October is a busy month for creative fabric and fiber types. With Halloween at the end of the month lots of people who don’t sew are thinking of costumes, and the weather is getting cooler so thoughts turn to warm quilts and knit and crochet cozy afghans. But it is also show season. Tonight at the Morton Memorial Library is an opening for their annual fiber exhibit, My quilt, Go with the Flow is hanging there in good company. Here is the information from their newsletter. You can find them on Facebook for more info.
Morton’s Homage to the Fiber Creators
Opening: Friday, October 4, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Exhibition: October 4 – October 26
Join us to see the community’s fiber arts creations. We will have quilts, knitted animals, rugs, handmade garments, knitting, spun wool, fiber collage, and much, much more.
Admission is free; art purchases
and donations for the library are welcome.
Refreshments will be available.
Library open hours for exhibition.
The back of the Gilson Quilt, see the front at the show!!!
Then next weekend is the Dutchess Heritage Quilt Show. The award winning Gilson Quilt made for the Red Hook Historical Society is my entry for that show. When the quilt was loaned back to me for entry in this show it came with a certificate from the Greater Hudson Heritage Network. A 2019 Award for Excellence, for “Gilsonfest and the examination of the life of Alexander Gilson as a case study of slavery and its aftermath in the nineteenth century New York and the Hudson Valley. I will be framing that. Information on the quilt show is all over social media, google it and you can find a dozen sites for information. And then, on the weekend of the 19th is the Sheep and Wool festival at the fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. They also are on several sites if you google them.
All these events provide inspiration from the fibers, but the best part of these events is the people you meet when you are there. Looking at things is a very solitary activity until you make a polite comment or ask a question out loud. Before you know it you are deep in conversation with someone interesting. Sometimes it is the artist, or a friend of the maker, sometimes just someone who has an opinion, but it always enriches the experience. I have made a bunch of good friends just by a simple audible statement wondering how or why the maker did it that way. If you attend, enjoy the color texture pattern and design work, but don’t forget the people around you who are there to enjoy the same thing you are, the people are the most valuable resource.
Here at the shoppe, since I am not allowed to vend this year, we will be having our last meeting for the Alaska BOM tomorrow, please bring your show and tell, no matter how much or little you have done. We will make a plan on how to get it done. Tuesday is Handstitchers Club. We will talk about how to finish the cross stitch piece and then work what ever UFO you have. November we will do Redwork.
And lastly, Thursday the 10th is the Jack O lanterns workshop. Super fun and quick to make. If you prefer your pumpkins uncarved you can always just add leaves and vines instead of faces. Plenty of room in the workshop, sign up today and we will have some fun with it.