Monday, May 24, 2010

quilt market

When Diane asked me to tag along with her to quilt market, I jumped at the chance to go. It was so fun to hang out with her and talk quilts all day long. (oh, her poor ears!) My husband took time off of work on Friday to make it happen. Sweet, huh? It was my Mother's Day gift from him. (Ironic that my mother's day gift would take me away from my family for the entire day, isn't it?) Anyway, quilt market was overwhelming and great and tiring, OH, MY!

Meeting so many other bloggers was certainly a highlight. I got to meet Anna, Kellie, Bonnie and Camille, Anita, Lissa, Vanessa and Heather. I can't say just how neat that was. (And plenty intimidating, too!)
I got to see quilts made by:

and Ashley.
3 of my favorite quilts there were old (or antique) quilts...made with teeny tiny pieces.
Each piece in this quilt was only the size of a quarter. Stunning.
Same size squares on this one, but pieced with triangles. It's quilts like this that make me wonder why I call myself a quilter.
This one was from the 70's. It was done by a woman who made it while her dad battled some sort of illness. It was beautifully made and intricate. All hand pieced. Amazing.
I was good and only bought one FQ bundle the entire day. Over the weekend I came up with a quilt along idea to use it for. More on that next post!

52 comments:

audreypawdrey said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time! I would love to go sometime... I can't believe you had so much self-restraint to only buy a fat quarter; I don't think I would have done so well. I love that triangle quilt picture!

Anna said...

Ah, wish I could have meet you there. I was up on Saturday and hung out with Vanessa. I was extremely intimidated by all the talent there.

AllieKatMom said...

Oh a quilt along?! For us?! YAY! I really love those antique quilts, that is what I am normally drawn to also! They are so pretty. I plan on making some of those with my scraps when I have a big enough pile. I haven't been quilting long enough for that pile to get big enough yet.

Jessica Christensen said...

My envy is strong. How fun for you! Gorgeous quilts too. Another quilt-along? You know I'll have to join. Even though I probably shouldn't. = )

Sarah said...

Can't wait to see what you have in order for a Quilt along! I have several bunches of FQs just waiting for the right project!

Ashley said...

How fun that you had a chance to go! I bet it was a blast! Thanks so much for taking a picture of my quilt - it's the first photo I've seen of it (now I know for sure it was there!)
:)

kwiltmakr said...

What fun! I love the older quilts.

Q said...

Ahh look like a great time. Hope you got to see everything you wanted to! :)

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love reading and seeing your market report. I should have told you I had a quilt there. oh well.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a wonderful opportunity! I know you had a ball. Love the older quilts. They are timeless. Thanks for sharing.

beth said...

You WERE a good girl! I look forward to your quilt along! I just finished a quilt along quilt today and I'm READY!

Nancy Powell said...

I have wanted to quilt for years but was too afraid. I finally took a class and am looking forward to starting another quilt! But WOW OH WOW was I excited to stumble upon your blog! ! ! ! ! I plan to go back and read every one of your posts! THANK YOU for your tutorials and beautiful pictures.

angela said...

what a fun day! and I can't wait to see what you cam up with from all that inspiration!

Sherri said...

Quilt along sounds fun...glad you were able to go to market!

Sue, Joe and Michael Webber said...

My name is Sue Webber and I'm a quilterholic! Only in the first stages though, I've just finished my first quilt! Phew! Next!! Those quilts are stunning, we have a similar show here in NZ in October.

Gypsy said...

Oh those quilts are all stunning! Thanks for sharing the pictures, very inspiring.

Regi said...

The quilts are gorgeous and I am glad you had a lot of fun.

WooHoo a quilt along... YaY!!

sewjournal said...

What lovely quilts. ANd thanks for the links to all these other blogs too. I'm adding you to my RSS reader.

kelliemorgan said...

Looks like fun!
I think you fall into the category of people who don't give themselves enough credit. I come to your blog for inspiration all the time! Pat yourself on the back. I am sure they were excited to meet you as well. Thanks for sharing the pics.

traceyjay said...

I can't believe you only bought one FQ bundle. That is some self control.

And you made me laugh when you said, "I call myself a quilter."

I feel that way often. :)

jaybird said...

i wish i knew you were there.. would have been nice to meet up! looks like you had a good time!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Still, what an experience. Now you know what it's all about.

Alissa said...

Awesome! Looks like it was a great time. Isn't it so much fun to meet blogging friends in person?? Thanks for including the pic of my quilt! I hope that one of these days I'll get to market WITH a quilt instead of it being there without me! ha.

