Saturday, April 26, 2014

Springtime in New Hampshire: Quilts are Blooming!

Springtime in New Hampshire

Patricia L. Cummings

For those of us who have suffered from Cabin Fever and were stuck at home with no place in particular we wanted to visit in cold weather, Spring has come and more opportunities are opening up to see lovely quilts in quilt shows across the state of New Hampshire and further, in New England.

Daffodils in our Yard - photo by James Cummings

On Friday (April 25, 2014), Jim and I visited the Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild's Annual Show for 2014.
As always, there were some memorable quilts. Here are a few photos of quilts that were our favorites.

he 54" x 54" wall quilt features a center-medallion style that originated in England, historically-speaking.

"In the Time of Toile and Trouble" is the name of a quilt made by Betty Goldstein that was hand-pieced and machine quilted. The toile fabric with birds attracted me to look at the quilt more closely. Inspired by one of Froncie Quinn's patterns, the quilt utilizes appropriate fabrics. I can see that the judges felt the same way I did. Several ribbon awards are attached to the quilt which to me was "Best of Show."

"Amish with a Twist II" is a quilt that features vibrant and fully-saturated colors. The pieced borders are a nice touch!e 

Jim enjoyed seeing "Amish with a Twist II" by Betty Day. The quilt was hand pieced and machine-quilted and is a Sampler Quilt that features traditional quilt blocks.

This quilt is best viewed in person and close-up  The snails are wonderful! 

A quilt that had us both enchanted is called "A Trail of Snails" and is a fun take-off on the Snail's Trail pattern. The original quilt was designed and made by Susan Schiff who embellished the quilt with silk ribbon embroidery. The quilt is machine pieced and machine quilter.

This happy quilt would make anyone smile. Note how one of the flowers is reaching across the sash to try touch another flower. We really enjoyed seeing this quilt. Love the border fabric, too!

"Fanciful Circles" by Colleen Leach, was hand appliqu├ęd, machine pieced and machine quilted. The cheerful colors made me think of the Modern Quilt Guild's color palette which often includes the color Turquoise.

Challenge Quilts - "Just Solids." This is a view of some of the quilts entered into the challenge quilt competition. As you can see the variety to such a theme can be endless!

Of course, there were many other great quilts in the show. Thanks to all who participated! Luckily,  we had very good weather to travel in yesterday. Today, it is pouring. The show ends today at 4:00 p.m. It is set up at the Hudson Community Center, 12 Lions Avenue, Hudson, New Hampshire. Admission is $6.00 each.

Be sure to visit the following link to see some of the fine quilts from the Pilgrim/Roy collection now on exhbit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and to hear Gerald Roy's comments:

Patricia Cummings,

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