Saturday, June 24, 2017

Material Girls Quilt Guild Show 2017

Yesterday we decided to head down to Leominster, Massachusetts to the Material Girls Quilt Guild Show. The day could not have been more gorgeous as we traveled many back roads on the way there and saw corn growing, garden centers, and people out in fields picking strawberries. It was a perfect June day and a very warm one at that! The traffic was not bad at all, even in the city, and we found the location without too much trouble (we'd been there before).

In this blog, I'll be showing you some quilts that really struck our fancy. Call it a quilt show "review."

First of all, I really liked the three thread-painted quilts of Barbara Beaumont.

"Barnyard Beauties" by Barbara Beaumont features thread-painted
animals within Churn Dash blocks

This quilt by Barbara Beaumont has thread-painted dogs
that are charming! The blocks are set on point.

"Home of the Brave" by Barbara Beaumont

I was enthralled with the large hand appliqued and hand quilted quilt by Diane Crusco with motifs designed by Jeana Kimball. Diane calls the quilt "Love Applique - Love to Quilt." Many hours went into making this quilt!

Diane Crusco's handmade quilt with floral motifs

The "My Dear Jane" quilt by Rita S. Ciliano is a work of art that took many hours to complete. It is a labor of love and is based on the now famous Civil War quilt by Jane Stickle of Vermont that is now in the Bennington Museum (and is on display every September).

Reproduction of Jane Stickle's quilt by Rita S. Ciliano

The "Calendar Quilt" by Lisa Ari Macomber is a very fun quilt that celebrates the months of the year. It is machine pieced and machine quilted and has what appear to be original designs.

Whimsical "Calendar Quilt" by Lisa Ari Macomber

Two quilts by Kathryn Amadon caught my eye. The first is called "Love from Above," a design by Keri Duke. The second is titled "Olde Town" and has a folk art "feel" to it. Loved seeing both of these quilts!

"Love from Above" by Kathryn Amadon

"Olde Town" by Kathryn Amadon

Finally, one very eye-catching quilt is the one made by Janice Quejo titled "Grace's Quilt." This large quilt is very colorful and cheerful-looking. It was machine-pieced and machine-quilted and features many applique designs.

"Grace's Quilt" by Janice Quejo

We hope you enjoyed seeing these special quilts. All of the quilts in the show were special in their own right and we really appreciate the efforts of all the quilters who made this show happen! If you are in the area this afternoon, June 24, 2017, there is still time to see the show!

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