Sunday, August 05, 2007

Coburg Quilt Show

Saturday, July 28 was the Coburg Quilt Show in Coburg, Oregon. Stephen and I drove down there just in time for High Tea. The weather could not have been more perfect for an outdoor quilt show--in the 70s with a soft breeze.

I spent most of the afternoon appraising quilts. Some of the attendees at the Show brought treasured quilts from home to be carefully evaluated and appreciated. Among them were several crazy quilts made from scraps of antique fabrics, a couple of double wedding rings, and two beautiful floral quilts made from kits in the 1960s or 70s.

Appraising a "Double Wedding Ring" Quilt

On display at the show was a Crazy Quilt from 1885. One of the crazy quilt blocks included a civil war ribbon with crossed swords that had belonged to the woman's ancestor. The quilt--a living and tangible piece of history--was just incredible to see.

1885 Crazy Quilt

Later in the afternoon, I gave a talk on the "Care and Feeding of Vintage Quilts" and brought a little show-and-tell of my own as a back drop. I also found a set of antique Redwork pillow shams at a local antique store and also purchased a vintage "Trip Around the World" quilt to display at the shop.

Quilt "Show and Tell"

Quilts in the Breeze

It is always pleasure to meet and talk to quilters about their tremendous love of quilting. And, of course, it's just as delightful to see how they've expressed their creativity in all their wonderful and diverse creations. Overall, it was a very fun day. Stephen and I loved the opportunity to be a part of this terrific show!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We were astonished to find the picture of the '1885' quilt at the Coburg Quilt Show. We have used the metaphor of the crazy quilt to describe the community here in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver (Canada). The quilt we were using as our prop and table cloth was stolen(!) so we went looking for another. The astonishing thing is that this church was founded in 1885!!
Could you please pass on our contact information so that we may talk to the owner?
Many thanks.
Best regards.

Tony Weall
First United Church Mission
320 East Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, V6J2J8
(604)681-8365 Ext. 110