This past weekend I was so excited to attend the International Quilt Festival, which returned to Chicago after a several-year absence. There was so much to see! If you've never had the chance to attend a large show like this, here's what you're missing.
It's huge. Aisle after aisle of quilts and vendors as far as the eye can see.
Lots of award-winning quilts on display -
Intensity by Vicki Hodge
Sunburst by Connie Watkins
Some of my favorite booths were there -
I fell in love with this quilt and was able to find that sweet border/setting fabric at another shop. I have so many nine-patch blocks already made and have been waiting to find a good setting print. Now I have the perfect fabric to go with them.
Lori Smith - From My Heart to Your Hands
I did not go overboard and buy everything in sight or things I didn't really need or knew I wouldn't use.
Just a little bit of fabric . . . .
I was pleased to find some small pieces of hand-dyed wool scraps . . .
. . . and a cute kit
I haven't done anything in wool yet and I am anxious to try it but don't really need yards so this nice, colorful assortment of small pieces will do just fine for a few applique designs I have in mind.
Lots of antique quilt vendors.
Very few doll quilts. None I liked. This one is kind of unusual.
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Come back for Part 2 later this week when I'll show you more photos of some of the beautiful quilts on display.