Friday, October 30, 2015

International Quilt Festival

Today my post in on the International Quilt Festival.  The show is open during Market for the vendors (which is when I saw it) and then open to the public during Festival which started on the 29th and runs through Sunday November 1st. 
Richele and I were able to walk the floor to see many of the quilts and other displays in the hall.  I am not a quilter but I can appreciate the sacrifice of time and talent to create these works of art.  Enjoy!

Shower Trees
Kathy Nakajima
Tokyo Japan
Hand-appliqued and quilting
Each of the 10 panels depicts a season: rainy season, early summer, energy of summer, etc

Baby Jane
by Marian Woods
Baytown, TX
Hand-appliqued, quilted, machine pieced
Hip Hip Hooray
by Bernadette Houghton
quilted by Teresa Coolidge
Columbia, South Carolina

Hexagon quilt "La Passion"
by Grit Kovacs
quilted by Birgit Schuller
Hand pieced and machine quilted
There are over 17, 240 pieces.  It took 2 1/2 years to complete.

Selvage Star of Bethlehem
by Mayleen Vinson
quilted by Jan Hutchison
Machine pieced and quilted

Color Play
by Victoria Findlay Wolf
New York
Machine Pieced and quilted

Pointed Statement
by Amy Friend
West Newbury, Massachusetts
Machine pieced and quilted, paper pieced
Notice how the stitching threads are different colors?
Balancing Act
by Amanda Hohnstreiter
Thorndale, Texas
Machine pieced and quilted
Look at how close the stitching lines are!!  and so STRAIGHT!
by Amy Friend
West Newbury, Massachusetts
Machine pieced and quilted
I had seen this quilt on Amy's Instagram account a few months back and was secretly hoping she would be showing it at market.  When Richele and I came around the corner and it was hanging there, we both said, "oh my gosh there it is!!
Treasured Past
by Judy Bushby
Adelaide, Australia 
Hand-pieced, appliqued, quilted, embroidered and embellished, photo transferred
Black and white family photos and 1800's Japanese Boro indigo cloth were combined as a book.
Her quilt depicts honor and reverence for her parents using old cloth.  She included family memories, stitches, and scraps of utilitarian fabrics.
You have to know this was one of my favorites...
Treasured Past
by Julie Haddrick
Adelaide, Australia
Machine quilted, embroidered and embellished, hand-dyed, colored, and painted
The layers of shadows look to be created with fine netting as they just meld into one another.
Places Traveled
by Julie Haddrick
Adelaide, Australia
Machine pieced, appliqued, quilted, embroidered and embellished, hand-dyed, colored, and painted.

 Barbara's Circle
by Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick
Bookings, Oregon
Paper piecing, hand applique, machine piecing, hand-guided longarm quilted

 Why Not?
Angela Petrocelli
Prescott Vally, Arizona
Foundation paper piecing, machine piecing, free-motion machine quilting
 After purchasing my first sewing machine, my quilting friends said I should start with something simple.  I asked, "Why?" and explained I had a vision of what I wanted to do.  Over 2,000 colors and 10,000 pieces later, I have finished my first quilt and now I say, "Why Not?"  - Angela Petrocelli

Seriously, her first quilt?  
All we could do was just stand there in amazement!!!

Primitive Quilts

Wonky Baskets
by Kristi Rollag
New South Wales, Australia
Hand-appliqued and quilted, machine pieced

My Garden Party
by Debbie Shives
quilted by Janice Kiser
Stow, Ohio
Hand-appliqued, machine pieced and quilted
Home Sweet Home
by Sandy Johnson
quilted by Nancy Nancke
Willow Springs, Illinois
Hand-appliqued, machine pieced and quilted

Settler's Pride
by Katie Hebblewhite
quilted by Kim Zenk
Hand-appliqued, embroidered and embellished, machine quilted
So hard to tell because of the color but the entire quilt is made of wool.  The background looked like rich dark brown suede!

There were three quilts on tables (too delicate to hang) that were stunning.  The quilts could not be photographed so I found a picture online of my favorite one to share with you.  If you click on the quilt name there is more information about the quilt.

