Friday, May 21, 2010

Guild Eye Candy

Last night was a wonderful night at the Capital Quilters Guild of Raleigh.  It was the first time I had attended guild since we moved to our new location at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh.  We have tripled our space, and the room was much more light and airy.  Two raffle quilts were on display. 

The first is the Carolina Longarm Association raffle quilt, which will be raffled at our show in September.  The amazing machine quilting was done by Rosemary Cushman.  It features gorgeous feathers, duplication of the applique motifs, pebbling, McTavishing, piano keys...just amazing. 

Our guild's Heritage Day raffle quilt was also shown.  It is a vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden top that has an applique border added on and is in the process of being hand-quilted.  This one will be raffled off in October.

There were many beautiful quilts to be ogled at Show-and-Tell.  I am so sorry that I could not keep up with all the names of the quilters.  We have a huge guild, and I do not know all the members, and Show-and-Tell goes very fast. 

There were two similar quilts made from a mystery quilt retreat.  The first was made and quilted by my friend Ann Hull in glorious reds.  The second one is done in browns.

One member visited a quilt shop in Tennessee, and convinced the owner to sell her all the components of a block-of-the-month quilt at one time since she was from out of town.  She made this amazing quilt.

We have several quilt book authors and pattern designers among our members.  One of them, Sandy Fitzpatrick, designed both of the patterns for these baby quilts made by another guild member.

But the highlight of the evening was the presentation by Katie Pasquini-Masopust of New Mexico.

There are many people who call themselves art quilters, but Katie is an artist first and quiltmaker second.  She presented a slide show with a retrospective of her jaw-dropping quilts and paintings.  Now she is combining her paintings and quilts with breath-taking results.  What I did not know is how amusing and down-to-earth she is.  My friend Carolyn is taking both of her workshops this weekend and was scrambling to find all the materials needed.  I would love to spend the weekend soaking up some of Katie's expertise.  Perhaps another time.

Our plans for the weekend are to celebrate the wedding of our beautiful niece, Lindsay McBrayer, to Matt Cooper.  Lindsay has been a dancer all her life.  Whenever we would go out to eat at a restaurant with background music, little Lindsay would get up on the floor and dance right in front of everyone.  She grew up collecting trophies with her dance teams, and even got her father, Richard, to participate with her in Daddy-Daughter dance team events.  Here she is in pajamas, wrapping herself in garlands that her mom was taking off the Christmas tree and performing a number for us.

She has grown into a beautiful young woman, and we wish her every happiness.


Stephanie in Michigan said...

Those are some beautiful quilts! You have some talented people in your guild!

SewCalGal said...

Great post Jeanne. Lovely quilts!


Unknown said...

oh that first one is amazing...WOW