Monday, September 29, 2014

Quilt Show inspirations

  Sometimes Sir Old Man has a good idea.....yesterday, was one of those times.  He was insistent we go on to the quilt show in Asheville.  He knew I was tired of the gloomy weather and thought I needed a day away.  Or maybe he was afraid I would discover some chore that he needed to do.  Anyway, he was right...this time.
  It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day in the mountains.   And the Asheville show is always a good one.  I enjoy all the quilts, but look for those of original design or ones with that special twist that appeals to me.
This quilt caught both of our eyes....colorful and full of scraps.  The center section is filled with slabs and blocks of crumbs and string pieces. A black strip separates the borders made in colorways.  I liked the fun of it.





  This was a very large traditional basket quilt done in bright colorful fabrics.  The border set it off so nicely.....large log cabin blocks set on point.   And beautiful feather  quilting  in all the light areas.

             

   
   This was my favorite in the show.  A Trip Around the World with applique was made as a wedding quilt.














  This small wall hanging was so lovely.  I liked the offset border with the leaves flowing into it.  The pieced  background for the flowers was heavily quilted and had a wonderful texture.









 I love poppies.....and this one was striking.  I liked the unusual shape for the border too.  The quilting was beautiful.  And thread painted accents finished off the flowers.











  This pictorial quilt was outstanding.    The detail from the thread painting was fabulous too......legs, and  arms.
But the background was just fabulous.  She used tiny....I mean tiny...pieces fused to create the background.  See the detail shot below.


 
 
  And one wonderful floral colorwash quilt!  I found inspiration for a future project.   The block used is a quarter log cabin block....easy and fun to do.   The trellis is formed by the last 2 sides of the block......no sashing strips needed.




         After viewing the quilts, we shared a lunch outside and meet some local quilters.  And then I dropped the bombshell....could we stay for the last demo?   The last demo of the day was worth the ride....it was a short talk and viewing of small quilts made by Patsy Thompson.  She was showing some hyper-quilting.  She and her husband are dividing their time between NC and Ohio, it seems.  Her latest quilt took Best of Show for Machine work.


 It combines applique, machine embroidery, and of course her hyper-quilting designs.  

                  
   And yes, I stayed to grab a couple of minutes to talk with her.  I got to thank her for all her inspiration and generous sharing of designs.  Nothing like meeting a mentor that has inspired you!
   A little shopping at the room full of vendors and we called it a day.  Thanks, Sir Old Man, for a great day.

8 comments:

  1. great !
    Greetings from Poland :)
    Katarzyna

    www.sajuki.blogspot.com

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  2. I was to the Asheville show once a number of years ago. It was held on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Nice venue.
    The bicyclist quilt is so detailed. My mind doesn't think like that when it comes to quilt making.
    My favorite is the flowers on the pieced background.

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  3. What a wonderful excursion Sir Old Man came up with! Thanks for sharing all the inspiration.

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  4. What a lovely day - thank you for sharing part of it with us.

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  5. Sounds like Sir Old Man is a keeper.
    You found some beautiful quilts, but the crowning moment for me would have been Patsy Thompson, too! Very cool to get to see her presentation and meet her. I love her DVDs!

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  6. What a wonderful day you had & it looks like it was a beautiful quilt show. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to be a part of it to with your great pictures.

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  7. That traditional basket quilt was one of the first to hit my "to make some day" list way back when I started quilting. I still have the magazine with the directions (theirs is all made up in 30's prints), just waiting...

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  8. Sounds like a great day out. Beautiful quilts on show. I have never liked basket quilts, the ones I have seen always have the baskets on the diagonals but setting the blocks on point and using bright makes that a stunning quilt! (I should have written "bright colours" but sometimes my iPad won't let me correct my typing errors!)

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