Sunday, January 25, 2015

Egyptian Quilt Exhibit at AQS Show in Albuquerque

There was a special exhibit at the AQS show, called Stitch Like an Egyptian. There is even a book with the same title (click on link) if you want to purchase it. These are all stitched by hand. There was a man sitting and doing applique on a quilt top. I asked him how long it takes to make one of the quilts. He asked which one? I said any of them and he pointed to the one hanging behind him and said that one took 3 months to make. These were all wall quilts, so no huge bed quilts here. They were all for sale too, with AQS members getting a better price. So many had the look of a Mandala or Kaleidoscope.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Route 66 Quilts from AQS Quilt Show in Albuquerque

There was a special exhibit at the AQS Albuquerque show depicting quilts along US Route 66 made by quilters from all over the USA. Route 66 covers 8 states. The small quilts were placed on a golden background. There were several sets of quilts representing the states along the route. I couldn't take photos of all the sets because there were people in the way, so on some I just got close-ups of the quilts themselves.

In 1946 Bobby Troup composed the song, "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66", which was first recorded by Nat King Cole. Go here for the lyrics. Here are some quilter's interpretations of their memories along Route 66.
Missouri where the route started in St. Louis (where I was born, but do not remember anything from there because I was very young when we moved).

My birth place.

New Mexico, where I live now.

Close-up of cactus.
Arizona and the following few quilts from Arizona too.

California, where I grew up.

I saw lots of orange groves where I lived and also saw them slowly get cut down as they built lots and lots of housing tracts. So sad. I love the scent of orange blossoms!

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