Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Quilt! Knit! Stitch!"

"Plain and Fancy" by Kristin Shields
"Quilt! Knit! Stitch!" took place last week at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. What a treat it was to have such a great show in town. The show is part of the repertoire of Quilts, Inc., which annually runs the big show in Houston and a few other shows around the country. Last year, Quilts, Inc., came to Portland after ending its run in Long Beach, and all of us in Portland hope the show keeps coming back here.



The show included vendors and several special exhibits. I went especially to see the MQX Showcase because Janet-Lee Santeusanio was giving a walking tour of the exhibit each day. It was stellar group of quilts showing the possibilities of machine quilting today.

"A Truly Feathered Star" by Karen Sievert
"Gentle Journey" by Vicki Ibison
"Marie's Poppies" by Carolyn Rider
"Tuscan Sun" by Gina Perkes
"Just Call Me Modern" by Judi Madsen
"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" by Janet-Lee Santeusanio
There were several other exhibits, such as the Robert Kaufman Modern Metallics and Modern Glitz Challenges, as well as a group of several past winners from the Houston show.

"Golden Geese" by Kristin Shields
"Organic" by Jade Prosser
"Metallic Bonding" by AnnMarie Cowley 
It was a treat to see so many quilts from fellow members of Portland Modern Quilt Guild in the Modern Glitz Challenge. Those were some interesting fabrics, offering a good challenge. Kudos, guildmates!! Here are a few...

"Criss Cross Xs" by MaryAnn Morsette
"Glitzy Dots" by Cath Hall 
"Superfly Mini" by Michelle Freedman
"Half Life" by Anne Whiting
"Deco Glitz" by Kelly Cole
The rest of the show was also wonderful, and included some of the quilts from last year's Houston show. It was great to see them in person after admiring photos online.

"Quilt Noir" by Shirley Gisi 
"Illinois Album" by Jane Sassaman - one of my favorites!
"Illinois Album" (detail) by Jane Sassaman
"Brown Planet a Collaboration" by Norma Schlager and Kathy Loomis
"Gorsuch Family Quilt c. 1840 Revisited" by Margo Hardie
It was fun to see so many familiar quilts in person, and also many familiar names and faces. I didn't spend as much time looking at the quilts as I should have, but it was a busy week. The introduction for my book is almost done, and various other projects are in the works. It was nice to take a break, with a 15-minute drive leading to such a wonderful display of quilts!

21 comments:

  1. Sorry I didn't get to say hello--I work for Quilts Inc. and had duties pretty much all the time. So glad you enjoyed the show! Tell all your friends they need to come out next year!

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    1. Next time I'll look for you. I had no idea who would be there. As much as I love quilts, I'm still a little clueless when it comes to who's who and which shows they might be attending, etc. :)

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  2. Wow, there are some pretty amazing quilts! I really like the Quilt Noir and Illinois Album!

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    1. They were really great. Hope to see more next year.

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  3. Wow! Thank you for such a great look at the show. I really enjoyed it. Smiling from ear to ear. Have a super day!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the quilts. It was a fun show!

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  4. Incredible quilts! Definitely agree about the Quilt Noir...

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    1. That quilt was even better in person, it had great quilting.

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  5. Thank you for featuring my quilts! Sorry I missed you seeing you. I hope the show comes back even bigger.

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    1. Thank you for having such beautiful quilts to feature. I simply couldn't resist including more than one!

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    1. Quilt shows are neat, and this one was triple neat because it had things for people who like to knit and stitch as well as quilt. It was a nice format for a show.

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  7. Thanks for the recap! I had been thinking of planning the trip north--but had it in my head that the show was next month! When I realized that, it was too close to time to go to clear my calendar, arrange care for my cats (one needs medicating twice a day), and get a reasonably close hotel. Next year! Since I'm also a knitter, and sometimes stitcher, it sounds as if they'd have something for all my vices!

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  8. Great recap to the show! I was going to post some photos of it as well, but they didn't come out as good as yours. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure. Sorry I missed seeing you there. I only saw a couple guildies, but I was there in the middle of the day on Friday. :)

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  9. I particularly love "Organic." What a variety!

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    1. Oh yes, that's a wonderful quilt, made with metallic fabrics. Very frosty. It shimmers!

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  10. adore some of those more modern quilts! gorgeous
    ladies in navy

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  11. What a great show! Wish I went to this...

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  12. Kristin Shield is teaching in Portland this September @ Northwest Quilting Guild.(sorry Bill about the commercial) we have room for you to come join us : )
    Info on our website

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