I was already near the downtown area to visit my aunt in a nursing facility, so I pulled into the parking deck right next to the Convention Center. Yikes! Seven dollars to park! And then ten dollars to get in, just to spend money! An expensive little visit! If I had just driven a little farther, there were plenty of hourly parking spaces all around the convention center. Next time, I'll know better.
I have seen lots of photos of quilted car covers, but this quilty car was right at the entrance to the expo. Very cute!
I immediately started looking at the traveling quilt exhibits. There was one challenge to make scrappy quilts, sponsored by Fons and Porter. Here are three from that collection.
|X-Factor, Hidden Spools, by Alice Zeman, Green Bay, WI|
|Scraps I Couldn't Bear to Toss, by Gina Thachara, Kingston, PA|
|Sharon's Original Scrap Sampler, by Sharon Moran, Ft. Ripley, MN|
There was an exhibit from the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild with quilts inspired by works of art. Partners each made a quilt based on the partner's inspiration.
I really loved the exhibit from the Quilt Alliance "Twenty" 2013 contest and auction. After traveling, these quilts will all be auctioned on e-Bay to raise money for the Quilt Alliance.
These quilts were hung in colorful rows on drapes, but it was very difficult to read and/or capture the names of the quiltmakers from those tiny labels that in some cases were well above my head.
There were quilts donated from some well-known quiltmakers. This one is by crazy quilt artist Allison Aller. You can see a revue of her Quilt Alliance donations on her blog here.
|Twenty Years in the Garden, by Allison Aller, Washington|
There were two by quilt artist Yvonne Porcella, who has been another devout supporter of the Quilt Alliance.
|The Mocha Tree, by Yvonne Porcella, Arnold, California|
|Oh to Be Twenty Again, by Nita Markos, Hillsboro, IL|
There were other smaller exhibits. One was "Quilts and Kimonos," by June Colburn. I loved this kimono-style jacket.
I love to visit the French Connections booth. At each show, I try to purchase a new basket from Africa. They are sturdy and colorful. Here is the latest addition to the collection.
I have a few more pictures from the expo that I will save for a future post.