Saturday, July 11, 2009

Quilt Show Preps and another K block

If you've never help set up a quilt show, this is how we do ours. I must give credit to others as I did NOT do this work. This is Wednesday evening. I will work at the take-down Sunday and see the entire show then. Can't wait! The awards are Viewer's Choice and we are always surprised (and some of us get a teensy bit hostile!) to see what the Viewer's like best. LOL

This is the gym at a church. What you see are the frames on the floor in the proper position. The binder clips to hold the quilts are already on the frames. The frames will be pulled upright and positioned in the stanchions. In the background is a scaffold on wheels which is rolled from frame to frame, and then the quilts are clipped to the upright rails. I've done the "take-down" only, not the "put-up", but I believe I have it figured out. Over the years, the system has become well orchestrated, almost like choreography.

On the lower part of the walls, there is carpeting, making the space ideal for hanging small quilts. Unfortunately there is no air conditioning. and despite many years of considering options, there are no other spaces as nice/handy as this. We bring a lot of fans.

Next subject, I tried another kaleidoscope strata, deliberately putting an 'in your face' print (that dark rust/white check) in the middle of the strata, knowing an 'in your face' print would take over the block. As you can see, it does.
However, even so, I believe if this whole quilt was together, it would work just fine. My VALUES do not blend well, but hey, I'd cuddle under it!

11 comments:

Nancy said...

I've always wondered about the set-up for a quilt show. Thanks for a behind the scenes photos.

The new quilt looks like a cuddler to me, too.

Karen said...

There is nothing wrong with the values in your kaleidoscope block. It works well.....at least for my pleasure.

It is interesting to see the framework for the quilts. Each guild seems to have their own ideas of what works. This is not like what either of the two guilds I used to be involved with used.

Quiltin' LibraryLady said...

I know from experience that setting up a quilt show is hard work. And people tend to get a little hostile about things other than Viewer's Choice.

Is there a way to completely ruin a Kaleidoscope quilt? It looks like even when you try it works out somehow.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I wish our quilt show were that easy Elaine. We have it in a public library and we have the quilt stands weaving in and out of the stacks! And all quilts are hung on sleeves which makes it so tedious to set up and take down. I like your way much better! blessings, marlene

Joyce said...

I like the kaleidoscope a lot. I agree, that it's practically impossible to ruin one no matter what colors you choose.

The Calico Quilter said...

That looks like an enormous amount of work, for which I'm sure nobody gets eough appreciation! It looks like it will be a gigantic quilt show!

Your kaleidoscope block looks just fine to me. I'm not sure an obnoxious enough fabric exists that wouldn't blend right in when placed in those blocks. I love these, although they still remind me of the test pattern that the tv stations showed before their broadcast stopped for the night, back in the day!

Purple Pam said...

Love the new kaleidosope project. Your values look fine to me. Now I must get back to my project and get it finished!

meggie said...

Kaleidoscopes really are amazing.
What a lot of work goes into a quilt show- or any show for that matter.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Wow, you guys have really light weight looking frames! I love the idea of clamps up top too. For our show, we rented another guilds hand-made wooden frames (I think they only charged $25). We only had to go get the frames (1 1/2 ferry ride, plus 1 hour driving) and return them. It was a great deal for us because we have no where to store our own frames even if we did have them, but gosh - those wooden frames are heavy! Love the new K. quilt strata. Goes to show that anything truly does work - great pattern for busting stash you no longer love!
Cheers! Evelyn

Shasta said...

Did you see where Ricky Timms was looking for pieced K quilts for his upcoming book.

Shortyz Quilts said...

Your kaleidoscope quilt is lovely. I love the large strips. I think the color are wonderful. Thanks for showing us this beautiful pattern.