Annessa said...

Oh, what a treat! I can't wait to see the quilt along post you've made up for the FQ bundle - I have a couple of those in my stash that I'd like to use up.

Kim said...

Oh what fun.......you certainly will get lots of inspiration ..I do hope you are enjoying the time away with friends.

Happy sewing

Hello Rayne said...

Loving the quilt made by Ashley! A quilt along, sounds like fun!! Can't wait to find our more.

Sandra said...

How sweet of your husband to give you day away. I know that is a big deal when you still have children at home. Love the photos. Especially the one from the 1970's.
Hope you feel refreshed!

Dawn said...

Oh I wish Quilt Market would come to sleepy old Adelaide.... and only one fat quarter bundle... I wouldn't be able to be that calm... but looking forward to your quilt along....
Hugs Dawn x x

Jenny said...

I was in the Izzy n Ivy booth. Wish I could have met you! Market is always fun and inspiring.

Rick said...

Sounds like it was so much fun. I love the photos you shared. The quilts look amazing.

Hannah said...

Yeah for a quilt-along! What fun going to quilt market!

bearcreekquilter said...

So, I just about fell out of my chair when I saw my stats and had received more than 400 hits today. Then I realized you must have done your market post. I had such a great day and I picked the right person to bring as my guest.
Will my mod kitchen fat quarter pack work for the quilt along? or should I raid my Amy Butler stash?

Contented Caroline said...

Wow!!! I love that Chinese lantern quilt - there certainly must have been a lot of inspiring people there.

Sara said...

wow! This is the paradise!!

Marcia said...

I was at Quilt Market too! I would've loved to have met you in person. Darn! What a great experience the whole thing was. Looking forward to your quilt along.

Shawn said...

Oh Amanda it looks like you had so much fun!! That was a funny little story about your Mother's Day gift. Thanks for sharing your photos and a quilt a long idea...... can't wait to hear it ♥

Trisha said...

So glad you got to go! What a treat! How fun to meet all those quilters there. I love those vintage quilts too.

Alia said...

Hi there! Which quilt market was it? Sounds like a lovely day out! Congrats!!

John said...

ack! i can't believe you were there and i was there, but we didn't meet. bummer!

Deanna said...

A quilt along would be nice.

I can understand the small pieces under stress phenomenon. I am finishing a small quilt started under stress and I wonder now how I made 3/4" triangles? And WHY?

Clair said...

Looks like you got to see some neat stuff.

April said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I am a sucker for antique hand-pieced quilts, too. Especially the ones with such small pieces. My mother-in-law has a doozy of an antique: each 7 inch block contains a star made up of NINETY pieces. NINETY.

I could lie and say that I'd like to do something like that someday. But I won't. It's easier to just admire. :)

prashant said...

Sounds like a lovely day out! Congrats!!
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Jackie said...

So glad that you got to attend and had a great time! But only one fat quarter bundle, really?

mascanlon said...

Thanks for the show, I love all the quilts. And admire your restraint, know I wouldn't have done as well.

Mary Jo said...

I'm so glad youre back!!! Its great that you went to market and met all my favorite blog ladies. I think its really funny that you are a mystery woman, only pictures of your feet. Can't wait for your quilt along. Maybe our LP quilt group will do it with you. If your come to LP please stop in at our meeting. Mary Jo

chq said...

Thank you for including my quilts! I didn't realize you were going to be there...you should have come to our cake party!

Melodee said...

My heart skipped a beat when I saw the Japanese lantern quilt. I just finished a similar quilt. I googled Japanese quilt images and came up with my design. My quilt is a wedding gift for our first Japanese exchange student that stayed with us 16 years ago. All the quilts pictured are amazing.

Brenda Rae said...

Nice to be visiting your blog again! I love, love that 70ish triangle quilt. Looks like just random color choices but looking closer I noticed a diagonal color pattern. And then the solid triangle borders. It is really a nice quilt to look at. More and more I am loving these types of quilts. Thanks for sharing.

WHATUPDUCK said...

That looks like a whole lotta fun!

happy zombie said...

I can't believe I missed you!!!!! You came the day I was laid up in bed. ARGH! Yet another reason why my cold bit me hard - and that was missing you!

I love your state and Minneapolis - and I loved that I got to experience Minnesota Nice! I <3 MN! And of course, I <3 CMQ's!!

pratima said...

Gorgeous quilts! It is such a treat to see these antique quilts pieced with teeny tiny bits. Thanks a bunch for sharing these pictures :)