Here we are taking a break at the quilt show – me, Reed, Sherry and Llama Kathy.
Sherry had a step counter which read 6500 steps by the time we left. The remodeled Civic Center is just beautiful but the quilt show organizers seriously misjudged the food availability issue. Two snack bars – and long, long lines to get anything to eat. I suppose they thought people would leave the show to find a restaurant close by but nobody wants to do that. I was expecting a large food court area like other quilt shows which is why I thought we could meet in the back area. BUT we had a great “board meeting” and a nice chat to get to know each other, putting faces to the comments.
These two, Jan and Linda, wanted to sit by Reed so they could get his autograph! Sweet! It wouldn’t surprise me if in about 15 years Reed could be giving lectures at quilt shows and designing fabric and writing books.
The quilts were outstanding and overwhelming at the same time. The talent that is displayed in some of these quilts is beyond words. And now after acknowledging this talent, I have to admit I am not interested in learning nor am I interested in even owning a quilt like these. I always wish I had taken more pictures but here are a few I took of unbelievable machine quilting.
I loved the overall color combinations in this one.
This blue and white miniature collection was done by two sisters and was my favorite exhibit.
These were very small quilts – some of the tiny squares finished at 1/4″!
Connie and I have purchased vintage quilt blocks through the years and they’re still here! Mary Kerr has created beautiful contemporary quilts with just a few vintage blocks in each one.
I wish I had taken more pictures to post here – such imaginative quilts!
In the vendor mall I took the picture of this quilt to use all my polka dot fabrics.
Saw Jean and Julie in the JJ Stitches booth and so wish I’d had time to chat with them and take pictures but they were simply too swamped with customers, which of course is the whole idea.
And I met Bonnie Hunter in person which was a treat for both me and Reed. I told her that I taught Reed “leaders and enders” – I hope she was impressed – haha! I have that “twisted sister” look going on with my sweater and purse, don’t I?
And these two blog readers introduced themselves to me – Ann Marie and Julie – they were taking Bonnie’s class which was the quilt behind us. I made this quilt and gave it to my friend Margaret but do you think I can remember the name? Grrrrr…….
Reed bought 30’s fabrics, Kathy bought white on white yardage and Sherry bought a black and white fabric roll (I think). I bought a new template what I’ve been looking for – an isosceles triangle”.
At the sewing room attendees were making string blocks and I can’t wait to work on some myself. That’s going to move to the top of my list. This pile however are my 12+ Dirty Dozen projects.
A true quilter would never let that pile of UFO’s keep them from starting a new quilt! How about you? Every time I go to a quilt show, I go with the idea and knowledge that there isn’t a thing I need or could possibly want. Yesterday I was looking for red and white light fabrics but didn’t find a single one. I wish I’d bought Mary Kerr’s book “Twisted” and think I’ll order it. I showed Reed the new wool appliqué book by Buttermilk Basin because I think that’s something he wants to try. I’ve been a bad influence on him because he, like me, enjoys sitting at the machine and the handwork gets pushed to the side.
And one of our most thoughtful gifts of the day were from Llama Kathy. She made Rick and Reed stocking caps and me a scarf from Libby’s fiber. Libby is the llama we spent time with at the show in May. Could there be a sweeter gift? I don’t think so and to be honest I may steal Rick’s cap from him.
And here she’s getting sheared to produce the fiber used in the caps and scarf. Very special to Reed and me.
A few more quilts I loved.
Several Bonnie Hunter quilts – I am very drawn to all the piecing!
And our day ended at Red Lobster! Today is our 22nd wedding anniversary, Eric’s Birthday, Rose’s Birthday, Eric and Nikki’s wedding anniversary and we’re going to a wedding this afternoon. Wow! This is a popular day – Flag Day!