31 July, 2014

There's A Party Goin' On...

Best of Show quilt: "Chiluly's Gondola" by Melissa Sobotka of Richardson TX
... in Charlotte, North Carolina and it's the very best kind; a QUILT party. thrown by AQS! It's an A+++ party too:

Amazing quilts...
Abundant vendors...
Awesome classes and instructors!

I had the privilege of attending the festivities on opening day yesterday and will include here some of the highlights; first, some of my personal favorites, the quilts that spoke to me:

"Rainbow Star" by Carol McDowell of Elkin, NC ; machine quilted by Kim Buterbaugh
"Circles of Joy"  by Barbara Wynn of McLean, VA

"Crown Jewels" by Lisa Calle of Pottstown, PA
"Dresden's Dilemma" by Deborah Poole and Sharon Del Pino of Shelley, ID

"Fiesta Fireworks" by Julia Graber of Brooksville, MS

"Rhapsody In Blue" by Edith Stein of Fort Mill, SC
In the afternoon I was a student sponge in a longarm quilting class, "Fantabulous Feathers and Fills" taught by Gina Parris-Perkes. I tried to soak up everything she said and did, took copious notes and attempted to mimic her movements at quilting time, she was a great instructor.
Gina doing what Gina does best.
Class samples of Gina's amazing longarm artistry.

Before leaving the Queen City for the day there was time for one more look at the quilts.

"See Rock City" by Julie Sefton of  Bartlett, TN. Quilted by Chris Ballard.
Julie is a blogger friend of mine, spending time with her
 quilt was almost as good as an in person visit.
Check out more of Julie's beautiful quilts by clicking on her name.

The above two detail shots are from Julie's amazing pictorial homage to rural barns, I found myself lost in all the details... this quilt begs the viewer to step in and search out all the charming additions, it isn't a quilt that you can appreciate from a afar or even quickly;  this one requires time to savor and appreciate.

"A Letter Bit of BAA-ltimore" by Janet Stone of Overland Park, KS
Detail from the quilt above; this quilt contained precious sheep appliques as well as alphabet letters scattered thoughout. Each of the 26 intricately appliqued Baltimore-style blocks represented a letter of the alphabet. This was another masterpiece to study and enjoy ever-so-slowly.

If you're in the mood to celebrate, and can get yourself to Charlotte anytime between now and Saturday
evening you couldn't find a better party to attend than this one... guaranteed!

Charlotte Convention Center
501 S College St.
Today and tomorrow: 9 - 6
Saturday: 9 -5

Life is Good!


Paula, the quilter said...

The best of show quilt looks EXACTLY like the real thing that I saw 2 weeks ago. Did she print a photo on fabric and thread paint?

Quiltdivajulie said...

Oh, Debbie . . . I'm SO glad you found SRC and thank you SO much for your very kind words! It was a joy to create - and I'm grateful it is out and about where others can enjoy it, too!

Janet O. said...

You know how to party! : )

AnnieO said...

That is a special party! The Chihuly quilt is darn amazing, as are so many others you shared!

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

Oh, those are so beautiful! I especially like Julie's barn quilt. Could spend hours looking at all the minute details. My quilt from the latest Peaks is going to be on display at the AQS Quilt Week in Chattanooga in early September. It'll be part of the BAQS exhibit so not juried but there all the same! :-)

Carolyn said...

I am on my way today. Been to Paducah this year and have plans to go to Grand Rapids. Three in one year may never happen again.

Millie said...

Julie's quilt so totally rocks. It's a stunner in pictures, and it's a show-stopper in person. I absolutely adore it.

Grit said...

Wow...what a wonderful show. Thank you for sharing.
Grit from Germany