Patched Together and All Sewn Up

One of my allies out at the Refuge is the barn swallow. They swoop and dive and catch mosquitoes and deer flies and whatever delicacies on which they’re nourished. They are shiny dark blue on top and a warm yellow/white on their bellies. Not much else to tell you about them as they are very small and they are everywhere. They do a pretty good job keeping the pestiferous bugs at a reasonable level, but in July, even the bevies of barn swallows can’t keep up. I honor them for trying…

Yesterday Elizabeth and I went to the quilt show in Creede, CO. Creede is a summer destination for Texans, even more since Covid. It’s a nice town in a spectacular location. The town was crowded; no where to park and people wandering around everywhere. At the top of the town is a mine and in the mine is the semi-annual quilt show.

I’m not a quilter and will never be a quilter. But as a kid I slept under the quilts my grandmother made and I appreciate the art very much. Technology has invaded that art, too, and I saw a large sewing machine that sounded like a high-powered drill, quilting something more or less on its own.

We got there in time to see most of the “Antique Quilt Bed Turning” (featured photo) where the women showed and talked about some of the old quilts they had been loaned to show during this event. I hope I can lend two quilt to them next time because they’re different from anything I saw at the show yesterday.

One of the activities is voting for our favorite in each category. Categories are things like bed quilts, lap quilts, holiday quilts, art quilts, and some categories that are kind of unique and lead to interesting projects. One was integrating old things into the quilts — there were some really cool projects there. I wish I’d taken pictures of all of them, but I only took one.

All the pretty squares on this quilt are the kinds of handkerchiefs my mom’s students gave her as gifts in the 1940’s.

Another category — and I don’t remember what it was — had this quilt.

The cute pre-printed blocks tell a kid how to be. I liked the skunk the best. 🙂

I always enjoy hanging out with Elizabeth, and we had a lot of fun.

Quilt Show

As a girl, I learned all the domestic arts.  I enjoyed learning and doing them. I sewed all my own clothes through high school and started cooking when I was 7. I appreciate them very much, though I no longer participte in any serious way. Still, going to the annual quilt show in the mesmerizingly beautiful town of Creede, Colorado is a huge treat. My friend E and I went today and had a great time. I think I’m mostly just going to share pictures.


This is the most amazing quilt (to me). This quilter combined traditional quilt patterns (Bear Paw, Canoe, Pine Tree, Berry Basket, Clouds, Geese [or ducks] in Flight) with images that reflect the patterns. My friend and I both loved this one.


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P.S. The quilt show is INSIDE a mountain. 🙂