Black Canyon show turns to bygone era
Indian arrowheads, coloring with crayons, an ancient method of mending field workers’ clothes and an old-fashioned “bed turning” with quilts from the mid-1800s — that’s what in store at this year’s 18th annual Black Canyon Quilt Show in Montrose.
Organizers chose the theme “Everything Old Is New Again,” and they have the programming to back it up for their three-day event scheduled Friday through July 14 at the Pavilion.
In addition to dozens of quilts for your perusal, free daily demonstrations are planned as usual.
Monika Lamrecht can show you how to make arrowheads — not the flint kind of Ol’ West days, but fabric quilt blocks in a similar pattern.
The sophisticated but simple block is created with two squares of fabric and three cuts. You’ll learn the technique and several possibilities for arranging the quilt top.
Then go back to your childhood and have fun once again with crayons.
Ludene Smith will explain how to color quilt blocks and add sashing and borders to them. She’ll have samples on hand to give you ideas.
Did you know that the popular Japanese Sashiko stitch was developed in earlier times to patch clothes worn by field workers?
Now it’s heralded as a beautiful art form.
Laura Pedge, owner of Laura’s Home in Grand Junction, will demonstrate how the stitch is executed and discuss the proper threads and needles.
Sashiko can enhance today’s quilts, garments, pillows and other items of home décor.
More demonstrations will focus on how to fold quilts for storage (on the bias), Presto Sheer stabilizer for needlework, especially wool appliqué, and sewing a quick flannel baby blanket that “makes its own binding.”
The Black Canyon show organizers will bring a bed into the Pavilion and stack it with quilts for a “bed turning” to be repeated throughout the three days.
In the olden days, according to the event committee, the woman of the house used this method as an opportunity to show off all the quilts she’d made to her friends.
Today, such turnings introduce quilters and non-quilters to the beauty of quilts by multiple makers at public events.
One at a time, quilts are pulled back and held up for the audience to behold while the story of their history is briefly told.
At the Black Canyon show, the oldest quilts are dated to the mid-1800s. One of those is a traditional blue-and-white design that resisted fading through the years.
Moving on through history, the collection includes crazy quilts, Sunbonnet Sue and memory quilts. Some are elegant, others utilitarian, but all with legacies.
About 10 vendors will set up their booths for shopping all three days, representing Colorado retailers from Durango, Grand Junction, Montrose and Woodland Park and one from the state of New Mexico.
A variety of quilted items, such as pillows and table runners, will be for sale at the Black Canyon Boutique during the show, and proceeds will go to the San Juan Cancer Center.
Also, $1 raffle tickets will be available for a Sunday drawing for a new, 100-inch-square quilt titled “Winter Magic.”
Nationally certified appraiser Bobbie Aug of Colorado Springs will appraise quilts — old and new — on site for a fee of $50 each. Reservations are needed; call 970-249-6531 for appointments and information.
I’m looking forward to this year’s Black Canyon Quilt Show, as always. I expect to be whisked into yesteryear, where I’ll get a good look at styles that are sure to be the rage in years to come.
Email Sherida.Warner@ GJSentinel.com.