Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Love Apples Quilt Show--March 26-27, 2011

Love Apple Quilters put on their biannual quilt show this past weekend, welcoming over a thousand visitors to view nearly 300 quilts on display made by its members!  The hard work of the Quilt Show committee, led by Mary Cahilly, produced a show far exceeding everyone's imagination.  Not only am I very proud to be a Love Apple, but am humbled to be the president of an organization filled with talented quilters.

We were thrilled to see an eager crowd fill the lobby and spill into the parking lot Saturday morning!  Some came to see the quilts, some to cheer on family members displaying quilts and some to visit one of the many vendors--regardless of the reason, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and passed along positive comments to anyone who would listen.
One of the many vendors
Some even found a comfortable seat for a quick rest--looking at 300 quilts can be exhausting!
Junior Quilts were exhibited by new quilters aged 8 to 15 to encourage the next generation of Love Apples....
Made by a quilter age 11

Made by a quilter age 10
Here are a few of the quilts I entered:
"Acorns and Oak Leaves" made from fabrics purchased in Ireland
A mystery quilt quilted by Leanna Spanner of Anilee Creations
"Sedona Sunset"
Worked very hard on "Sedona Sunset."  My DH purchased this kit for me while we were in Sedona at Quilter's Store Sedona & Gallery in 2008.  Took me two years to get up enough courage to cut into all those gorgeous batiks.  Jill Boyd and Patty Krause are exceptional designers and the directions were very clear (with all the pieces in each block and fabric variations, it could have been a disaster!).  Not only was there built-in fabric "insurance"  in case of a cutting error, but each fabric was marked to correspond with the pattern--with all the slight color variations, those cute little stickers were a huge stress reducer! 

Some detail of the quilting
Close up of the sunburst in the center of the quilt
Spent several days quilting and finished just in time for the show!  Am thrilled all the effort paid off in the form of a "Vendor's Choice" ribbon from the Village Quilter in Mount Holly, NJ!

To date, my "Sedona Sunset" quilt is the most complicated quilt I've ever attempted and now it's time to seek out a new challenge.  As I keep looking, think I'll quilt all those tops I've accumulated and reduce my UFO pile.  (Starting to run out of walls to hang quilts and am pretty sure my DH isn't going to build another addition to the house!)

Thank you for reading to the end of my brief summary of our quilt show!  Hope you can join us next time!  If you're interested in becoming a Love Apple and share in the fun of putting on a big quilt show, check out our website, Love Apple Quilters .

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