Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Gems of The Desert Quilt Show

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.
We couldn't get Internet for a few days, but things are back on board now.

This last weekend I attended Gems of The Desert Quilt Show in St. George, Utah. I went with my friend Sherri McConnell (A Quilting Life)
(both of us were getting by without much sleep, so not the most flattering of pictures we've had taken together...hmmm maybe I should have pulled one out of the archives.)
Sherri has been putting in extra duty sewing multiple projects for Quilt Market next month.

We were just happy to be able to take a few hours and visit the wonderful quilt show put on every two years by the Dixie Quilt Guild.

One exhibit featured the works of award winning quilter Marva Dalebout, or as we in the guild liked to call her "Marvalous Marva".

Marva recently passed away at the age of 82, and is greatly missed.
She received numerous National and International awards, including the Silver Thimble Award 2002 for Most Outstanding Contribution to Quilting in Utah.
She has also been the featured artist at many museums.

We are grateful to Marva's family for sharing part of her collection with us.

Before Marva became a quilter, she was first an artist. She would paint a picture and then create the same image on cloth.

Each quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted.

Many come from the beloved settings of Southern Utah.

Marva even worked a few commercial patterns, showing her love of bright and happy fabrics.

The quilt show hung over 200 quilts. I'll show you some of my favorites in the next few posts.


Lynette said...

Looking forward to "seeing" this show! Thank you for sharing. :)

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

So sorry I couldn't be there a few days earlier! It looks like it was a great show!

Cathy @ CabbageQuilts said...

Gorgeous pics Nedra, thanks for sharing the show with those of us who cannot be there!! xo

Sherrill said...

Can't wait to see the rest of the pix..looks like a lovely show and that Marva really WAS marvalous!

Sherri said...

it was so much fun, Nedra! It was so wonderful to see you, too!

Nat Palaskas said...

What a great show of all these gorgeous quilts. Thanks Nedra - Hugs Nat