but i did spend one morning by myself wandering the show floor, taking in all the amazing quilts. the main thing i started to notice is all the gorgeous quilting. i'm going to be honest with myself, i have not, in the past, done such a great job on my quilting. part of that was the limitations of my old machine, but i recognize that a lot of it is my own inherent laziness. i spend all this time piecing a quilt top, and then i get to the quilting part and just want to be done with it already. and i'm starting to understand how that really short-changes my work. i would have entered my arkansas, traveled quilt in the show, but i was actually quite embarrassed by my quilting.
and that is something i hope to change this year. i'll share with you some of the shots i took of quilting from the show that i found inspiring, beautiful and interesting. i am kicking myself now for not remembering to take photos of the labels as i can't identify many of these quilts. if one of these is yours or you know whose quilt it is, please let me know so i can give credit.
i'm pretty sure this is by the amazing jacquie gering. this quilting was so tight it was mind-boggling.
gorgeous hand quilting by joel ignacio.
i think this quilt is by latifah.
this loveliness is the work of dan rouse.
one of denyse schmidt's quilts.
i think this is the back of carolyn friedlander's gorgeous quilt
gorgeous hand-quilting from one of the vintage quilts from the collection roderick kiracofe
here are some things i noticed right off the bat about what i'm drawn to:
1. i love straight-line quilting
2. i like very closely spaced quilting
3. i am drawn to grids
4. i am not bothered by "imperfections"
5. i like small touches of hand quilting
6. save for one photo, none of these feature free motion quilting. hmmm....
this certainly gives me some things to think about and work on going forward. goals are good! yay for growth!
and yay for quiltcon!