Sunday, July 26, 2009

QUILTING that crazy thing we do

Our Dixie Diva group arrived home this afternoon from the Long Beach Show.
Sorry I haven't had any pictures or posts to show you in the last few days. The home we were staying at in Huntington Beach didn't have a wireless connection for my lap top.

The Show was so much fun. Very crowded, but quilting people are the nicest people, and everyone was friendly and had smiles on their faces.

I will show you pictures of the last few days in two parts. Tomorrow will be part 2.

Right by the entrance was the Raffle Quilt designed/pieced by John Flynn and machine quilted by Sue Nickels.


Look at the amazing detail work of Sue's quilting.
WOW again.

The Show 1,200 hung quilts. One section was traditional with a lot of folk art.

This Red Owl one just called to me.

Karin Peirce even did some simple hand quilting that added movement to the piece.

The Annunciation by Sonia Bardella of Italy was stunning.

Look at the detail work of the folds of the dress.

Besides the quilt show there were all the vendor booths and lots of shopping.
Some of the booths were so pretty. I wanted to buy everyone of these fat quarters, but of course, limited myself to just a few.

One of my favorite parts of the show was to go back to the Superior Threads booth from time to time to watch Annie tell everyone about Texture Magic. She had a crowd around her continually.
My favorite story of the last few days:
My friend Joann went to the restroom at the convention center. As she was in her stall (sorry to be so personal Joann!) she could hear two women conversing in the stalls next to her.
Woman #1 "I just picked up some of that crinkly stuff at the Superior Theads booth, did you see it?"
Woman #2 "Yes, and I can hardly wait to go home and start playing with it!"
Woman #1 "What was that stuff called again?"
Joann from her stall "Texture Magic!!"
Thanks Joann, we'll take marketing from any position.


Lurline said...

Wonderful pics, looks like a great show!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Kim Walus said...

I love the story about JoAnn. It's fun hearing stories like that and seeing all of the great pictures you took. It helps me feel like I was there and the best part of it is I didn't feel the least bit tempted to buy fabric. lol!

Cindy @ Creating at Home said...

Love that owl quilt - so adorable!

Material Mary said...

You really had a good time. Way to go!! One day, I will use that Texture Magic....that day is getting closer....

Mel said...

Great show pics! I'm always amazed at what can be done with machine quilting!

The folk quilt is beautiful, I would like to try one some day!

Neat hand quilting too - especially done in such a contrasting thread!

Thanks for sharing your pics!

Micki said...

Lovely pics Nedra! It sounds like a great show.

Janet said...

Funny story but what a great show. Loved seeing the quilts. The folk art one is available as a pattern here in Australia.

Micki said...

Oh I forgot, please email me today, if you can!

antique quilter said...

oh I would have had a hard time not buying a fat qtr of each of those fabrics too!
LOVE that America Friends quilt
oh the red owls love that quilt and the hand quilting is perfect!
funny story about Joann
I am looking forward to trying that textile magic too!

Carol said...

What great pictures...thank you for sharing them with us.

Yvette said...

Can you believe I went to the quilt show without my camera? DOH! I am so glad you captured those pictures.

Didn't you just drive to Southern California? WOW!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

Wow great photo's and fantastic quilts! Thanks for the eye-candy! :-)

Sherri said...

Looks like so much fun...and marketing in the bathroom as well! Quilting is such a crazy thing we do!

Dawn said...

Quilters are the nicest people...even in the bathroom!! tee hee!! Can't wait for tomorrow!

Julie @ Jaybird Quilts said...

i had a great time meeting you... and i look forward to getting home and figuring out what project i want to use my texture magic in!!

Browndirtcottage said...

Oh what a wonderful time you gals must have had. I'm crazy for all these quilts...thanks for sharing!!

The red owl quilt is familiar...I've seen it before..???

Nanette Merrill said...

I'm usually not into art quilts but these are so lovely. I loved the owls and the Italian quilt. Spectacular.