Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Long Beach International Quilt Show

Our party at the Long Beach International Quilt Show was fun and oh so enjoyable!  The car ride down was smooth--we arrived nearly 45 minutes before the opening!  Parking was smooth, and entry to the show was smooth.  Immediately upon entering we headed to the extensive exhibits area.  Our first stop was the antique quilts show and there were some spectacular examples--the sad thing was that so many of them were "Unknown Maker".  Ladies, labels are a good thing!   All photos that follow were taken at the Long Beach International Quilt Show.

This was all silks with strips finished at about 1/2" for the logs.  It was exquisite!

A Nearly Insane quilt.  This feathered star finished at 6 inches.  Definitely insane!

This realistic looking Dahlia was about 4-5 feet wide and nearly as tall.  Stunning!

Closeup of the satin stitch outlining. 

Tanya, a blogfriend from Japan!  When we were coming back to the show from lunch, I recognized her son Takumi and his girlfriend from her blog and knew she was there and was so happy to get her phone call.  It was great to get the chance to meet this lovely lady. She graciously met my mom and our friend Dawn and gave us handkerchiefs as souvenirs.  My mom gave her a used tube of L'Occitane hand cream.  Oh, Mom!  We chatted and shared show loot.  I did not realize I was towering next to her until she posted a photo on her blog!  Later my sister Kathy joined us about 2:45 after arriving by plane and getting a ride to the show from our very agreeable dad.  Thanks Daddy!

These hexies were about 1" in size.

That's a kersquillion of those suckers!

So, so pretty wall hanging that had a woodblock effect.

Closeup of the unusual colors the quilter used.

It was hard to choose, but this was one of my very favorites.  It was about 4 feet by 5 feet and absolutely beautiful.  All pieces were appliqued on and it was photographic in quality.  Amazing work!  I took lots and lots of photos so will share more later.

We definitely shopped until the others dropped!  My friend Tanya and I were ready to stay and close the show but finally dragged ourselves away at about 5:30 from the vendor mall.  Going on Saturday was definitely better than rushing through the shorter hours of the show on Sunday.  We had plenty of time to meet in a group several times as well as have a relaxed lunch at a restaurant across the street, and see all the quilts and vendors we wanted. 

My loot consisted of some shot cottons, some one yard cuts that were $5 apiece on sale, a bunch of fat quarters that were $1 each, a redwork pattern, some Texture Magic that I wanted, pincushion filler, and the big item, the stack of Bonnie Blue Cotton Basics.  I looked for but did not find any Frolic yardage, or Monica's Santa Gnomes.  I'm sure they were there, but with over 300 vendors it was impossible to see it all in one day!  But what a day we had, just terrific! 

8 comments:

Vivian said...

Sounds like a great time for everyone, and you found some great buys.
I appreciate all the photos of those beauteous quilts. The hexagons! Somebody was truly obsessed.
Meeting a blogland friend would be SO cool.

Pokey said...

How fun!! I saw you, Miss Celebrity, on Taniwa's blog before you posted. I thought that chance meeting was way cool!!

syocom said...

Sounds like so much fun. Your loot is amazing too.

Joyful Quilter said...

Beautiful quilts! Amazing talent. The thing I like most about quilting is the uniqueness of each quilt. How nice to meet Tanya! Her's is one of the first blogs I started reading.

libbyquilter said...

that Dahlia quilt is just amazing~!!~
what an accurat tribute to this fabulous family of plants~!!~

a kersquillion~!!!~ that IS a lot~!

:-)
libbyQ

Kathleen said...

Hi, Annie...I wandered over from Heather's blog. Loved seeing the photos of the show quilts. What beautiful offerings!

julieQ said...

I am so glad you got to go to the show! Really pretty quilts...and your pile of goodies is wonderful. Congratulations on your win last postie!

Stephanie said...

That dahlia looks like you could reach out and pick it. Gorgeous. And all of those little hexagons are mind boggling.