A Weekend in Denver

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Last July when I was on Pat Sloan’s show, I happened to be on during the same hour as Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock. Amy was talking about some work she had displayed in the Denver Art Museum’s Spun Exhibit. Well, you know my mom was listening and afterwards she sent me an email that said “We must go see this exhibit! And visit family while we are out there!” (Much of my extended family lives in Denver.)

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So last weekend we took off and met up in Denver! What a fun trip. I hope you are ready for some major, major picture overload. We flew in on Saturday, bright and early, and went straight up to get my grandma in Berthoud. I haven’t seen my grandma in a really long time, so it was pretty great to get to spend the day with her.

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She wanted to take me to her local quilt shop – which actually turned out to be all sorts of awesome! This is the Laughing Ladies Quilting shop. And I can tell you that not only is the shop H-U-G-E and full of great stuff (I picked up some of the latest Sweetwater!), but the ladies that work inside are also very nice and friendly! The store just had a very happy vibe. If you are heading north of Denver or south of Loveland, definitely make the stop to check it out.

After the quilt shop we headed into the mountains to get our tourist on. We visited Georgetown to take my grandma on a short narrow gauge train ride.

Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

It was really fun! Being from the midwest, the mountains are so cool to see. I feel like the Rockies have such great contrast. One minute they are covered in trees. The next it’s all rocks that look like they are going to fall on your car. Kidding…but not really. lol

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Sunday we woke up early to visit Red Rocks before going to the museum.

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That was a fun study in contrast too – one group of people were there and camping out before the Grateful Dead concert Sunday evening. Another group of SUPER fit people were there exercising on the endless stairs.

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Next we headed off to Spun at the Denver Art Museum (and it happened to be the very last day of the exhibit!)

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The exhibit was spread in little bits and pieces all over the museum. Which does get you to see areas you normally wouldn’t visit…but also was exhausting. lol I loved this banner in the building, which included a little section that looked like a ticker tape quilt to me.

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There was an area where you could get hands on and try all sorts of things from hand quilting to block designing.

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There was a big section of crocheted items set up to look like coral in the ocean.

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Really beautiful paper art by Bruce Price.

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A section called Material World which were items made out of different, well, materials. From top to bottom, Reconstruction #20 (Sewn fabrics) by Lucas Samaras, 1977; Lucas/Rug (Silk and linen) by Chuck Close, 1993; Rain Has No Father? (Found bottle tops with copper wire) by El Anatsui, 2008.

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Loved this piece. Does anyone else feel like they have this many quilts? Untitled by Marie Watt, 2013.

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I was also really inspired by the Pattern Play area, designs by Jacqueline Groag. Boy do I wish some of these were printed on fabric today.

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This quilt was my favorite, made by Annie J. Peight at age 10(!!), from the Pennsylvania Amish community in 1926. Not only do I love the design, but the hand quilting was amazing. She had acorns around the entire border.

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And then of course I had to see Amy’s beautiful mini quilt, made from silk fabric her grandfather purchased in France during World War II.

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The whole exhibit was set up beautifully.

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Looks like someone got ahold of my scissor drawer. Just kidding. 😉

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After the museum we had a bite to eat and then headed to Fancy Tiger Crafts, a modern quilting and yarn store in Denver.

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They had a great selection!

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Monday we were going to drive out to Vail but had to change our plans due to snow creating a problem in one of the tunnels. Yes, snow people. Ha! We ended up going down to Colorado Springs and visiting Garden of the Gods.

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Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

It was a great trip! I’m slowly catching up on my sleep and hopefully will sit back down at my sewing machine later by the weekend.

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    Looks like your trip turned out AMAZING!!! Love that sweet pic of you and your gram…such special times together, I’m sure :). PS- I love that you noticed the ticker tape block because that one is actually the block I made for the community project!!! I had to laugh when I saw it up there the first day, hung amidst artsy muted ribbon flowers and seascapes. Like, yup, I’m crazy bright rainbows all the way! 🙂 Thanks for sharing all about your glorious trip Faith, and I’m so honored that I was able to be part of a teeny piece of it 🙂

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    Hi Faith! Thank you for taking us with you for this lovely trip! Just amazing views! So happy you had time with your mom and grand mom! Fantastic quilt shows! x Teje

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    Hi Faith, I loved reading your article and looking at all the pictures. My son and daughter-in-law live in Loveland so I have been taking all of this in and thinking next time we visit them I must go to these places 🙂

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    Lizzie says

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this trip! I hope I can go to that museum someday. So cool to see/hear about the parachute silk. My husband told me he knew a man in Sweden who also had brought back a bunch for future use too, bu the wedding dress story is so much more personal.

