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Chicago Quilt Festival

My parents came into town this weekend from Cincinnati for the Chicago Quilt Festival. It was my first quilt show and it was pretty much exactly how I pictured it – except bigger. They said the Houston Festival is at least twice the size – I can’t even imagine as it took us 6 hours to get through this one.

Chicago Quilt Show 1

The beginning of the Festival was full of antique quilts dating back a couple hundred years. It is amazing to see what people used to make, all by hand. I could picture a lot of the elements in these quilts reworked in a modern fashion.

Chicago Quilt Show 2

Other quilts displayed were made by current artists.

Chicago Quilt Show 6

Chicago Quilt Show 4

Chicago Quilt Show 5

Chicago Quilt Show 3

Chicago Quilt Show 7

Chicago Quilt Show 9

There were what seemed like a million booths. There wasn’t a lot of modern fabrics – some Amy Butler Love, Sandi Henderson, Heather Bailey, Kaffe Fasset – but I did buy some very cool, original fabric which will be it’s own post. I saw a few booths with feed sacks. I dug through them and found some pretty neat prints, but didn’t make any purchases.


In one of the booths selling antique quilts, I came across an unfinished string quilt top. I flipped it over and it still had the paper on the back – a newspaper from Baton Rouge in 1967! I thought that was a pretty neat find.

1967 String Quilt Top

This guy really intrigued me – he built his own long armed quilting frame! Now I just need to talk my engineering husband into building one for me…

Long Armed Quilting

Overall, it was a fun show. My mom LOVED it. It is moving to Cincinnati next year which is cool because that’s where they live so I will just go to visit them next time.

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4 Responses to “Chicago Quilt Festival”

  1. 1
    elsa says:

    oh how lucky you are to be there! I’d have loved to go … glad you had a good time!

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    Pattie C says:

    I can’t believe I missed that booth yesterday at the show. What’s funny is I bought the same fabric at another booth, Country Threads in the Gerta kit. I also just ordered more online from Cotton Club. It’s really beautiful and so different than what I usually quilt with. I see you’re a member of the Chicago Modern Quild Guild, me too. I went to the first two meetings but missed todays. Only so much quilting fun in one weekend, you know. I liked most of the same quilts you took pictures of for your site. I love the pineapple. Such a simple idea and a striking quilt.

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    karagoodwin says:

    I like how you used the word “artist.” Looking at many of the pictures you posted, they ARE ART! Really beautiful.

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    Heather McDevitt says:

    I just wanted to leave you a quick comment. My name is Heather and I’ve recently gotten into modern quilting and such [I am only 24 years old] and I came across your blog.
    What is so funny is that this past weekend, in Knoxville, TN [where I live], we had our quilting convention and this guy was there.
    He inspired me too!
    I just thought that was a fun small world story and know that I enjoy reading your blogs and seeing your beautiful work.

    You’re inspiring.

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