Hi and welcome to my new blog! I had been hemming and hawing about blogging for quite sometime, but decided it was time to dive in. As my profile indicates, I'm an avid quilter. I read countless quilting, sewing and cooking blogs and can't wait to join the community of crafty bloggers.
I think an appropriate place to start is the wonderment that is the International Quilt Festival! My dear friend, DiscoJen, and I go every year. This year we went after work on Thursday night. I think this may be the best show yet. The photo above is a detail shot of an quilt with the most amazing machine quilting on it. I forgot to take a picture of the sign describing it, so I'll have to be sure I do when I go back on Sunday. There was an entire section of hand pieced, appliqued and quilted quilts that were astounding. I simply don't know how these women do it, much less how they manage to create more than one in a life time!
I should give a disclaimer here, I hate handwork, so I may be more impressed due to this fact. I do feel that binding looks the best when it's hand tacked so I have my quilt guru, Karen, finish the binding for me. The woman is amazing. Her tiny little stitches are perfect, and she can finish a twin size quilt while watching a movie. It is rather ironic that I dislike hand work so much, as my mother is an award winning needle pointer.
Isn't it stunning? There was such a variety of styles and techniques, there was really something for every quilter. Every quilt show I decide I really want to go on a quilting tour of Japan. I have noticed that the Japanese quilters are really inspired. Their use of fabrics, original patterns and style is just amazing.
I also got to see the "Late Date" quilt by Pam RuBert. I love her sense of humor. Her blog always amuses me. http://pamdora.com/blog/ The quilt was great. There's so much detail that you see in person that you don't in photos. I would love to see an exhibition of the rest of her quilts. The sushi restaurant and the Tower of Babel quilts look really amusing.
I could go on, but I will spare you all. If you get a chance to go to the show, you should not pass it up. I hear they've added a show this year in Long Beach, CA, as well as the original in Housten.