September 18, 2013

Had a fun weekend in Walnacrick oops Walnut Creek. (When we lived in central Ohio there was a town over in Amish country Walnut Creek but they pronounced it Walnacrick so that’s been a running family gag ever since.)

Nancy S. Brown was the featured quilter and I’ve been a huge fan of her work for years, so it was great to have the chance to meet her in person and chat. As she put it, “Us appliquérs have to stick together.” Here are a couple of the fabulous hand-appliquéd quilts in her display.

Jaguar by Nancy S. Brown

Giraffes by Nancy S. Brown

One of Nancy’s most famous quilts is the incredible “Sunday in the Park with Mittens,” which you can see on her website, upper right. I took a closeup of the papillon, the happy little doggie who reminds me so much of my dear departed Willie.

Sunday in the Park with Mittens, detail, Nancy S. Brown

There were more spectacular appliqué quilts in the show.

A Matter of Morris by Mary Mix

Sabor Latino by Laura Fraga

Woodland Animals by Sue Mead

Woodland Animals, detail, Sue Mead

A good time was had by all at this biennial show put on by the Diablo Valley Quilters.

Next stop… Sonora! The latest word is that the Rim Fire is under control so no worries. We’ll be there this weekend, with bells on. All the info is at the Sierra Quilt Guild website.

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


6 Responses to “Beautiful quilts in Walnut Creek”

  1. Loris Mills on September 18th, 2013 10:39 am

    That must have been a wonderful show!
    Nancy is one of my favorites! I haven’t seen the Jaguar before. He is gorgeous! I have loved those giraffes for a long time. Just amazing work!

  2. Nancy S. Brown on September 18th, 2013 3:53 pm

    Hi Kay,

    Thanks for all the kind words about my quilts. It was a lot of fun to chat with you at the show. Can’t wait to try the scissors I bought from you—I think they will be great! The little papillon happens to belong to a friend of mine and his name also happens to be Willie!

  3. Wanda on September 19th, 2013 5:17 am

    Thanks for showing us all the lovely quilts. Such inspiration. It must be nice to live in a state that has so many quilt shows. Lucky you.

  4. admin on September 19th, 2013 9:06 am

    Hi Loris and Wanda! So happy you enjoyed the show and tell. Nancy, OMG! I’m kinda all choked up now over your friend’s Willie, my Willie, and papillons in general. They are the best little dogs on the world. I’m so glad I know that now and it’s even more special.


  5. Debbie St.Germain on September 19th, 2013 1:27 pm

    Those are gorgeous quilts, love seeing art pieces and being inspired.


  6. Linda Gruber on September 29th, 2013 8:00 am

    The Papillon in Nancy’s quilt is mine and lo and behold his name is Willie too..He is 17 years now and sometimes still that perky! Linda