Saturday, February 27, 2010

Quilt Show and challenge

We had such a great time at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Show. I'm sure you are glad I finally went, since that's all I have talked about since coming to Virginia. The quilts were beautiful, but I don't think there were as many as Road to Ca. There seemed to be more different traveling challenges then Road and less regular entries. I saw Lynn Drennen and Company's Queen Mary quilt and Kristin Eilers Calla Lilly quilt. Lynn and Co. won a Judge's choice award but it was displayed in back of the convention center auditorium which I thought was just a shame. I hope to enter something next year. The quilts were very inspiring. Serena wants to start quilting again and finish somethings. Of course, we had to pick up fabric for some new projects. The vendors carried more civil war type fabric than what we would see on the West Coast. Actually this helped me out. I am collecting fabric for another challenge. The Kings River guild is doing the paint chip challenge and I have the uglies paint chip imaginable. But that is the challenge, isn't it.

These are the fabrics and the paint chip. I have to use all the colors on the paint chip and one extra. The one on the right has a fabric with a swirl that is outlined in black and the other uses the gold that is somewhat subtle in the background of some of the fabrics. Black would be my "other fabric" for the combination on the right and gold would be my "other fabric" for the one on the left. Which combination should I use? Or should I go in another direction. I have no idea what the design of the quilt will be. I am waiting for the fabric to talk to me. I need your input!!!!!!!!!
Back to Lexi. Only a few days left. It will be hard to leave but I look forward to seeing Jeff and my sewing machine. Home for a few days and then off to Empty Spools for a week of machine quilting with Don Linn.


  1. Glad you're having a good time. As far as the challenge, I guess your other fabric choice would really depend on your design. The black is very stark against those pale (and yes horrible) paintchip colors. But what a challenge and I'm sure you'll come up with something spectacular. You always do.

    Looking forward to Empty Spools. Call when you get settled back home so we can decide on driving arrangements.

  2. Hey, I kinda liked your paintchips.... muted greyish lavendars it looked like. I know whatever you make it'll be great. Missed you at Loose Threads, but of course you're sharing special time with your granddaughter and daughter. Lexi is soooo cute in her knitted cap! So, we did panels last week and I used that Buddha panel you gave me from the free swatches at Thimble Towne. Remember that one? Well, msiss you! See you soon.

  3. I LOVE these colors! I would put aqua with it.