One of the highlights of my trip was being able to see the beautiful Coastal
Lily quilt made by Thelma and beautifully quilted by Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts. It was wonderful to follow along on Thelma's blog while she made this amazing quilt, and I was so excited when she and Judi won at Paducah. So to see this quilt in "real life" was a great treat!
Two other quilts were super fun to see in person because I followed along on my friend Elizabeth's blog while she was making them. Even more fun was the fact that Elizabeth received a third place for her Pineapples quilt (below). This quilt had pineapple blocks pieced by Elizabeth and several friends. Elizabeth also machine quilted this beautiful quilt on her home machine. It's absolutely beautiful and is the inspiration for my scrappy pineapple blocks!
I also followed along while Elizabeth made her Color Wheel quilt. Her choice of fabrics for this quilt was really perfect...the colors were amazing. Again...I absolutely love this quilt!
I took lots of pictures of beautiful quilts at the show, and while I won't share them all, I will share some of my favorites!
It's always interesting to think about what draws one to particular quilts hanging in a show. I know that beautiful contrast, a wonderful use of color, and exquisite quilting are three elements that always catch my eye!
The Moonflower quilt below was made and quilted by Molly Y Hamilton-McNally and is a beautiful homage to the humble daisy! I love daisies, and this quilt was absolutely stunning!
Ewe Are My Sunshine by Janet Stone was one of the big favorites (and big winners) at the show. This is a beautiful alphabet quilt with incredible detail and workmanship!
I was also immediatedly drawn to Technicolor Decco by Shirley Gisi. The colors, construction technique and beautiful quilting stood out in this quilt.
Propellers and Planes by Ann S. Brooks caught my eye because of the design. This quilt is based on Jen Kingwell's Steam Punk pattern which I hope to make one of these days!
This beautiful blue and white quilt was another favorite. Sarah's Revival in Blue, made by Gail H. Smith and quilted by Karen C. McTavish was stunning.
Whitework Elegance aka No I'm Not Hawaiian was made and quilted by Debbie Van Fossen. The applique' and the quilting were beautiful!
Blooming Together, made my Nancy Otta and Friends, and quilted by Nancy Otta is a group project using Lisa Bongean's Garden of Stitches pattern. This was another of those quilts I was immediately drawn to!
There were several special exhibits at the show, and one that really caught my eye was the Woolies 4# challenge. This group of quilts was made by Pat Sloan and several of her friends using the strings, strips, and scraps from two of Pat's fabric collections. Each participant received a four pound box of strips (I believe there were 20 quilters), and each person made a gorgeous scrap quilt with their fabrics.
Every quilt was different, and it really just goes to show you how far your scraps can go!
I really had a great time at this incredible event. Before attending I thought it was just an area show, but it was really an international event with people attending from all over the United States and many different parts of the world. On my flight home I sat near a group of 13 women who traveled from Washington state to attend. There are great classes, the wonderful show quilts, and a lot of fantastic vendors if you need to add to your fabric and notions collection!
I'll be back soon to share what I was able to bring back and also to share a little about the shops I visited in the area.
Thanks so much for stopping by!