Sunday, July 20, 2014

North Dakota State Fair Quilts

Bob and I stopped at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot and there was an impressive array of quilts.  Here's a little "sightseeing" for you.

I couldn't spot whether this quilt was an entry or not and think probably not as it was the only one crumpled up to highlight other entries.  It's a cute quilt though as each butterfly is made from a handkerchief.
The quilts were displayed well with the hung ones not too high and the ones on the tables below covered with plastic so no one could touch.  It interfered with picture taking, but kept the pieces safe.

The next quilt won Best of Show and deservedly so.  Everything about it was totally wonderful.




This next one didn't appeal to me a lot but I do love the thematic quilting on it.


I love Margaret Rolfe paper-pieced animals so this next one caught my eye.

My sister gave me this same panel and I've been wondering what to do with it
 so this gave me an idea.
I couldn't get a good picture of the quilt which has this block as I got too much glare from the plastic, but I've seen the pattern for these quilt barns a number of times and have the quilt
on my "someday" list.
A "one block wonder" is also on my someday list.

This last one is from the 4-H exhibits in another hall.  I'm a bit skeptical that a 15 year old created it but I'm not sure how much help 4-H-ers are allowed on their projects.  I've got more about the 4-H exhibits on my personal blog at as I am in awe of all that I saw in that exhibit area.
I hope you're all getting lots of sewing done while I've been picking weeds and saskatoons, shelling peas, thinning carrots and beets, and just generally trying to keep up with my yard.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Not Quilting, But Beautiful Design

I know that some of you developed your love of fabrics long before you turned to quilting.  That's why I thought I would show you some of the iconic clothing that I recently saw at a free museum in Ireland.  FREE .... man, I love that word.  This museum was free because it was the gimmick to get you into a silverware shop in Newbridge, Ireland.  I expected the display to be small, but it was huge.

Those of you who followed my personal blog of our trip at already know how impressed I was to see the costume storehouse for the theaters in Stratford, ON and you have already seen the one Princess Diana dress shown here.  I'm fascinated by the imagination of the designers, the quality of construction, and the details of the costumes.  And aren't those three elements exactly why I'm always impressed with your quilting projects too?

Let me start with the one quilty item there.  It's a crazy quilted jacket worn by Bob Dylan.  And I'm saving my favorite for last so be sure to keep reading.  Keep in mind that all these exquisite pieces are behind glass so the quality of the photos isn't as great as I hoped.

This next one was worn by Vivien Leigh in That Hamilton Lady.

Judy Garland wore this in The Pirate.
Debbie Reynolds wore this for her role in What's the Matter with Helen.

If you are a fan of Breakfast at Tiffany's, you might remember this on Audrey Hepburn.

Here are a couple of Barbra Streisand's concert gowns.
Here is one of her outfits from Funny Girl.
The museum has a few outfits that Diana wore.

I remember this dress so well as it created a media frenzy.  I don't know what big event Charles was at after their divorce, but it was supposed to make the news.  Diana went to some event the same evening in this dress, and Charles' newsworthy event virtually went unnoticed.  Diana was a maven of media manipulation.
Here's one of Liz Taylor's caftans.

This beautiful dress was worn by Princess Grace of Monaco.

Katherine Hepburn wore this in The Rainmaker.

Here's my favorite which was worn by Joan Fontaine in Ivy.  Why didn't I take lots more photos of the details?  There is a hand painted bow on the bust of this and these sweet, sweet cherubs down the front.  It's incredible as all of them are.

I have total admiration for costume designers and their seamstresses who bring the visions to life.