I definitely have quilt show fever as I look forward to attending the AQS - Grand Rapids, Michigan show this week. I had 2 quilts accepted, so I am excited to see them hanging with so many fabulous quilts.
There are times, recently, when I am convinced that I lost the last nine or so months of my life. I wasn't posting on my blog or staying caught up with my favorite blogs that I follow, much less doing enough personal sewing This thought came home to roost a few days ago when I was thumbing through a recent issue of the AQS quilt magazine. I stumbled on the pictures of winners from the AQS shows in Lancaster and Paducah, and THERE WAS BARB VEDDER and her beautiful quilt! How did I miss this?? (Barb's blog is Fun With Barb, and you will find it here - the pictures are shown here by her permission.)
She won first place in the "Wall Hanging - Hand Quilted" category. There she was, in the magazine, her thumbnail picture right next to a picture of her quilt. Isn't it cool to find someone you "know" in a quilt magazine...especially when it is someone who does high calibre work all the time? (her "Mother's Garden" quilt also took a blue ribbon at the Vermont Quilt Festival this year...).
Click here to read about the genesis of this beautiful work.
I keep finding pictures of quilts made by Kathie Holland in magazines and calenders...her blog is called Inspired by Antique Quilts. The Better Homes and Gardens American Patchwork and Quilting 2010 Calendar is just one example (where her quilt made the cover AND she was "Miss October.") Then there are several more of my favorite bloggers with recent books - wow! Can I pick 'em, or what? They all keep me so inspired and charge my creative battery on the days when I drag myself to my computer.
Karen, of Quilt...Etc. blog just emailed me to let me know that my "All Around the Town" quilt got an honorable mention ribbon at the AQS - Grand Rapids Show (Wall Quilt, Hand Quilted)! Yahoo! I was already excited beyond belief about going to the show tomorrow...now I wonder if I will sleep!
Click here to see the YouTube video of the winners!
If you are feeling out of sorts and a little uncreative, I hope you find some inspiration soon...sometimes it is found in the darned-est places (I'm sure darned-est isn't a word, but I bet you get the idea).