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    I remember going to see the Garden of the Gods with my parents — my Father loved the west and especially the mountains – thanks for the memories … #!}

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    Melodee says

    So enjoyed your pics of Denver. I grew up there (now live in So Ca) I went to many concerts at Red Rocks, my grandmother lived near Garden of the Gods. I have yet to make it to Fancy Tiger, now I need to try and get to your grandmas quilt shop.

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    Susanne says

    Hi! I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit. I just love your work and look forward to your book. Also, thanks for mentioning Amy Gibson. I just adore her. She is a gifted teacher and mentor. I don’t know how she does everything with twin boys at age 1 and 2 daughters at the age of 5 and under.
    You and Amy are an inspiration to me. Thanks for the post.
    Take care and be well.

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    Kara says

    Looks like a great trip! My aunt lives near Red Rocks and my cousins went to Red Rock Elementary school. So gorgeous out there! I’m glad you didn’t get eaten by a mountain lion or bitten by a rattlesnake (things that are always lingering thoughts as I’m hiking around CO)! 😛

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      lol Kara, you must have been talking to my mom. At Garden of the Gods there were signs about Rattlesnakes EVERYWHERE and I couldn’t stop mentioning it. ha! Also I made several comments about looking above us just in case we were attack from above by a giant cat. ha 🙂

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    Sue Moore says

    Thanks for sharing those photos. The landscape is so different to what we see in Australia, & those quilt shops…..wow!!

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    Ellen Mascolo says

    Wow, did you ever do a lot in such a short time ! My daughter lives out there and we try to get to as many quilt shops as possible when I visit from NJ -Laughing Ladies is wonderful! Georgetown loop is awesome and I wish we could have toured ‘Spun’. Thank-you for the wonderful photo tour and the memories of my visits .

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    So glad you enjoyed your trip! I live here and went to the exhibit early on so I didn’t get to see the yarn bomb on the outside. Isn’t that Chuck Close rug amazing? I had no idea he did anything but paintings. And, seeing your pics remind are making me want to get outside! If/when you get back, if you have time, look us up at the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild. It would be fun to meet you and share in some quilty comraderie.

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    jody deschenes says

    glad you had a great trip to my beautiful state, and also managed to eek out a couple of days with no rain – it has been bizarre here since july. Groag exhibit at DAM was luscious! Fancy Tiger, good choice! thank god i don’t knit, too!

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    Val says

    Thanks for sharing! Great pics, love the show at the Denver art museum… I need to check if it will be traveling east, I’d love to see that one.

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    Thanks so much for the holiday in a blog post! Great countryside and fantastic exhibit. I wish I’d been there, too, but thanks to you, I kind of feel like I was.

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    Vicky says

    Well, am I ever glad you posted this! My sister lives in Colorado Springs and I now have one more reason to make the trek from Ontario to visit! Thanks for the quilt shop info too…I’d love to take my niece out one day to shop.

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    Diane Brown says

    Thank you for having such an inspiring website. I’m new to quilting and your style is the kind of thing I’ve been looking for. I look forward to following you.

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    Marj Bryen says

    Thanks so much for sharing your trip.. went through Denver on my way to visit my daughter in San Diego..wish I had checked out the exhibit ..I have added those shops to my quilting bucket list and will try to visit them on my next trip!! I love your blog!!

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    Thank you for sharing the gorgeous photos. I just went to Boulder and wish I had known about the exhibit. I did get to visit my favorite shop in Boulder, Fabricate. Small, personal, great selection. Adding the shops you visited to my “to visit” list.

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    Just found your awesome website tonight and I’m already “sew”
    Inspired!!! I must sign up to follow this site!!!
    Looking forward to sitting at my machine with your site close by.
    Thank you for your beautiful quilts!

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