Saturday, October 5, 2013

Westside Quilters Show

(detail) "Zig Zag Amish" 2012, a selvedge quilt by AnneMarie Cowley
The Westside Quilters Guild of Hillsboro, Oregon, is having its annual quilt show this weekend. The show opened today and will also be open tomorrow, Sunday October 6th, from 10am to 4pm at the Tuality Health Education Center at Tuality Hospital in Hillsboro. I've never seen such a festive atmosphere within the walls of a health care facility- a wonderful show!

Three of my quilts were on display- all from the Depression Era. I was happy the cheerful quilts fit the festive atmosphere. And in front of the quilts on the stage was a remarkable collection of antique toy sewing machines with ephemera from the collection of Jennie Best.

There were several modern quilts in the show. It seems like a lot more of these quilts are popping up lately, and there's something I really like about them. AnnMarie Cowley was one of the more prolific modern quilters, with several quilts in the show.

AnneMarie Cowley and her quilt "SWOON" 2012
"The Joy of Color" 2012 by AnneMarie Cowley
"Zig Zag Amish" 2012, selvedge quilt by AnneMarie Cowley
"I Spy a Marathon" 2013, by AnneMarie Cowley
Jean Gordon and Anelie Belden were the guest artists, and Carol and LaRayne from Latimer Quilt and Textile Center were at the show doing a bed-turning of Depression Era quilts from the Latimer collection.

We had a nice visit in between bed turnings and talked about the plans for my exhibit at Latimer in the spring. It's going to be a good one, and will include several of my favorite quilts. Can't wait!

(detail) "Don't Bug Me" by Julia Shapard
If you're in the vicinity of Hillsboro, drive on over and see the 2013 Westside Quilters Quilt Show. It will be open tomorrow, Sunday October 6th, from 10am to 4pm at the Tuality Health Education Center at Tuality Hospital in Hillsboro. For more details, visit the Westside Quilters website- click here.


  1. Your quilts do add to the show! Thanks!

  2. What a great show! I love the vintage toy machines. Our guild show is this weekend, also, but I don't think we are competition since we're way down in Louisiana. I do wish I could make it to this show and see these beautiful quilts in person.

  3. For those of us who wonʻt get to see the show in person, thanks for bringing some of it to us. Great venue!

  4. AnneMarie has always been an inspiration to me. Not only as a quilter but as a reaaly good person. Thank you for showing her work. Awesome!

  5. Sorry I missed this show -- it looks fabulous! Loved seeing AnnMarie's quilts and the miniature sewing machines, and it's always good to see vintage quilts on display.

  6. Those little sewing machines are so precious!