Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Last of the Quilt Show

Wow, I had planned on posting awhile ago. We had something like ten days of rainy weather here. The sun finally found us over the weekend. Rain equals an extra dose of pain for me in which I like to quietly keep to myself. Putting together coherent thoughts into words takes more thought and energy than I possess. During these times, I do get more knitting done.

I'm not surprised at finding so many chronic illness/pain sufferers in the needlework community. Nothing is worse for people than to feel unproductive. Needlework is a hobby that doesn't require a ton of energy and those with minimal energy can still get something accomplished and feel productive.

On to the winner of my laceweight contest. Ravelry member Knitmeahamster guessed exactly. I've contacted her and her skein is in the mail.

There is 1300 yards to this 5 oz skein of merino/angora/silk. Here she is, the yarn, pre-wash.

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I haven't taken pictures post wash yet. The white has become a very light pink and the darker rose has soften up quite a bit and is almost a semi-solid pink. I'm in the process of working out the shawl I plan to design with this.

It took me several hours to upload all the photos I took at the quilt show, over 100. Obviously showing all those here on my blog would be a very long post, not to mention load time. You can see all pictures in one group in the folder I created on Flickr. There is tons of eye candy and inspiration. It was hard not to pull out my five totes of fabric to play in.

I will try to pick out a few of my favorites. First of all I love blues, and these really pop and sparkle.

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This next one is called the Hunter's Star. It was the cover pattern in my first Quilt magazine, waaay back in 1988. My mother borrowed the magazine, but doesn't remember, so it's lost. This is the reason why I don't like to lend out my stuff even to the closest family members. The good thing is I'm one of those people that can look at most quilts an figure out how chart the pattern myself. Plus, I'm sure I can Google it, if necessary.

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More blue sparkle.

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I love stack and whack quilts. They create some really interesting patterns with just the same fabric.

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I have flower fabric I've been collecting just because I love it. Inspiration of what I wanted to make with it has failed me until I saw this quilt.

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Is there a wedding or anniversary coming up? Here's some inspiration for a treasure.

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The story that goes with this quilt was so heart warming, I felt it appropriate to end this post with it. Click the story picture for larger to be able to read it.

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I hope you enjoyed the pictures of this really great show.

6 comments:

mehitabel said...

Looks like it was a great show! I love going to the shows, and can hardly wait till I can start quilting again!

Carol said...

I used to think I didn't like quilts. Now,I find I am more drawn to them. The diagonal one is stunning! And the thought of the sheer amount of work that has gone into any of these is daunting.

QM said...

Some of those quilts are very well done. It must have been a wonderful show. Thanks for sharing them.

Nan.

Girl Meets Needle said...

What a great blog you have here! I'm going to have to add you to my blogroll! :D

Also, I'm jealous of the winner of all that yummy looking pepperminty swirly laceweight yarn!

dobarah said...

Beautiful post. The quilts remind me of my Great-Grandma...as does the lovely lady in the last photo. The love in each quilt is apparent. Thank you!

Daniele said...

Oh my gosh! The quilts are lovely! I know some of those patterns too. I need to get back to it. I've had a quilt languishing on my Grace frame for YEARS... I'm sure my fabric is all dusty too. Thanks for this wonderful reminder.

Also, love the pinks!!