I managed to finish my Ethnic Quilt, “Danza del Cempazuchitl.” The last Thursday of July was the guild’s potluck and Ethnic Challenge display. There were a total of 18 participants.
For the pot luck I made pierogi with kielbasa, peppers, onions and garlic. I found the pierogi in the frozen food aisle. In a pan, I sauteed two tablespoons of garlic and a cup of diced onions. Yes, my house smelled afterwards BUT it was worth it! While that was happening, I pre-heated my oven to 400 degrees. Once the garlic and onions were finished, I placed them in a baking sheet with the frozen pierogi on top and off they went into the oven for 10 minutes. While they were baking, I diced and pan fried the kielbasa. After 10 minutes, I flipped the pierogi and added the bell peppers to the kielbasa. Once everything was finished, I mixed everything together, and put it back into the baking dish. It was so good.
Before we showed off our ethnic quilts, and prizes given out, our heart quilt was given to guild member, Carolyn, after her battle with cancer. I believe by the time it was meant to be used during her chemo sessions but it wasn’t finished in time. Can you find my block? It is in column four and row six.
The ethnic quilts were judged. I didn’t realize that was going to happen. I don’t know if I would have participated if I would have known. I don’t remember who won what but I will try and explain what I remember. I know that everyone who attended had a chance to vote for approximately 7 categories.
This quilt won Best in Show. I think it’s really pretty and I love First Nation designs. The woman who made it also quilted it. As First place winner, the person won a free quilting service for up to a king size quilt. That is amazing!
Our friend Nancy made the Hawaiian quilt. I really like the quilt because she used scraps. I just can’t imagine having all those scraps of Hawaiian fabric. I’ve bought Hawaiian fabric before but I haven’t used them yet. Nancy broke up the Hawaiian fabric by adding solid colors in between some of the fabrics and small white sashing. I think it came out really great. She finished the quilt, from start to finish in a week! It just boggles my mind.
The next three quilts are inspired from all over the world. The first quilt uses aboriginal designs and the Storm at Sea pattern. I think that’s a great idea and I didn’t even think about using ethnic fabric for a traditional quilt pattern. The next quilt features Sunbonnet Sue. It has various Scandinavian designs on it. I think this would be a cute around the world applique quilt for those who like to travel. I think I’ll be on the lookout for something like that. The last quilt was designed by the president of the guild, Betsy Barnard. It tells the First Nation story, Raven Stole the Sun. For binding, she used webbing. I know that she won something but I can’t remember what it was.
The next three quilts feature iconography or designs from Japan, Scandinavia, and Ireland. My mom created the Irish one. I added a funny story about our family regarding the Irish. So back in the day, I asked my grandmother if she could remember the names of her paternal grandparents. Her paternal grandfather was named Wenceslao. I thought that was a very unusual name and I asked her what he looked like because it was so weird. Apparently he was a light-skinned man with bright blue eyes with ginger hair. When I asked if he was Irish she assumed so because of the ginger hair and because he was Catholic. He knew Latin. Again, unusual for our area of Mexico. So growing up, I accepted I had Irish ancestry. Fast forward to last year when I took a DNA test and no Northwest or British Isles DNA showed up. Instead I had West African DNA. So I don’t know what to make of it since we are not Irish at all. Maybe Wenceslao wasn’t actually a blood relative. It was easier to hide that way back then.
My quilt was next. It won Best Use of Color. My prize was also a free quilting session up to a king size quilt. I figured out that it roughly comes out to $330. This is awesome! I didn’t think I would win anything or that prizes would be given but hey! I am giving my prize to my mom because she helped me cut out the majority of the papel picado. I think I cut out 2 and she did the rest. She doesn’t know what finished top she wants to have quilted but I’ll let you know because it would be nice to have one finished by the end of the year.
The next three quilts were interesting. The first was a small wall-hanging featuring fabric from Panama and Guatemala. I thought it was pretty cute. I’m actually curious as to how it was made because the Guatemala fabric is hand weaved. Therefore the threads are a bit loose. The next two are quilted place mats. I love the Italian and Mexican themes. The woman who made them is Italian but her husband is Mexican. Together they designed the mats. I love how she was able to print on fabric. I’ve tried this before and I failed miserably. I wonder if anyone teaches a class on that.
The next big quilt had aboriginal fabric as well. At the time that it was hung, I didn’t really like it. But now that I’m looking at it. I like it. I sorta see flower petals or an Islam floral design. I can’ really point to it. I’m not sure if she used a pattern or not. I do know that this quilt won, “I Didn’t Think I Could Do That.” And that is exactly how I feel about the quilt. I love how her circular quarters match up. I keep wondering if she used the accuquilt cutter. A while ago there was a lecturer who stated something to the effect of… people tend to look longer at quilts they don’t like. And now I get it. I like it but I don’t. Does that make sense? I also am sad that I didn’t take a good look at all the different fabrics.
Another guild member made an aboriginal quilt. It was okay. I couldn’t tell if the figures were embroidered OR appliqued. Maybe both? Then there was a Polish quilt. I think that part was cool. I mean there was such a variety of people coming up with different quilts and styles. I wish there was a greater opportunity for quilts to be globally made. When I was in Prague, I did not find a quality fabric shop. So the fact that I would have had to buy fabric online and have it shipped… I can’t even imagine the cost.
These were the last two quilts that I took photos of. The first is of Thetokos Cathedral in Romania. The second was made by my mom’s friend Catalina. It’s a panel of Native Americans and in parts it was quilted with a trapunto technique.
There was a problem with the schedule of the potluck. Verbally I was told I had to show up to drop off my quilt at 5PM. If you were just participating in the potluck, then you had to show up at 6PM. But the even didn’t actually start until 7PM. It was really confusing because some guild members did not know to show up earlier than 7PM. That is why I don’t have photos of everything. I am missing the 18th quilt which was African inspired.
The last portion of the potluck featured the guild’s mystery quilt. I can’t believe only seven guild members made the quilt. I thought it was a fun quilt. My mom decided to show hers off again. It’s the Blue, Red, and White quilt. I love how each quilt is so different. My fave is the blue and brown quilt that is next to my mom (sorry mom)!