4/5/12

Northwest Quilt Show: Last Batch of Quilts

This is my last day to stay home all day and sew for this week.  I had to meet with our pest control person this morning, and so I spent some time working on my current embroidery block for A Day in the Life of Mr. Bear.  It's very close to being finished.  Then I put a new recipe in my slow cooker.  I'm trying a Thai- style coconut milk soup with chicken tonight.  Yum.  I hope it turns out as good as it looks.  When I finish with this post I'll get started on my sewing.  I have one more block to make for the Block Lotto and then I'm going to start quilting the two doll quilts that are waiting for me.

Tomorrow my friend Sue and I are meeting for breakfast and then going shopping for new clothes at my favorite store:  Goodwill.  Yes, we are just a couple of old ladies doing old lady things.  Ain't life grand?

So here are the last of the quilts I photographed from the Northwest Quilt Show.  If you missed my previous posts, you can pick them up right here.  I liked this first one for the textures in the bricks.  I had the feeling this one was inspired after seeing a real-life wall or courtyard of some kind.


I love the thread work giving texture to the bricks.  The leaves were appliqued on three-dimensionally.


And because I love all things ethnic, this one really caught my eye.  There were similar patterns being sold by one of the vendors, but nothing as beautiful as this.


Mae could barely tear herself away from this next one.  So interesting and imaginative.  It seems to draw one into its folds.  The longer you look, the more you see.


This image can't capture it well enough, but the centers of the circular designs were clusters of clear beads that stood out from the surface.  Very interesting.


We both loved this hookah-smoking caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland.


I loved the artistry in the thread work on this quilt.


Look at the smoke coming from his mouth.


The precision in these next two miniatures was simply amazing.  Look at the clothespins for scale.  Look at these teeny-tiny little pieces!



Here's another one I loved for its ethnic flare.  


The quilting wasn't as densely done on this as it was on some of them, but it was very effective.


The beading and embellishments were exquisite. 


I love the way this eagle is quilted.


Finally, there were these paper-pieced beauties.


I always love bright colors on a black background.


There were many more quilts at the show.  These are just some of my favorites.  I hope you enjoyed them.  

The next big quilt show I'll be attending is the 2012 International Quilt Festival in Ireland!  When I signed up for this tour it was way back in August.  It seemed then to be forever away, but the time is creeping right up.  It's now less than two months until I leave.

Since I'm traveling alone, I have been assigned a roommate.  I'm happy to say that we've been introduced to one another via email.  My roommate's name is Karla, and she lives in Alaska.  We're both flying into Seattle to meet up with the rest of our group, and we'll meet for the first time then.  I just know we'll have a good time as roommates.  After all, she is my age, and she has two cats!  What else do I need to know?



2 comments from clever and witty friends:

SweetPepperRose said...

the word "awesome" seems to little for some of these wonderfully made arts of work. The blue ribbon winner is breathe taking, and the Indian dancer is so intricate.
Happy Easter!
JoAnn

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Gorgeous quilts. Awesome quilt show. Thank you very much for sharing. Unfortunately here in Portugal we don't have any quilt shows.