I went to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza last week in Philadelphia . I lined up early with all the other’s that were getting off buses. (I drove, I got a whole hour in the car by myself..each way!) There is so much excitement in the wonderment of what new treasures you can create by the items on the other side of the door.
It’s funny, once I got my brochure, it was like mapping out a scavenger hunt. Where are the booths I want to hit up first? Do I want to go look at the quilts on display? OR Do I want to look for some new books? OR do I want to touch all those fun fabrics that keep calling my name? OR do I want to go test drive a machine I am dying to get. Wait, back up. Where’s the booth with my test drive…it’s not here but I saw it on the promotional stuff online. BUMBER! Well that just made my visit less expensive! Say “thank you” hubby!
So I started with the books and picked up two that I was dying to get. The first was Quilting Modern with quilts by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen. It did not disappoint. It instantly gave me ideas with some stash I had back home. So excited to be able to put some existing fabric to work.
The other book I picked up was by Angela Walters
I loved how this book took each individual shape and gave ideas on how to approach it . I cannot wait to play on my machine! She has done a great job of looking at an overwhelming canvas and breaking it down into smaller sections.
After the books, I went through the quilts on display. They had a lot of traditional quilts with some interesting interpretations. They did not have a Modern Quilt section but they did have a section called, “Innovative Category”. The quilts all displayed a story about how the artist came to create their quilt. I love that about quilts. There is always a story!
The last purchase I made was for some Oakshott Fabric. There seemed to be a mess of bloggers writing about the beauty of this cotton fabric…it shines! Until I saw it in person, I did not understand. Oh the possibilities!
I got this from Pinwheels booth. I am thinking of using the purple as a background and doing something fun with the pink and the green. Should be a great contrast.
My time is up and now I need to take all these great ideas back home and make them happen. The best part now…the drive home with my thoughts and aspirations. All big aspirations, reality…usually a bit smaller. At least with a Quilt Show it gives you a place to let your imagination fly.