Saturday, October 6, 2012

Lucky find: the Wiltwyck Quilters Guild Show

I was in New Paltz, NY today and was lucky enough to be handed a flyer for a quilt show only 20 minutes away. So of course I jumped in the car and headed over. The show was called Quilts in the Valley and it was the Wiltwyck Quilters biennial show, held this year in Accord, NY
I saw quite a few quilts I really liked. Here are some that  was able to get decent photos of:

The Way We Were by Marie Reed, Tilson NY. In the note about this quilt in the program, Marie said she'd made part of this quilt in a class, and the rest on her own. She appeared to have fussy-cut images from fabric and appliqued them to the backing, like some 200-year-old quilts I remember seeing in a Vermont museum a couple of years ago. Really charming!

Here's a detail:

Along the same lines, I like this quilt, called  My Village Quilt by Joan Perpetua, Kingston, NY. There was something old-fashioned but modern about this quilt at the same time, and it was nicely done.
Wooly Flowers, by Lois B. Stewart of Poughkeepsie, NY, was interesting too. It looked like she'd used a thicker wool material to create the flowers, and had appliqued them to the surface. 


I was blown away by the quilting on this quilt, called Cool Vibration, by Roberta Brodie of Hyde Park, NY. She said in the program notes that she'd made it in a 6-month class. It was very impressive.

Here are a couple of details that show the quilting. The quilt was 3-dimensional because of the quilting, and it was really striking.

Another really impressive and very large quilt was this one, called Rainbow Sorbet, made by Joan Carragher of New Paltz, NY. It's made entirely out of little puckered fabric disks (called yo-yos?) that are just stitched together with space in between, creating a lacy effect. She said she'd gotten the idea for it from a photo she'd seen in a magazine of an antique version of the quilt. Here's a photo of as much of the quilt as I could get into one photo, with a detail.


I loved this quilt, called John O by Peggy Smith of Glenford, NY. It's quite  simple, but the fabric she chose is striking---it really has a presence. She said she'd made it for her son to take to college.

I also admired this quilt, which is called Colorful Nine Patches and was made by Evelyn Urbom of Rhinebeck, NY. She said she'd been inspired by the fabric she found for the border to create the rest of the  quilt, and it seems she'd gotten the 9-patches in a swap. It was really attractive, with great colors.

The last photo I'm posting from this show is of a Dear Jane variation by Liese Burice of Red Hook, NY. The colors she'd chosen were lovely---they were somewhat muted, and covered the rainbow, but it worked together very nicely. I was interested to see that she'd made a border like Jane's, but with a variety of colors for the solid triangels. It looked great---she must have a really good sense of color.

That's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. That is a very impressive show. How great that the quilters got to comment on their quilts.

  2. Thank you for sharing the photos, the quilts are amazing. What a beautiful time of they year to live in upstate NY, I have acquaintances in Kingston, NY.

    1. I just saw all the beautiful quilts you have made, you have been busy.