“One Quilter’s Odyssey: Traditional to Modern,” a show of quilts designed and made by Debbie Nichols Poulos, a longtime Davis resident, is on exhibit now at the University Retirement Community, 1515 Shasta Drive in West Davis. Nichols Poulos is a resident of URC.
The public is invited to an opening reception from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 26. The quilts are hanging on the fourth floor, north from the central elevator, and will remain up through July.
An explanatory card accompanies each quilt that gives some history about the quilt and explains the designer’s thought process.
For example, “Wild Goose Chase” is explained this way: “This quilt was from a class at Cloth Carousel, taught by Maita Ralston, to make a “flying geese” quilt. I reinterpreted the design so that the geese from one block flew into the orbit of another block. See how the geese are all mixed up. You will notice that some yellow geese flew into this quilt from somewhere else. It was fun to play with, and alter, the original design.”
Nichols Poulos is a member of a quilting group called The Nine Patchers, which has been meeting monthly since May 1999. All of the members are current or former teachers at Patwin Elementary School, just down the street from URC, on Shasta Drive.
“Each month, one of us is in charge of assigning a block design and fabric styles/colors for a block to be finished for the next month’s meeting,” she explains. “Once the blocks are all given to the one in charge of the project, that person sews them into a finished quilt. So each year each of us has blocks with which to complete one project.”
Although the members organized as a quilt group, they are primarily a group of friends, Nichols Poulos said, who meet monthly to chat, drink wine and enjoy snacks. In addition to our monthly gatherings, The Nine Patchers enjoy weekend quilting retreats at a member’s cabin in the Sierra Nevada.