clapping....oh yes, LOVED the show!!!!