I've not been around much this weekend though I'm not sure what took up all my time, it just did! We, that's the EM, my daughter and I, did go to the Dalgarven Mill Museum of Country Life and Costume on Saturday to view Rosalie (Rosie) Furlong's Retrospective Exhibition of Quilts and Textile Art and it was fabulous. Warning! What follows is a tad photo heavy because there was so many stunning quilts it was hard to put a limit on what to show here. Descriptions taken from the the information notes attached to the quilts and everything in quotes are Rosie's own words.
Scandinavian tapestry which depicts the biblical story of the wise and foolish virgins. The two queens depicted here are decorated with buttons and beads and "there is a simplified use of light and shade to give a sense of form". The quilting is all done by hand, "and the title is a wee nod to its northern inspiration."
There was about 60 quilts in all on display, everyone a work of art. My daughter and I took away ideas for our patchwork projects. Juli enjoys sewing tiny squares together by hand so took away the ideas for pixilating photographs and transferring patterns to squared paper to help in the making of her quilts. Me, I'm nowhere as ambitious as Juli and much prefer machine sewing to hand sewing so I won't be tackling a full-sized quilt any day soon. But what did appeal to me was the appliqued pieces like those seen in the Rising Moon, Falling Leaves, quilt. And these cushions, also made by Rosie.
Scattered throughout the exhibition were examples of Rosie's crochet pieces too - there's no end to her talents - and on a further two floors were displays of tools, machinery, photographs, furniture and clothes - so Dalgarven Mill is well worth a visit if you are at all interested in rural life as it was in Scotland going back through the centuries. I took over 90 photos in all - too many to show today but I hope to put together a couple of more posts showing the crochet work and other items on display that might interest you.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed the photos of the fantastic quilts on display.