I dream of being a quilter.
Yes, I make quilts, but nothing that would begin to compare with the extraordinary work of Pagosa Springs quilter Cindy Vermillion Hamilton.
Hamilton will share a bit of her knowledge at this Saturday’s Pagosa Piecemakers Quilt Guild meeting when she presents a trunk show of some of the antique quilts she has collected, along with some of the quilts she has created. The focus of this program will be hand quilting.
So, if you are not a quilter or, gasp, a hand quilter should you attend?
You will have an opportunity to view quilts dating from the 1840s, and hear an expert quilter speak about them. Hamilton will also be showing her “Lost in England” quilt that placed third in April 2008 at the prestigious American Quilter’s Show in Paducah, Ky.
Some of the information presented regarding choosing quilting designs to complement the pattern of the top will cross over to machine quilting. Hamilton is looking forward to audience participation and questions.
Drawn to quilts and hand stitching since early childhood, Hamilton taught herself to quilt and began to study antique quilt and textile history in the mid 1960s. She was drawn to quilting by the history of it. Countless hours have been spent over the years studying the fabrics and patterns from time periods in order to combine “authentic fabrics, patterns, styles and techniques together” to create her masterpieces.
The majority of the piecing, appliqué and quilting in Hamilton’s pieces is hand done. She delights in the process of quilting, savoring each step in the design of the quilt, selection of colors and fabrics and the process of making the quilt. Clearly, speed in completion of a quilt is not a goal, rather it is a matter of giving of herself each step of the way as she creates an heirloom.
Hamilton is a nationally-known quilter and is described as “a self-taught folk artist who brings new life to traditional quilt design with her unique arrangements of color and pattern.” In addition to the previously mentioned award, she has won two first-place awards in the traditional pieced professional category and one second place in the appliqué professional category at the American Quilter’s Show in Paducah, Ky. Her works have been featured in books and magazines, including on two covers of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. Her work is in the collections of the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania and the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah.
Though she has won numerous awards and accolades through the years, there is no doubt Hamilton’s greatest satisfaction is in the completion and sharing of her quilts. Be sure to attend this program and take advantage so this opportunity to meet a master quilter.
The Pagosa Piecemakers Quilt Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mountain Heights Baptist Church. The dues to attend this meeting is set at $3. Everyone is welcome.