Yesterday I was finally able to attend the Long Beach International Quilt Festival. Usually our annual trips home occur in the fall but this one is timed for my 40th high school class reunion and our son’s 30th birthday. So I was extra excited when I realized we’d be here for the quilt show weekend and made plans to spend a few hours there on its last day.
I didn’t come away with as many pictures as I normally take at shows because disappointingly, a good half or more of the exhibits were marked “no photography.” Make sure you scroll to the bottom if you don’t read this whole thing to see the exciting part.
The first one in our abbreviated tour of the show is one I documented as inspiration for combining family history with quilting. Read the explanation of how this came about and the source of the text. What a wonderful family heirloom to have. My descendants will have this blog LOL.
I love whimsy:
I have a new appreciation for embellishments, so pieces with beads and buttons caught my eye:
Bright colors on a black background are another favorite:
The unusual look of the next one is due to the woven fabrics. It is stunning in person.
There was a table with these whimsical houses of all sorts. This one is “so” Laura Wasilowski:
And to prove that quilts are not just for beds (if there was any doubt):
And the award for the most imaginative use of pipe cleaners goes to:
Let me take a minute to interject this story: Still being on eastern time, I woke very early Sunday morning and decided to use that time while everyone else was sleeping to catch up on a video at The Quilt Show. The episode I watched featured Tom Russell whose claim to fame is buttons, beads, sequins, etc. While at the show later in the day I turned a corner and found myself standing right in front of one of the pieces featured on that show. Photography was not allowed in this exhibit, but it’s this one: Just Sing…Sing a Song.
I tell you this because I think the next quilter took a class with Mr. Russell, the styles are very similar:
I was surprised to see an entry by someone local to me, a name I’ve seen many times at the Richmond Guild Quilt Shows but we’ve not met. I snapped these pictures only to realize this piece was marked “no photography.” Oopsie!
In the close-up see if you can tell how she stitched around the little jelly bean pieces. Hand or machine?
The quilt policeman caught me snapping this label but I swore to him I didn’t photograph the quilt (I didn’t), he let me off with a warning. I loved the sentence: “Our main desire as citizens is to not end up in the Police Log.”
You can see this quilt here: Town News by Linda MacDonald.
And now for the excitement. Quilt celebrities! You don’t see them at the Mid-Atlantic show, at least I haven’t. I’ve never been to Houston and I’m sure celebrity sightings are very common there.
I’ve been a fan of Pam Holland’s photography and her 1776 quilt and here she was, just roaming around, taking pictures. We had a nice chat and she got a friend to take our picture:
I follow Kay MacKenzie’s blog, SewCalGal and when I saw her sitting alone in her booth, I stopped to introduce myself as the idiot who emailed her to say I couldn’t find a link she’d posted about only to discover after she responded that I was clicking on the wrong thing. We had a nice chat and another picture was taken:
Anyone who goes to quilt shows knows that as important as the exhibits are, the vendors are equally so, if not more! I try to go with a set wish list and this time I bought a thread cone holder from Superior Threads (and met Bob), Kay MacKenzie’s new book on Scrappy Applique, a small package of MistyFuse and would have bought a Martelli rotary cutter except that they’d run out. At least I got to try it. If you’re thinking of buying anything from Martelli, the saleslady gave me this tip: don’t buy from the website, call them and order over the phone. Supposedly they give better prices. Would like to know if that’s true. They have a product she calls a strip ruler but it’s nothing like that. It has slots for running the cutter through and has markings at the most popular strip sizes. She says it’s $80 on the website but they were selling it for $40 at the show. It was pretty impressive in demonstration but I don’t know that I’d pay $40 for it. I definitely wouldn’t be able to pay $80. I reserve the right to change my mind.
At the MistyFuse booth, I saw a stack of business cards from my friend Vicki Welsh. I mentioned that to the lady and she said “I love Vicki Welsh!” They were using Vicki’s hand-dyed fabrics for their demonstrations.
After 3 hours, I was pooped and hungry! It was a nice show except for the photography ban. But lucky for you, without it this post would be 10 times longer.
Thanks for taking this tour with me.