Monday, September 12, 2011

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend!

Every year Quilter's Unlimited of Tallahassee ( My local quilt guild) in partnership with the Museum of Florida History, puts on an exhibit that normally lasts at least a month and depending on the muesum's exhibit schedule, can be on display longer.    This year is the 30th Anniversary of the quilt show and the partnership between the museum and the guild.   In celebration of 30 years, we named the exhibit "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend."

The many members of the guild volunteer several hours during the show to man an information table to greet visitors, give information about quilting, the local guild, and the various categories of quilts entered in the show.   Any guild member can enter a quilt, and the show is not juried, but you can request that your quilt be judged and we have knowledgeable judges who will critique your quilt and give you written suggestions to make your quilt prize worthy.

A group of friends did this group project by creating their own self portrait following the basic instructions found in "Quilter's Yearbook" by Amy Bradley.   Those of us that know this group could pick out the members quickly.   Most of them nailed it.

I love this monkey quilt that one of our members made for their grandchild.   It is so cute and I love the fabric.

The colorful blocks and the machine blanket stitch just caught my eye and grabbed my attention.   Love this quilt.

This looks like me during one of my mad quilting sessions.  Playing with my fabric is the best therapy.

It is a joy to walk through the exhibit and see someone's first quilt hanging beside a masterpiece done by a master quilter.   Each quilt has special meaning to the quilter, the blessed recipient and the viewer.  They are all special.   The quilts shown are just a sample of a few of my favorites.  If you get to North Florida, stop by the Museum of Florida History and see this wonderful show.  It will be hanging until November 6th, 2011.   Hopefully in 20 years we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of this great show.

The 30th Annual Capital City Quilt Show  -- "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" -- held at the Museum of Florida History runs from August 18th,  2011 through November 6th, 2011.

The Museum is part of the State Archives building.
Street Address: 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida
Phone: 850-245-6400
Museum Hours: Monday through Friday 9am - 4:30pm
Saturdays 10am - 4:30pm
Sundays Noon - 4:30pm


Jen said...

Thanks for sharing all these great quilts! I love the self-portraits. How fun that quilt must have been to make! The idea of requesting criticism for your quilt is a great one. I would love someone tell me how to improve my quilts and make them ready for judging. Too bad I wasn't closer to Florida :)

an encourager said...

I love the fall decorating on your blog!!!!