I got home yesterday evening after driving through torrential rains for a good hour. The National Quilting Association put on another great show. I didn’t hear one negative comment about the show, classes or lectures from anyone. Even the vendors were happy.
I didn’t see a trend in the show quilts, but some items caught my eye.
· Machine quilted entries from Japan
· Blended quilts winning ribbons
· More quilts with computerized embroidery and thread painting
· Denser machine quilting, many times using metallic thread
· Numerous quilts designed with EQ software
· Bright, saturated colors used as background fabrics
The intense colors on some quilts hurt my eyes when I looked at them. I’m a big fan of bold colors, but even I have my limits. Machine quilting has definitely hit a new level. I ran into one of our local longarm quilters and she commented that her customers would get upset with her if she put that much quilting on their quilts. It’s definitely a matter of personal taste.
My favorite exhibit contained 1930’s kit quilts displayed with the instruction pages from the kits. I took most my pictures there. I looked back in the show book, but couldn’t find mention of the sponsor.
The stash busting efforts survived the show. I only bought one fat quarter. I needed some border fabric, but I forgot both my fabric swatches and my color tool so that purchase will have to wait for another day. I’ll talk about the class I took in my next post.
Fabric in this week: .25 yards
Fabric in YTD: 9.5 yards
Fabric out this week: 0 yard
Fabric out YTD: 21.75 yards