I was just notified that my quilt “Tropical Flowers and Sashiko” wll be included in a special member’s exhibit at the Pacific West Quilt Show in Tacoma August 23-25, 2013. All the quilts in the exhibit have a floral theme. It is one of three special member’s exhibits in the lower exhibit hall, separate from the juried show upstairs. This quilt is made from a pattern by Sylvia Pippen and was a joy to make.
Those of you who have attended the PW show in the past know that the numerous special exhibits in the lower hall are wonderful. I always enjoy that part of the show, so when the opportunity to participate came up last month, I quickly sent in an application and photos of my quilt. You can see a photo of the quilt on my gallery page — it’s the last quilt shown.
As I posted earlier, my quilts “Fireballs” and “Leaves In The Wind” were accepted into the juried show, so they will be in the upstairs exhibit hall.
I am pleased to announce that the Quality Sewing and Vacuum store in Silverdale, in addition to offering several of my classes this fall, has asked me to present a “Meet the Author” event at the store August 7, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12 noon. I will present a trunk show of quilts and talk about the inspiration behind the quilts, plus briefly demonstrate some binding and quilting techniques that are included in my classes. If you are curious about the classes but not sure they are right for you, this is a good opportunity to get more information.
There will be lots of time to ask questions, and to sign books for those who are interested. I will be offering several books and patterns as door prizes, and the store will offer refreshments. Contact the store directly to reserve a spot or ask any questions about the event.
Quality Sewing and Vacuum 10876 Myhre Place NW, Silverdale 98383
This year’s Pacific West Quilt Show will be at the Tacoma Convention Center August 23-25. Based on previous years, this will be a great show with lots of beautiful quilts. The venue is nice also. I particularly like the many seating areas where you can relax and take a break in between visits to the exhibition halls.
If you haven’t used the tram (I think they call it light rail) to get around downtown, I urge you to try it. Park at the Tacoma Dome station at the end of the line where parking is free in a big multi level garage, hop on the tram (also free) and in ten minutes you are dropped off in front of the convention center. Way easier than trying to find and paying for a parking spot in one of the downtown lots.
I am pleased that two of my quilts – Leaves in the Wind and Fireballs – have been accepted into the show. You can see photos of them in my gallery.
Today I visited the Port Gamble Fiber and Fabric Show. Lovely old quilts displayed in the beautiful church, and new quilts and fiber art on display in the Pavilion along with a spinning demonstration. It is a very relaxed affair with no admission fee and a modest crowd – no parking problem. And of course we must stop in at The Quilted Strait for a little fabric shopping in the bargain. Open tomorrow 10-3 if you are nearby.
I just received an email from our guild webmistress with a link to the Victoria and Albert Museum (in London, England) quilting section. They have some excellent material and it is well worth taking a look:
Last Friday my friend Charlie and I hung nearly 40 quilts in about 4 hours, with help from Charlie’s friend Susan. Today I am describing the materials we used to hang our quilts without spending too much time or money.
1. For little quilts ( up to about 15 inches wide) or for special applications such as hanging a larger quilt on a curved wall, one option is to use rings. Small curtain rings, rings intended for construction of roman shades, or split rings that are sold near the keys in your local hardware store will work. Just find smooth rings about ½ to ¾ inch in diameter, sew them to the top back of your quilt about 5/8 to 1 inch below the top. Using a needle and strong thread, go around the ring and through the back of the quilt and batting only. Go around several times so the connection is strong enough to support the weight of the quilt. Add more rings along the top of the quilt as needed until the top edge of the quilt doesn’t sag.
These rings will hang from 1 ½ inch long finish nails that you pound into the wall leaving about 3/8 inch of the nail protruding out.
2. For medium size quilts (up to about 40 inches wide) use a hanging sleeve and stick at the top of the quilt. For large size quilts (48 inches or wider), the quilt will hang better if you use hanging sleeves and sticks at both top and bottom.
3. For a good description of how to make a hanging sleeve, go to http://moonlightingquilts.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/in-defense-of-the-proper-quilt-sleeve-and-how-to-make-it-in-6-easy-steps/. Make the sleeves at least 4 inches narrower than the width of your quilt. (NOTE: For hanging on rods or poles at a quilt competition, you may want to make the sleeves nearly the same width as your quilt. But for use of sticks as described here, you need clearance for the end of the stick and the holes for the nails).
4. Purchase the sticks at your local lumber yard or home improvement center. Go to the moulding (or molding, spelling is not consistent) department and ask for unfinished hemlock moulding. Other woods will also work, but hemlock is the most commonly available in the U.S. The kind you want is called either screen mould (approx 3/16 inch thick by ¾ inch wide by 8 feet long) or door stop (approx 5/16 inch thick by 1 3/16 inch wide by 8 feet long, or 7/16 inch thick by 1 3/8 inch wide by 8 feet long).
The screen mould size should be sufficient for small and medium sized quilts. Use the door stop mould for the top of larger quilts. Screen mould works for the bottom of large quilts. If you cannot find the door stop mould, you can substitute lattice which comes ¼ inch thick by 1 1/8 inch wide by 8 feet and also in larger sizes. The disadvantage of the lattice is that the corners are not rounded, so you are more likely to get slivers in yourself or your quilt unless you sand down the corners carefully.
5. Measure the width of your quilt and cut the stick about 1 ½ inches shorter than the quilt width.
6. Mark a location about ½ inch in from each end in the center. Drill a 1/8 inch diameter hole at each mark. The diameter is not critical, it just needs to let the nail pass through easily. Remember that you need some flexibility in the hole size in case your nails go into the wall a little crooked.
7. Now you should have a finished top stick with two holes near the ends.
One end of the stick will look like this photo. Break off any little bits of wood around the hole and sand it if necessary. The sticks for the quilt bottom look the same but don’t need any holes at the end.
8. Pound one of the nails into the wall at the height you like. Hang the stick on the nail from one end through the hole. Hold the stick out horizontally by measuring down from the ceiling or use a level. With a pencil, mark the location of the second hole. Put a nail at the mark. Test the stick to ensure the holes slip smoothly over both nails.
9. Remove the stick from the nails, slip it into the top hanging sleeve of your quilt, and hang the quilt and stick back on the nails. Smooth the top edge of the quilt. If you are hanging a large quilt, now is the time to insert the stick in the bottom sleeve.
Yesterday my friend Charlie Petersen and I hung more than 35 of our quilts at the Uptown Dental Clinic in Port Townsend, Washington. The quilts will be on exhibit from April 15 to July 11 this year. If you are in the area, do come to the show. Details are under the Calendar page.
Here are three photos after we hung the show. The lighting isn’t quite right yet — the Clinic staff will adjust the lighting next week, now that the quilts are hung. But I took these photos today as we finished putting up the quilts.
The waiting room seating area
The main hallway – quilts from one end to the other. The Clinic staff loves all the color quilts add to their environment. We love them for giving us the opportunity to take our quilts out and show them off!
And a shot of one area in the hallway. Charlie has been exploring modern quilting lately; the one on the right is one she finished a couple of months ago.