August 11, 2011

Quilt Festival Recap

 As I mentioned in my last post, my mom and I attended the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach a couple weekends ago.  As always, it was a wonderful show and we had a great time. Even though we live in Southern California, we decided to make the most of the weekend and stayed in Long Beach overnight. Our tradition when attending a quilt show is to shop first, look at quilts second.  Can anyone else identify with this strategy?  There are so many shopping opportunities in one condensed space at a quilt show we feel compelled to take advantage of it.  So we spent a majority of the first day meandering up and down the aisles, picking out fun treasures and oohing and aahing over everything.  I came very close to buying a new sewing machine (those salesman sure are convincing) but I used self control and averted my eyes from that booth for the rest of the show. The one I want starts with a J, ends with an I and rhymes with... kooky. Is kooky a word?
       That evening we went to the Saturday sampler class which happens to be the first class we have ever taken at a quilt show.  There were a lot of great demos and it was fun to watch Eleanor Burns do her thing. We didn't stay for the whole two hours because a lot of the demos had to do with fabric painting and dyeing and weren't really up our quilting alley.
       The next day we had breakfast and went back to the convention center so we could look at all the quilt exhibits.  It was pretty empty at that point and we had no trouble getting close to the quilts and taking photos.  As usual we fell in love with several and I wanted to share some of those with you.

Aren't these the cutest cows ever? This quilt is called "The Girls of Tyrone Farm" and was created by Beth Miller in Australia.  I just love the sweetness of the cows faces and the amazing colors.

This beauty is called "Morning Glories" by Juanita Yeager.  
She used watercolor pigment and painted the fabric to create the vibrant colors.

 This one is called "Jill's Creation" by Jean K Smith from Florida. 
I really love the texture, bright colors, and the way the flowers pop against the grey and white background.

 This is "Multiple Choice" by Merry May and quilted by the "Wednesday Quilters". 
Isn't the collection of quilt blocks and techniques amazing? What a way to showcase the variety of work that can be done within the realm of traditional quilting. We were very impressed!

My absolute favorite of this show is this quilt called "Sakura Sakura" by Hiroko Miyama from Tokyo, Japan. The effect of the cherry blossoms raining down on the girl and her puppy is remarkable.  Doesn't it make you want to be there? (armed with Claritin and Kleenex, of course)

9 comments:

Sarah Craig said...

Wow, those quilts are amazing! And if you ever decide to buy that kooky Juki, I recommend you look on Amazon - prices are great, usually free shipping, and no tax! And I absolutely love mine....

WoolenSails said...

I always shop first, don't want to miss out on anything good and have it gone before I get it;) I love those quilts, they are amazing. Thank you for showing the full sizes so I could see the details.

Debbie

Quiet Quilter said...

Wish I had been there....too far..Thanks for the glimpse...

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I shop first, too..

I love that last quilt. Such talent...

quiltzyx said...

Thanks for sharing some of the Long Beach show with us! Love your choice of quilts too. :D

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Dawn- the Japanese quilt is just so beautiful, and I do love the one with the cows on as well, we have some awesome quilters here in Australia. I hope to visit the U.S. one day- my grandson married a California girl and they live in Southern CA. :)

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

I love the 'Girls from Tyrone Farm', cause I'm a Tyrone girl myself!

Dawn said...

Hi Dawn, I'm a Dawn too...I love your pics and I think the same...Sakura Sakura is gorgeous and so happy looking... Came over from PS I quilt...

ANudge said...

Thanks, Dawn - you've given me a great idea for next year's LB show. I, too, go with my mom and find we are both tired at the end of the day, so we will be doing the same thing - staying at a hotel and going two days. There were 2 quilts you posted that we didn't see! Yep, have to go two days. Now what hotel did you stay at?