Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Show Must Go On…

…and what a show it was!!  Who knew that there were so many talented people staying at The Sands!  Yesterday this became apparent as, not only were quilts displayed but paintings, jewellery, mosaics and more!

Let me show you what was displayed in the North Hall….

Almost makes my heart go a-flutter! Open-mouthed smile


One of the Quilters had a Christmas Tree so all things Christmasy went here…SEW CUTE!


This was a wall plaque stretched and wrapped over a painter’s canvas and stapled on the back…what a great way to hang a pictorial quilt!


Anne made this for her two year old grandson’s wall…so sweet!  The striped pockets hold crayons while the large crayons hold felt markers…and the large pocket is where he will find the paper and colouring books.  SEW clever!


Last week many of the quilters made these wonderful trivets for hot pots…too nice for a pot.  This happens a lot…a quilter will be working on something and then others will join in the following week.


Roxanne made this stunning quilt as a block of the month…P1110757

..and just look at the quilting…wonderful!!


Gwen made this Kokapeli quilt for her Park Model bed and it is HUGE!!  She designed the quilt herself…found a small picture of Kokapeli and blew it up and went from there!  It is magnificent!P1110759


Colleen made this lovely Christmas Table topper!!  Love it!


One of the blocks is folded out to give it a rounded appearance.  Hard to see but hopefully you get the idea.


A table of little quilts…including my Wool Crazy Square…STILL not finished!! 


The Wool Lady in Temecula and JoAnne (author of Wool Crazy) will be receiving tons of customers looking for wool and the book!  Too bad I didn’t have cards to hand out!


Another trivet…they would make cute mug rugs, wouldn’t they!


The baby quilt is now a flimsy…and a VERY cute flimsy it is.  Saskatchewan Judy leaves soon so we probably won’t see it reach completion…but man it is so adorable and SOFT!!


A little table topper flimsy…it’s going to be lovely!!


Anne’s little vibrant paper pieced wall hanging…all those little itty bitty pieces made plenty of people stop and wonder how she did that!!?  I’m not telling!


Calgary Judy’s gorgeous butterfly wall hanging…look closely and you will see little butterfly buttons down the centre!P1110770

Colleen’s Christmas String quilt…isn’t it festive!


Anne made the Alberta quilt on the right…it hangs in her RV to remind her of home!


Roxanne is working on both of these little wall hangings…her work is gorgeous!!


Alice’s garden quilt took my breath away…what a beautiful way to use up all your flower scraps!!  LOVE it!!


And…a that you can see what kind of fabrics Alice used!


Doris just finished this flimsy…and she is not happy with it.  When she discovered that the shop didn’t have enough of the fabric that she wanted, Doris went with the advise of the shopkeeper…changing the whole colour scheme…and she has been kicking herself ever since! A valuable lesson for us all…go with what YOU want and if you can’t find it then wait!!  Having said that..this quilt is lovely and I’m sure Doris will find a loving home for it!P1110778

Now this show wasn’t JUST a quilt show…there were other artists…



Sketches and line drawings of desert hikes…


Oils and acrylic paintings…


Whimsical work on canvas…


I LOVED Mary’s work…


Here she is here..Mary decided to ‘try’ painting 3 years ago and loves it…and she has NEVER taken one lesson!!  Her watercolours are stunning!!  Imagine picking up a paint brush and doing this!!



This artist makes things out of kelp that he finds on his beach back home in Oregon!!  Wow!!



Jewellery and beading…


Mobiles made from the rocks found out on the desert…


This man makes mosaics out of stain glass squares…gorgeous work!


This lady takes pictures while hiking in the desert then paints from her photos.  Lovely work!P1110794

Anne made this little quilt to reminder everyone that her and her hubby are Snowbirds…blending the Canadian maple leaves with the USA Stars!!  Love it!


So that was our show!  The good news was PEOPLE actually came…and it was quite busy throughout the 2 hours that the show was on.  I think I see a yearly tradition happening here!!  The quilters are already talking about bringing more of their creations from home.  I can see next year’s show being even BIGGER and BETTER!  I bet the Artisans are thinking the same thing!!

Today we are taking Seattle Judy (a Civil War fabric lover) to Temecula…first stop The Quilter’s Coop, followed by The Wool Lady Shop and then onto Temecula Quilt Co.!!  Hope she likes the shops…slap me…of COURSE she is going to love them!!

Have a thrilling Thursday and Happy Quilting!~P


  1. wonderful show, glad you shared it with us all. I would like to know if you have the pattern for those trivets??? I am in need.

  2. What a talented group! What a great idea to bring everyone together.

  3. For what seemed like a spur of the moment idea to have a show, there was certainly a lot to view and very good stuff! My favorite is the wool crazy piece. Is that yours?

  4. Artists are amazing! Just look at their work.

  5. Wow, there are many talented people staying at The Sands - terrific show.

  6. WOW!!! What a talented bunch at the Sands. That was quite a show. Your wool crazy is incredible. I hope I get to see it in person some day!

  7. wow...what a are right...alot of talent in one place!

  8. Looks like a great show!

    Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

  9. Uh-oh, I see next post having your purchases! ;o)
    It is like a quilting retreat daily for you at The Sands...lucky you!

  10. Looks like there's a heck of a lot of talent spending the winter right there.

    Great pieces of art.

  11. Maybe you will get more people take up quilting after the show, or your quilters will try painting as well? Very inspirational show of many talents.

  12. You folks are fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hey, good news, no singing wooden frogs or tortilla warmers! But lots of beautiful quilts, paintings, crafts and even Christmas stuff! Great show!! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Wow - what a show - I am really impressed - thank you for sharing. I agree about the pattern on the trivits and mug rugs. I would love a copy.

    Hugs - Marie

  15. I can sure see that there is plenty of talented people at the Sands!!..what a great turnout you all had!!!

  16. Wow, that was wonderful. With advance warning that show could really take off next year. Congratulations.

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