Thursday, March 24, 2011

It's in the details!

This cow was parked at the Giant store in Mechanicsburg.  The opportunity to take this picture was too good to pass up!
Mary Lee and I had a great time on our trip to the AQS show in Lancaster last week, even if Mary wasn't feeling very well.  That nasty respiratory bug got her, poor thing!   The weather was awesome!  On Friday, we had our lunch "al fresco" because it was sunny and 75 degrees! (Meanwhile, back in western NY, we got 6 inches of snow yesterday. How rude is that!?!?)
The show was exceptional, if on the small side in my opinion.  I think there were as many vendors as quilts there.  It was laid out a LOT better this year than it was last year, though.  Maybe by next year they'll have it right.  You can see the winners at the AQS website.  Not great pictures, but better than nothing.  They allow photography at the show, but it states the pictures may not be posted online. I am honoring that to a point as I am only posting the close up pictures I took, with the details I think make these quilts worthy of being in this show and the awards they received.
Tournesol, by Laurie Weiner
The stitching on this one is so tiny and precise. I have no idea if she did this freehand or not, but if she did, she's my absolute hero!

Gypsy Rosalie, by Ronda K Beyer
Not only is the quilting amazing on this, but the crystals really accentuate the designs she used for it!

A Love/ Hate Relationship with Paisleys, by Ann L Petersen

The loopy paisley quilting just blew me away!!!

Judy in the Sky with Stitches, by Judy Robinson Ehrnst
Having spent some time playing with Leah's designs, I can understand how hard it was to choose just one- and how fun it was to do all of them!

Moon Over Manhattan, by Teri Lucas
Another hero of mine. This piece was a whole cloth, which looked like the back of a quilt with a Lone Star pieced on the front!  It should have won something, don't you think????

The carpet on the third floor of the convention center was also inspirational to me!

Thanks to my friend Carol, for being a great hostess, guide, fellow fabriholic and for her patience!

I am grateful for:
Being able to go see this show.
Adding to my fabric "retirement fund"
A great time with my BFF.
A perfect day, which I hope is a promise of things to come.
Hot pretzels, kettle corn, chocolate, and a fairly good metabolism.


  1. Glad you and MaryLee had a great time. How can you not though....quilts,fabric and BFF?!

  2. Martha:
    Yes, I quilted Tournesol (the entire quilt) freehand on my Nolting long arm machine.
    Thank you for the compliment.
    Laurie Weiner