Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show 2017

The Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show. 2017.

Have I said how much I love this quilt show? Because I do. For the past two years, as soon as I know the date I take the day off ahead of time so I can ride down to the show with my quilting friends on a big tour bus (scheduled through our local quilt shop). It’s a 2.5 hour one-way trip, but it is so worth it!

Chatting on the bus with friends on the way there, and then showing off our buys on the way back is a fantastic way to pass the time. My scores? I bought some new materials to branch off into the wholly unknown (until now) world of crazy quilting. My friend promised to help, so I won’t be COMPLETELY on my own for this foray into crazy town!

This post, unlike last year, will DEFINITELY not be as picture heavy. I had an absolute blast with friends and because my phone hadn’t charged overnight the night before, it didn’t allow me too many pictures before I had to turn it off. Here are the ones I did manage to get. There were some absolutely breathtaking quilts there this year! Someday, I hope to be able to manage this level of mastery. Some day, really, REALLY far off.

(FYI- clicking on the photograph gives you a closeup, so you can see everything in way more detail!)

I’ve got a lot on my plate right now, which is why posts have been scarce this week. But I just finished two quilts and I’m hoping to get my 365 Weeks 7&8 up tomorrow, so we have that to look forward to as well! God knows when I’ll manage to get my Solstice Challenge blocks up. I have last week’s done but I have yet to do the most recent block.

There are two baby quilts that need making, and a friend of mine just commissioned an adorable doggy quilt, which I will be getting fabric for today. Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Follow the Yellow Brick Row!

It’s been awhile; it has been a crazy couple of weeks. The good news though, is that I have a lot of my quilts finished!

img_0813Back in February, I went to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Virginia. While there, I happened to come across a booth that sold exclusively Kaffe Fassett fabrics and kits that used his fabrics. If you aren’t familiar with K.Fassett, he creates quilts and fabrics that are full to bursting with vibrant, over saturated color. In the booth I saw a quilt made from a brick pattern, and fell in love with it.

I’ve always loved K.Fassett’s fabrics and quilts, and so I purchased the 18 fat quarters needed for the quilt and some white as well as the white fabric. Now, I am not usually a fan of yellow, but the colors and vibrancy of these fabrics… I fell in love.

So, I brought the fabric and pattern back home, and created the lap quilt. After creating the lap quilt, however, I counted my remaining pieces that I had and realized I had more than enough to make a baby quilt from the leftover pieces.

This is the baby quilt I made:

 

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I am absolutely in love with this quilt and I wouldn’t even CONSIDER trying to sell it except that I have the lap size quilt that I think I will keep.

The quilting pattern I picked out was that of a daisy, and I think it compliments both the quilt and the pattern on the fabrics very nicely. I call these two quilts “Follow the Yellow Brick Row” because, well, they’re yellow, and their bricks, and I went down the “road” when sewing the rows together… and everyone knows I stole the thought from The Wizard of Oz. I’m not fooling anyone, am I?img_0817

The lap quilt looks very similar to this, just larger. Getting the rows just right so the same fabric didn’t wind up next to each other too often was exhausting, but I really, REALLY like this quilt! I haven’t had my lap quilt sent off to be quilted yet, but I will be doing that very soon now! I’ll give it it’s own (much shorter) entry just so it doesn’t feel ignored.

2016’s Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show

Last year, I learned of the existence of one of the largest quilt shows in Virginia. Unfortunately, I learned of this show the day before it opened, and there was just no way for me to make it there that year. BUT, that meant that I planned ahead for this year! And despite being sick, I made it to the show.

Fair warning, this is going to be just a GIANT post with a TON of pictures. I really should have brought my camera along, since getting the pictures from my phone to my computer without a cord was a giant pain in my butt.

These quilts absolutely took my breath away with how intricate, colorful, ambitious, and ingenious they are. My favorites will be the first three, since I play favorites with quilts.

The picture with the pillows was probably my overall favorite. It looks like a photograph; but everything is applique. It is absolutely incredible. You’ll also see a strong rainbow preference in the second and third place favorites; I’ve realized I *love* rainbow quilts. Anyways, without further ado, here’s the rest:

 

Anyways, I’ve been able to have some of my quilt tops quilted (by check this time) and bound up, so next time I’ll post a couple photos of them. See ya!