Friday, August 7, 2009


The Asheville Quilt Show show opens today at 9:00 AM at WNC Arboretum (in Asheville) and will run through Sunday at 5:00 PM. If you are in the area, be sure to visit. With over 300 quilts on display, vendors, free informative demonstrations by generous and talented guild members you are sure to enjoy your day. Of course, allow extra time to stroll the lovely gardens of the Arboretum as well.

This is my garment, Vineyard Reflections. It features Cherrywood hand-dyed fabrics. The grapevine hand stipple quilted and trapunto motifs on the jacket are from the Mary Stori Stencil Collection available from Quilting Creations.

Last evening the guild hosted an opening awards reception and sneak preview. It was a lovely event which included the music by The Rhinehart Family.....barely visible on the far left of this photo. It's always a treat to hear Bluegrass music!

I couldn't resist documenting this instrument case.........what caught my eye was the Chicago Cub's sticker. I lived in the Chicago area from 1965-2000 and know how loyal Cubby fans are.

My friend Judy Simmons made this incredible jacket. She over-dyed a marbling pattern onto the homespun fabric which was further enhanced with machine embellished appliqued leaves and vines.

Judy is a master at dying fabrics.....her book, "Creative Marbling on Fabric" was released by Martingale several years ago. This is an example of how she adds design elements with dyes and paints to her work.

Rather than focusing on the ribbon winners.....which deserve congratulations, I decided to share a quilt that I found so appealing. In such a large show.....not all deserving quilts can receive awards, but they shouldn't be overlooked.

This quilt, Birch Trees for Benjamin, was made by Veronica Von Zwehl of Waynesville, NC. The detail below illustrates her technical merits of using machine stitching to add depth, texture, and realism.

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