Barn Quilt and Spinning Wheel

My niece is visiting from Kansas and helping me finish paint my barn quilt. It is really looking good!

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We also went to visit the Old Church Gallery (art gallery and museum) in Floyd, Virginia. Elizabeth is standing by a spinning wheel used by a spinster in our family, Frances Keziah Allen McNeil. She had no children of her own and spun for her husband’s large family who all called her Aunt Fanny. History courtesy of Old Church Gallery and Clara Martin.

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Someday, I would love to try my hand at spinning and knit a scarf from my hand-spun yarn.

Happy Birthday to the Most Awesome Daughter Ever!

Thirty years ago, we were blessed with a darling baby girl. She is always laughing from her inner-most being, more fun than a barrel full of monkeys and has brought much joy to our family. She is a hard worker, god-fearing woman who is passionate about life and loves to hike the Colorado Rockies. Our lives have been enriched to have her as our daughter. Happy Birthday, Faith. We love you! Mom and Dad.

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Quilt Celebration in Montgomery County, Virginia

Quilts are being celebrated in Montgomery County, Virginia!

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DSCN0280 croppedIf your travels take you down I-81, take Route 460 west for a few miles and stop in at the following events:

July 1, 2014 – January 2015 (call the museum for the last date of exhibit)

A Pieced History: Quilts in Montgomery County

Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Art Center

300 South Pepper Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073

540.382.5644

www.montgomerymuseum.org

 

July 1 – August 30, 2014

Quilt as Art: Consequences by the members of TAVA (Textile Artists of Virginia)

Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Art Center

300 South Pepper Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073

540.382.5644

http://www.newriverheritage.org/members-montgomery.htm

 

July 10, 2014, 5 – 7:00 PM

Opening Reception of “Quilts as Art” and “A Pieced History”

Montgomery Museum and Lewis Miller Art Center

300 South Pepper Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073

540.382.5644

http://www.newriverheritage.org/members-montgomery.htm

 

July 1 – August 30, 2014

Journeys by members of TAVA (Textile Artists of Virginia)

Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library, 200 Miller Avenue, Blacksburg

www.mfrl.org

 

July 1 – August 30, 2014 (Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM)

Art in 16 Squares

Alexander Black House and Cultural Center

206 Draper Road, Blacksburg

www.blacksburghistory.org

 

July 9 – 12, 2014 (July 9, 2:30 – 6 PM, all other days 10 AM – 6 PM)

Blue Ridge Quilt Festival

Blacksburg Middle School, 3109 Price’s Ford Road, Blacksburg

www.brqfestival.com

 

July 12, 2014, 9:30 – 4:30

Quilt Documentation at Blacksburg Middle School

3109 Price’s Fork Road, Blacksburg

For more information, call Neva Hart at 540-427-0184 or email nevahart@verizon.net

 

Schedule and photos courtesy of Paula Golden (paulagolden.com). Used by permission.

Blue Ridge Quilt Festival

I am so excited about today’s blog post featuring the Blue Ridge Quilt Festival, the largest quilt festival in Southwest Virginia. Mark your calendar for July 9 – 12, 2014 at Blacksburg Middle School, 3109 Price’s Fork Road in Blacksburg, Virginia.LogoColor_no_year_nor_title_croppedEnjoy the extensive quilt and wearable art exhibit, view “Dare to Dance” exhibit and the “Huipil Quilts“, visit the large vendor mall, workshops and lecture and the Viewer’s Choice Contest. Get inspired—Shop—Quilt!

Featured Artist is Jennie Rayment from Great Britain.

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14_Lecture_Rayment_1Unique in her field, she’s now internationally known for her quick, simple, innovative and original techniques with manipulated material and her hilarious lectures with real ‘Strip, Show and Tell’. Learn more about Jennie at http://www.jennierayment.com/

Instructors include:

Amy Stewart Winsor from North Carolina

"Five-thirty A.M" by Amy Stewart Winsor was featured in American Quilter Magazine, July 2010.

“Five-thirty A.M” by Amy Stewart Winsor was featured in American Quilter Magazine, July 2010.

See her website at WinsorArtQuilts.com

Marilyn Wall from South Carolina

An awesome nature quilt from Marilyn Wall’s website and collection.

An awesome nature quilt from Marilyn Wall’s website and collection.

Her webpage can be found at www.marilynwallfiberartist.com

Susan Brittingham from Virginia

“Santa Fe Courtyard” by Susan Brittingham was inspired by the photo below.

“Santa Fe Courtyard” by Susan Brittingham was inspired by the photo below.

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Mary W. Kerr from Virginia

“Baby Blue Too” by Mary W. Kerr. She used leftover scraps from Baby Blue to create this small wall hanging. The vintage romper is accented with buttons from her Grandmother's collections and parts of a small porcelain doll that was found at the family home in Wilsey, Kansas. This quilt was part of a special QPN exhibition at the New Jersey State Quilt Convention in June 2007.

“Baby Blue Too” by Mary W. Kerr. She used leftover scraps from Baby Blue to create this small wall hanging. The vintage romper is accented with buttons from her Grandmother’s collections and parts of a small porcelain doll that was found at the family home in Wilsey, Kansas. This quilt was part of a special QPN exhibition at the New Jersey State Quilt Convention in June 2007.

Mary Kerr, a AQS certified appraiser, will be appraising quilts.

Feel free to visit Mary’s website at www.MaryWKerr.com

Special Exhibits:

Textile Artist of Virginia will present “Tales from a Mayan Huipil. Art quilts inspired by Guatemalan weaving.

Dare to Dance: An Artist’s Interpretation of Joy….” Where more than 55 artists were asked to create an 18 x 30 inch art quilt by Mary Kerr, resulting in a book published by Schiffer Publishing.

Quilt Documentation and Discovery Day will be sponsored by Virginia Consortium of Quilters, Paula Golden and Blue Ridge Quilt Festival on Saturday, July 12, from 9:30AM – 4:30PM. Virginia Consortium of Quilters is documenting new and old quilts made in Virginia before the year 2000. Click here for more information.

14_DocumentDay-of-quiltThere will be a memorial exhibit for Barbara Southern.

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You will not want to miss this awesome quilt show in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia!

Karin Täuber is founder and sole organizer of the Blue Ridge Quilt Festival.

For more information about lectures and workshop times, visit http://www.brqfestival.com/