Visit to the Baltimore Heritage Quilt Guild Expo 2017
Visiting the Baltimore Heritage Quilt Guild Quilt Expo 2017 was wonderful. The creativity, originality, and workmanship of these quilters produced yet another dazzling show for this guild, which meets at the Woodbrook Baptist Church on Stevenson Lane in Baltimore City on the 2nd Tuesday of the month www.baltimorequilters.com. They have been around for 32 years and have about 150 members. So many quilts, and each one more delightful than the next! Here are just a few of my favorites (see photos).
Famous Last Words, by Joan Muth Levin
Delilah’s Summer Day, by Karen Amelia Brown
Stash Explosion, by Sally Wingo
Dinner for Two, by Carol Rubin
Wash Day, by Amy Selmanoff
I was especially entertained by their many challenges, and the quilts illustrating how the quilters interpreted them over the years. One of the challenges required the quilters to go to Page 13 in any magazine, and choose something from that page to inspire a quilt. One of these is pictured, the supposed famous last words of Oscar Wilde by Joan Muth Levin. According to sources, as he lay dying, he said, “The wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. Either it goes or I do.”
The guild’s 2017 challenge was a Fat Quarter challenge. Members received six fat quarters, and had to use at least 4 of them, plus 2 other fabrics if they chose, to make a quilt 30” X 30”. The floral fabric had to be featured in some way. I loved the image created by Carol Rubin, in which she used both the right and the wrong sides of the red fabric to create her red, pink, and white checkerboard tablecloth; the floral was used to make a bouquet for the table.
Stunning quilting example
While at the show, I learned of an interesting national quilt block swap that you might enjoy. Read more about it here.