I took loads of photos at AQS Lancaster. The problem with taking and sharing loads of photos is the editing. It’s important to me to label each photo with the maker because I don’t want photos of someone else’s quilt lifted from my blog and used improperly. It’s really sad but way too much of that goes on. The editing takes a while but it's necessary.
At the shows I take a photo (or multiple photos) of the quilt and then I take a photo of the label. If I always follow that order then I’ll be able to label the quilt photos easily when (and if) I ever get around to it. I put my watermark on the photo so that if the quilt owner wants me to take down their photo they can find me easily. I’ve only had that happen once and in that case the quilt owner wrote me back as asked me to put the photo back up because she realized she might get some traffic from it. She had gotten so used to tracking down unlabeled photos of her quilts that her first reaction was “remove it!”. I totally understand and if I ever post a photo of a quilt of yours and you want it removed I’m happy to do that.
But quilts in shows are in public and expectations of total privacy are futile but expectations of proper credit are completely justified. Hopefully the quilt makers of these quilts (and lots more that I’ll share when I finish editing) will be OK with my process.
That said, here we go with the first batch of quilts and details from the AQS Lancaster show. I have even included a few whole quilts in this one.
The first batch are quilts from a special exhibit of red and white quilts.
I loved the border treatments on this one
Cindy Needham’s influence was see a lot in this show. This quilt was spectacular and I heard that the quilter made a lot of the lace on the quilt.
All I have for you today is a little report from our trip to Lancaster. We drove up and back in the rain but all of the middle bits were great.
We stayed in the cutest apartment that was only a 5 block walk from the convention center. The cool thing about attending AQS in Lancaster is that there are other things to do as well. There’s the Lancaster Quilt Show (a local show a short drive away from the convention center) and, of course, there are LOTS of quilt shops!
We had classes on Wednesday and then I spent a lot of time making a pest of myself in the Innova booth. On Thursday we met up with Sally. We’ve known each other through our blogs for a few years and live only about an hour and a half apart so, of course, it makes sense that we meet in Pennsylvania! But that’s how it works with the hermit blogger.
We kidnapped Sally and spent the afternoon visiting the other quilt show and the local shops. Our favorite shops were:
Zook’s – I found the green fabric for my applique flower quilt. Well, Sally found the fabric and brought it to me about 1 second before the lady was going to cut into the wrong green fabric! We all bought fabric here.
The Old Country Store – I found fabric for my next QOV and then I bought so much of it that I think I have enough for 2 QOVs and a veteran’s quilt! I haven’t bought commercial fabric in so long that I thought I’d treat myself….and the veterans.
Mom and I took different classes and, by far, my favorite were the 2 EQ classes that I took from Barb Vlack. I use EQ a lot and it quickly became clear to me that I use about 15% of it! Barb is a great teacher and and does a wonderful job of wrangling a classroom of people all at different levels with the tool. If you ever get a chance to take a class with her, do it.
Mom had the biggest purchase. She got a new Juki sewing machine. She bought a new sewing machine a couple of years ago and has hated it. She even sent it back to the manufacturer and it still doesn’t work right. She’s really excited to get the new one this week.
I went all out and bought some hot fix crystals. I meant to buy only one pack of aurora borealis for my Christmas postcards but I also stocked up on plain crystal and splurged on some crystal stars.
On the last day I found RED pins! I get red pins in a multi pack but I’ve never found all red ones. I stocked up.
I took lots of detail photos so will try to get some edited to post tomorrow. Or maybe the quilt that I finished binding yesterday.
I didn't make one stitch in anything yesterday. Instead I spent the day putting all of our tax information together. Chris is delivering it to the accountant today. I should do our taxes since I was an accounting major but the whole process makes me crazy. Just pulling the stuff together is torturous. I'm happy to pay someone else to do the rest.
Instead of showing something I'm making today I'm sharing some photos from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.
When I look at quilts I love seeing the whole quilt but what I really look for are the details, especially the quilting details. I only have one whole quilt photo today. Instead I'm going to take you on a tour of the details that I found interesting. The quilt names and makers are on photos so you should be able to google them to find full size images of the quits.
This last one I have included a photo of the quilt so you can see how the detail fits into the design. It was one of my favorite quilts in the exhibit.
I couldn't take photos in the costume exhibit but, take my work for it, it's worth going! They have just about every iconic costume that you can think of from early black and white movies to some of the latest blockbusters. Some of the characters that you will see are Cruella Deville, Superman, Eliza Doolittle, Superman, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, Elizabeth I, Melanie Daniels (The Birds), Rocky.......there are so many.
I was able to take photos of the quilts though and here are a few for your Saturday entertainment. There was a really good variety of quilts and bed coverings and there was even a quilt made prior to 1900 that was machine quilted!
Pineapple Log Cabin
1850 - 1875
Look at the detail! The logs are less than 1/2" and it's hand pieced!
Mary Scoot Greever Crazy Quilt
Tazwell County, VA
The center block.
Ellen Bear, Roanoke , VA
Those pinwheel blocks are about 1 1/4" each! It was perfectly pieced and beautifully quilted.
Unknown maker, 1850 - 1870
This one was interesting because the applique is so unique. Apparently it's an unnamed design found in Western North Carolina and South Carolina and this is the only example from Virginia.
Made by Alpha Haburn around 1859 in Lee County, VA
This quilt was exquisitely appliqued and quilted.
Unknown maker, 1850 - 1890
This quilt is made from homespun fabrics and is a reminder to any of us who think that we are "modern" quilters. Nah, the modern quilters were way before us!
I love how she changed the color of the yarn that she used between the flying geese strips and the plain strips. I don't know why but this was my favorite quilt in the exhibit.