Monday, September 30, 2013

Highlights from the 2013 Jacksonville Quilt Fest

Last Thursday I attended my first quilt show in Florida!  I've really been wanting to go to a show and there just aren't any Florida during the summer.  Not that I could find at least.

Jacksonville Quilt Fest is an annual show put together jointly by seven area quilt guilds.  With the rising cost of everything, I think this was a very wise decision on their part.  And could be an option for small guilds all over.

Anyway...let's look at some of my favorite quilts.  I apologize in advance for not getting information about the quilter.  I don't know where my head was.   So if you see a quilt you recognize, please feel free to share information about the quilt in the comments section.

Let's start the show...

A "+ and x" quilt done in Kaffe...AWESOME!

I took a picture of this one because I made a quilt very similar and I like the
way this one was quilted...possible quilting inspiration for later.

Great use of small pieces

This quilt was done in a mix of prints and batik solids and hand quilted.

This was one of my original design inspired by her husband.

I loved the use of color in this quilt...the rusty Fall tones were gorgeous!

Got scraps?!

I have to admit that I've never been particularly inspired by this quilt pattern
because it's not my style.  But the quilting on this quilt was ridiculous a really good way.  Here are a couple detail shots.

Just a really pretty quilt

I love wholecloth quilts...even small ones.

Yet another fabulous applique quilt

Another quilt done in prints and batiks...the soft pastels are just awesome!

The cherubs are 2" square!!!

This quilt is not even 18" square....ugh.

Doesn't this quilt make you feel happy?

This one was probably my favorite.  Between the piecing
and the fabric selection, it was just a win for me.
And last but not least...a booty shot...of the quilty kind!
I'm proud to say that minus the pattern and four fat quarters, everything I bought was on sale.  There was one particular booth that was selling repros at $2 and $3.50 a half yard.  I could have bought LOTS more but I'm trying to save all I can for next month's trip to Houston...YaY...can't wait!
Till next time...

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dying With Mark Sherman

Yesterday I had the opportunity to learn fabric dying from Mark Sherman.   A few weeks ago, my friends talked me into signing up for this class.  I didn't really know if it was something I wanted to do because I kinda felt it wasn't really my thing.  But I fell to the peer pressure (I'm so weak) and signed up.  And I'm really glad I did.

This spiral design reminds me of the inside of a nautilus shell.
And it's probably favorite of the four.

This one reminds me of the photos you sometimes
see  of deep space...which I think is pretty cool.

I'm not sure how I feel about this one.  Its cool but it's missing something. 
I think it might be a good candidate for overdying...redying a second time using one color.

And finally, we were each allowed to dye a t-shirt brought from home.  I'm not a huge
fan of orange and yellow but I'm diggin' this t-shirt and might actually wear it.
All in all it was a fun class and I really like the results. 
What am I going to do with the fabric?  I don't know but I do know this. 
Me and grandkids are going to be doing some t-shirt dying during Christmas break. 
And my friends and I have already decided we want to do more!
Thank you Mark Sherman!