Hilton Head Island Quit Show 2012
|Unfortunately, I didn't get the name or artist of this quilt. But I love it for the use of the dark blue fabric in the corners of the 16-patch block. It makes the larger, diagonal "square" look like it's notched. I have made a similar quilt but the corner squares contrasted so the diagonal "square" doesn't connect. I'm trying this next time. BTW, the diagonal "square" is made of half-square triangle squares (great for leftovers from my Easy Corner Technique).|
I find quilt shows fun, especially when you go with friends. I find I can't do more than 2-3 hours, because I get overwhelmed at all the design and color. Some friends and I made the 1 hour trek to Hilton Head Island for Palmetto Quilt Guilds biannual quilt show on Friday. It is the perfect size show - small but a huge variety of quilts. There are a few vendors to tempt you, also!
Which Quilts Do I Notice?
This show had an amazing amount of beautiful applique quilts. They're not my first choice, but I admire the workmanship! The tiny circles of berries and dots hand-appliqued so you can't even see the stitches are amazing. And the hand-quilted pieces can be stunning. I don't do a lot of either technique - I know how to do them, I've done them once or twice, and I never have to do them again!!
|Slowly But Surely They Followed Us by Kitty Sager|
I love the stylized crabs in this quilt combined with the Monkey Wrench block which looks like waves. Her color choices for the water and the beach are fabulous!
What I noticed the most about this show was the color and fabric choices and piecing patterns. I just have a love for pieced quilts - to me that's what a quilt means. And I admire scrap quilts - hearkening to the origin of quilts in history.
|New York State of Mind by Peg Weschke|
Ricky Tims' Convergence design combined with personal, original NYC motifs on the border. I got a chance to meet Peg and hear about her inspiration. The appliques are delightful!
In the past, I've returned from quilt shows with a camera full of photos that I never look at again. Since then, I've tried to limit what I take a picture of. Inevitably, I regret not getting photos of some!
It's nice to see the quilt artists and ask them questions, too. I always vote for a quilt that didn't get an award (I tend to diverge from the judges, I guess). It also makes me feel good to see imperfections on some quilts - hey, it makes us all feel better, right?
The Best Part About Quilt Shows
But I like to shop for fabric!! Even though I told myself to hold back - I'm trying to "use up" what I've got (as if THAT's ever going to happen), I couldn't resist.
|My haul from 4 hours in Hilton Head (including 1 hour for lunch).|
I limited myself to one purchase at the quilt show.
|Retro Boho from Studio E Fabrics - purchased from Judy Lea Enterprizes out of North Carolina.|
Then we took a short (we could have walked) trip to a newish shop called Island Quilters. What a find! They carry lots of bright fabrics in their neat little shop and were so friendly and nice.
|Urban Zoologie from Robert Kaufman Fabrics|
AND THEN Clare told me about their way to get rid of scraps and ends of fabric.
|Yards and yards I stuffed in my bag! The owl fat quarter on the lower left was a free fat quarter I got with my quilt show coupon.|
They put it all in a basket - there are strips and hunks and fabric they found out they don't like so much. You stuff as much as you can into a little kraft bag that measures 5" x 8" x 2" and pay $10.00 for it all! I'm sure I got at least 5 yards worth of fabric.
Look at the coordinating greens I got! They're amazing and it's so much fun to be able to "match" fabrics from different companies and different design lines.
I also got a whole stack of Kaffe Fasset strips (2.5") ready to simply sew together and make something. I think they were leftovers cut for kits.
|Blank Quilting Fabric|
What have you bought or done lately that inspires you?