Quilt Show!

I just got back from my very first quilt show! I’m telling you if you have never been to one you should! They are full of inspiration. They have quilts from the entire spectrum: vintage, traditional, modern, modern traditionalism, and more.

I wanted to share some pictures I took. Some of my favorite quilts didn’t get to be photographed because I didn’t realize you could take pictures and then my phone I was using died :/

With out further adieu…

Quilt shows are also great places to shop! I purchased some really cool things from three vendors that I never would have seen if I didn’t go!

I bought Machingers and a machine quilting skillbuilder panel! I’m really excited to make the panel into a sandwich to practice my FMQ!

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Then I bought a bunch of fat quarters and 1/2 yard cuts. I love the low volume blenders and I couldn’t stop eyeing that adorable stripe with hearts! The low volumes are from Red Rooster, Dear Stella and Henry Glass. No information on the other selvages.

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Then I came across Amelia’s Garden booth; she is an online quilt shop and she stocks beautiful fabrics: Sarah Jane, Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry and more! I tried to hold some restraint when purchasing because I really wanted to buy everything she had! She also convinced me to try out Aurifil thread.

The quilt show I attended is going on for one more day! If you are in the Pioneer Valley/Berkshires/UMass Amherst area you must check it out! Hands All Around quilt show at UMass Amherst April 6th to 7th from 10am to 4pm!

Friendship Braid Quilt: Finished!

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After months of sitting folded fully pieces, basted and partially quilted, I finally decided it was time to finish this quilt! I loved it since I first saw the pattern and then found Fig Tree’s beautiful jelly roll of Butterscotch and Roses at my local quilt shop. 2013-04-03 17.11.07

 

This beauty is made of numerous parallelograms, quickly cut from 2 1/2 ” strips. The whole piecing of the top (post-cutting) took just 4 hours! To think I waited months to finish a quilt that took so little time!

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I originally had planned to outline each block of the braid 1/4″ in from the edges but that turned out to require too much knotting and burying of threads. I spent a good couple of hours ripping out 3 columns of threads. Once finished, I left the blocks unquilted with just outlines of each column. I wanted to keep it nice and soft.

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I then spent 4 hours: 1 episode of SVU and 3 episodes of Body of Proof? (I never watched this before I just wanted some company) stippling the borders. I love how it turned out! There are a few skipped stitches but I’m okay with it considering it was my very first time FMQ stippling or even successfully FMQ!

Friendship Braid quilt made from Fig Tree fabrics!

Sorry for the not so great pictures! Clearly I am not a photographer and I still can’t find my camera charger so I’m stuck with iPad photos :/