|This is one of the first quilts that caught my eye (and was able to take a picture of). I thought it was just "quaint" until I read the description and realized what it was made of.|
|It's made of selvages! This is as close as I could get to it. It's just too cute...|
|And this was a quilt right next to it. It's so pretty reminding me of Monet paintings that I used to stand in front of for hours at museums.|
|From a far, this quilt doesn't really stand out *that* much from many other entries in the show.|
|HOWEVER!!!! when you take a closer look, the quilt just pops at you. It's so 3D with the flower petals and the buttons! I love it. :)|
|And then something shiny caught my eye.|
|... for example, the ric racks used for edging. and the different fabrics used, and the quilting used to define each part of the quilt.|
|Just look at the details!|
I would have taken like a million more pictures, but alas, my camera chose the wrong time to run out of batteries. I was soooo excited to go, I completely forgot to check the battery level before I tossed my camera in my bag and ran out of the door. I didn't get a chance to take pictures of the all the other awesome quilts at the vendor booths and all the cool quilting toys I saw. boo :(
Anyways, moving on to my thoughts of the vendor floor. There were so many amazing vendors with awesome things to sell; anything from the typical fabric, threads, and appliques to huge and industrial quilting machines, and foot massagers (odd, I know). I wasn't in the market for any large tools so I mainly looked at all the fabric shops. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I looked everywhere and touched everything. I was in heaven. After taking stock of what was available, I took out my plastic and started shopping.
|So here is a fat quarter stack of Civil War Chronicles from Schoolhouse Quilt Shoppe|
|A close up of the fat quarters|
|Here is a fat eighths pack of lavender Civil War. I've been looking for some purple/lavender fabric for some time, and this pack is just awesomely pretty|
|Here is a stack of random fat quarters|
|and a closer look at them :)|
So here it is folks, my first trip to the International Quilt Festival and I'm sure I'll be back next year. I will have a plan next year so I can better plan my time, and not just wonder aimlessly and touching everything. One thing I was disappointed about is the fact that I didn't see that many Japanese imported fabric. I've been wanting to add some Kokka fabric to my stash, but I didn't see any vendors that was selling it :( ah well...