I had missed out on going to the MN Quilters' show for several years, but last Thursday I had a perfect chance to go with some friends to Duluth for the day.
The quilts I am showing have a very distinct theme--scraps!
They also are quilts that are one-of-a-kind, in most cases.
Maybe they will inspire me, or you, or anyone watching, to dig into those scraps or bits and pieces of fabric that just really need a home in a quilt.
|This is a small section of a quilt with an overall neutral tone effect. |
Mostly beige/tan/gray with random slivers of colors.
Then all heavily hand quilted! It was striking!
|Here are some blocks that we use in many quilts, |
so there's nothing technically difficult about this one.
But the overall combination really creates a textured look.
|This is a pattern I have seen before but I can't find the name. |
I know it is by Brigitte Heitland, designer of Zen Chic fabrics and patterns for Moda.
She designs some great "modern" or contemporary quilts.
|I loved this version of a different layout for scrappiness.|
|Here's a design I've seen many times in quilts, |
but this just popped out at me as something I would like to make.
And lastly, below, a luminescent quilt that seemed to glow!
I had to get up close because I thought it was all painted,
but, in fact, it's all fabric pieces appliqued onto the black background.
It had an eye-catching result.
A work of art!
There are also a lot of shopping opportunities at a show like this. I guess having worked quite a few years in a quilt shop makes me a poor consumer when I go to the vendors' booths, because if I see something I like I can make a note and then order it for Bear Patch. I ended up buying only 1 pattern, but I had my hands on a couple of different quilt kits that were tempting. I reached into my fortitude and resisted! Maybe I'm actually understanding that I have more than enough fabric and patterns to last my lifetime already! But I do appreciate all the hard work that goes into setting up and running a booth at a show. I've done that a couple times for the store, and it is no picnic!
I hope you've enjoyed the quilts, and I wish I could provide more information on designers, patterns, maker, etc., for them. It was a fun field trip, and I thank Jean and Mary for doing the driving for our group! It was a pleasure to ride with you!