Yesterday we hung the 2014 Challenge quilts in the gallery room at the Richmond Memorial Library. There are 16 quilts, so each has space to make its own statement, which is much nicer than having them hung "cheek by jowl"
I apologize for not having the names of the quilts. The labels weren't put up when I left because the judges were coming. (Here come da judge- an age test!)
The challenge, as I think I mentioned, was to make a quilt representing something from the year you were born. Not all participants shared their year, but the quilts all tell a good story!!!
Cynda's entry tells the story of her mother being in labor during a blizzard in Niagara Falls. She couldn't get to the hospital unless she walked!!!
Susan said she invented new swear words while making these faces. But didn't she do an amazing job????
Casablanca was new the year she was born.
|Mary Ellen Casey|
Mary Ellen Casey honored the fact that the New York Ballet Society was created the year she was born. The quilting on this one is exquisite!
Val Schultz found inspiration in Picassos's "Woman with green hair". As a child, Val apparently didn't like her red hair, preferring to tell people her hair was green.
Val's quilting is also worth a closer look!
Chris Kuehl learned a lot about 1953 while researching her project.
I always look forward to what Gloria Crittenden has created!!! Her quilts are always my favorites! She is so creative.
The car represents a baby picture she found of her sitting on her Dad's car!
And, of course, no words are necessary for this one. Just takes your breath away, doesn't it?
Dodie Morrison also used a world war II theme in her "Victory Garden"
Kate Martin said this is her third (?) challenge crazy quilt. Charlotte's Web was published in Kate's birth year.
Elaine's friend sent her a picture of some cd's and challenged her to make a quilt. She added names of tunes from her birth year, and killed two birds with one stone- or is it met two challenges with one quilt?
First time entrant Kevin Hammon found inspiration in the band Rush, formed in his birth year. This represents their "Snakes and Arrows" album. Kevin found great meaning in the symbols. The motif is hand painted.
Kathi had a completely different plan. But when it fell through, she still managed to do something wonderful in just a few days! JFK was inaugurated in the year she was born.
Mary Ellen Ames was inspired by the music from the year she was born. (it was great music!!!)
Susan used another of her ice-dyed fabrics to make this piece, which commemorates the first nuclear reactor. The purple lines represent the wooden box which housed the device. The scientists apparently sat on top of this box in case it blew up!!!
What a great change they brought to our world!
Susan's embellishments and hand stitching make this piece worth a closer look!
(can you tell it's my favorite?)
Alex Hammon also found too much from her year to choose just one favorite.
And my piece you have seen, but I wanted to include it so you could see the context.
I am grateful for:
A really good sewing day Monday
Luke came over to watch the Superbowl. If it hadn't been for his company, the evening would have been wasted.
My photo album is up to date
A little bit of spring in the flowering bulbs I bought last week.