Wednesday, July 19, 2017

People's Choice Awards: Our 2017 quilt show winners!

EVERYONE is a winner who finished a quilt and took the time to enter it in the show.  But the People's Choice awards are determined by voting of the attendees.  And here are the results!

Ribbon                                   Quilt Name                                             Owner’s Name      
Judge’s Choice                       Grandma’s Coral Flower Garden            Judy Johnson
Al Chandler, Truck Vault, Sedro-Woolley

Judge’s Choice                       White & Gray & Black All Over               Thelma Lewis
Pola Kelley, Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce

Judge’s Choice                       Wanda’s “Chics”                                      Wanda Hinds
Pr. Rachel Wangen-Hoch, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sedro-Woolley

Grandma's Children of the World by Dianne Lowe

Large Category
1st                                            Grandma’s Children of the World           Dianne Lowe
2nd                                           Mariners Compass                                  Kathleen Wragg-Baker
3rd                                            Fancy Feathers                                       Pat Anderson
HON MENTION                      Elmer                                                       Virginia Thogersen
HON MENTION                      Birthday Pinwheels                                  Judy Steen
HON MENTION                      Daydreaming                                           Cindy Holzer
HON MENTION                      Polynesian Star                                       Sandi Beatty
HON MENTION                      Burlington-Edison HS                             Linda Stearns
HON MENTION                      New York Beauty                                    Debra Phillips

Medium Category
1st                                            Glacier Star                                             Kathleen Wragg-Baker
2nd                                           Bullseye                                                   Louise Harris
3rd                                            Onion, onion, where art thou                  Noni Moody
HON MENTION                      The Forest Has Eyes                              Emily Hamblen
HON MENTION                      Japanese Garden                                   Judy Garrison
HON MENTION                      Circles Two                                             Dianne Lowe
HON MENTION                      Stars Galore                                            Thelma Lewis
HON MENTION                      Vacationing Snowmen                            Dianne Lowe

Small Category
1st                                            Skagit Valley Dreams                             Kathleen Wragg-Baker
2nd                                           Cityscape 1                                             Charlotte Furchert
3rd                                            Fire on the Mountain                               Lori Stiles
HON MENTION                      Peony Pleasures                                     Pat Anderson
HON MENTION                      Repetition #6: purple purple                   Louise Harris
HON MENTION                      Flowers for Gus                                       Raychelle Stern

Extra Small Category
1st                                            The Early Bird                                         Jean Markus

Theme Category
1st                                            Unusual Aviary                                        Butch Stearns
2nd                                           Henhouse Calendar Chicks                    Sharyn Erickson
3rd                                            Grandma’s Gift                                        Erik Lowe
HON MENTION                      Eagle with Salmon                                  Virginia Thogersen
HON MENTION                      Birdy go Ring Around the Basket            Sharyn Erickson
HON MENTION                      Fields End                                               Natalie Hunskor
HON MENTION                      Zelda                                                       Sandi Beatty
HON MENTION                      Birds of a Feather                                   Julie Anderson

Youth Category
1st                                            Rubix                                                       McKenna Melder
2nd                                           Whispering Meadow                               Aleah Melder
3rd                                            Rue’s First Quilt                                       Rue Schoenberger
HON MENTION                      Mama’s Quilt                                           Kylee Goodro

Prudence and Mabel by Carol Walker

“Other” Category
1st                                            Prudence and Mabel                               Carol Walker
2nd                                           Who Let the Cows Out                            Jennifer Adams
3rd                                            Lizzie Lotta Fun Doll                               Carol Walker
HON MENTION                      Foundation Pieced Jacket                       Raychelle Stern
HON MENTION                      Frenemies                                               Gloria Burke

Birthday Challenge Category
1st                                            Kiku                                                         Noni Moody
2nd                                           Judy’s Birthday Challenge                      Judy Garrison
3rd                                            2017 WFQ Birthday Challenge               Judy Johnson
HON MENTION                      Minnie Pearl                                            Carol Torset

“Holiday” Category
1st                                            We’re Going to Miss You                        Dianne Lowe
2nd                                           Let it Snow                                              Thelma Lewis
3rd                                            Christmas Holiday                                   Butch Stearns
HON MENTION                      Snow Day, Sew Day                               Natalie Hunskor            

A special thanks to Butch Stearns and Noni Moody for creating our ribbons!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 2 of Blast of Birds!

Another busy and gratifying day with lots of visitors and compliments!

We love it when quilters come through and admire our work, and we LOVE it when non-quilters come to see the show just for the sake of seeing something beautiful made by local hands. 

A quick post today to celebrate the halfway point and to remind everyone that you have ONE MORE DAY to see the show!

Cascade Middle School - 905 McGarigle Road, Sedro-Woolley

Just off Highway 9 north of Highway 20.

Sunday our hours are 10 to 4.

The boutique still has some amazing gift items available and our VENDORS are ready for you, too! 

