Thursday, May 10, 2018

Quilt Show - Part 2

This is the second part of the pictures of the quilt show that I attended last week. Part I is HERE.  I’m going to show more pictures and do minimal writing this time. In most cases, the pictures I snapped of the name placards did not turn out, so there’s no point in posting them. Where they are somewhat readable, I’ve included them.  Enjoy!

Have you heard of the 70,293 Project? In the words of the founder of the project, it’s a worldwide effort to commemorate the lives of the 70,293 lives of the physically and mentally disabled people murdered by the Nazis in 1940-1941. Needleworkers of all types have been invited to participate, and there was a large display of the quilts at the show. Read about the 70,293 project HERE.

An exhibition of mini quilts honoring women included many first ladies, and traditional female icons (Amelia Earhart, Rosie the Riveter, Rosa Parks). I was bummed that Ruth Bader Ginsburg wasn’t there, but decided this one was my favorite:

Who doesn’t love Betty White??

What amazing use of colors for the shadowy effects!!

Detail shot

There were at least a half dozen ABC quilts, which captured my attention given the baby quilt I’m currently working on. This was my favorite.

Exquisite hand and machine embroidery, plus lots of overdying. Amazingly detailed, it focused on the entomological aspects (study of insects).

I’m a sucker for riotous color!

And finally, there was a display section from a local quilt shop, Elaine’s Quilt Block. The teacher focuses every year on Kaffe Fasset fabrics with a Block-of-the-Month-type challenge. You can use other fabrics, of course, but the class was in answer to a call from quilters for ideas in working with Kaffe fabrics.

So every month, a block was given. Students were encouraged to substitute other blocks, but to keep the size the same.  You’ll notice these three quilts all have that diagonal stripe.
Most of them had the Sawtooth Stars.

They could add checkerboards, pinwheels, and other basic blocks as the months went on, or use a substitute block (of the same size). The same sized blocks were encouraged to keep the assembly from becoming a nightmare. And as the challenge went along, everyone got to play with color and create a unique quilt.

I’m going to definitely explore the Kaffe BOM class at that quilt shop in 2019!

And that’s it for this post. I took dozens more pictures, but they’re mostly for my own reference for ideas - colors, subjects, layouts, etc. Also, I did buy some fabric at the vendor area (it’s hard to pass up when FQs are only $2 each!). The main thing I was looking for were some cute embroidery blocks that I could take on the flights to Africa this summer. I’ll share those in another post sometime later.


  1. I really love the one with the bright teacups and floral fav! thank you for sharing!

  2. My brain is on overload right now! There's some really beautiful work here. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great photos! Would be interested in seeing the rest of them, too! :o)

  4. I'm with you in liking that ABC quilt - so much amazing detail in that one. Thank you for sharing the show with us. It looks like it must have been so much fun to spend time admiring all those quilts - and come home with all sorts of inspiration too.

  5. So many amazing quilts! They look like paintings. I can't imagine stitching with that perfection and the stunning uses of color. Thanks for sharing more pictures.
    xx, Carol

  6. Quite an impressive show. I love color riots too!


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