Friday, October 23, 2009

Sew much fun!

The title says it all! I had such a wonderful time yesterday at the marvelous event put on by Quilting With Machines. I saw some of the most magnificent quilting you can imagine, and I got to watch some very talented quilters at work on some amazing machines.

I had forgotten that it was to be a quilt show as well - what a bonus! I thought I was just there to take two classes out of the many offered.
You really had to be there to appreciate the incredible stitching on this beautiful quilt. I can't even imagine how much thread was used. It was covered with the most intricate designs, and a few fun things (I saw some tiny turtles). This is the kind of thing I would never in a million years contemplate doing, but I certainly appreciate the fact that some people do.
This was a fun challenge. About twenty people entered, with the requirement that they all use the same pattern and fabric to make the same 30 inch quilt. They could embellish it and quilt it any way they chose, so there were twenty very different quilts, but all the same. I enjoyed seeing them.
People came from all over the country, and some came from Canada to this amazing event. As you can see, I didn't come home empty handed. Some of the things were part of the registration, and some I bought. That bag has a pouch for a water bottle, and the name badge is a cute little pocket you wear around your neck to hold your scissors or thimble or other small item that is easily lost.
I love this display of miniature quilts.
It was really too nice a day to stay inside, and I had a long break between classes to scoot down the street to visit my mom and take her out for a walk. Yes! This amazing event was just half a mile down the road from where my mom lives - how perfect is that??
Another example of someone's amazing talent.
More miniatures.
Aren't these colors gorgeous? And those points! If you do any piecing, you know it isn't easy to make all your points perfectly pointy.
The autumn leaves are at their peak of lovliness right now.
I loved this trailer! It turns out that it is the name of a shop that sells quilting rulers, and they had a whole shop set up inside.
I got to watch DeLoa Jones quilt a chicken just like this on her longarm machine, and you know what? It took her about ten minutes - maybe less. I took her class on feathering, and may be able to incorporate her wisdom to my 35 year old domestic sewing machine. :>}

Take care, and thanks for joining me in the fun!


Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

What fantastic quilts! You must have had a lovely time! Lucy x

Daisy said...

Diana these quilts are all lovely! I bet you had a wonderful day there. That sounds like it was custom made for you! How nice that it was so close to where your mom lives too. I'm glad to hear you had such a fun time. :)

ladydi said...

Thanks, friends, I really did have a great time. Daisy, I felt the same way, like it was custom made for me. With all the people traveling hundreds of miles to come to it, and it was half a mile from Mom's home, where I visit two or three times a week, sometimes more.

Suzanne said...

Diana what a wonderful event to be at, I can just imagine how you would have felt, I am just excited looking at it all.