Bed turning at 11 and 2.

$3 admission - such a bargain! 

Thanks to those who have already attended, and thanks in advance for those who will stop in tomorrow!!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Blast of Birds quilt show: Vendor Love

In our new venue at Cascade Middle School, we have lots of room!  So this year we have seven vendors for your shopping pleasure - in addition to our Woolley Fiber Quilter Member Boutique.

Here is the list!  Bring your list of needs and these vendors will be happy to fill them!!

The Fabric Fix! 
Yes, you need it and yes, she has it.  Fabric!!
And some GREAT bargains!
Do you love the vintage fabric and linens? 
You will find them here. 
Ask for tips on using and caring for these vintage beauties!
Beautiful dolls and doll clothes
for your collecting and enjoyment.
Ask Carol about her art - she has much to share!
Oliso Smart Irons are here again this year!
Your best work needs the best tools. 
And there are instant demonstrations!
Threadmongers has the threads quilters CRAVE!
Piecing, quilting, applique, and embellishment,
with hundreds of choices. Time to stock up!
Marnie's Sewing Room specializes
in beautiful accessories and creations.
Show off your love of the fiber arts!

Treva at PNW International brought the Bio-Mat
and some great totes, plus even more surprises. 
Stop and see her complete line. 

Day 1 of Blast of Birds!

What an amazing day of fun, friends, fabric, activities, beautiful weather, treats, and QUILTS! 

We enjoyed our own show as much as anyone, but we are also getting RAVE REVIEWS from attendees.  They love the open layout, the quilts, the reception, the boutique, and EVERYTHING!

Remember, our admission charge is just $3!  We manage our expenses and keep our admission fee low so that everyone can come! 

Bed turning at 11 and 2.
Entrance to the school and parking lot is 905 McGarigle Road.

Pick up a ballot and vote for your favorites!!

Here are a few photos from the day.  You get the idea...come and see the show to get the full impact! 

The bed turning is ready for the next showing!  So popular!

Noni demonstrates foundation paper piecing.

And she has fans!

Kimberly welcomes you to our show
with a sparkle in her eye!

For the first time, we have FOOD available at the show, thanks to the Lions Club and their trailer! So have a little lunch while you're here!

Nona and Jahr welcome you, too!
Now, here are some photos of "modern" quilts.
Are you part of the "modern" quilt movement?

Oh, yes, we have traditional quilts, too!
Did you ever make crocheted granny squares?
Now we make them with fabric!
At the end of the day the crowds start to thin out. 
But this amazing show is ready for you on
Saturday and Sunday.  Come see us!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blast of Birds quilt show - a preview in blocks!

This will whet your appetite for our quilt show and bring you to the land of inspiration at Blast of Birds!  A very small sampling of what's waiting for your viewing and appreciation.  Quilters come to be inspired but non-quilters also come!  They are quilt-appreciators and crafters in other media and they enjoy seeing what their friends and neighbors in the fiber arts are doing!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Cascade Middle School in Sedro-Woolley!  10 - 5 on Friday and Saturday and 10 - 4 on Sunday.  The school entrance is at 905 McGarigle Road and there is a huge, flat parking lot!  Come for the quilts, stay for the bed turning, the boutique, the demonstrations, the vendors, and the Lions Club food service just outside our back door!  Bring your friends.  Sedro-Woolley is the quilting hub of Skagit County.  Blast of Birds begins!

Quilt show setup - day two of two

We did it!  The show is hung, setup, staged, labeled, marked, and prepped.  Ready for YOU Friday morning at Blast of Birds!

Here are a few more photos of the second setup day.  It is interesting that these people are moving so fast that several of the photos I took are BLURRY and I didn't post them here.  But this is a working crew! 

The few folks pictured here are a fraction of the people who made this show come together.  More photos are pending for the weekend.  When they're "dressed to receive"...

We are already amazed at the size of the show and the quality of the entries as well as the FUN in the quilts on display.  You'll love the theme category, featuring BIRDS!  And we have so many quilts in the LARGE category we barely knew what to do with them all.

When you come to the show you'll get a ballot for the People's Choice awards.  Be sure to fill it out and select your favorites.  We have a lot of ribbons to award!

A few more photos from the day:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Quilt show setup - day one of two

Did you know that it takes two days to set up our quilt show?  We are getting good at this, but it still takes TWO days to take in all of the quilts, retrieve and stage all of the quilt stands (thanks, Fidalgo Island Quilters!), and mark out spaces for:  vendors, the boutique, the bed turning, special exhibits, demonstrations, and the area where we will WELCOME you to the show! 

On day two we will hang the quilts and the vendors will create their wonderful booths.  And we'll do a lot of last minute stuff which involves running around and making adjustments.  Just in time for the show to open Friday morning at 10!

So here are some photos of a FEW of the people who worked hard from 9 a.m. this morning until 7 p.m. tonight:

See you Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Blast of Birds!!