It’s been two months since my last post, and that was titled ‘Catching Up’! So here I am, behind again, and so much ground to cover. Let’s work backwards, shall we?
Last Sunday, in Oxford, MD, the Bayside Quilter’s of the Eastern Shore held their semi-annual show. A Garden of Quilts showcased older quilts from private collections:
Sue Bonnet Sue variation
Hand appliqué and embroidery, hand quilted.
Collection of Catherine Spence.
Fox and Geese, circa 1880-90
Collection of Catherine Spence
The quilts displayed by the guild ranged from traditional to modern
Love the scrolled stitching!
The B&W color scheme makes for a very striking quilt:
and included a few mixed media art quilts as well:
Clever use of old watches
This was my favorite, not only executed beautifully, but a clever design and visually so interesting:
All in all, a lovely show. I think I had a very narrow view of what a constitutes a quilt, and seeing so many different examples definitely opened my eyes. Hard to say where craft ends and art begins. When does a quilt move from a textile for the home, to artwork to a mixed media piece? Is it defined by the design process? Even if a pattern (new or traditional) has been followed, there are still so many design choices, so much time and talent involved. The care with which these quilts were made was very evident. They all, even the ones that I didn’t care for, seemed like a form of art to me!
As someone who has never quilted, and has minimal sewing machine skills, I can’t explain why this came home with me:
I blame the cute jar!