Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saturday in the Park

To get away from the fire, the DH and I drove to Berthoud, Colorado yesterday to take in their annual "Quilt Show in the Park."

[BTW, the Black Forest fire is still burning, but is now at 65% contained and they are gaining ground. 482 homes destroyed, 14,198 acres. Rich Harvey could be elected governor by acclamation!]

It was a perfect day for an outdoor quilt show. Blue skies, light breeze, temperatures in the mid-70s!

I would estimate 75-100 quilts hanging between the trees in the charming city center park:

We were there early, so there was only a "light crowd."

It was fun to evesdrop on the quilters and hear their explanations of "why I made this quilt," and "the problem with this one was . . . . "

Quilt sizes ranged from this beautifully pieced mini to king-sized quilts that had to be doubled over the clotheslines. (I am so sorry my camera battery was dying and I can't read the photo of the label. So I can't tell you who made it, but she was close by and I told her how impressed I was).

DH really liked this quilt, The pattern is called "Labyrinth," it was pieced by Kate Huxford and quilted by Kim Waite.

It's no wonder I liked this one, it is one we made last year for Fat Quarter Fun! Flim Flam was pieced and quilted by Judy Luppens-Huntley.

Even though this quilt is made from a traditional block, the two-color design and wonderful use of "negative space" make it fit right in with my favorite modern quilts!  "Cheddar" was pieced by Pam Topping and quilted by Kim Waite.

I do hope I have the right label with this quilt. I took the photo because I need two complementary colors for my Margaret Miller class at Quilt Wyoming next month! I'm pretty sure it was pieced by Jo Howalt and quilted by Bobbie Kwall.

The first round of photos, every picture I took was of a quilt pieced by Nancy Cole! "I need to make friends with this person," I thought.

Of course I had to photograph her Scrappy Jacob's Ladder! Pieced and quilted by Nancy Cole.

I also am taken with the colors Nancy used in her "Harvest Moon"  quilt.

And the rest of the story? When I went to the Laughing Ladies Quilting shop three blocks away, I asked "who is this Nancy Cole?"  Oh, she's in the back room cutting fabric!  Thanks, Nancy, for inspiring me to work on some more scrappy quilts!

I'm off to the mountains to escape the fire coverage. I'll be back in time to share my "Block-a-Day" quilt for spring on Thursday (or Friday!)

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  1. What a wonderful display! Thank you for sharing your pics :)

  2. Those quilts are all fabulous. Thanks for sharing them with us, Marti.

    I'm happy to hear that the fires are closer to being contained. Enjoy your trip away. :o)

  3. Great mini showing of the quilts - love an outdoor quilt show - but I guess you need to keep your fingers crossed for the right weather!
    Good news on the fire front - but what a disaster for those involved.

  4. I am glad the fires are closer to being out! The quilts are beautiful! I like the cheddar quilt the best it's very pretty!

  5. Thanks for sharing all those lovely quilts. Hugs......

  6. What a lovely way to hold a quilt show. As long as its not too hot (which is usually the case here in Adelaide!) or rains. So much nicer than being indoors on a lovely day. I wouldn't want to be the organiser though, I wouldn't sleep for worrying about the weather! Enjoy the mountains.

  7. So glad you could escape for awhile and breathe in some fresh air, enjoy blue skies and gather some quilting inspiration. It's great news to hear the containment process is making good headway. Thank you for sharing the photos!

  8. Wow I am in awe what a lovely post and the pictures are allowing me an escape making my day brighter too.

  9. Oh, hope you escape the fires ok... Know what it's like - I hate bush fire season. I'm away this week so MR will remind you about TGIFF, but I have a favour to ask... I'm scheduling a post but will be in Vietnam. Can you link me up please?! :)

  10. Cheddar has to be my most favorite in the grouping. What a nice looking park to display all these lovely projects. So did you introduce yourself to Nancy Cole? Sandi

  11. It was fun seeing all of the great quilts. It sounds like it was a nice getaway.

  12. Love this!! I saw 2 of the 5 Quilts of Valor we hung in the show - so nice to see. Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Beautiful! I sent you an email earlier this week to see if you are still good to host TGIFF! this week. Are you good to go? Let me know if you need anything.


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