Saturday, March 16, 2013

(Inter?) National Quilt Day!

 What better way to celebrate National Quilting Day, than by going to a quilt show?

There are folks who are hoping to make this an international event/day of celebrating quilts. Certainly, quilting is international! If you doubt that, please check back on the blog (and my Flickr sets) to see the magnificent work that was featured at the Carrefour Europeen du Patchwork last year!

There is a little part of me that would love to go back some year. Might have to see if that can be worked out. Not as a big group tour, maybe just a couple of friends who want to go check it out.

Hmmm... renting a car... it might be doable. Something to ponder!

 Meanwhile, today was the Glendale (Calif) guild's show, and it was as usual quite splendiferous.

The theme was "holidays" of all sorts. This pretty much meant that some, like the giant heart up above, really fit the theme.

Others were only tangentially related--but hey, it was National Quilt Day, so all of them relate to that holiday, right?

This quilt  honors the First Battle of Bull Run. I think if you click on the picture, you will be able to read the poem.

The fabrics are Civil War era reproductions.
 New Year's celebration!

Wonderful paper-pieced points (believe me when I say that I really appreciate paper piecing after making the tree skirt!{)

I especially like the way she used a confetti print in the solid centers--really gives it a celebratory feeling!
 They have really cute little stitched and appliqued signs reminding you not to touch!

More of these are on my Flickr set, by the way

I took something like 60 pictures today and they are all over there, so please head over if you want to see more quilts!

Three-dimensional tropic flowers, HUGE ones!

There were several quilts with 3-D work popping off them.

Quite a lot of fun!
 My pictures don't do justice to this gorgeous landscape quilt.

Truly a work of art!

The view is from Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park, off Highway 1, where the falls go directly into the ocean.

Skyline... Chicago. The quilt was made for a sister, who has this view out of her window!

Love this quilt!

A collection of happy snow people!

Sue Rasmussen's Alaskan Grizzly Bear.

He looks quite pleasnt, not grisly at all!

Appearances can be deceiving...

Another landscape...misty and dreamy.
 The Easter Bunny was handing out show pins and posing for pictures.

And then there was lunch--time to enjoy good food and good company! I should have taken pictures of my friends, but instead I took a picture of my food.

That was one very tender and delicious beef dip.


So what did I do when I came home? Well, first I took out my purchases and fondled them a bit.


Then I cleaned up the debris from the tree skirt in the sewing area. I tried to think of a reason to hang on to the templates I'd used to cut out the pieces, but I couldn't think of a single reason to so out they went.

And then I got out my Lowell Mill Girls fabric and the pieces I'd cut last year prepping for this quilt.

And here's the first block. No more about this now because I think it's going to be like the tree skirt--while Im working on it, it will be All Mill Girls All The Time.

Whic probably isn't the worst thing I could talk about, believe me!

Happy National Quilt Day, and a happy St. Paddy's Day to you, whether you're Irish or not!

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