This weekend, I attended my first ever, Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. My partner in crime, of course, was my quilting buddy/sister Lorrie. Now, we've seen some cool quilt shops before, but 200, under the same roof? Be still, my heart! Lorrie and I met at the convention center at 10 p.m., armed with cameras, shopping bags, and money. Busloads of quilters were pouring in, one after the other. We were all of one mind and one heart, shopping and admiring the carnival of color and artistry. Would you like to join us?
Lorrie admires the beauty of these works of art.
Always choose the right thread!
I love that shade of blue.
I love 1930's reproduction fabrics. They remind me of the comforts of home and a simple life.
Aren't the butterflies pretty?
There were so many stellar examples of applique work.
At times, it was difficult to see through the people :)
I love the umbrella quilt!
A beautiful sampler quilt with a center medallion.
This gorgeous quilt is from one of my favorite quilt designers and authors, Kim Diehl. I was lucky enough to purchase a kit for this quilt using the exact same fabrics. I can't wait to start it!
It is from Kim's latest book in the Simple series, Simple Charm.
Lorrie shops for fat quarters.
I don't think they'll run out of them any time soon :)
Lots of patterns and other goodies to choose from.
Have I told you how much I adore quilts with a center medallion?
I love the sashing on this sampler quilt.
Both the applique border and the half-square triangle sashing make this applique sampler quite special. And just feast your eyes on the yummy kits available for purchase!
I love the eight-point stars in the sashing blocks, and the double pieced border gives such energy to this lovely Ohio star quilt.
Isn't this the sweetest quilt? I love the soft, shabby-cottage feel. The applique work is amazing!
The bright, solid colors really pop against the black background of this stunning applique sampler.
Finally, for today, I leave you with this breathtaking beauty.
It features a masterful use of tone, value, and hue, not to mention exquisite piecing and quilting.
This is not the last of my coverage of the show. In future posts, I'll be sharing the work of quilting artists from around the world. The display of skill and artistry was both humbling and inspiring.
Until next time,