Friday, February 23, 2007

MID-ATLANTIC QUILT FEST


Did anyone notice that I used Fiona’s blog title, Scraps in Progress, as the title of my last post? I realized it when I was visiting her blog. Just goes to show that I never have an original thought. Thanks for sharing, Fiona!
I finished the second round on my little quilt the other day. Ain’t it purdy? I am working on a second one like it so that I can give the shop accurate kitting instructions. I love using up all my little pieces, but people love to buy kits. I can understand that.
This is as big as it is going to get. It is another Patchalittle Project. It is 16 inches square. Big enough to put a lamp on, or a plant, etc. All the cute patches show around the edges. I played with the idea of a plain border on the outside, but decided against it. Easy enough to add if anyone chooses to do so.
My friends and I went to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton yesterday. It is a Mancuso Brothers event. It was previously held in Williamsburg, VA, but starting last year, it was moved to the coliseum in Hampton. It is much more spacious. I think it is the best show I have been to since I moved here from Seattle 6-1/2 years ago. I have gone to this event for the past 6 years and the quilts shown have always been quite artsy. Not my taste. This year there was a nice mix. There were some outstanding traditional quilts with fabulous hand quilting. I will share a few over the next few days. I know there were others in our blog ring that attended, so I am anxious to see what impressed them and what they show on their blogs. The vendors were great, of course. I found a huge roll of shirtings that I had to buy. I didn’t recognize any of them! I love shirtings and find that quilt shows are the best place to get a good variety.
Now that I have discussed how much I love traditional quilts, the quilt pictured is far from traditional. Look closely. They are all little stuffed goldfish. It is called Synchronized Swimming, and the creator is Kathy York from Austin, TX. I think she really had a good time making this. It is a riot! I was so busy looking at the fish that I didn’t notice, until I put the picture on my computer, that the background fabric is dyed with the rings appearing to be little waves in the water. Very clever! Very, very fun day! More later!

9 comments:

Angie said...

You've done it again, girlfriend!!! Another cute, cute 'mini' quilt!! I just love it!

Libby said...

Glad to hear you enjoyed the quilt show. I have always felt the same about Road To Calif quilt show - way too artsy for my taste, but this year there seemed to be a little somethin' for everyone. I'm happy to know that seems to be the case all around the country *s*

Dawn said...

I'm loving your little quilt so far! I can't wait to see more!

Anne said...

Your 16" patchalittle quilt is adorable! The colours are great, and I can just picture a green potted plant stending on the centre of it:-)

Quilting Kim said...

I love your Patchalittle quilt. A great way to showcase a beautiful piece of fabric.

Hanne said...

Your little scrap quilt is looking very good!

pamina (laurence) said...

I love your mini quilt, the fabrics are wonderful.. all that i love ! Thank you for visiting my blog and for your nice comment. It seems that we have a little the same taste,i'm admiring all the quilts in your album

Mary said...

I also don't like the strong art quilt bent that this show has gone to. I was disappointed the last couple years I've gone. This year I didn't even take any pictures except for the one my sister had hanging in the show. Her style is not really mine but it fit in well with the rest of the show.

Judy said...

The medallion looks great!! It was funny to see the different quilts that I took pictures of (the traditional ones)as oppsed to Amy who took pictures of the art quilts mostly.

It's been great having it in the convention center. The first time I went it was in the coliseum, but moved to the convention center last year and this year. Mush more room and better design...not having to do the round thing with the sides. Luckily (??) I missed the times in the hotels in Williamsburg. I hear it was murder up there in the crowds!