Quilt Show Weekend

Mom and I went to the Georgia Quilt Show at Gwinnett Center Saturday. It was great: quilt inspiration and shopping under one big roof with clean bathrooms! What more could a quilter want?

Aside from wanting a Taco Bell inside Gwinnett Center, I can’t think of anything. This is not a strike against Gwinnett Center; by my estimation, any building can be improved by an addition of a Taco Bell. Luckily for us, Discover Mills Mall was close by with a handy Taco Bell. (Though, no clean bathrooms in that mall… It used to be a wonderful mall, but it has really deteriorated since I lived in that neighborhood. Shame.)

But you didn’t come here for my (admittedly verbose) Theory of Building Improvement via Taco Bell and Clean Bathrooms. You came for the pretty quilt pictures. I have ‘em. Here you go.

At the Georgia Quilt Show

Not a rug, a quilt! I loved the design of this one. Clever.

At the Quilt Show 2

I loved the traditional quilt blocks in the bright colors. Gorgeous! That black band across the bottom of the quilt is the rope used to keep people away from the quilt, not a part of the quilt itself.

At the Quilt Show 3

And now, for something completely different. This one is just lovely. I love how the designer alternated appliqued blocks with embroidered blocks and echo quilted around them all.

At the Quilt Show 4

This is a whole cloth quilt in a very striking purple/blue. The quilting on this is amazing.

At the Quilt Show 5

This is a detail of the whole cloth quilt above. I hope I can quilt like that someday!

At the Quilt Show 6

This is a detail of a green and yellow quilt. I love the wavy quilting around the square Celtic knot. Does anyone know what that’s called? I can’t find a reference for it.

I spent most of my time (and money) at the Primitive Gatherings booth. I wanted everything. I settled for buying some bundles of miscellaneous wool and a wall hanging kit, From the Bittersweet Vine. It has a pumpkin, sunflowers, a crow, and embroidery. Of course I love it; with that combination of themes, I could not not love it.

When I returned home and looked at everything, I realized that my worst fears had been realized: I didn’t buy enough wool. I blame inexperience. It was my first quilt show and I just didn’t know any better. Next time I’ll seriously stock up when I can be there to touch it.

It is so hard to find wool in this area. (Maybe it’s because we’re in the South?) The local quilt shops just don’t carry it. At least I can order it online now that I’ve experienced the wonderful quality of Primitive Gatherings’ wool.

Anyway. I’m going to make the wall hanging next Spring. I just don’t have time to do it right now. In between fighting off the Worm Horde, finishing the already large project list, making presents, avoiding the news, cleaning, cooking, working, and gaming, I just don’t have time for another project.

Work In Progress: Stag Runner

Auditioning green fabric for the Stag Table Runner.

Auditioning green fabric for the Stag Table Runner.

Placing red 2.5 inch squares for the Stag Table Runner.

Placing red 2.5 inch squares.

Hydration is important!

Hydration is important! Woman cannot live by coffee alone. (Though, she will admit to trying to live by coffee alone.)

After sewing the little red squares for the Stag Table Runner.

The little red squares are all sewn together for the center of the table runner.

Stag Table Runner Design

This is what the table runner will look like when it is complete.

It will be about 62 inches long and 15 inches wide. (The dining room table is 78 inches long.)

The white stags were originally supposed to be black, but after placing the white paper stencil of the stag on the red squares, I realized that the black was just too dark. The white stags shout Winter to me and really make the dark reds and green seem more alive. They’ll be appliqued in white or off-white fabric.

I haven’t yet picked the fabric for the stags. I’m thinking plain solid muslin, but I also have my eye on some floral fabric in white and pale green. I’m still debating the print idea. We’ll see.

The back… well, I’ve been tossing some ideas around for piecing the back in Autumnal colors. That way, the same runner could be on the table for half of the year. Storage space is small and precious in this house; I just don’t have space for a million different runners. So being able to use one runner for two seasons seems like a good plan. I’d just turn it over to the other side when Winter arrives. Again, we’ll see.