Last weekend I went to the AQS show in Grand Rapids. I had high hopes I'd come home with lots of inspiration and even a new project.
While I can appreciate the talent and time involved in the "quilt it to death" method of quilting, I was disappointed at how many quilts hanging there had been quilted to death. I mean 1/16th of an inch between lines of quilting quilting to death.
But I guess if you're making a quilt to WIN and not to keep someone warm and wrap them in love, go ahead and quilt it to death. I'm just hoping the cycle will come back around and quilts that aren't stiffened by the amount of thread put into them will be in fashion again someday.
Until then, I guess I'm just going to be old fashioned.
There was, however, an amazing display of about 24 quilts made by a lady from Michigan. Almost all hand-pieced, all hand-quilted. And every single one was amazing. She won a lot of awards for them in the 80's and I can see exactly why. Sadly, she's no longer living, otherwise I would have liked to meet her.
And then there were the vendors. It seems there were far fewer there this year and a lot of them were selling things that were not quilt-related. And the quilty vendors that were there were disappointing, too. Some were good, but I found absolutely nothing I couldn't live without. Except some longarm thread. When the price drops if you buy 3 or more spools and you don't have to pay shipping, that's a good deal! So I bought army green, grey and orange, all with projects in mind to use them to finish.
Maybe I just had too high of expectations this year. Or maybe I just wasn't in the right mood. But I heard others making similar comments about the vendors. The quilts were beautiful, but nothing that truly inspired me to go home and make something either.
But...I have managed to keep going quilting at home. A little at a time, but quilting.
Sunday I quilted a baby quilt for charity. (Trying to clear off that rack of quilts...) Once I get the binding finished, I'll share that.
And I turned this stack:
You can kind of see the blocks, but here's a (little blurry) photo of the top of that stack for a better idea:
(funny how the colors are so different depending on the angle of the camera!)
There are 8 greys and 8 purples, 12 blocks for each color.
192 blocks. Simple blocks. But done.
Next I will have to find a chunk of time to lay them all out and figure out what looks good where and then sew them together. I have learned from my Christmas Pickle mistake and will not begin this task at 3pm or later!
Now that these are at this stage, I will continue cutting pieces for my science geek quilt. That will be another that once all the pieces are cut will take a chunk of time to lay out and then sew together before being picked up again. Why do I do this to myself?
Tomorrow at my guild we have a trunk show from a member who was voted Quilter of the Year at another guild she belongs to. As part of this award, she'll have a booth at that guild's show this fall to display her work. The trunk show is a preview of that and I'm very excited to see what she has to share. She does a lot of modern work, but I'm curious to see what her earlier quilts are like since I think she's been quilting longer than the modern movement has been going on.