Friday, September 19, 2014

Atlanta Quilt Live Recap

This past week has been so busy, but I wanted to share a little of my trip to Atlanta last weekend.  It started Thursday night when I took a class with Victoria Findlay Wolfe.  What a fun evening.  Victoria and I have been blogger friends for a couple of years, so it was a blast to finally meet in person. The class was called "Playing with Miniatures" and we learned how to make these little blocks.  I was kind of busy chatting so I didn't finish my block :).  But I did get the center done - the ones on the left were extras.
To put it in perspective, these little darlings finish at 1"!!  
We got a little class kit with 2 pieces of fabric and some scraps.  My pieces were red and purple which I think will be cute.
I have promised myself to finish this and not let it sit in a drawer.  
Victoria had several samples for us to see.
I like this single row set in a square.
One of the students actually finished her center block, the red looked really good with the drab olive color.
The next day it was time to see the quilts and enjoy the exhibit.  My sister and I had so much fun.
Victoria did a quilt walk and spent time discussing the quilts in the DWR exhibit. Here she is with her tractor DWR quilt.  
Here we are in front of Organic Pink Pickles.  It looked so pretty hanging and Victoria let me talk about it to the group.
Here I am in front of my QN 45 challenge quilt "Dahlia Revisited".  This exhibit was really something.  I had not seen pictures of the quilts so I didn't really know what the other quilts looked like.  They were gorgeous and I felt very humbled to have placed in the top 5.  This quilt will be back home soon, I don't think they are travelling anywhere else.
Some of you may recognize this red quilt.  If you looked closely at the work, you could probably guess.  It's made by Sharon Schamber.
Sharon had an exhibit there also and her daughter Cristy Fincher led the quilt walk.  She told stories about growing up as Sharon's daughter and shared about Sharon's evolution as a quilter.  I have seen some of Sharon's quilts in person before.  They are so incredible, she has set the bar very high.
Driving over 750 miles is not something I would want to do often, but it was so worth it to see not only my quilts but all the other quilts in the many different exhibits.  There was so much inspiration.
Happy stitching,


MamaT said...

How exciting for you! So glad you got to go. Your quilts got the recognition they deserve!

audrey said...

Wow! What a thrilling trip for you! So wonderful to see your quilts on display. I bet you were very emotional.:) They are gorgeous!

FlourishingPalms said...

You certainly enjoyed a worthwhile trip! Your "awe" comes through in your post. I'm really happy that you finally met Victoria, and had a chance to spend time with her. Neat that your sis was with you too. Gosh, your family resemblance is striking! Your beautiful hair! I'm just thrilled for you to had had this opportunity. It's simply more of what quilting is about.

Carol Stearns said...

Nice to hear from you and congrats! I have a ton of little scraps that I either need to toss or start crumbing.

Every Stitch said...

I just cannot believe that little block is only 1"! It is just stunning in those wonderful colours. How inspiring to attend this class!

Carla said...

What a wonderful experience for you, Karen! Congratulations on the recognition for your lovely creations....great post!

Janan said...

Congratulations on the exhibit!
I know you and your sister had a fun time. And I am sure you felt ecstatic with having not one, but TWO quilts on display.

Marie said...

It sounds like you are having a wonderful time - good for you. Love those tiny 1" blocks and still totally love your Pickle Dish.

PatSloan said...

Isnt it thrilling to see your quilts in a show! Lucky you!!