December 2017

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December 4, 2017
Howdy Friends and Neighbors,

Been awhile since we "talked" and it sure seems like it is almost past time to tie the final ribbon on the 2017 and then start looking toward the 2018 Festival.  So....Let's get started!

2017 In Review

There were some great highlights during the Festival.  Here are a few for your consideration
  1. Our featured quilters - Joe Cunningham and Ken Hegge.  Joe's contemporary style challenged my traditional quilting and helped me to appreciate the creative side of what can be imagined.  Ken was a great compliment to that stretch, by displaying his more traditional quilts that were so beautifully done.  And both personalities added so much.  They shared techniques, "why's" and "why not?" with us, and just plain fit our Festival to a tee.  Thanks Guys.
  2. The quilts that were entered were varied in pattern, color, design, quilting technique.  It was almost like being inside a rainbow. Each was delightful on its own, and the stories that went with them were a testament to the love and patience that was stitched into each one.  Thanks to you all who entered such a lovely array of art!
Next would be those of you who came and supported our Festival. It is the anticipation of putting the Festival together, and that minute  that we open the door and you start pouring in that has  kept us going for eighteen years.  You are the reason the Festival has been successful and we're working to keep it that way.   Which means, now it's time to focus on the 2018 Festival! 

2018 Coming Up! 
QUILT FESTIVAL DATES:
SEPTEMBER 14 & 15, 2018, 10 AM TO 5 PM
SEPTEMBER 16, 2018, 10 AM TO 3 PM

PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN CLOSING TIME FOR SUNDAY THIS YEAR. 

QUILT REGISTRATION:

BEGINS JULY 1, 2018

ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE ENTERED NOT LATER THAN

MIDNIGHT, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

QUILT DELIVERY TO FLORAL BUILDING WALLA WALLA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
10 AM TO 3 PM ON SEPTEMBER 8 & 9, 2018

QUILT PICKUP, COMMUNITY BUILDING, WALLA WALLA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
4PM TO 6 PM, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
 
FESTIVAL CHALLENGE:​  

The theme for the 2018 Festival is:  ​BOOVILLE.​  We invite you to interpret this theme in your own fabrics in a small wall hanging not to exceed 40" in diameter or 160" circumference.  There are cash prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  As well all attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite challenge.  All the nitty gritty rules and guidelines can be located on the website.  Can't wait to see what you come up with.

BLOCK LOTTO:   We have chosen the fabric for the 2018 Block Challenge.  You use the chosen fabric to create a 12" finished block of the design you choose or have designed yourself.  You must use a recognizable portion of the chosen fabric.

You may get a fat eighth of the fabric from Kay Fortner by contacting her at  541-218-0313 or email - kay.fortner@yahoo.com.
A small fee of $1.00 will be charged if we can hand you the fabric.  If we mail it to you,the charge will be $1.50.  

The blocks will be displayed together at the Festival and will be awarded to the block that receives the most votes in the people's choice voting.  Hopefully the winner will put together a beautiful quilt to be shown in a future WWVQF show!



FEATURED QUILTERS:
Our Nationally known featured quilter for 2018 is Teresa Silva, from Yakima, WA.  Many of you have seen her expertise in the beautiful machine quilting that she does.  Recently she published her first book and is still very busy creating new treasures through her excellent creative quilting!  We will have more information on Teresa and her new book in future newsletters!

And the local featured quilter is Cathy Wiese.  Yup, that's me.  I am incredibly honored to be able to share my efforts through the years.
I started quilting in 1992 without a clue as to where to start, but that'a a long story.  Just want to say I can't wait to share my humble efforts with y'all.
 
OTHER STUFF: It is another cold grey day here in the Valley.  Had a little rain this morning, but no snow yet!  I am about a month past due on when my annual mantra becomes "C'Mon Summertime!"  I am perpetually cold and my poor hubby suffers through my sneaking in to turn up the heater.  I am most comfortable at 85 degrees, but you won't hear me complaining even when the thermometer approaches 100.  So if you hear me muttering "C'Mon Summertime!" you know what that's all about.
TIPS AND TRICKS:

Friend Judy is helping me out this time.  She says:
*  Use an "Ove" glove for pressing.  She was pressing blocks with very small squares and lots of seams.  Pressing the fabric it became too hot to hold and was almost burning my fingers.  Tried the Ove glove and it protected my fingers and worked well in getting the pressing done.  I have also used it when pressing long ties for aprons (or making and pressing bias tape.  My not added to this is these gloves are my "go to" hot pads in the kitchen.  You usually can find them somewhere in the Valdley, but hubby bought my annual Christmas par over the internet.  They are GREAT!.
*  When needing lots of strips for quilting, hang them on a small folding clothes drying rack.  It takes up a little room and it keeps all the different strips neat and visible.  She keeps on bar for hanging the small pieces so she can see them easily and reuse them.
Anybody out thee have a project somewhat started but just cannot force yourself to finish?  Make it a gift project.  Find a pretty box, line with tissue paper and include all the pieces and extra fabric and the instructions. wrap with a pretty ribbon and then gift it to a relative or your least favorite person (just kidding).  Or another option is to put the name on the box and put it away for others to find when you are  quilting with St. Peter.  A great idea and the recipient will feel remembered again!

AND THAT'S ALL FOLKS:

 Want to wish each and every one of you a peaceful, loving, joy filled Christmas Season.   Keep in mind the reason for the season and share your kindness with everyone.  Stay tuned for more news, and please, feel free to share this with your friends and neighbors!

If you have a quilting tip to share. please let me share it with everyone.  Send to me at info@wallawallaquiltfestival.org.

Take care!  More later,

Cathy Wiese
Walla Walla Quilt Valley Quilt Festival
541-938-6130
info@wallawallaquiltestival.org
 www.wallawallaquiltfestival.org








 

 
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