The Long Beach Quilt Festival

I went down to the Quilt Festival in Long Beach on Saturday.

Sign

I had a great time, but I have to say… we modern quilters are just not in the least represented there. At least not in what’s for sale… 450 booths and I spotted ONE YARD of Heather Ross. IN THE WHOLE PLACE! And it was HUGE.

Convention

Forgive the lousy photo but you’re looking at a convention center full of fabric – with only one yard of Heather Ross mixed in.

What do you all think? Do they not know we exist? Do we not go to these events enough for it to be financially worth it to vendors who do sell our style of stuff? This is an interesting topic for me seeing as clearly we are the next generation of quilters. Why aren’t they trying to appeal to us more? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

But I shouldn’t complain because I still scored with the loot and had a blast digging through all the bins and bins and bins of fabric! I got a lot that I’ve never seen before. There are pros to being exposed to the enormous quilting world you don’t know (read: the non-internet based one!).  And there were deals to be had… prices varied a lot, but overall, after searching through the place forever, I found some beautiful stuff.

Fat quarters:

Loot from Long Beach Quilt Festival

Yup! A bit of Flea Market Fancy!

The half yard and up bits:

Loot

The red Mingle was the only colorway I didn’t have and wanted.  And while you would think the fabric crazed ladies would be fighting me for it at $7.00 a yard… nope!  That was one of the good things about no one else in the place having my taste!

And I mean lil’ cowboys?!? How could I not…

Cowboys

Aside from the frenzied fabric shopping, there were some really beautiful quilts on display. Mostly very traditional, but also some that weren’t at all. I apologize for these horrid photos but I just had my little not so great camera… I linked to the artist’s site if I could find one.

LBQuilt

Castle Wall by Trudy Kleinstein. My close ups of this came out fuzzy (found one here) but every tiny little “stone” you see is appliqued on there!! Amazing!

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Leaves of Grass by Betty Amador – One of the handful of improv. pieced quilts.

LBQuilt2

Hospital Rising by Ginny Eckley

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Red Owls by Karen Peirce

Overall I had a great time, but it sure did make me feel like they don’t know that all of us modern quilters are out here… Here’s hopin’ that changes soon!

More Hexagons!

But this time they are gonna be biiiig!

More hexagons!

So much faster this way.  I’m certain to be sewing these together this weekend. Oh and is anyone going to the Long Beach Quilt festival?  I might – depending on if I can pull myself away from the sewing machine….

Gratuitous

Now normally I don’t just post kitties shots, but we had a particularly good photo shoot yesterday…

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Cats

And because this is a quilting blog after all… Another little coin quilt in the sun.

Orange & Green Coin Quilt

I’m starting a new job today. That means my obsessive quilting will slow down. Some!

Monday morning.

My coffee is brewing so I’m taking the time to show you my latest finished quilt. The red & aqua is all done!

Red & Aqua Quilt

It’s much like my usual quilts – lots of white and wonky log cabins and as a result, I love it!

Red & Aqua Quilt - detail

One of my usual pieced backs:

Red & Aqua Quilt - back

I used some of the precious Paint by Number birds fabric. It’s too beautiful to hoard! It needs to be put in quilts.

Red & Aqua Quilt - Detail2

It’s 40″ x 50″ and for sale in my shop!

Hexagon quilt is finished!

All done!

Hexagon Baby Quilt

It measures 40″ x 40″ – perfect for a baby quilt.

Hexagon Baby Quilt

I used the 4.5″ template from here. After sewing together the columns of hexagons, I off set them so that the color hexagons would be surrounded in white half hexagons.

Then, being inspired by this and this, I gave “pebble” quilting a shot. I’m super happy with the results!

Hexagon Baby Quilt - Quilting Detail

I think that it works well on a really simple quilt pattern, like this one, but would overwhelm a quilt top that is more involved. I do love it though and I’m certain to do it more on other quilts that I think it’ll work on.

Hexagon Baby Quilt - quilting detail

Boy does it use a lot of thread… 11 bobbins for this little baby quilt!

The red & aqua quilt top

Just finished it up!

Red & Aqua Quilt top

Clearly my obsession with exploration of wonky log cabins & white space continues!

Red & Aqua Quilt top - close up

I never tire of this color combo.

Just a glimpse!

First off, thanks so much for all of your comments and kindness about my Hexagon quilt top!! Makes me so happy to hear that others like what I’m up to!

My mom’s been in town and it’s not very sociable to sit in front of your sewing machine all day, is it? As a result I’ve only worked on it a bit more and am about half way through quilting it.

Hex Quilting

At first I wasn’t sure if I was improving or ruining my quilt top – but when you take a step back and look at the big picture, this “pebble” quilting is great.  Hope to have more to show you in a couple of days!

Hexagons!

I said I was gonna dive back into the red & aqua quilt but I couldn’t bring myself to sew another wonky log cabin block.  I know! I was shocked too!  I’ve actually hit my limit.  I’m sure not for long – I’m certain to be back to my beloved soon enough but meanwhile I’ve been seeing these half hex quilts all over the place and I’ve been wanting to futz with one.

I struggle with finding most traditional quilt patterns too “old fashion-y”, but that’s part of the challenge right?  How do you take something tradition and modern it up?  That sentiment, plus my love of white space led me to this!

Hexagons!

I technically did it “wrong.” The rows of hexs are not matched up, but I like the look.  It was fun to mess with all those little cut out peices until I found the layout I liked best.

Hexagons close up

You can find the info to get the template here.

I’m really excited to get quilting on this one.  I think I’m gonna try something new!  Can you tell I’m trying to break out of my stippled log cabin quilt rut??

Have a great weekend everyone!

Lots of little details.

I’ve been getting lots of sewing details out of the way recently.

I made a cute sample quilt for my class later this month.

Sample Quilt

It’s little – 24″ x 36″ and makes me realize I need to branch out in my quilting more. I love the texture all these straight lines give it.

Sample Quilt - Detail

Also  stitching up labels…  I like that these fill my TV time along with binding stitching.

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And bees! I’m all caught up on all of my bees! Just need to pop all of these into the mail…

Block Party:

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Sew Connected 2:

Sew Connected 2 - July

And 12 Squared
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12 Squared - July

Now I need to dive back into a this quilt

Another one finished!

This is my 15th quilt of the year!  It’s based on the “What a Bunch of Squares” Denyse Schmidt patten.

Boy Baby Quilt

How long will it be before there isn’t any Mingle in every quilt I make?? A long time I think.

Boy Baby Quilt - Back

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