Capitol Quilt Show
Let’s put our personal politics aside and see if we can all agree on this: The Colorado Statehouse is one of the most majestic settings ever for a quilt show.
Two hundred and fifty fabric masterpieces will be unfurled between its rose onyx pillars from the first, second and third floors above the stately rotunda, a free exhibit for anyone who enters this white granite bastion of government on Colfax Avenue in downtown Denver.
The Capitol Quilt Show is a biennial event opening July 29 and running through Oct. 10. Sponsored by the Colorado Quilting Council, it highlights antique quilts, new quilts and quilts made by groups.
The entries are not judged, and all ages and levels of quilting abilities are invited to participate. The main requirement is that owners of the quilts be Colorado residents.
This year, the council added another venue to the Capitol Quilt Show. A second exhibit of 42 more quilts will run concurrently in the nearby Denver Central Library’s Reading Room on the fifth floor. It, too, is free and open to the public.
In a demonstration of the quilt’s commonality with the written word, quilt novelist Marie Bostwick will speak at a 2 p.m. opening reception at the library Aug. 4. She will then autograph copies of her latest book, “Between Heaven and Texas.”
Bostwick, who lives in rural Thomaston, Conn., will be coming to Denver after delivering the keynote address at Quilt Nebraska, Thursday through July 28, in Seward. Her topic is “When the Going Gets Tough the Tough Turn to Quilting.”
Combining her lifelong love of quilting and themes that are relevant to modern women, this writer has developed a following with her Cobbled Court Quilt series, the first of which was published in 2008.
Her novel, “Between Heaven and Texas,” is a prequel to the series and focuses on a recurring character, Mary Dell Templeton. The book delves into Templeton’s history and her struggles with marriage, infertility and motherhood. While she tries to define herself as a woman, entrepreneur and artist, a whole lot of quilting goes on in the story as well.
Between writing fiction and traveling to speaking engagements, such as national festivals in Paducah, Ky., and Houston, Bostwick still finds time to piece and quilt on her sewing machine.
When asked about her quilt style preferences, Bostwick says she dabbles in “just about everything,” but spends more of her time on traditional patterns. Most recently, she completed a paper-pieced wedding quilt for her eldest son and daughter-in-law.
“I finished it just in time for their third anniversary but before the birth of their first child so, in my book, that’s pretty much on time,” Bostwick jokes.
I know others of us can empathize with that sort of timeline.
Also, another quilt she made is to be featured in the fall issue of Easy Quilts magazine, which should be available sometime in the coming week, she’s been told.
Whether you are a quilter or a reader, or perhaps both, you’ll find fabric eye candy and paper page-turners at the Capitol Quilt Show and the Denver Central Library. How can we resist?
Email Sherida.Warner@ GJSentinel.com.