Emerald Treasures by Barb Forrister
This was the second year I traveled down to So. Cal with my sister to see the International Quilt Show in Long Beach. Based our experience from last year, we tacked on an extra day, stayed within walking distance to the convention center (which was a vastly better experience than staying at the Holiday Inn in the ghetto) and signed up for a couple of classes. Imagine, three full days jam-packed with quilt-y activities.
Radiant Reflections by Noriko Endo
I can't tell you how stunning this quilt was. It looked like a dreamy water color painting and even upon close inspection, I was not entirely certain how it was constructed. Once home, a goggle search helped solve the mystery. Endo is featured on Alex Anderson's show on HGTV and her process can be viewed here. It's worth checking out.
A smattering of quilts:
This year, I found myself especially drawn to quilts with African themes and fabrics. On our last day there, we took took a class on African folklore embroidery taught by Leora Raikin. More about that later - it deserves it's own blog post.
Many more photos of quilts from the show can be seen by clicking on my flickr link on the right of my blog.
One last favorite!
Red Owls by Karin Peirce
In addition to viewing the quilts on exhibit, we wandered the vendor stalls trying to resist the abundant shopping opportunities. I came prepared with a list of "wants", but of course came home with a few more things than planned! I will share the new additions to my stash soon.
Wating for our Saturday evening class to start
The "Saturday Night Sampler" class was held in the ballroom at the center. There were a total of 15 instructors who each gave short talks on various quilting techniques, i.e., applique, paper piecing, rotary cutting, etc. One of the most interesting topics for me was "creative transparency with tulle" presented by David Taylor. I noticed that tulle overlay is a technique commonly used by art quilters and I'd love to give it a try.
Friday night; we began with a bottle of Cabernet and then progressed to the pressing and cutting (wisely leaving our wine glasses in the kitchen!). I like my fabrics trimmed and straightened to the grain before I do anything else. I prepped the fabrics and Amy cut out the squares and rectangles. You can see the pattern in the photo above. Rectangles are sewn to 4 1/2 square block centers and these blocks are sewn together without sashing. It's that simple.
Amy picked out fabrics in apple greens, reds and aquas. After I saw the monkeys on the red dots, I thought this would make an extremely adorable and simple baby quilt with the red dots sewn as sashing between the monkey blocks. But this isn't my project!
I also worked on piecing the hexagon quilt back over the weekend. It's going slowly. I do not like piecing backs. I know, I know, it's extremely popular now but it's never appealed to me. This one is pieced by necessity. I probably won't get much done this week. I leave for the International Quilt show in Long Beach on Friday. I can't wait!!!
After deciding on the red polka dot for the borders, ultimately, I didn't care for the look of it with the hexes. I'll probably use the dots for the binding. But I did purchase 2 entire yards of dots! Should anyone care to swap a couple of yards of red dots for something else (i.e., liberty prints, hint, hint!), let me know.
Well, hello there....
The only place with sufficent light to shoot photos of the quilt this morning was in the front entrance. Elizabeth created her sarcophagus in her Ancient Egypt class. We've left her tucked in the curtains to greet guests.
After auditioning every scrap of fabric from my stash, NOTHING was quite right, so a trip to the fabric store was in order. Can you guess what I came up with?
I decided on the red polka dot for borders, trimmed with a thin white inner border and the top fabric for the backing (the two bottom "reject" fabrics are from my stash). I'm not totally sold on this combo, but want to finish up this project so I start back up on my snowball quilt that I dropped to particpate in Comfortstitching's Half Hexagon Quilt-a-long.
I have this wild idea that I'm going to hand quilt this baby with pearl cotton thread a la Material Obsession (a fantastic quilting book, btw). I've always admired this project from The Workroom on flickr. I haven't hand quilted in several years and I've actually been yearning to do some handiwork. We'll see ...
The Pops sat inocently in a drawer until May-ish, after I finally completed the wedding quilt I had been laboring over for many months. This seemed such an easy project and came together in a snap after working on a queen-plus sized quilt with a fancy freeform feather design.