Friday, March 14, 2014
Lancaster Quilt Show, 2014
Frankly, there were not a whole lot of quilts that I was crazy about. I had my usual complaint, i.e., that so many were arty quilts rather than bed quilts.
This colorful wall quilt caught my eye. I wouldn't make it, but I did like it.
I'm revisiting hand-dyes stashwise. For years I bought from a vendor at the old Lancaster show, Millie Chirbuck; her fabrics were just gorgeous. Unfortunately for me, Millie has retired. Her work was very much like Cherrywood, and I thought I would stop and visit them at the show. But they were nowhere to be found.
I did find three vendors with hand-dyes. The first one didn't suit me. The colors were nice enough, but I really didn't like the feel of the fabric. I bought from the other two vendors; one was a Procion booth and the person at the booth really wanted me to buy supplies and do my own. I told her I wasn't ready to dye and bought a rainbow of F8s. The second booth had hand-dyes imported from Uganda! They had a kind of coarse feel to them, which is something that ordinarily wouldn't be to my taste. But I bought two yard pieces and a pack of F8s.
Julie's website, and I've liked it so much. But that didn't prepare me for seeing it "in person." Up close and personal, it is nothing short of stunning. I had trouble moving away from it.
When Julie learned that it had been accepted into the show, we talked about her coming up to visit it. Of course she would stay with me, and we'd go to the show, and I'd invite the Renegades in to meet her, and we'd go out to TDFKAZ and Burkholders. We had a wonderful weekend planned. I was just about ready to make up the guest room, when the airline ticket cost put the kabosh on our plans. So I had to go see Rock City without her.
I would have given it a ribbon. A great big blue one.
Anya made Jane As A Teenager which was a refreshing and exciting change from the bazillion muted Janes I've seen over the years. We met up soon after I arrived at the show and wandered around a bit. We leaned way over the chain so that Anya could point to individual blocks and tell me how she made them. I was dazzled. She spoke of having had participated in a support group while making Jane, and I wasn't surprised. Anya is as lovely as I'd expected her to be. We bumped into each other later on; she had just bought a pair of shoes that had all of the colors from the quilt in them!
Bobbi and Marsha and I met up with some friends from the Guild and had lunch together. It was one of them who put me onto the Ugandan hand dyes booth. Once again I resisted purchasing one of those great big gorgeous African baskets. But it is just a matter of time.
On the way out of Lancaster, we made a brief stop at the "Renegades Mall," a group of vendors that are across the highway from the site of the old Lancaster show. Many of the ones I remembered weren't there, but the Hmong were there with their intricate pieced and embroidered goods, and there were an abundance of "country" type vendors. One small stand had some small-size wooden ruler holders and I bought one. Joe had given me a great big baskety kind of thing for holding rulers and cutters and blades and things. But the small ones would get buried. Now I can have them close at hand and in sight.
So that was our day at the show. None of us was very impressed overall. Bobbi pointed out that her going to a quilt show and not buying any fabric should tell us something. It was a good day for friends -- both bloggy and local -- and nice to be out together and wander around. Nice to do a little shopping and see a few really nice quilts.
And now I'm home. And ready to stock my ruler-holder and fondle my hand dyes.
Posted by Nancy Stevens on Friday, March 14, 2014