September 27, 2013

Conejo Valley Quilters Showcase "A Gathering Under the Oaks"

The Conejo Valley Quilters guild held a wonderful Quilters Showcase last weekend called "A Gathering Under the Oaks".  My mom belongs to that guild and had her own showcase booth, so of course our family was thrilled to be able to visit the show on Sunday and view all of the beautiful quilts and fun vendors.

The first thing we happened upon when we arrived was the "Quilt My Ride" display outside the front of the auditorium.  Members of the guild made mini quilts that were then attached together to cover the entire vehicle.  Attendees got to vote for their favorite mini quilt.  What a fun idea! My mom's is the Patriotic themed square near the back of the car.
After purchasing our entry tickets, we visited the booth where you could purchase tickets and enter drawings for lovely gift baskets. This was my dad and my husband's first quilt show, and when they realized they had a chance to win a golf themed basket, they bought a bunch of tickets and my mom and I pitched in to help them fill them all out.

My mom displayed a sampling of her favorite quilts in her showcase booth and everything looked wonderful! I had so much fun being there to see her beautiful work hanging up for everyone to see. Here she is posing in front of her handiwork.  :)

Can you believe that heart quilt was the very first quilt she ever made? Pretty ambitious! And so gorgeous, too.

I overheard a lot of people saying really nice things about her quilts, and the one that got the most attention was her puff quilt.  It's so fun and colorful, and it makes you want to walk up and squeeze it! She named it "Hawaiian Dream Puffs".  I secretly want one of these really badly.  Hi, mom. ;)

This neat one is called "Bali Pop Braids."  The pattern worked so well with the rich colors that it really draws you in. 

Two of my mom's fellow quilt guild members are also friends of our family and it was neat that each of their booths were right next to each other.  The first one is our friend Chris Cole's booth.   She and my mom have spent many hours quilting together and she has also been a great resource for both of us about quilting techniques and tips.  I knew that this booth was hers before I even saw the tags because I'm familiar with the types of quilts she makes and the colors she enjoys. Here are some pics so you can enjoy them too.

She titled this one "Urban Legend". I thought that all the different quilting techniques she used were beautiful and added lots of great texture. 

This fun one is called "Windmills of Your Mind." Aren't the shapes and colors eye catching? 

 The next showcase was put together by our friend Janet Hinderer.  We were next door neighbors for many years and I grew up playing with her kids pretty much every day.  I have a lot of fun memories from that time.  She displayed many different types and sizes of quilts using varying techniques.

She titled this "Spinning Out of Control". I like that she juxtaposed the swirling stitch technique on top of the geometric shapes. It feels very whimsical. 

This one is called "Shochikubai". I love the stitching technique she used to create the light colored flowers and leaves pattern over the dark background. 

We all had a lot of fun wandering through the quilt show and admiring everyone's work. Here are some others that we really liked. 

 "Happy Scrappy Challenge Quilt" by Karen Schweiger

 I didn't catch the name of this one but the guys had a lot of fun trying to name the different varieties of fish. 

"Seeing Stars" by Monica Sayre

 "Yo-Yo" by Ellen Rankin. Can you believe there are 3,000 yo-yos all stitched together?

That one definitely needed a closer look. Wow!

"Wild Chicken Tea Party" by Barbara Woolson (I am a big chicken fan)

It was so fun for me to have the guys along with us this time. My mom and I have attended many a quilt show and we always come home with lots of stories to tell them. This time they got to see what we've been talking about and it seemed like they were really into it. They even studied techniques and asked interesting questions. I was very impressed. :)

After all that time we spent filling out entry tickets, Chad ended up winning the Golf gift basket! What a bonus!  

The Conejo Valley Quilters Showcase was undoubtably a success, and a pleasure to attend. Congratulations to my mom and all of the guild members for a job well done!

1 comment:

WoolenSails said...

What a wonderful quilt show and I really love the crazy blocks and the way she quilted around them, very fun.