Saturday, February 25, 2012

I'm Ba-a-a-ck!

Jack, Sandy Curran

It was an amazing, inspiring, and tiring day at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  I left home at 6:00AM in a dark foggy morning straight out of Hound of the Baskervilles. I picked up two other Wake Forest quilters and drove to Louisburg, NC where we met up with Sharon and Mary.  The weather improved to a beautiful day for travelling, especially as we crossed the coastal waters and arrived at the show. 

I looked at quilts non-stop from about 10:30 AM to 3:15 PM, took a little snack break, and then looked and "made donations," as Mary calls shopping at the vendor booths.

At 5:00 we left and had a delicious dinner at Chili's, complete with a few adult beverages for restorative purposes. The first picture is me and Donna Sontag.

The second is Mary, Sharon, and Christie.

I am so glad that I had a chance to attend this show and see the glorious work that today's quilters are producing.  I took lots of photos.  I remember telling the other girls that I must have taken at least 200.  When I transferred them to my computer this morning, I found that I had 888 pictures from the show!

Don't worry, I won't show you that many!  I will show a few categories of quilts per day.  I did not photograph every quilt, but there are a lot of them!

I will start with a special exhibit that I mentioned in my last post.  I absolutely loved the Linda Fiedler Retrospective.  Her work often features her technique of "thread-painting,"  in which she completely covers a flower, leaf, or other shape with harmonious colors of thread.  Most of her quilts are "Naturescapes."

Sampler Gone Awry, Linda Fiedler
In addition to her original designs and settings, I was enchanted with Linda's machine quilting of flowers, ferns, and other natural objects.

I showed a photo of Shell Island in my last post, but you have to see it up close to appreciate its loveliness.

Shell Island, Linda Fiedler

Shell Island, detail
Shell Island, detail

Linda's next quilt is one of the prettiest I have ever seen.  The Enchanted Pond is enchanting, indeed.
The Enchanted Pond, Linda Fiedler

The use of silver metallic thread for some of the features such as stars and dragonflies is very effective.
The Enchanted Pond, detail

The Enchanted Pond, detail
The Enchanted Pond, detail

Either my computer or Blogger is having a hard time inserting photos and text today, so I will end with just a few more photos of Linda's quilts.

The Day the Fog Froze, Linda Fiedler

The Colors of Earth, Linda Fiedler

The Colors of Earth, detail

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