Again, so sorry not to have lots of interesting information for the quilters. Our dead desktop computer has gone to the shop (cue: violins) and we’ll find out if our fancy back-up external hard drive system has been working for us. Or if we should just start crying now. Okay, let’s look at art to take our minds off of the hum-drum of our very dull twentieth-century-computer-dependent lives.
Upstairs, the museum has a lot of art from Russia; I’m giving you two of the paintings that just leapt off of the walls. This one is my sister-in-law’s favorite, and I can only imagine it’s because of the beauty and hope and passion of these young girls on their graduation day. I wanted to take it home with me.
This one could be a quilt! A May Day celebration, complete with balloons.
Here’s another exhibit room, and in the far right corner is another quilter who has the same thing on her mind as I do: the Lollypop Tree Quilt.
But Chris Manning’s version is stunningly different from the usual brilliantly lit up colors used on this quilt. I took lots of photos–lucky you, you get to see them all. I was so impressed by this coloration. Really fabulous. Title: Lollipop.
Those greyed-out greens, mossy colors work incredibly well with the pastels, the deep tones.
I covet this, really I do. Is it because it’s “done” or because it’s so beautiful in the tones and values and colors she chose. Both.
Sorry the lighting is so dim on this quilt, but you have to believe me when I tell you that Rhonda Montgomery’s quilt My Favorite Things, is a real knock-out in person. They had the quilts really well-lit, so the flash wouldn’t go off on my camera (I know, try reading the camera book to see how to do a fill flash. That’s next on my list–right after solving the computer problem).
I peeked closely at these letters–either she went around each of them with a marker, or else it’s a very thin line of acrylic paint. Whatever the technique, it made them pop off the quilt.
Brenda Sommers’ Grandma’s Lemonade Stand was in that room with all the deliciously pastel quilts–again, this photo doesn’t do it justice. So I read her name, and then wondered–don’t I know her? That name is so familiar. I think she used to live in my neighborhood, but I guess I’ll never know. We quilters travel in a small world!
Julie Saville made this quilt, and I think it’s titled Road to Ohio. I love all the sampler blocks arrayed around the center medallion. Sampler blocks seem to be popular right now, with a couple of Quilt-A-Longs going on. Here’s an idea for putting it all together.
Kathy Young’s quilt, Not So Long Ago, is an homage to her childhood family and home.
This reminded me of the May Day painting in the upstairs Russian galleries. While I’ve been fixated on red and white quilts, this shows you what using red as a “neutral” can produce. It looks like another Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins design (like the dotty circles quilt, yesterday). They keep us busy with applique!
I believe this is titled Grandma’s Old Time Garden, made by Patsy Wall. I love those carnations in orange-striped fabric!
This is one where I have no idea who the maker is, nor the title. I apologize, but I include it even without that information, because I’m really impressed with her soft shading of color to color–using up lots of fabrics (an idea for a scrap quilt?) It quite possibly could be Carolyn Hulse’s Scraps of Rainbows, but I really don’t know.
It was beautifully done.
Strawberry Baskets is done by Valerie Marsh, and is another delectable pastel quilt. The quilting is quite amazing, and if I ever get the computer back–and restore its memory–I’ll let you know who did it.
By the time Janice and I finished the show (I’m on the far right and Janice is next to me), our niece Lisa (in the black) had arrived and followed the sound of our voices to find us. Becky, another sister-in-law of mine (Janice’s sister) came just as Janice and I had to jet–and she brought me two gigantor zucchini from her garden! I love getting together with these fine women, and how fun it was to do it in a quilt show!
Thanks to the Springville Art Musuem, and the co-sponsors, Utah Valley Quilt Guild and Corn Wagon Quilt Company, for this lovely morning!