Yesterday I swung by the Quilting in the Garden show in Livermore, CA. What fun! In Alaska we only ever have about two quilt shows per year, so it's very exciting to live somewhere now where there's pretty much a quilt show every weekend, if you're willing to drive a bit.
Note: Prepare for a VERY photo-heavy post. Click on any photo to view a larger version.
The weather was perfect and it was great to wander through the trees and see quilts peeking out. It really was a lovely afternoon for a quilt show!
This is the sight that greeted us at the entrance. They really did a great job with the decorations and aesthetic. This year's show featured quilts by Judy Mathieson, who does some really stunning compass designs.
Here's what blew me away: the pattern continues onto the binding! It is little details like this that set apart a true show quilt.
Judy also likes dogs it seems. She had a lot of adorable dog designs, some of which are below.
This one was fun! "Schizophrenic Stripes" by Michelle Garrison.
This was an adorable fall quilt in a lovely palate of colors. "Hoot for Fall" by Becky Perry.
This Lone Star had lovely colors and some great quilting in those large white spaces. "Lone Star Beauty" by Shari Brady.
I loved these turtles! They were really fun and cute, especially that last guy who carries over onto the border. "Shall We Dance" by Lora Zmak.
Ran into this hilarious sign in the garden...
Then there was a special section for Thom Atkins, an amazing beading artist. All of these quilts were completely decked out in amazing beading.
This was a desert scene with some serious trapunto on the cacti, and 3d flowers. "After the Rains" by Thom Atkins.
Some very cute beaded lizards were dispersed around it as well.
This one had gorgeous 3d leaves and clumps of flowers. Definitely zoom in to check out the beaded vines. "Nothing is Forever" by Thom Atkins.
Okay here are even MORE shots of other quilts at the show (yes, I took pictures of most everything!)
The shadows made this photo only so-so, but this was a fun whimsical quilt. "4 Seasons of Trees" by Jennifer Rounds.
All three of these had great colors.
This had lovely colors and a really cool tree stitched onto it (hard to see). "Heartstrings" by Jennifer Rounds.
I always love quilts with fish themes. :) This had some impressively small quilting over the background too. "Fishing" by Becky Perry.
Another lovely one, with 3d flowers. "Butterflies Flutter By" by Jennifer Rounds and Kim Butterworth.
"Compass Roses" by Judy Matheison.
Two cute ladybug quilts in a row. "Garden Lady Bugs" by Kristi Marymee (above) and "Ladybug, Ladybug!" by Darra Williamson (below).
The pattern for this cutie was available as well. I love the touch of the fence rails on the border. "It Takes a Village" by Darra Williamson.
She began her creative journey on January 1, 2012. Many of the 3" x 5" collages, bookmarks and small quilts that you see here are the results of that ongoing, self-imposed creative challenge."
I think that's something we can all admire and aspire to!
Okay now time to get some sewing done myself!