Monday, August 27, 2012

More Pictures from Grand Rapids

Here are some photos from the Japanese quilt show at AQS Grand Rapids.  It was the first Japanese exhibit that had quilts machine quilted that I've seen.  They were beautifully done.
The yoyos were 1/4"

Made with shimmering silks.

Four seasons.  These were 4 individual panels.
Here are just a few of the quilts from some of the other shows.  I'm sorry that I didn't write down the makers' names.

What a great event!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

AQS Show - Grand Rapids, Michigan

It seems that most of the quilters in this area also attended the AQS Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
My friend and I went just for two days to see the shows and the merchants mall but didn't sign up for any workshops or lectures.  It's a 4 hour drive from here but a very easy drive.
The DeVos Place Convention Centre where the show was held was a perfect venue for this event.  The quilt shows and merchants mall were all in one enormous room.  The workshop rooms and lecture halls as well as a food court were all in the same building.  Many of the hotels were attached through arial walkways to the facility.  We had great weather but it's nice to know that if it's raining another year, you can get to the workshops without getting your equipment wet.

My friend and I stayed at the Courtyard Mariott Hotel.  It was about a 5-10 minute walk to the convention centre.  You could either walk along the river boardwalk or along the streets.  I can't say enough good about this hotel.  The staff was very helpful, the room was quite comfortable and there was a very inexpensive but good Bistro on the main floor.

We did some real damage to our wallets in the merchant's mall.  There were 150 vendors selling everything from sewing machines to .............anything you can imagine.

Under the same roof were some truly wonderful quilts.  The most unusual was an exhibition of the Tentmakers of Egypt.  These were all needle turned appliqué hangings depicting flowers and birds or geometric designs.  Two men who do this work from Egypt were on hand to demonstrate and talk to the visitors.

This was my favourite quilt.  It's called Santa's Loading Dock by Mary Buvia.  More of Mary's quilts were on display and all of them were exquisite.  AQS has a pattern out for Santa's Loading Dock.  I don't know if I would ever have the time or patience to make it but wow!!!  The quilt was quite large.  At least 5 feet square I would think.

I took many more pictures of the various exhibits but they might need to wait for another post.
Apparently AQS is committed to Grand Rapids for another 4 years.  My friend and I have already made plans to go back next year.  The dates of the show are August 14-17, 2013.  See you there!

My blog has been neglected this summer while we readied our home for sale.  We did sell the house and are now in the process of building a new one.  Can you say "custom studio"?

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Lenore Crawford's Quilts

 The following photos are Lenore's class samples for the floral patterns we were working with.

Dates for Quilt Fest next year are July 18-20.  You can check the Tennessee Quilts website for more information.  It was a great trip with some breathtaking scenery along the way.........AND
I GOT TO RIDE A SEGWAY............

Quilt Fest in Tennessee

Hubby and I returned Tuesday for our trip to Jonesborough, Tennessee.  One of my favourite online shops, Tennessee Quilts, was holding their annual Quilt Fest from July 26-29.  We took two days to drive down stopping in Ohio and in Kentucky along the way.
Here's a photo of the shop.  They carry almost every Kaffe Fassett fabric available and have all kinds of kits.  Most of the fabric is funky and bright with only a small section of antique type fabrics.  The whole shop was filled with quilts.  As a matter of fact, I think it is the best quilt shop I've been to.  The shop was featured in the Spring/Summer 2011 edition of the Quilt Sampler magazine.

The shop was spotless and well staffed.  As you can see from the photos, the stock was beautifully displayed and I can't say enough about how nice the staff was!!!
Here are a few photos of Jonesborough.  It is the oldest town in Tennessee and is known for it's storytelling theatre.  Each week they have a different Teller who performs daily.  We enjoyed a performance by an Irish Teller.  I can't think of his name at the moment but I could have listened to him for hours and hours.
Story Telling Theatre on the right.

Main Street - Jonesborough
My two-day workshop was with Lenore Crawford who is known for her photographic art quilts.  It was a very good workshop.  Each student had their choice of one of Lenore's patterns then we went through the process step by step as she approaches her work.  There were 21 students in the workshop and all were doing one of about 6 different patterns.  Lenore collected a kit fee which included the pattern, Misty Fuse, use of paints, freezer paper and parchment paper.  The kits had plenty of everything and meant that students didn't have to bring as much to class.  I would recommend her as a teacher to any group.

Workshops were held at the Boones Creek Christian Church.  There were 9 teachers teaching each day.  We all had classrooms with none of the usual electrical problems.  We had the option of purchasing our lunch from the ladies group from the church.  They were really delicious lunches.
Photo of church where the classes were held taken from our hotel across the street.

Janet Fogg gave a lecture during our lunch on Friday showing her fantastic quilts.  She also does pictorial quilts but with such interesting subject matter!

Janet Fogg's Quilts