One of the highlights for me this year was being able to meet two fellow bloggers. It is always fun to make a connection online but so much more fun to make a personal connection face to face. I was able to have lunch and visit with Karen from KOcanQuilt and to visit briefly with Kristen from meadowbrook-kristen. Thanks ladies for taking time to visit - it was great to put a face with a blog! :)
I have to admit that one of my favorite things about quilt shows is the vendors - I always hit them first - then look at the quilts. Yes, I did buy some more fabric from Bolines. :) But the one thing I bought that I think is really great is thread for applique. I have already tried it tonight on an applique project and I like it better than the silk I had been using. I read about this on Janet's blog, quiltsalott. She produces impeccable applique so I figure I can trust her judgment on thread!!
As I strolled the aisles of the quilts I was reminded again of how much I really like traditional and scrappy quilts. I just keep coming back to those time and time again as my favorites. I took pictures to share with you of the quilts or quilting that struck me as unique or special. Some are award winners and some are not - but I think all of them are pretty special.
This first quilt just sparkled. I really liked the variety of fabrics she used in her color palette.
Quilted by KARS Quilting Service, Chanhassen
This little girl brought back so many happy memories! Very well executed quilt and not very big either, I want to say no larger than 16 x 20? Not sure.
"Jumping for Joy"
The next quilt I really liked because of the simplicity and beauty of both the piecing and the quilting. This is a quilt that will age gracefully with "fun" fabric to boot - not all quilts can do that. I really like this one.
"Birds of a Feather, Java Together"
OK, here's my favorite scrappy one this year....absolutely fun!
"Stripes, Plaids and Polka Dots"
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
New York, NY
I have always wondered what to do with all the little, itsy, bitsty slivers at the end of a project....I thought this was very pretty. It was much brighter in person and maybe only 12' x 16" or so. Very cheerful!
"My Secret Garden"
My picture for this doesn't do it justice...you simply cannot see the detail of the dates, sayings, and clocks. This also was only about 16 x 18 or so (I am guessing). A wonderful reminder that we each have only 24 hours a day.
"It's about Time"
Green Bay, WI
Hope you enjoyed the show!