Monday, October 6, 2008

Threads Across Nebraska

I spent three days in Grand Island helping at Threads Across Nebraska this last weekend. My good friend was chairman again this year and I agreed to be her helper. She could have me fill in where ever she needed help so got to sell raffle tickets, sit with one of the premiere quilters quilts while she had a break to shop and study the rest of the quilts on exhibit. I also got to work at the front desk but high finances are not my thing! I took photos of all the quilts, details of a few plus overviews of the display area from above.

The event is held at a indoor stadium so it is great to take photos of the whole show from above. There were 30 something vendors situated in the center and quilts were displayed around the outside and one display hanging on the pipe and drapes behind the vendors booths. This photo was taken right before the show opened.
The featured quilters this year had such wonderful quilts to look at. This first one is Carol J.Falk from Nebraska City, NE. She does wonderful piecing, hand and machine quilting. I would say that most of her quilts are original designs or her own variations of traditional patterns. Carol has won numerous awards on her quilts. She is pictured with her quilt "Ocean Drift".

This is a detail photo of another of her quilts "Prairie Sky Diamonds".

The next quilter is Molly Anderson from Minden, Nebraska. Her quilts are wonderful pieces of art. She constructs the base of her quilts of hexagons then appliques, does embroidery, hand quilts and beads them. The quilts are all hand done, exquisite! She has started matting and framing some of her quilts now too. Molly is standing in front of "Pink Roses" and "Kitty on a Rug". Look for Molly's quilts in gallery showings around the country as she has done many and will probably be invited to have many more showings.

This is a detail photo of her "Pea Fowl" quilt.
Sharon Flueckinger of Kearney, Nebraska showed her wonderful hand applique and hand quilted quilts at Threads. Her work is so nicely done and very beautiful. She is standing in front of her quilt called "Circle of Flowers"
Detail of the applique on another of her quilts "2000 Millennium Grapes".
Another outstanding quilter featured this year was Sandi McMillan from Albion, NE. Sandy is a winner of many State Fair Champion ribbons as well as winning awards in national contests. She is a great teacher and has taught once at our guild but we need to have her come back again sometime. She hand and machine appliques and does the most wonderful machine quilting on a domestic machine. Quilts pictured here with Sandy are "Webster Garden" (the blue one) and "Sandhills Pride" that is a quilt that features cattle brands from her family and others.
Detail of "Folkart Sundae"
Paulette Peters of Elkhorn, Nebraska is next in line here. A lot of the quilts she exhibited at this show were pieced wallhangings - all her original designs. Paulette does wonderful applique and hand quilting as well as pieced and machine quilted quilts. She also has won numerous ribbons at the State Fair and has exhibited nationally. On the left in the photo is her quilt "Colorado Aspens" and on the right is "North Window".

The detail is of Paulette's quilt "White Poinsettias"

Another featured quilter this year was Stella Schaffert of Marquette, Nebraska. Stella does a variety of styles and types of quilts. She wins awards at the fairs and has taught quilting classes around the state. On the left is Stella's quilt "Country Memories" and on the right is "Starry Path".

Detail of thread painting in Stella's quilt "Nebraska the Good Life: Wild Flowers, Wild Life and Goldenrod".

Mary Sue Suit of Sydney, Nebraska was unable to attend the show but we are so glad her quilts made it. She does a variety of quilts and has hand and machine quilted them. She has won awards on her quilts many times. The one pictured below is "Star Bright".

This is a detail of Mary's quilt "Lazy Daisy".

Since it is a rainy day today we are not harvesting so John is playing catch up with other things and I get to spend the day in my sewing room. YeeHa!


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