May 15, 2013

Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show

Every once and a while we get a chance to emerge from dusty archives and hallowed halls of museums and historical societies to see what today's quilters are doing.  Although this post takes a detour from the topic of historical quilts made by Quakers, we thought our followers might enjoy seeing some pictures from the Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show that ran April 12-14, 2013.  Exhibiting about 130 quilts and 5 pieces of wearable art, the show was held at the Clarke County Parks and Recreation Center in Berryville, VA, and was described as "a biennial event that celebrates and recognizes fabric art artisans from the Northern Shenandoah Valley".

Sponsored by the Apple Valley Needle Threaders, the Shenandoah Piecemakers, and the Skyline Quilters' Guild, with participating members from the Stitching with Mary Quilt Group and the Top of Virginia Quilt Guild, this year's theme was "Civil War Remembered".

Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show, 2013.
The theme was reflected in the choice of fabrics and patterns, as in the following 88 X 88 inch quilt titled "Civil War Stars".  It is owned and made by Kristin Westfall and long-arm machine quilted by Christy Dillon.
"Civil War Stars."
Another stunning show-themed quilt on display was the 60 X 60 inch "Civil War Remembered" owned and made by Linda Hammond.
"Civil War Remembered."
With many other categories, vendors, and demonstrations of techniques, one day was hardly enough time to spend at the show but, with permission, we were able to get a few more photos to share.  Kristin Westfall had many of her works on display including "Butternut and Blue" which she made from a pattern published by Barbara Brackman in her book of the same name.  Kristin graciously agreed to pose with her quilt, which was long-arm machine quilted by Cindy Dillon.
Kristin Westfall with her "Butternut and Blue" quilt. 
One of our favorite quilts was the 96 X 96 inch "Heritage", also made by Kristin Westfall and long-arm machine quilted by Cindy Dillon.  (Of the six "featured" quilts in the show, three were made by Kristin.)

Detail of "Heritage".
Before leaving we had to make a stop at the booth of our friendly local shopkeeper, Kelley Bora, who runs the Scrappy Apple in Winchester, VA.
Kelley Bora's booth.
After studying several historical Quaker quilts made within a 15 mile radius of where the show was held, we were so pleased to see the art and craft of quilting still thriving in this community.
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All photographs by Mary Holton Robare.  Special thanks to Linda Hammond, Sue Hickman, Kristin Westfall, and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt show.  For more on the show and the Scrappy Apple see:
(c) Lynda Salter Chenoweth and Mary Holton Robare, 2013.