Stars Above the Sierras
In 1986 a few avid quilters got together to swap tips in the back of a fabric store in Gardnerville. Fast forward more than 30 years to the Carson Valley Quilt Guild which meets monthly, puts on a biennial quilt show, guild challenges, classes, workshops, and plans a yearly retreat to Lake Tahoe.
The 11th quilt show in June 2018 with the theme Stars Above the Sierra, will draw over 1,000 visitors to the valley to view and judge 200 quilts submitted by over 150 artisans. These quilts extend from beds to actual works of art displayed in full view.
Visit the show June 2 & 3, at the Douglas County Community Center, to see these amazing works of art. Quilts often tell a story and have a special meaning to the quilter. Here are the stories behind some of the treasures, and the responses are as varied as the quilts themselves.
FLYING GEESE – Barbara Clark
A haze on the far horizon,
the infinite tender sky.
The ripe, rich tints of the cornfields
and the wild geese sailing high.
And all over upland and lowland,
the charm of the goldenrod.
Some of us call it Autumn
and others call it GOD!
Mount Fitz Roy – Nancy Lampson
After a visit to Patagonia, Mrs. Lampson was so inspired she used ¼” squares and tweezers to create this Impressionistic Landscape quilt. This magnificent piece graces her wall.
LIFE’S A SAMPLER – Sarah Jo McKee
In the early 1980’s Mrs. McKee picked out the perfect fabric and began creating the pieces of this sampler quilt. After many moves and 30 years, she picked up where she left off and created this quilt to be displayed for the ages.
JOHNNY’S TIES – Sue Jeffrey
Mrs. Jeffery’s late brother-in-law scoured local thrift shops for men’s ties when she mentioned how inspired she was by a pattern. A few years later she found another pattern and made the quilt, which now grace’s her sister-in-law’s sofa.
THE GREEN MAN – Kathleen Schmidt
Mrs. Schmidt found inspiration in a gray, rainy day in Alaska, when the colors of the green grass and trees we intensified. When her grays and greens weren’t coming together quite as she expected, she stood back and realized she has created a face like an Easter Island statue.
A MERMAID TALE – Lisa DuCoing
During a two-year journey, Mrs. DuCoing created A Mermaid Tale, using antique lace and doilies. All the embellishments were hand embroidered, and her favorite is the bubblegum pink doily.
Please visit the Carson Valley Quilt Guild 2018 Quilt Show, June 2-3, 2018, at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, Gardnerville, NV. The show includes:
- Over 200 handmade quilts on display
- Lecturer, Velda Newman
- Great Raffle Baskets
- Heritage Exhibit
- Door Prizes
- Vendor Mall
- Ample Free Parking
Visitors and quilting enthusiasts alike will come together to enjoy this classic art form.