Yesterday, Michele, Karen and I went to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Show. We got there at 10, when the doors opened and planned on leaveing just after lunch. Well, we barely had time for lunch and almost had the doors close on us at 6! It was a good show.

When you go to a quilt show with friends, you see things and buy things (I successfully RESISTED the fabulous cat fabric!) you wouldn’t notice on your own. We all agreed this quilt made by Melinda Bula is fantastic. Imagine the quilt, minus the strands of tiny white circles. Still a great quilt but those white dots add so much movement. (Design note to myself)

The white glove lady showed us the thread design on the quilt back. I always debate, should I use a plain backing and allow the quilting to show, or a busy backing and invisible thread to hide stitches? 

I took some photos of quilts that I especially liked from the competition and special exhibits. I should have recorded the maker but just didn’t have time. I think this quilt is wonderful and feels traditional and modern at the same time. I’d like to make a quilt using black, red, green and white. 

These “dingos” are scary! The thread painting was incredible– the fur on the dogs was so correctly directional. The Australian quilter chose to thread paint the entire background. I think this worked very well. I really don’t like it when the thread painting is done on the figure and then stuck on the background. 

I’m not so crazy about this quilt, but I have wanted to do a large piece using my Quilting In Layers technique with inset strips. Mine would look totally different. 

Ahhhh. The limitations of cameras. This quilt was stunning, seen in person. I stood in front of it for a long time, wondering what is going on with this woman in the orchard? I wanted to know more about her. It was a whole cloth quilt, not sure if it was painted or a photograph. The artist placed the figure in the center of the composition, within a very symmetrical design. She used bits of real gold paint to direct the eye through the dark gray landscape. I’m so intrigued with this piece of artwork. (note: If anyone is attending the show this weekend and could email me the title and maker of this quilt, I would really appreciate it.)

An explosion of color! Lots of silks were used with stitching in different colored threads to add texture and more layers of color. 

Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. I’ve been there! This quilt was painted then stitched with amazing detail, outlining every window pane and tree leaf. The reflection of the scene on the water was painted and then layered with sparkeley organza and quilted. 

I want to own this quilt. (The woman in the orchard, too) It was made by a Canadian quilter and has such a strong sense of place– (and that’s all the snow I need to see for the coming winter.) After seeing lots of quilts with crazy, precision detailed, over the top, steroid enhanced quilting, the simplicity of the quilted line in this work is lovely. The quilt is constructed using fabric and stitching detail, no painting. 

Pretty eclectic group of quilt photos, huh! Soap Box Alert. Can I just say, I enjoyed the quilt show. I saw quilts, I saw art. Traditional, Modern, Innovative, painted, stitched, home machine, long arm machine, hand quilted. Such a wealth of fiber diversity and nary a gripe about categories and competition rules and copyright and commercial credit documentation.  I feel inspired and can’t wait to play with my new fabric (no cats) and quilt stuff.

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  1. Donna Hallowell Thomas says

    These quilts are down right AMAZING!! I’m in awe like crazy. I need to attend with you ladies and Mom one year. I can’t get over the detail of them and wish I could stare at the top and color explosion all day! I don’t know which of these is my favorite. Thanks again for sharing!!

  2. What a nice review. Maybe I’ll need to come back up to PA to see the show next year. OH!!!! I just read the comment above from Ellen: you won a blue!!! And the bike quilt went public. Way to go, T!

  3. Ellen McMillen says

    Oh you modest quilter! Congratulations on your well deserved blue ribbon for “Becket Mountain Trilliums!” I enjoyed your bike quilt too. I found the stark simplicity of the last quilt in your post to be very moving. Great post, thank you.

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