I attended the Martha Washington Quilters Guild Quilt show on Saturday. There were so many beautiful quilts. Even if a person does not quilt themself, I think that most people like quilts, so I hope that this will be of interest. Or if you are like me, and you can only manage to sew simple quilts thus far, some of these will be a source of inspiration for the future.
The Martha Washington Quilter’s Guild ( of Washington, Pa. ) was established in 1980. Their show is only held every two years. I have been looking forward to it for ages. When you think that some of the quilts that were on display there took three years or more to make, you can understand why they only put on the show as a biennial event.
The show was held in the Church of the Covenant, in Washington, Pa. This is a very large and stately Presbyterian Church.
” The heritage of The Church of the Covenant had its beginnings in Washington, Pennsylvania when the First Presbyterian Church of Washington (established in 1793) outgrew its facilities in 1860 ” ( taken from their website…more history is there if you are interested ) or at Wikepedia, the source of the photo below.
After viewing the show, I went up into the darkened sanctuary and took a few photos, hoping that they would turn out, as the stained glass windows are so lovely and the architecture of the church is very interesting.
When I walked in to the show, which cost 5.00, there was also the opportunity to win a guild quilt. How lovely…of course I paid the 3.00 for the raffle. Here it is: Titled ” Gift Wrap”: Machine Pieced, Hand Appliqued, and Custom Machine Quilted.
Here is a collage of some long views of the show. The quilt on the bottom right is comprised of six inch blocks, a mixture of perfect piecing and applique, hand quilted, and over three years in the making.
The first quilts in the display were two hand quilted ones…a Wholecloth from a printed kit by Yvonne Brenner and a Signature quilt by Betty Hrutkay.
Here is another quilt by Betty Hrutkay : Hand applique and Hand Quilted:
Another example of hand quilting:
Unless you have your eyes right up to the quilt you cannot see the applique stitches on this.
Another hand quilting example from Betty Hrutkay called “Olivia’s Keepsake’ and this sampler of pieced and appliqued blocks called “Millenium” by Linda Petre was also hand quilted.
I wanted to focus on a few quilts that I knew to be hand-quilted ( above ) for Kathys Quilts Slow Stitching Sunday.
For the remainder of the post, I’ll show photos of more quilts. I did not take photos of all of them, and some did not turn out so well, but I think the following should be alright. I thought you’d enjoy the title of this one :
There were many more quilts in this show…I stopped taking pictures at around the 3rd row, as they were smaller…table runners and banners and such, and I just needed to put the camera down. :) Many of the ladies had several entries. You could see that perhaps they hand quilted one or two themselves, and sent out a few more to a long arm quilter. The scope of work and accomplishment and sheer talent was amazing and an inspiration.
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