Monday, June 24, 2013

Quilt Fest Chicago

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 -
Country Threads
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
JJ Stitches
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.


Janet O. said...

I can only dream of ever seeing such a show. Thanks for the peek.
Love Lisa Bongean's little wool designs. Just took a class from her in January for my first taste of wool work.
I think you showed amazing restraint in the shopping department, considering all of the temptation surrounding you!

audrey said...

So much fun to take a peek. Thanks for sharing!

Diane H said...

Thanks for sharing all these lovely quilts. Enjoy your wools, Kathleen. Looking forward to see your projects made with them.

Betsy said...

I was there, too! Where did you find the fabric for the Country Threads quilt? My friend and I are looking for it as well. It was a wonderful show!

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Me too, Kathleen love the border fabric could you please share the designer and who has it?

Have fun with your new projects.

Thanks :) Carolyn

judyquilts said...

Lovely pictures! Your restraint was admirable. I went to Paducah several years ago and am still trying to sew up that fabric.

marian said...

Kathy, what gorgeous eye-candy, i had to scroll through your pics a few times!! I like your selection of fabrics & especially the pincushion kit. I love wool applique, it's so fun to do and i'm sure you'll get hooked too lol!! cheers...Marian

Anonymous said...

I love that fabric for the 9 patch also (the border and alternate squares). Could you please share what line it is? Thanks. Kathi

The Civil War Quilter said...

Darn it, I missed it! Didn't even know it was in Chicago. Thank you for sharing. Not quite like being there, but it's a taste of it. Can't wait for part 2!

Kathleen Tracy said...

Fabric is by Paula Barnes - Old Savannah collection.

annie said...

oh, all that looks just fabulous!
thank you for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much Kathy! You made my day.

jayne said...

What is the fabric you found for your 9 patch blocks....I LOVE IT!!!

Thanks for sharing :}


Betsy said...

Thank you!

tich said...

Just as well I can't get to shows like this. I would want everything. Thanks so much for showing the pictures. It is just like being there. Wonderful!!

Janis said...

I would love to win the fabric that you made your wonderful pillow from. What do I have in my linen closet? Just about everything but linen. I have a blood pressure cuff in there of all things!


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