Sunday, July 26, 2009

Quilt Show

This weekend was the 32nd Annual show of the Maine state quilt guild, Pine Tree Quilters Guild. The show ran for three days, and I spent all day Friday at the quilt show, sitting in Raffle Alley, shopping, looking at the quilts, taking pictures, and socializing.

This is the raffle quilt for our chapter. I really like this quilt, and I should start making triangles now because I'm not going to win it.

Shopping the vendors is nearly always the first order of business for me at quilt show--got to get your priorities right, right? I bought some yardage of this magnificent Christmas stripe, which is going into the Christmas quilt I'm working on; several patterns; and two packages of Sweet Treats from Pincushion Boutique. I think these people must work every major show from here to the West Coast. I can't remember any big shows that I haven't seen them in a booth. I don't usually use black in my quilts, but after I went back to look at these two packs for the fourth time, I decided they'd better come home with me.





There was the usual assortment of art quilts and heavily quilted prize winners at the quilt show. What appeals to me, however, varies from one year to the next; and this year I was more interested in traditional quilts and miniature quilts. In fact I was fascinated with the miniature quilts, and there were lots of them this year. They're all shown here, along with some other quilts I liked. Both Margo and Beth have loads of pictures of all the prizewinners, and you can have a look there as well. I think, between the three of us, we took pictures of darn near every quilt in the show. I'd have posted more of my pictures, except that Blogger is taking FOREVER this evening to get pictures posted.

Four of us, including the white glove hostess, had quite a discussion about this interesting quilt. At first I thought it was a Cathedral Windows, but I'm not sure if it was made that same way or not.

This was another
interesting quilt. On closer inspection, I realized that the cutouts were raised from the surface of the quilt. The quilter used small pieces of velcro to achieve that effect, and I remember thinking how much fun a little girl might have rearranging the dolls and clothing if this quilt were hanging in her room.























Take a look at the closeups of the miniature quilts--they're so cute! Someone made a miniature blooming nine patch that has squares that look like they finished to a teensy weensy 1/4 inch. And one of them looks like a miniature Heartstrings quilt. Cute, cute!







8 comments:

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Thanks for the quilt show pictures. The miniatures are wonderful!

Lurline said...

Gorgeous quilts - I love the Cathedral Windows? look-alike!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Exuberant Color said...

I have made the same pattern as your raffle quilt as a charm quilt. Gloria Evans, a friend in my area made it too and had hers published. I wonder if that is where your guild got the pattern. I did a doubletake when I saw it.

That faux catherdral window is made by sewing 2 circles together, turning them right side out and then stitching through 2 of them to make the flaps. It is repeated in rows and then all of the flaps are sewn down. Each circle ends up with a square stitched in it by the time it has been added to on all sides.

LC said...

What a great post! Thanks for sharing your pictures!!

Teresa said...

Hi Sue, It looks like it was a nice show. I really enjoyed the miniatures.Both Jill (Apple Ave. Quilts) & I were in the same guild in Montana & it took a lot of talking to get a mini category in the quilt show & for along time it was just the 2 of us making them!

Margo in Maine said...

Between the 3 of us we got a gread selection...I had fun doing it....I will post your link on my blog also and give people a fuller picture...also love your purchases...

Quilter Kathy said...

Gorgeous quilts...loved the miniatures!

Julie said...

Wow, look at all those miniatures. They are beautiful. I must make some more one day. Lovely blog too. :0)