Return to the Quilt Show, Part 2

Dear Liza,

Marcia Derse and her fabrics

Yesterday I told you about my trip to the Northwest Quilting Expo and all the beautiful quilts I saw there. Today I want to tell you about some of the people!

All throughout the center were people showing sewing tools, kits, embroidery threads, and fabrics. We stopped at Marcia Derse’s booth because Auntie Bridgett was transfixed. Marcia, who lives in Freeland, Washington, designs and creates fabrics… with printing, dying, hand-painting and overlapping, she creates fabrics that are both a flashback to art history and incredibly modern and urban feeling.img_0752.jpg

We talked to Marcia for quite a while, because she and Bridgett speak the same languages: Art history and color. Marcia was a student of art history in Cleveland, Ohio, before she moved to Washington. She wanted to use motifs from that background to create new fabric prints, but not get bogged down in each time period, so she created what she calls “overviews”.

In each fabric you can see bits of Roman architecture, African prints, Matisse and Miro paintings, and bits that remind you of something  you can’t quite put your finger on. They were fascinating and wonderful. She is an artist in her own right, as well as creating fabrics for quilt artists to use. It was amazing to talk with her.img_0747-e1538247075913.jpg

Further along, I saw something that stopped ME in my tracks: A small, hand-applique quilt of the London Subway, called The Underground Tube. As we stared at it and remembered our visits to London, the quilter herself came up and we started chatting. CarolAnne Olson is a funny, energetic lady about my age. Making Underground Tube was her way of remembering her own trips to London, and we enjoyed sharing stories. She told us she had two other quilts in the show, so when we said goodbye to her, we kept a lookout for them.

CarolAnne Olson and Underground Tube

We walked, had lunch, looked some more, and found them: A self-portrait (that looks like CarolAnne, but also a bit like me!) in the garden with a glass of wine. Further along, was a busy, happy quilt of her first car, a Volkswagen bug. These two quilts were larger and used the raw-edge machine applique technique I am liking so much.

CarolAnne’s Self Portrait

img_0835.jpgWhen our knees were sore and our heads full, we walked back across the parking lot and caught the train and bus back home. After a rest, we had dinner at Ankeny Tap and Table and then met Jack and Verity Kent for drinks and dessert at The Nerd Out.

What a day!


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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