Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sacred Threads Exhibit

Sacred Threads is a premier bi-annual quilt exhibit which for the last 3 exhibits has been held in Herndon, Virginia.  The quilts are superior examples of workmanship and a joy to view.  This show takes place just a few miles from the homes of Sue and Elizabeth except this year we are both in New Hampshire during the show, which ran from July 10 to July 26.  This year Sue even had a piece in the show making not seeing it hang a little bittersweet.  However, several friends visited the show and have given us some photos and quotes which we would like to share with you.
We first met Marisela Rumberg when she was a student in one of our thermofax printing classes at Artistic Artifacts (next class September 26).  She teaches machine quilting in No. VA and made a video of the show and some photos which she shares on her Quilts By Marisela blog.

Sherry Whitford, a Virginia Consortium of Quilters friend, sent us a lovely note after she and her friend visited the show and saw Sue’s quilt, the background of which Sue began in a VCQ class.  Sherry commented “if possible (Sacred Threads) is an even more powerful exhibit than two years ago.  How delightful to see your cardinal quilt there, Susan!”
A friend of Elizabeth’s, Kathleen Snow is a member of the church where the show is held, Floris United Methodist Church, and took the photos below of her favorite quilts.  The captions are quotes from Kathleen.

By Barbara Dahlberg, this quilt features monarch butterflies and the loss of their habitat.
This was a fun 3-D quilt with houses that turn from front to back…one side is dull and plain and the other is bright and fun.  It was titled “When Houses Party” and is by Linda Cooper.

This is a lovely quilt done by Elaine Ross.  This picture does NOT do it justice, because flash photography was not allowed in the exhibit and this was in a dim area.  The words say “When Words Fail, Music Speaks”, which is so, so true.

This is a huge quilt done by Linda Poole, an applique artist.  This is based on the technique of scherenschnitte, or paper cutting, and includes multiple outlines of pairs of animals and birds taken onto Noah’s Ark, with a lion and lamb lying down in the middle.  Much more impressive in person.

Here is a lovely quilt done by Susan Price.  Love the arrival of the bright cardinal in the depths of winter!

I have always admired Yvonne Porcella’s bright colors-this triptych was stunning in the light coming in through a skylight nearby.

If you were unable to see the show in person, you can purchase a book of the quilts or an electronic version on the Sacred Threads website.

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