Saturday, May 24, 2014

Tidal Treasures Quilt & Fiber Art Festival in Tillamook!

Some of Helene Knott's quilts and fiber art wall hangings
Yesterday I attended Tidal Treasures, the Tillamook County Quilt Guild's 33rd quilt and fiber art festival at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds. There were some really beautiful quilts, and I had a great visit with featured artist Helene Knott, a fellow member of the Northwest Quilters. It was great to see friends from the Oregon quilting community. 

"Lemon Pepper" by LaRayne Woodward
As soon as I got inside the building, I saw LaRayne Woodward, who had seven quilts in the show, but even more grandchildren and now a few great grandchildren as well. She had recently been to traveling to welcome the newest member of the family, another great grandchild, and in addition to the quilts in the show, she had made several baby quilts. LaRayne is very prolific, and I loved how she was experimenting with modern looking  quilts, plus one from the cover of Quiltmania Magazine.

"Diamonds by the Dozen" by LaRayne Woodward
"Remember" by LaRayne Woodward
That Princess Feather quilt looked very familiar. A quilt made with the same design was recently featured on the cover of Quiltmania Magazine.

There were many more beautiful quilts, some traditional, some more modern, and some beautiful fiber art. Here are just a few of the pieces that caught my eye.

"Boxy Stars" by Carol Weber 
"Evelyn's Album" by Gail Desjarlais
"By the Sea" by Charleen Hakala
"Shoo Fly" by Jeannie Marshall
"Paper Weight" by Carol Weber
"Postage Stamp Quilt" by Virginia A. Johnson
The quilt that really stopped me in my tracks was "Oklahoma Twister" by Cathie Favret. The quilt includes a touching and sometimes heart-wrenching biography of her father, Noel Dale Lively, who was born and raised in Oklahoma. He passed away in February, 2013.

"Oklahoma Twister" by Cathie Favret

Helene Knott was the featured quilter. She gave a great lecture and showed dozens of her quilts. We chatted for a couple hours afterwards and had lunch together. Helene is a wonderful, accomplished artist, and has experimented with many ideas in her quilts and fiber art.

The show is up for one more day - today! So, there's still time to go and see it. Kudos to the Tillamook County Quilt Guild for another wonderful show!


  1. Loved seeing this "show" and your commentary.

    In a different vein, I bought a quilt mag yesterday. Opened to the cheddar article and the picture of the first quilt is part of your collection. Did you tell us that you would be in Quilter's Newsletter? Interesting story.

    1. I may have mentioned it, but I kind of forgot about it. Hard to keep track lately. But I will be in American Quilter in July and Quiltmania in July (I think). :)