Here in the East Bay we have several really good quilt shows in the fall, including the Alden Lane quilt show in Livermore and the upcoming PIQF. I had the pleasure this year to attend the show put on by the Diablo Valley Quilt Guild, also called DVQ.
This year the DVQ show was housed at the Jewish Community Center in Walnut Creek, and I really liked the large airy space and the way the show was laid out. Often I feel really crowded in a show, but, with the way the quilts were set up, there was room to move and see everything without feeling like you were standing on people’s feet the whole time.
I wanted to share some quilts that I took photos of. Of course, this is just a sampling of the quilts in the show.
Let’s start off with everyone’s favorite theme, the Volkswagen. (Yes, I got more queries about Volkswagen quilts again this week! I wish I had invented Volkswagen quilts!) I love how each van has a different theme!
One thing I have been doing at quilt shows it taking photos of the labels when I photo the quilt. That way I can remember who made the quilt. I am often slightly dazed looking at all the quilts in a show, and this way I can read about the quilts when I look at the photos at home.
See how cool this is? Now I know that the fabrics for the vans have been saved for years and have special meaning for the quiltmaker and the receiver of the quilt.
There were several groups of quilts that were the result of different mini-group challenges. I liked these two quilts with the theme Into the Woods.
Lynne wrote that her main concern with going into nature was where the coffee would come from – I know just what she means!
Another group of quilts was a wonderful collection of work that was a result of a class given by Lynne. I think it was held at Asilomar. I really loved all of the work, which consiseted of layers of appliqued industrial-inspired circles. This one was submitted by Dorothy Foster. What a wonderful quilt!
Each layer of interesting fabric peeks through the wonderful shapes. In Dorothy’s work the golden rays of the corner blocks were absolutely radiant!
I always feel that the more you spend time looking at all the layers and exploring the motifs of a quilt, the more successful it is. Just look at how tantilizing these layers are!
I was delighted with this wonderful quilt made by Hilda Koning-Bastiaan. It has raw-edge applique and such lovely imagery. Hilda wrote that she enjoys watching the road runners in Southern California, where she lives for part of the year. This quilt is an adaptation of a pattern by Susan Cranshaw.
I loved the desert plants in the quilt.
See? And the rocks! Wonderful!
I have had the pleasure of going to Margaret Linderman and Janis Stob’s drop-in class on Mondays. This quilt, submitted by my dear friend Cyndy Rymer, was made by some of the ladies from the class. I love the folk-art feel, the fall colors, and the great appliques!
Another quilt that I really liked was this simple, yet very dynamic quilt made by Nancy Bournes.
Nancy wrote that the quilt was made from a Christine Barnes pattern called In and Out.
I am so enthralled at the contrast between the bold stripes and the subtle batiks. And the LIME green – yum!
Rising Temperatures, by Ann Grundler, was made entirely from cotton fabric that she dyed herself. It consists of three distinct color families and has varying angles oand shapes. This quilt stuck out to me as very different from all of the rest, and I loved exploring itl! This is the only photo that I took of the quilt, but I do want to add that the note indicated that this quilt is For Sale! If you are looking for a wonderful abstract quilt – you might be lucky enough to get it!
The last quilt I have to share is an applique quilt made in cotton and wool by Charlene Dakin, who I have had the pleasure of meeting. I didn’t take a photo of the card – see it really helps – but I was really taken by Charlene’s use of color and fabric. The playful animals are wonderful and the plants and houses, superb.
These appliques are so fun to study!
Look at that little cardinal. He’s no bigger than my thumb!
I hope to go to PIQF this week, so more to come soon