I entered two of my quilts in "The Art of Creative Quilting" exhibit at the Kings Art Center in Hanford, CA. I've never been included in a show before, so it was a little nerve wracking for me. The opening reception was Friday evening and it was so much fun to see my quilts on display and see other people looking at them as "art."
Last week, I took the kids up North for a visit with family & friends in Sonoma County. We also lucked out and happened to be there during the fair. I love the Sonoma County Fair. Here's a snapshot of me and the kids. Mia was (apparently) being shy. The flower show was amazing, as always. LOVE me some hydrangeas! The quilt show was also quite inspiring this year. Here were a few that caught my eye: I love these little house quilts. I'd like to make one... I think they're adorable! This giraffe was amazing... Love love love the colors in this design. And, last but not least, a funnel cake before heading home. Yum!
It's Blogger's Quilt Festival Time! Here's my entry (I'm #155 this time!) - my Values Quilt made with Kaffe Fassett and Vintage fabrics mixed together (originally blogged here). This was a gift for a friend's new baby, but I have to admit, I had a very difficult time letting go of it. And I immediately started making one for myself to keep - using Amy Butler's Love fabric - coming soon!! If you are new to visiting my blog, welcome! You can click here to view all of my quilts or click here to view my most recent projects. I am a soon-to-be 30 year-old mommy. I am raising two adorable children (ages 4 and 8 months) and always trying to find time to run my photography business and make quilts for my loved ones.
The Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival is coming May 21-28 - mark your calendars for this fun (virtual) quilt show. I participated in the Fall 2009 version (I was #284) and it was so much fun to see all of the talented quilters in blogland.
I am very inspired by all of the landscape quilts I saw. Many of them were so very detailed that they looked more like a photo or a painting than something made of fabric. Beautiful! Pretty trees! I loved this beautiful tree. We arrived too late to vote, but this one would have received my vote. Check out that embroidery detail! Swooooon... Love the soft curves on this one - and the quilting! Oh my! The vibrant colors of this one stole my heart - and I love the shapes in the skyline. If I am remembering correctly, I think this one was hand-quilted. Oh my! Beautiful and inspiring - the Dresden plate quilts are on my "to-do list." My daughter was thrilled that this quilt matched her wardrobe. I loved the black-and-white them (imaginethat!) and loved the little splash of color, too. Pretty dolphins! I took this for a friend who is crazy about quilts and dolphins. I have a feeling Ambyr will go crazy for this one! A values quilt! We all know that I am a fan! Love these curves, too! And the colors. Yummy! I have a little crush on this owl applique (this was in the Quilter's Paradise booth). Isn't he cute? And the shopping. Oh the shopping! My husband was very sweet and didn't even flinch when I picked up a few new FQs for my obsession. It was a great show and I am so glad we had a chance to check it out. Next year, I hope I'll be able to spend A LOT more time there.
On Saturday morning, we took a break from our travels and visited the The Moonlight Quilters of Sonoma County's Quilt Show in Santa Rosa. As a fat quarter junkie, I knew I was in trouble when I saw this vendor booth. It's Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations from Palm Desert. Next time I am in Southern California, this shop is on my list to visit. I took a lot of pictures of quilts that inspired me. Since I had my daughter with me and the quilt show was quite crowded, my pictures are very quick snapshots. But I thought I'd share them anyway - such inspiration! I couldn't get far enough back to photograph this entire quilt, but the detail and sharpness is just amazing. Wow. Loved these owls! I think this was my favorite from the show. I'd really like to try to make a landscape quilt like this. Beauty. I was so excited to see this quilt - it's the same Bento Box pattern that I've used on a couple of recent quilts - Anna's Quilt & Mia's Quilt. I love that pattern and loved seeing it in these beautiful Autumn colors, too. Giraffes! Another favorite. I really have been wanting to try a tree applique. I need a little more practice before I start working on little leaves, but it's on my to-do list. Love these colors, too. Fun day! So much to see and buy, although I definitely held myself back. Quilt shows are very dangerous on the budget!
The Kings Art Center had an exhibit last month called Creative Stitches that featured some local quilters. Forgive the quality of these pictures, I went spur-of-the-moment and only had a my cell phone camera.
I'm loving all of the circle shapes in quilts - they keep catching my eye. I think I will attempt something similar in 2009. I love circles!