Georgia Quilt Show

My friend Anne and I went to the Georgia Quilt Show at the Gwinnett Civic Center last Saturday (Oct. 22). It was a great show with lots of vendors, LOTS of them! And a great display of beautiful quilts that were part of the exhibit.

I find that no matter how many times I go to quilt shows, I always find something that inspires me. In this case, there was much to be inspired by, as you can see by a few of the pictures below.

 
Some of the vendors also displayed some very innovative and fun projects:
Made from a wool glove
 Made from tube socks! Cute!
 This shop had wonderful wools and ad hoc projects.
 Just browsing…
I’m very glad I went to this show. Now I’m even more inspired to get into my sewing room and get to work!

My trip to Blairsville

As promised, here are some photos of the Quilt Show in Blairsville, which I attended this past weekend. There were many wonderful quilts to look at, and a very good selection of vendors. I got a lot of good ideas to implement in some of the quilts I’m planning to make as soon as my time here at my full-time job is done (Oct. 31st). After that, I’ll be “sewing & singing,” as we would say in Chile (“coser & cantar”). 🙂

Here are a couple of panoramic views of the show floor
Some of the vendors
Cute appliqued chickens
Loved the colors and the fabrics on this one
I liked the way of incorporating crocheted doilies into the quilt
More chickens!
Loved this crazy quilt!
I’m definitely taking this idea to use some of my vintage hankies
I just loved the colors on this one
This one was my favorite! It was called “Falling Nines,” and these are pieced, not appliqued!
This one was for sale, not part of the exhibit, but it was a vintage one a lady was selling as part of her “cleaning up the attic” exercise — I bought a few pieces of very antique fabrics from her.
Another vintage quilt for sale
These are pin cushions made with china teacups. Lovely!
 
I bought some great rulers to make the making of intricate blocks much easier, and also to make good use of those scraps that I’m always saving.
Since I bought templates for hexagons, I’ve started working on a Grandma’s Garden quilt, because I needed a hand-made project to work on when I’m away from my sewing machine, like when I’m traveling someplace.
So I will say that my visit to Blairsville was indeed fruitful and fun. Couldn’t think of a better way to spend my birthday!

Blairsville Quilt Show

I’m on my way to the Blairsville, GA Quiltfest 2011, sponsored by the Misty Mountains Quilt Guild, this weekend. A great way to celebrate a birthday! I hope to bring lots of pictures and “goodies,” of which one can never have enough. Oh, and there is also the fabric! One can never have enough of that.

I’ll be interested in visiting the “guild boutique,” participate in the silent auction, and hopefully bring home some door prizes. But most of all, it will be fun to see the wonderful work of the North Georgia quilters who have entered their quilts in the competition, as well as those who are just exhibiting their work. It’s always good to see what everybody else is doing, what new techniques are being used, and perhaps get some inspiration for new quilt designs, as well as learn new tricks and tips from fellow quilters. I can’t think of a better way to spend my birthday.

Details of the event can be found here.