The show was great! So much to say...it was fun to be able to wander through town to see the quilts, the weather was beautiful and all that natural daylight made my photos come out much better than normal!
Two very interesting things we took note of during the show:
- The quilts here were very different from the quilts in the Pacific International Quilt Festival, the only other large show we've gone to. Much more traditional in the sense that I didn't see a lot of fabric painting, weird materials, or quilts in funky shapes. There was a pretty strong modern quilting contingent in the show though.
- About 1/3 of the quilts in the show were on sale...and the prices really were all over the place. We were fascinated to see what different quilts were listed for...most of the time I thought the prices were far too low for such lovely pieces. There was definitely not an accepted norm, for the same price I saw some really quick quilts but also some incredibly detailed quilts that must have taken a long time. The cheapest quilt I saw was about $125 and the most expensive I saw was $1500.
Here are some highlights:
Us with the quilted car!
This was a fascinating exhibit where a number of different wallhangings all connected to form a single river mural. Do you see how the river flows in an out of all of them? It was so cool to see the different styles each person used on their portion.
This wall of quilts was especially impressive. They were all designed around the theme "Streams of Color."
I got to see the famed Ron Swanson quilt!
This one was a special favorite...it is a fishing fly, but in such beautiful and unexpected colors!
My photo didn't come out too great, but I liked the steampunk style and embellishments on this "Hugo"-themed quilt.
The use of color on this one was very clever!