1860 - 1890
This beautiful and intricate mosaic patchwork is made from rich silk, brocade and velvet, and each individual piece has been outlined in gold silk braid. The small pieces have been hand sewn over paper templates, making the construction of this elaborate quilt very time consuming.

Moda Fabrics is celebrating their 40th year.  They sponsored a large area of the floor to heirloom quilts (which were all amazing).

Pineapple Variation
circa 1890
Hand-pieced and quilted
 Moda is a company that reproduces old fabric patterns - For the show they had original quilts from their collection as well as a matching reproduced quilt.  Here, the original is hanging and the reproduction is folded to the left of the photo.  
And if anyone asks, I would like this one for Christmas.

LeMoyne Star
Hand-pieced and quilted
A note attached to the original quilt stated that the fabric in the quilt was from the dress the maker wore the day she met her future husband.
Love - Clamshell 
(reproduction fabric of an 1830 original)
by Anner Patrick Bousseau

I have to end the post with this quilt - I did not write down who made this one (sorry!) but it was in the humor category of the show.  Mr T has his white gloves on just like the ladies that walk the floor protecting the quilts! 

I would love to hear which one is your favorite!!
now carry on,

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fall Quilt Market: Eclectic Elements booth

I am finally back from my long trip to Texas!  We spent last weekend at Quilt Market setting up and working in the Eclectic Elements booth.  I have so much to share that I have decided to split the post into different parts - Eclectic Elements booth, the Show Floor and the Quilt Show that is in its own a separate hall (with lots of guards ladies wearing white gloves).

First of all, Tim has done a great job over at his blog sharing photos of our booth, so definitely pop over to see them.  I have added a few more photos with added information about the samples and fabrics used.  Enjoy!

We start with a bare bones booth.  This time they put the wallpaper on before we got to the show floor and it was so much easier than last show.  Thank you "Super Dave" for the always making it easy!
 Then the props start flowing in...(no, Mario is not a prop)
 We had two crates that have all the larger items.
 Unpacking, sorting...should we use it? where should it go? do we have room this time?
The Mini Clipboards are super popular.  It seems everyone stops by just to see the display.  This time we had 41 different fabrics - you probably didn't know there were that many!  But yes, there are and they each need to be represented on the wall. 
After a short discussion, Mario puts the clipboards in order and adds the double stick tape.  Richele and I peel off the plastic coating.  Tim hangs them on the wall using a yard stick as his guide.

Next up is the vignettes (our favorite part).  
We try to mix samples with old junk to give the "junk store" vibe we love.  

Pincushion by Richele Christensen
Fabric: Wallflower
 Pieced book cover by Patricia Petty
Fabric: Various Wallflower fabrics + Ticking red
Little jointed bear by Melonie Unger (you can hold him in the palm of your hand)
Fabric: Ledger
 And look at the detail on the pads of his feet...perfect for us.
Small triangle zipper pouch by Richele Christensen
Fabric: Wallflower (spring release)
Ruched Happy Bag by Amy Friend
Fabric: Wallflower Ledger + Botanical
You can find the Ruched Happy Bag pattern by Amy here.
Toddler Dress by Jennifer Powers
McCalls 6781
Fabric: Menagerie + Chambray
 Quilted Tote bag by Amy Friend
Fabric: Multiple Wallflower fabrics + Subway + Symphony 
Might I add that this photo does not do this bag justice - Lets just say that if it I could have taken something home with me it would have been this bag.
Ruched pillow by Amy Friend
Fabric: Various Wallflower fabrics + Subway + Symphony 
You can find the pattern from Amy here.
 Pieced Pillow by Patricia Petty
Fabric: Various Wallflower fabrics + Ticking red + Symphony
 Pieced Bolster Pillow by Patricia Petty
Fabric: Various Wallflower fabric
 Pincushion by Richele Christensen
     Fabric: Wallflower Damask + Menagerie

Richele and I will both be sharing more QM projects on our blogs over the next couple weeks, some with tutorials and some just for inspiration.  In the meantime, I hope you'll be inspired by the samples seen here today!  The second set of eight Wallflower fabrics is shipping now.  If you don't have a local retailer you can call Whim So Doodle (yes, they have a full on fabric store connected to their scrapbooking/art store) #727-827-4911 and they will ship it out to you!

now carry on,