A Sunday in Las Cruces
Spouse and I went to the 8th annual Las Colcheras Quilt Guild Quilt Show today at Corbett Hall on the campus of New Mexico State University. Las Cruces NM is well outside the scye of the industry. Most of the time, I like that just fine. Anyway, we had a quilt show today. I love to go to those. Of all home sewers, I like quilters best. They’re smart, they’re funny, they’re picky as all get out but most of all, they’re very technical minded. Quilting requires excellent spatial skills. They’re easier to teach. I don’t have to fight with them over seam allowance. In my opinion, I think quilt making is just as valid a needle-trade worthy of recognition and admiration as is French couture. It’s just a different kind of needle-art. It has lower barriers to entry, anyone can do it and you can’t say that about French couture. I like quilting because it is so human. The maker’s pulse is just so close.
Anyway, I took a few pictures at the show and the lighting in there must have been bad or something because all of the pictures came out terrible. If I knew anything about photography or bothered to learn how to use the digital camera, I’m sure I could have done a better job but I didn’t, haven’t and the pictures came out lousy. I thought about not publishing them at all but then what would I have to write about? Here’s some quilts I liked:
The picture below is of an Escher-like quilt titled,”The Impossible Triangle Interpretation” by Linda Gerritson. I’m into Escher.
The quilt below I liked because it was kind of old-fashioned. In the world of art quilts, this one seemed quaint, like the kind our grandmothers may have made. When I saw the quilter was only 14, I was pretty impressed. Titled Victorian Christmas by Capri Price, age 14. Her entry card reads “My mother helped with the machine quilting”.
The quilt below I liked because it had some surface interest. This design was whimsical and had a clothes line with clothes (and a quilt) hanging from it. I thought the clothes pins were cute.
The last picture I took because I liked the colors. I like wild vibrant colors. My color sense is no more sophisticated than a pre-schooler’s. These pictures came out terribly :(
There was also some vending. All the ladies were quite pleasant, selling their patterns and fabrics. Quite a nice crowd actually. Older but more genteel. I didn’t see anybody I knew there. It’s not as tho I know many people but you do meet people in the oddest places. All in all it wasn’t a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Las Cruces NM.