The Independence Hall Quilters held their 35th Annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire at Ironstone Vineyards (above is the scholarship raffle quilt). With many booths outdoors, our exquisite fall weather made this the perfect weekend outing.
Before I get into sharing, I’ll remind you of Robin William’s imitation of William F. Buckley Jr. while he was the genie in Aladdin – there are a few restrictions and quid pro quo’s:
Etiquette at any craft or quilt show is always to ask each vendor if it’s ok to take pictures – you’ll see some folks get visibly nervous if you’re waving a camera around their creations.
Do get inspiration from others’ work. But remember, most of these folks are small family owned shops investing their heart and soul in their designs, please don’t violate the copyright for their patterns or kits by making an exact copy.
I tend to not take shots of traditional quilts, but limit myself to those with some feature I personally want to recall.
My friend and I started with the vendor booths as she wanted to introduce me to our new neighbor, Elizabeth Schlarb of 27 Blossoms (latebloomerquilts.com).
In addition to making and selling beautiful items (close ups let you see how cleanly these are made), Elizabeth also has her own fabric line.
Everything at this show was crafted superbly. I’ve actually seen wobbly lines (meant to be straight) and loopy back tension on things for sale when I’m browsing the web. I always think whoever gets those items would be so disappointed and might never buy online again. Having many craft artist friends, this is more than disappointing.
Maise Blue, a local yarn, book and gift store was out supporting this event with their fantastic selection.
You can also order from them online.
Bearly Quilting of Sonora was out in force. I didn’t capture kit/pattern names but you can always email them (or any vendor noted) with a link to a pic if you want to track something down.
Inuit art isn’t as common in the stitching world and this one looks to be part of a beautiful collection.
One of the most famous structures in Sonora, Ca is the Red church historic landmark built in 1859. This kit from Anita Goodesign (Country Church Tile Scene), crafted with a red church instead of the white, is an almost perfect rendition of the local landmark.
The ‘Christmas Pine Pillow’ kit fromThe Quilt House comes with those delightful little buttons – love the little cookie cutters.
Bet most of the folks reading this don’t know that in all the stitching blogs folks are now calling themselves “sewists”. I can see where creative folks are not “seamstresses”, but if I were coming up with a name I’d stick with craft artisan, which has been in use for awhile. Anyhoo, raggedy flowers are the current rage with all the sewists. I have a few machine embroidery quick stitch ones I hope to knock out in time for Christmas presents – as pins or barrettes they’re great for stocking stuffers. I do like how The Quilt House had these on quilts in a few different color schemes.
My very favorite shop, the Country Cloth Shop, was well represented, as always. Ginger and Peggy quilt, sew kits and have a fantastic eye for pattern and color. They’re always happy to help folks match fabrics and have a great selection of classes. I’m so lucky to have this store nearby.
The Independence Hall Quilters is a phenomenal group (they meet during the day and I work, (rats). The proceeds from the annual Quilt Faire go to The Resource Connection, including the Women’s Crisis Center and Child Protective Services, area youth with catastrophic illness or accidents, Shriners Hospital, area schools, parks, libraries and other community organizations, plus scholarships to Bret Harte High School.
Guild members craft and donate so many items for the faire’s boutique and the “Scholarship Quilt” raffle.
They also bake and sell beautifully presented items. I didn’t get a “long shot” to show you how many quilts and handcrafted items they had for sale. I can only say that they are one generous group.
Every year more than 160 Comfort quilts are created and donated to Calaveras County’s Child Protective Services, Shiners’ Hospitals for children undergoing treatment, surgery or therapy; Ebbetts Pass Fire District for “Post Trauma Kits” and any local child involved in an accident or with a serious illness.
Local professional long arm quilters donate their time to finish each quilt. Anyone needing a quilt finished should contact these women -their work is simply beautiful. The five generous and talented ladies are listed here (along with more pictures).
Even after ‘selecting down’, I have too many photos for one post – so, I’ll add a gallery post with my remaining photos in a few days.
This post is participating in Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City.