I had the pleasure of attending a quilt show at the Metrolina Fairgrounds in Charlotte, North Carolina this past weekend. There were dozens of quilts on display. There were some from the 1800’s, some from the early 1930’s, and some that were modern. I have a collection of old quilts from my family so I mostly enjoyed looking at vintage or antique quilts to compare the colors and patterns to those that I own. However, it was also interesting to see what patterns and ideas more modern quilt makers have come up with.
My mother came along. She has always had an interest in history. She was intrigued by the stories that went along with the quilts. She found several crazy quilts like one her mother made from velvet and silk scraps. We were amazed at the embroidery on top of the quilting. The stitching was very intricate. It took an even greater level of skill than the work done on the quilt itself.
There were several appliqued quilt patterns. We had to look very closely for the fine stitching on these quilts that at first appeared invisible. The stitching was very tiny and the colors of the threads matched the fabrics perfectly.
At one juncture of the exhibit, a lady was taking pictures. She began talking to us. We learned that she stored pictures of nature on her camera that she reproduced as altered images suitable for quilt designs
There were vendors at the show. Most were selling fabrics or supplies for quilt making. One sold interesting buttons that she made and fired herself in the haiku fashion. The buttons had an iridescent quality from the metallic component in the firing process. Her wares were very unique and beautiful. I made my one purchase from her. I bought a scarf pin that was fashioned from a button and pin.
It was obvious that we were at an exhibit of fine craftsmanship that could be compared to any museum pieces prized for their art and history.