Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Yesterdays Quilt Show

It is cold, cold, cold here in Idaho Falls, so what a perfect day to attend a quilt show, which is exactly what I did. My friend Carlene and I went to a wonderful little quilt show in a little town next to us called Shelley. The quilt show was held in their library and let me tell you I've never seen a library with so many quilt books and new quilting books at that. This was their 9th year to host this little show and we enjoyed not only the quilts, but a few classes as well and I even won 2 pattern books in the drawings they held, it was a great day!

This first quilt was my favorite! It's a folded Dresden Star quilt designed by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts . You can purchase the pattern and templates through her site--it's definitely on my list of needs! I love everything about this quilt--the design, colors, fabrics and the technique for the star which was demonstrated in one of the classes looked like a lot of fun! I believe this quilt was made by Kaylene Christensen.

Here's a close up of the Dresden Star. It has a 3-D affect that the picture doesn't pick up.

Here is a beautiful butterfly quilt. I love butterfly quilts.

A close up of the butterfly quilt.

I just love this rag bullseye quilt--another quilt on my list of want to makes.

Not a very good picture, but a really great, fun quilt from jeans and they used the pockets on it as well. Very cute!

A wonderful primitive folkart style applique quilt.

Another rag quilt that I thought was neat. I got my pictures in the wrong order, so you get to see the close up first. This one has small rag squares sewn onto a one piece background.

Now we can see the whole quilt. Isn't it adorable!

This picture just doesn't show how pretty this Christmas quilt really is. I love the appliqued snowflake over the block and the center pieces with the 3-D folded points.

Another favorite is this antique--100 years old I believe--quilt of dainty blue baskets. It's note said that it was found at a garage sale. Lucky for it, it found a loving home to go to!

A wonderful 100 year old doll quilt! It was in great condition for it's age and if I recall the story it was handed down within the family. Oh and there's Carlene in the background--she's even color coordinated with the quilt.

A little house quilt. I love house quilts!

And last, but not least is this dainty and beautiful little basket quilt. Look at the quilting on this one. I would love to learn how to quilt like that.

I also discovered some really cool products while at the classes yesterday. One was the Martelli Rotary Cutter It is an ergonomically correct rotary cutter and everyone who had used it swore by it. They said that it doesn't make your shoulder hurt like a standard rotary cutter does after doing a lot of cutting. Definitely on my list of needs.

A new to me fabric is called Minky. Oh it is soooo soft! It can be used in a quilt or as the backing for a quilt and they said it quilts beautifully and a few traditional cotton quilts had it as their backing. Very soft and cozy--better than flannel or fleece!

It was a great time and I learned a lot and added many new things to my "needfuls" list and I can't wait til the next quilting event--whenever that may be! Happy Stitching!


Shelley said...

Hi Cathy, what beautiful quilts. Thanks for sharing them.


Robin said...

Oh my look at all those wonderful objects of beauty !!! I love quilts but don't really have any...YET ....
Thank you for all the awsome pics to drool over !!!

crazyhaberdasher / knittingbee said...

I am with you - "that one is on my to do list and that one there and another one there"! them all, I wish I could wave a wand and they would instantly appear! LOL!

ellen b. said...

Wow what beautiful quilts all in one place. That would be fun to see sometime. I think one of my favorites is the snowflake one. Thanks for sharing your trip with us and stay warm up there in the Northwest...

Gayle said...

Cathy - What a fun day you had! HEY! I have one of those ergo rotary cutters that I never use. You interested in buying it?

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful quilts! I'm going to send them to two of my friends who make and collect quilts.


Cindy said...

wonderful!!...would have loved seeing these in person... your pictures are great! BTW. I have tagged you my friend..what a great blog you have! Please write five things about yourself and send a tag to five favorite bloggers you enjoy reading. Cindy, The Gathering Place

quiltmom said...

Thanks for sharing those gorgeous quilts- they are all beautiful- my favorite is the butterfly quilt- There are just some fantastic butterfly patterns out there.
Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,

Trish said...

Can you tell me who the pattern designer is for the butterfly pattern? I would love to make one. Thanks for any help you can give me.