Monday, April 29, 2013

What I saw . . .

It feels great to be home after being at the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, Ky from last Monday to Friday.  A full week of nothing but quilty fun.  I've decided to break down my week of fun posts into three categories, what I saw, what I learned, and what I bought.  Today's post is what I saw.  I saw so many beautiful quilts it would take a month to share them all so I narrowed it down to my favorite 10 quilts at the show, get ready to be inspired.

This is the Best of Show winner, Fiesta Mexico by Renae Haddadin and Karen Kay Buckley, from Sandy, Utah.



Here's a view of the back.



This quilt is an original applique design by Karen, inspired by Mexican pottery. Renae did the quilting on a longarm machine. 

For more detailed pictures and information regarding this quilt, click here to go to Karen's blog, Karen Kay Buckley.

This quilt is the AQS Best Hand Workmanship winner, The Charm of Small Pink Roses. 




It was pieced and hand appliquéd by Keiko Minami from Kawanishi-shi, Japan.

Here's a view of the back.


My pictures don't do any of these quilts justice, but particularly this rose quilt, it was amazing.

This is Poca a Poca by Inabe-gun from Mie, Japan


My favorite aspect of this quilt, besides the fact that it is red and white,  are those adorable little snails lining the border.

This is Sweet Memories by Dominique Ehrmann from Quebec, Canada.  This quilt is a personal design depicting Dominique's 25 years as a baker and chocolatier.


It's hard to tell from this picture, but this quilt is three dimensional, the leaves and center section of this quilt stand out from the background.

This is Complex Irish Chain by Beth Nufer of Brookings, Oregon.  The Irish Chain was designed on graph paper integrating the color wheel.  


It was longarm quilted by Joann Hoffman.

Here's a link to Beth's blog, Beth Nufer Award Winning Quilts, click here.

This is Sunshine by Pam McIntyre, from Gainseville, Florida.




This may be my favorite quilt at the show, the combination of pattern, color and quilting are perfect. It came in second in the small wallhanging division.


In addition to the quilts juried into the show, there were also quilts on display by book authors.  This quilt was made by Sumiko Minei who authored the book Double Wedding Ring Quilts.  



Here's a nice closeup view.



Here's the book information.



This is Skip Hop Polka Dots by Estuko Matsuda from Northville, MI.



This hand quilted top was made for for Estuko's granddaughter, to inspire her to sing and dance.

This is Tulip Fire by Susan Stewart of Pittsburg, Kansas.



 It won the Bernina of America Best MachineWorkmanship award.

And finally, this is The Secret Life of Dancing Tulips by Jeanne Brenner and Maureen O-Doogan of Monticello, Florida.



There were over 400 quilts on display at the show from 44 states and 8 other countries.  


I find that the quilts that I prefer at each year's show reflect the phase I'm currently going through as a quilters, right now that would be bright colors and flowers, did you notice?

Next up, what I learned!


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29 comments:

  1. Inspirational! Thanks for sharing these!

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  2. Such beautiful quilts! Some of them have obviously got hundreds and hundreds of hours put into them. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. You picked some beauties. I keep going back, though, to the red and white. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. amazing quilts, I love looking at the quilting too. skip hop polka dots is just so fun did you take any close ups of that quilt?????
    red and white is to die for, keep looking at it and love the M and H letters, keep looking at it to see all the different blocks very fun
    Kathie

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  5. Oh....these are just beautiful and agree that the "Sunshine" quilt is my favorite....love the chage of colors and pattern play. You did wonderful with the pictures and only wish I could have seen all of them. Sounds like it was a busy show for you. Thanks for sharing
    Gail

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  6. Welcome home Thelma. Thanks for sharing the glory of Paducah. What a show of beautiful quilts you saved for us to enjoy. Thanks for sharing. Stephani in N. TX (Tomazec@aol.com)

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  7. Welcome back! Loved all the quilts you shared with us. Such talented people out there. The brights colors too. Made my heart sing. :)

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  8. Great post and I missed you last week!

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  9. Thank you for the great photos...for those of us who couldn't be there in person, this is the next best thing!! Patty E

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  10. Thanks for the photos they are all beautiful. I am surprised you were able to get such great pictures with all the people there. When I went I had trouble just getting close enough to look at the quilts.

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  11. You're back! Love the pics. It must have been such fun. Have you been to that show before? I think I remember you going in the past. How does this one compare to other shows? This is a big one but I have a problem visualizing a bigger show than the International Quilt Festival in Houston. That show is dizzying.
    I'm going to the Vermont festival in June this year. They are having a special exhibit on the Dear Jane quilts and I really hope it's worth the trip, but my sister and I have been throwing around ideas to visit a big show. She mentioned Paducah, so I thought I'd ask your take on it.

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    1. I have been to Paducah twice but not in a few years. I think EVERY quilter should try to go. I am in awe of the beautiful workmanship that is displayed. But... take lots of money! You'll need it!! LOL

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  12. Thank you for sharing these wonderful quilts. I am in awe. I too love the tulip quilts. tulips have been my favourite flower forever.

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  13. Thank you so much for the "quilt show"! Your descriptions and other information is much appreciated. Can't wait to see your next posts!

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  14. Welcome back! Love the quilts you shared, the piecing and quilting is amazing :)

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  15. I'm so glad you had fun! My favorite is the red/white quilt. I love it because it's all over the place --redwork, applique, piecing, etc. Truly a sampler.

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  16. Thank you for sharing these AMAZING quilts ! Glad to here you had fun !

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  17. Your photos made a great quilt show for so many of us who weren't able to be there in person. Always inspirational.

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  18. Thanks for sharing. What lovely quilts. I wouldn't mind if you showed us some more! In fact I would be delighted.

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  19. Thanks for sharing, the quilts are great.

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    1. Amazing talent expressed in these quilts. I only aspire to doing a
      block of one of these - think nothing of the whole quilt.
      Thank you for sharing.
      Judy

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  20. Fantastic quilts! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. WOW! What a feast for the eyes. Thank you for sharing!
    Cathxx

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  22. Wow! Thank you for the terrific pictures - and inspiration. It was almost - almost! - like being at the show. I hope you had a terrific time and I look forward to the rest - what you learned and what you bought. :)

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  23. So much fun! So fun to see all the different types of quilts. Can't wait for the rest of this weeks posts!

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  24. Gorgeous quilts and I love them all! I have been to Paducah but never to the quilt show. Next year it is on my to do list.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  25. W O W ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! joe

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