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Monday, March 10, 2014

It's "That" Monday

Hi Everyone!

If you live here in America, and maybe other places in the world, you probably had a more difficult time than usual waking up on time this morning.  Yes, it is the weekend we all dislike--the dreaded time change in which we all lose one hour.  I would say that the opposite weekend, in the fall, is everyone's favorite!  And while I know that the time changed early Sunday morning, let's face it--it doesn't really impact people until Monday morning.

Twice I have lived where the time doesn't change--in Arizona and most recently Hawaii, and I really didn't notice much difference with the daylight, so I'm not sure why we feel the need to "save" it.  At any rate, at least it is a sign of spring and maybe the cold weather will go away now.

Today I'm going to share more quilt pictures from Midatlantic.  Tomorrow I will share some of the goodies that I bought, as I had a request for that.  I'm not sure what I was thinking when I photographed the show this year, there was certainly no rhyme or reason to it.  I didn't even take pictures of the best quilts!  Probably I was too engrossed in them to take a picture.

I also took many pictures of the quilting.  I guess that is the technique that I'm most interested in right now.  Here are some of them.

The picture above and below are of the same quilt.  It is hand quilted.  The stitches were so tiny that you didn't even notice them--just the "puff" that they create.  Below my finger is as close to the quilt as I could get without touching it--for scale.

More and more I am amazed at how the quilting can totally change a quilt top.  And consequently, more and more I'm less happy with getting tops "all over quilted."  Since we aren't millionaires, though, I will continue to get them done that way, but I do like to get special quilts custom-quilted occasionally.

Midatlantic is probably like many major shows--it features the entered, show quilts, and then other exhibits.  My favorite quilts in this show were from one of those exhibits.  The Baltimore Applique Society had a group of quilts in an exhibit titled "A for Applique."  They were gorgeous!

The quilt below began, as I interpreted, from a commercial pattern, but the artist added to it, creating a tribute to Texas--featuring long-horn cattle, armadillos...

...and even the creep-crawlies like this perfect, hairy, rendition of a tarantula.  There were also centipedes, snakes, and even cockroaches.  

This one below was my favorite.  The applique is incredible.  I have two closeup pictures of blocks so you can get the full impact.

I suppose I have over-loaded this post with enough photos for now, so I'll end.

Have a great day!


  1. There can never be too many photos. Loved them! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I've put a bunch of the Dallas quilt show photos on my blog. The abilities and creativeness are simply amazing. There was an exhibit of one gal's WWII quilt collection that I haven't posted photos of yet (and I didn't get nearly all of them). And I got out of there without purchasing anything. After moving ALL of my tons of sewing stuff, I decided it would probably be a LONG time before I 'needed' to purchase anything..LOL!

  3. I absolutely drool over Baltimore Album quilts! I know I will never make one, but just LOVE them.

  4. Beautiful pictures - such gorgeous quilts!
    Thanks for sharing the experience with us!

  5. These are all so beautiful. And I'm always astounded by quilting like in your second pic....the vine with the trapunto butterflies.....that's hand stippling!!!! OY! I'm guessing the whole quilt was amazing! Thanks for sharing these!

  6. Oh my.... so beautiful! Wow... those quilts are amazing... thanks so much for sharing your photos with us... you got to see some gorgeous work!

  7. Yes JoAnne, it is THAT Monday and I've felt it all day. Why does one silly hour create such havoc?

    I love the quilting and appliques...amazing pieces on all of those treasures. Can't wait to see more.

  8. Thanks for sharing the pictures! I just saw an amazing before and after, without then with quilting, if I remember where I saw it I'll send you the link.

  9. Great eye candy! The hand quilting is amazing--wish I had that skill--it's so beautiful.