Kate Themel chose to make a Honey Bee as her take on a Grandmother's Flower Garden from the 1940's. Since the old quilt was made of hexagons, as is a bee hive, Kate thought of bees flying to the flowers. Done with Kate's usual mastery of techniques, her quilt was glorious.
Catherine Whall Smith was assigned a Wedding Ring quilt from the 1930's. Catherine made a quilt in blacks and whites that incorporated pictures from various weddings in which she had participated, including her own, and words from their wedding vows. She called it Marriage is Seldom Black and White.
Here is a detail showing a photo and text.
Pat Ferguson's quilt, Zen Dresden With a Surprise on the Back really should be seen in person. Her antique quilt, Dresden Plate, was a sweet little quilt with a dresden fans made of of pastel calicos on a peach background. Pat who is a free-motion machine quilter extraordinaire, made a whole cloth peach quilt on which she quilted the fans in tiny patterns in several different colors of thread.
Here is the antique Nine Patch quilt folded over a quilt rack.
This show was full of surprises. Would you believe that this quilt was painted! Yup, not bit of colored cloth here. Melanie Johnston's A New Sunrise, uses blocks that she painted with thickened dyes using colors very close to the original Sunrise/Mariner's Compass , made in 1845. She quilted along the painted lines to simulate actual piecing.
Even with your nose to the quilt, it was hard to believe that it was painted. Bravo, Melanie!
And here is mine, Snapshots From My Garden, hanging over my antique inspiration, Peony Flower Appliqué made in 1850. Mine is a hard quilt to photograph and as with many quilts, it's much better in person. We were encouraged to stand by our quilts and I was starting to lose my voice with all the explaining of my process of ice-dyeing. I was pleased that it was so well received.
Here, as promised are some pictures of the Frog Spool Bridge in Willamantic. I was so delighted to be able to see it in person.
This last one gives you an idea of the scale. Those spools and frogs are huge!
Now one last treat. Members were encouraged to make postcards to be sold in the museum gift shop celebrating the museum's and SAQA's 25th Anniversary. I bought this one made by Kate Themel, she of the Bumblebee quilt. Isn't it fabulous?!