Saturday, February 28, 2009

Home From Hampton Quilt Show

While at the quilt show I ran into several fellow quilters from past and present. Some very unexpected to see like old friendships I'd made while stationed in Germany, some through our guild, others through blogging. It was nice to meet Marcie and chit chat briefly. The quilt on the wall behind us is Marcie's design! It just oozes with charm and screamed for me. I tried walking away. This little voice in my head kept saying, "it is so you". I bought it. I'm bummed that Judy and I never connected. She had left my number at home in error and when I tried calling her cell it would never go through. Perhaps next year.


I had every intention to concentrate on thread purchases for my longarm but the show specials weren't any better than purchasing off the internet so I just got the one spool to match the Swanky charm pack. I slapped my own hands several times over not to spend more and did try and help other quilters spend enough to boost the economy.

There were so many booths that had far more quilts to my liking than the actual show quilts. I have to be honest here, I am not the artsy type of quilter but can appreciate the work put into the quilts I did see. Many photos I took were for inspiration but again being honest here, I prefer my quilts to look washed, crinkled, well-loved and used!

26 comments:

Anne said...

I'm with you on that one. While I can appreciate the work and talent that goes into the "art" quilts, just give me the good old fashioned traditional ones. I can oohh and awww over them for hours. Sounds like you had fun. Cute pic with Marcie.

MARCIE said...

I love that you bought that kit! It makes me happy! Gloria has great instict on fabric choices. It was so fun to see you, even tho for too short a time.

Carol said...

Look at that fun stack of fabric you found...love the thread! And that kit...it's wonderful! I love The Olde Green Cupboard...if it weren't 2 hours north of here I'd be in big trouble...LOL!

W. Latane Barton said...

I attended the Hampton Quilt Show a few years back when it was held in a hotel. Man, what a mess, everything crowded together, not enough quilts, too many displays in booths. Not that I am opposed to the vendors. That was nice. But, you couldn't tell the vendors from the show!! I am glad they have moved to a bigger place.

Amy said...

LUV the kit you bought.....and I knew you would buy more than THREAD,lol! I am proud of you for stimulating the economy.....You did good girlfriend! Enjoy your new toys.Amy

Darlene said...

Your fellow Americans appreciate your boost to the economy! LOL Wonderful loot!

Love the picture with you and Marcie.

Carrie P. said...

Well you didn't spend to many pennies. Love your fabrics.
The quilt in the background is beautiful.

Millie said...

It sounds like you had a lot of fun at the quilt show. And don't we just love to look at all different quilts and like to make so many of them. Beautiful quilt kit you bought.

Zlaty said...

Sound like you had fun! I love that quilt behind you on the picture!

Happy Sewing!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

I agree with you, I love the old antique crinkly look of my quilts after they've been washed.
Too bad you never got to meet Judy. She is so very nice. I'd love to meet her and you!!

Fiesta said...

I love all your purchases and can't wait to see how the quilt comes out.
Like you I just like looking at the arty quilts . Mine are all lovingly used.

Tins and Treasures said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time with the girls. It would be pretty fun to meet blog friends in person. And the quilts & fabrics look very charming.

Cindy said...

Like you, I can appreciate the Art Quilts but I'm the traditionalist.

Love the Charm Packs...my kind of quickie projects.

I agree with you.."I prefer my quilts to look washed, crinkled, well-loved and used!"

Bonnie said...

Your thoughts mirror mine exactly too! I can't believe how FEW pics I actually took. The modern quilts just do not make my heart sing and scream "GO SEW!" to me like the traditional snuggly quilts do. But I appreciate the hours and work that went into them.

You did GREAT on your purchases! And it was fun to run into you. I hope we can have a sew day soon!

Bonnie

Cheryl said...

Love that kit! I'm an old fashioned quilt girl myself!

Libby said...

I usually find the same thing when I go to quilt shows - art quilts are easy to admire for the craftsmanship and time. But I find my inspiration in the vendor aisles . . . . filled with all the goodies that keep me coming back for more *s*

Judy said...

Me too! I like quilts with more old fashion work. Sorry we didn't meet up, but I think you hit the same FQ booth I did. I noticed the thread sale didn't seem all that low. About 2 or 3 years ago you could get 3 spools for $16.95 I think.

Mary said...

Yep' I agree the vendor booths had some really cute stuff. My quilt preferences run toward the traditional too but it's always fun to attend the show with my Mom and sister. Thanks for coming up to me to say hi. I never did see Bonnie and didn't realize that Marcie was there.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh so lucky to have met up with Marcie! And fun fabric you got!

Jeanne said...

How neat that you met up with Marcie! Looking forward to seeing the quilt kit made. Your pile of goodies looks great.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

So glad that you dropped by my blog, what a great hint, thank you. I might just have to search out some local quilters and offer to do some photography.

Love your work, it is beautiful. What is long arm quilting? I did some quilting years ago, but things have changed since then.

Jen

yellowfarmhouse said...

I agree with you also on the art quilts. I can appreciate the time and effort that it takes to create them - but I am always always drawn to the traditional and prim quilts every single time. Nice goodies you found to bring home with you - and how fun to meet Marcie -cute picture of you both.

Hugs- Karen

Cathi said...

My time is so precious to me that I will only make quilts that "sing" in my heart and the artsy ones just don't do it. Don't know if it's the weather or the fact that my sewing room isn't my own right now, but I'm in a BIG funk. Would have loved to have gone to the show to get inspired!

Stina said...

Im not for the arty quilts either... love the old style instead... :o)
You really did find some nice fabrics... could have bought them myself!!! :o)

Wendy said...

I'm with you, the art quilts are beautiful but I still love my traditional crinkled quilts. I'm glad you had a good time and helped the economy as well.

Carole said...

Looks like you made out okay! I don't know what the prices were on thread, but at MQX they are greatly discounted. I love Marcie's patterns. Good choice! ;o)
Cheers!