Saturday, August 22, 2009

2009 Barnful of Quilts

For the past two years, I’ve been taking part in Barnful of Quilts, a wonderful event hosted by Valerie Fox at her family farm in Waxhaw, NC. The show features all sorts of fiber arts (weaving, traditional quilting, art quilting), and vendors (yarn, jewelry, ceramics, fabric etc.) and it is held in Valerie's spectacular barn on what is usually a glorious, crisp fall day. The event benefits Waxhaw Presbyterian Church; this year the featured artist is Fletcher McNeil.

This year, I’m planning to be in Houston for Fall Quilt Market and Quilt Festival, so I can’t particpate. But if you are near Charlotte on Saturday, Oct. 10, don’t miss it!

Also not to be missed is an opportunity to win this quilt (below) donated by the UCo Quilters. If you want to buy tickets and can't make the event, just e-mail Valerie at

“Under Tennessee Skies”

In July, I presented and taught at The Village Quilters guild in Loudon, Tenn. At the meeting, they showed photos of a gorgeous quilt they made called “Under Tennessee Skies.” It was donated to the Knoxville Convention Center, and installed during a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 22, 2009 at the opening of the first AQS Expo held in Knoxville. The quilt was made by members of the guild, led by Arliss Barber, and quilted by Kathy Drew.

It has lots of scenes of Tennessee historic sites and of state symbols thread-painted on it, including this box turtle, passion flower and iris:

and this inquisitive raccoon:

What a spectacular quilt, and what an amazing gift from The Village Quilters to the city of Knoxville! I am sure that it will also help to educate passers-by that quilts can be art, as well as beautiful bed coverings. If you are in Knoxville, make sure to swing by and see it!