What a thrill! Last week I had the opportunity to go to Portland with my mom, sister, brother and his girlfriend…a road trip to see my quilts displayed at the Quilt! Knit! Stitch! festival by MQX and Quilts, inc. I am so lucky to have such a supportive and fun-loving family (my poor little brother has been dragged to quilt shops and sewing events his whole life and still tolerates us girls!)
My Twirling Fans quilt and my Polka Dot Bikini Quilt (both quilted by Jenny of Sew Kind of Wonderful) were invited to participate in a special exhibit on quilts that demonstrate the combination of modern and traditional quilting. This is my first major quilt show, and it was absolutely thrilling! We loitered a bit around the area where my quilts were hung and it was pretty fun to hear what the visitors were saying about them and watch as they looked and took pictures. I introduced myself to several people (totally out of character and scary for me, but exciting, too) and talked a bit about quilting. I was surprised when a few people had seen the quilts before online.
Unfortunately, the lighting is not great inside the convention center and I forgot my good camera, so it was difficult to get very good pictures and avoid lots of shadows…but it was being there that was the real thrill.
The two quilts above were made by a friend of this blog, Lynette (that’s my sister, Em, working the crowd). They looked beautiful, Lynette! One of hers was quilted by the lovely Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts.
If you have never been to Portland, you must add it to your list! what a fun town filled eclectic and delicious food, neighborhoods and people. After the quilt festival, we went to the Alberta Street neighborhood for lunch and shopping. There are two fabulous quilt shops there: “Bolt” and “Modern Domestic” and I wish I could transport them back to Ohio with me.
I did some fat quarter collecting at Modern Domestic…and saw the cover quilt (“Capsules”) from Modern Patchwork hanging in their classroom! What makes a quilt shop great to me is a wide selection of modern, trendy, bright and colorful fabrics (obviously) and pretty displays. It was so much fun to visit the shops in Portland because they had lots of new Art Gallery Fabrics collections, which my local shops don’t carry. I may have also jumped on the Cotton + Steel bandwagon…but that is a story for another day.
Thicket: a garden store on Alberta Street. Portland, Oregon. I loved the looks of this street sign.
Pretty much sums it all up!