Well, I've returned from another fun visit to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia. I try to make it to this show each year as it's only 3.5 hours from my house and it's a nice size show. It also has a great mix of vendors. Although the show was actually last week, it's taken me until now to edit my pictures and write this post. I was also surprised to find that I didn't take nearly as many pictures as I usually do. Mainly, I found my focus was again on the quilting rather than the composition, because that's what I'm striving to improve in my own quilting right now.
This was the most impressive quilt there and I'm sure it's going to be at the bigger shows later this year. It's Carousel Stampede by Cathy Wiggins and won "Best of Show". Some interesting facts about this quilt: She began with a white muslin for the background which she then painted. She spent 300 hours painting it, 250 hours machine quilting it and around another 40 hours applying the more than 5,000 crystals.
|Carousel Stampede by Cathy Wiggins|
Can you imagine how much time it would have taken if she had appliqued these horses? To have to pick out the perfect fabric for each piece and achieve sharp points and the right shading would have been even more of a challenge. I'm seeing a trend these days towards a lot more painted quilts and there were quite a few at this show. In any case, I really loved this quilt!
Here's another example of a painted quilt. This is Windblown by Maria Elkins and won "Best Wall Quilt". I liked how she carried the quilting from the hair into the background of the piece. I also thought the rest of the quilting was pretty interesting.
|Windblown by Maria Elkins|
|Euphoria by Marilyn Badger|
I was really impressed with the quilting on this next one, even though I'm not a big fan of the colors. This is Green Miles by Peggy Kragnes and it one 1st Place in the Traditional category.
|Green Miles by Peggy Kragnes|
So those were the quilts that really impressed me at the show. The following are quilts that I just liked! None of them won a major award, but I just enjoyed looking at them...
Lollipop Trees by Mary Ellen Sample won a Judge's Choice Award and it just made me smile. What a happy quilt to look at and what fun fabrics!
|Lollipop Trees by Mary Ellen Sample|
|Closeup of Lollipop Trees|
It was only while putting together this post that I realized this next quilt was made by the same quilter as the previous one. I would never have guessed and in fact, had to double and triple check to make sure I had the names right. This quilt is Florida Keys Fantasy Garden by Mary Ellen Sample. (I obviously like her work!)
|Florida Keys Fantasy Garden by Mary Ellen Sample|
|Ascent to the Stars by Linda James|
|School's Out by Eileen Williams|
This post is already long enough, so I'll have to share what I purchased in another post. Not that I went crazy or anything, but I did manage to pick up a few things. Have a fantastic week and I hope you stay warm and dry!
Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.
Proverbs 26:20, NLT