Tuesday, May 19, 2015

And the winners are...

Tonight at our final meeting/potluck dinner, the Viewers' Choice winners from our show Symphony of Spring, were announced. We were all thrilled with the winners!

The greatest number of votes went to My Flower Garden by Barb Perry. This quilt is hand-pieced and contains approximately 5,800 hexagons! Even the light background behind all the flowers is hexagons. (She also cut about 2,000 of the hexagon papers herself.) Once the main portion of the quilt was together, it was appliquéd to the borders. If you know Barb, you might know she is a devoted cat-lover, and hidden in a good number of the hexagons are little kitty faces! Congratulations Barb! Well deserved! You blow us away with your hand pieced hexies!

Priceless by Mary Brown was the next Viewers' Choice winner. The design is known as Boston Common, and Mary did an exquisite job on the hand quilting - it really caught the eye of many visitors at our show. Mary travels the greatest distance to attend our meetings, coming all the way from Grand Manan Island as long as the weather co-operates and the ferry crossing is not too rough... Mary we are so thrilled that you continue to travel to be with us each month, and we hope you'll choose to continue joining us for a long while yet! Congratulations Mary! Your beautiful quilt is well named, and very deserving!

Roberts' Garden by Alice Kirkpatrick was the third Viewers' Choice winner. Alice is a long time guild member and she has been producing exceptional quilts for many many years. Alice is not only a fine hand quilter, she also does top notch hand appliqué. This quilt features both of these talents as well as some three dimensional appliqué. Another beautiful quilt! Congratulations Alice! Another ribbon to add to your large collection!

Thank you to all who visited our show and voted. You did a great job of choosing our winners! We would not be able to award these ribbons without you and your input. We hope you are as pleased with the results as we are!

Final meeting tonight.

The year has flown by and tonight is our final meeting and potluck dinner. Don't forget the earlier start time - we aim to eat around 6:30. Bring your hot dishes hot and ready to serve, and your cold dishes chilled. Please label any dishes that contain nuts and remember your plate, mug and cutlery.
The Viewers' Choice winners from our show will be announced and on display.
Good food, good company, ribbons and prizes! Can't wait! See you there!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Symphony of Spring 2015 Show

Symphony of Spring is now behind us. What a wonderful show it was! There was so much variety in the entries; there was something for everyone as they say! All comments from our 550+ visitors were favourable. We are so lucky to have so many talented and creative gals in our guild. A good number of the entries were original works. It certainly was a show we can all be proud of!
Thank you to all members who put pieces in the show- without you there would be no show, simple as that! And thanks to all of you who visited, worked a shift, contributed cookies, and spread the word about the show to all your family, friends and neighbours.
A huge thanks goes to the hanging committee for their labours; quilts were hung, then moved around until all were showcased at their best. Although there was not space to hang every piece "full out" it is hoped you felt your pieces were displayed well. It is always a challenge to find the right spot for every quilt.
Gwenda M and Barb P blew us away with their spring decorations.Gwenda came up with the idea of songbirds to go with our "Symphony of Spring" title and she outdid herself with the birds, birdhouses and thread nests. Barb took it a step further and made 20 teeny tiny quilts to hang out of the birdhouse "entrances." After all it's been a cold spring and those mama birds have to keep their babies warm! Many visitors enjoyed and commented on these extra touches.
Lastly a big thanks to all who worked on the organizing committee. What a great bunch to work with! Tired as we were by the end, we all worked so well together. (I certainly enjoyed every minute of it as I'm sure we all did!)
So - on to some photos. I still have many to edit and once that's done, I'll create a "show photo gallery" which you'll be able to access on the sidebar to the right. To hold you until then, here is a quick recap....

Right from the time you entered the building, there were beautiful quilts to see... this was a lovely grouping in the foyer.

There really was "something for everyone"... from tablerunners....
Guilded Vine by Sandi MacMillan
Berry Blues by Barbara Cross

to "wildlife"...
Tiger by Marg Wood

Swan by Gwenda Mattinson

to portraits.
The Corey Boys by Trudy Corey

From machine embroidered
Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jane Gunn
to hand embroidered,
Love Me, Love My Cat by Sandi MacMillan

Legacy to Family by Barb Perry

and from machine pieced
Will Your Anchor Hold? by Mary Brown

to hand pieced.....
My Flower Garden by Barb Perry

There was lovely hand applique
Robert's Garden by Alice Kirkpatrick

`and wool applique.
Imperial Blooms by Ann VanWart

There were pastel quilts,
Cozy Cottage Quilt by Joan Cowan
 brightly coloured quilts,
Flight Plan by Cathy White
monochromatic quilts,
Too Many Triangles by Margaret Keddy
and quilts of intense colour.
Jean's Colours by Jean Street
There were quilts with interesting stories behind them.
A Crow Came to my Window by Susan Dobson
The New Brunswick Telephone Company by Helen Steadman

There was wearable art...
Spring Beckons by Kathy Tidswell
and wall art quilts.
Slightly Deco by LaVerne McCallum Deakin

There were quilts of all shapes and sizes, quilts of all colours and styles....  As I said, something for everyone! There were also Challenge quilts and quilts by new guild members and these will be featured in my next post. Stay tuned!

If you are wondering who won the Viewers' Choice Awards, that will be announced at our May meeting. I will post the winners here after May 19th, so stay tuned for that too!