AQS 08 Nashville Quilt Expo
Oh my we had such a wonderful time.
All those fabrics, threads, tools and the great things we learned.
If you are a quilter you know who's in the center of this photo...Eleanor Burns. I've been a big fan for years and seeing her was great. She was so sweet in person. It was the end of the last day of the show and we were dragging, but she was her sweet normal self, kidding with us and making us all laugh.
The show was in the Opryland Hotel which is huge and the one thing I love about this show is it's all in one really big room. No stairs, no wandering around to find something, it's all so very organized. We visited half the vendor booths on Friday and then took in about half the quilts on display. There was some wonderful stuff there to see and I will be very inspired for a good while. I do regret I didn't take the time to write down the artist's names thinking I'd be able to read them in the photos, but I couldn't. I will not make this mistake again.
One thing they had that Paula took advantage of, was a quilt appraiser. She has an antique quilt and had no idea of it's history. She found out that it was worth a good deal more than she paid for it. It was made in 1895, and was made from silks, Victorian ladies garments, men's vests and vest lining, men's hat lining and other garments from that era.
Finding out that ladies in that time had to use anything they could get there hands on for fabric even the lining of men's hats, was very interesting. They even used the samples that were sent out to sell fabrics. Oh, are we not the lucky ones with out endless sources of fabric. What would those ladies think of shopping on line. I guess one trip to Joann's would blow there minds.
There were so many quilts to look at too. Many guilds from across the country entered their guilds challenges and these were wonderful to see. How different artists interpret the challenge was very inspiring. Some quilts made you laugh and some made you look in wonder at how much work was in each stitch. Also seeing the handwork, something I don't do was amazing. My mantra is if you can't do it on the machine you don't do it. Hand quilting or piecing is beyond my patience level at this point. I may get where I do it at some point. Paula tried to teach me to hand quilt, but I just couldn't seem to get the rocking motion down. I'm sure I didn't give it the time needed to learn.
This elephant quilt was one of the favs for all of us.
I've never seen a white crazy quilt and my photo just does not do this justice at all. It's all white, not the tan/yellowish color in this photo. We stood and looked at this for a good while. The tiny detail was so well done.
I took 60+ photos and I'll put a few more on here very soon.
It was a great show.
Well I need to go put all my wonderful new stuff away.