Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

International Quilt Festival + Giveaway

 

Phew! What a weekend! I spent Friday through Sunday in Cincinnati, Ohio, visiting family and going to the International Quilt Festival. I had a great time! Saturday we arrived to Quilt Fest at opening and started with the quilt displays. As usual, there was a LOT to see. I forgot my camera in Chicago, but my mom took pictures for me.

There were a lot of quilts with text this year…

And my mom really loved all the quilts with circles.


It was really exciting to see the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild’s exhibit. It was in a dark area, so these pictures really don’t do the quilts justice. And I know I don’t have photos of all of them, but really they were all great! They are all based on the Ohio star. The guild members did such a wonderful job, I hope they have an exhibit every year at the show.

After touring the quilts we did a bit of shopping. Almost right away we ran into Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics and Anna from Woollykat. They were part of a very fun group that came from Ann Arbor.

A few of the booth highlights for me were…

Meeting fellow Chicagoan and talented quilter/author Weeks Ringle:

Learning about rug hooking with wool from Lisa Wood of Woolylady – aren’t these circles AMAZING? They sell kits for a smaller pillow.

Seeing one of the nicest fabric designers out there, Marcia Derse. We stop by her booth and chat every quilt festival. She has lot of great new fabrics coming out and also some old favorites being reprinted. And she might be coming to QuiltCon this year!

I managed not to do TOO much damage this year. Here’s my loot.

I love this music fabric – all I know is it’s an import. I bought it from Fiber Art Furniture’s booth.

The text fabrics (from Moda’s Sweetwater Hometown and Reunion) were from the Olive Grace Studios booth. This is the super cute Kori who owns the shop in northern Ohio. Check out her blog, I’m pretty sure she is living the dream with her store.

After the show my family went out to dinner at the new Moerlein Lager House which is a pretty cool new brewery right on the river by the Reds Stadium. My daughter was really happy to see me. :)

Then later Saturday evening, the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild hosted a meet up. It was a lot of fun, just a lot of kindred spirits hanging out and having a good time. What a fun bunch! I am hoping to be in Cincinnati to crash one of their meetings sometime.

So finally, if you made it THIS far, I have a giveaway! Marcia Derse was super kind enough to donate a charm pack of her Modern Texture Solids. These are the colors – so pretty!

I’m also throwing in some patterns that I’ve been holding for a giveaway ever since the Sewing Summit! As well as some cool fabric I bought at the show. It is called “Scribble” from the Benartex line, Patternista by Paula Nadelstern.

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment. I will pick a winner Thursday (April 19th) evening!

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Time to pick a winner! I’m closing comments now and will be back with the winning comment number.

The winner is #23, Emily! Emily said “Looks like so much fun! Those are some beautiful quilts.”

Congratulations Emily! I will be in contact for your address!

April 17, 2012   318 Comments

International Quilt Festival This Weekend

This weekend is the annual International Quilt Show in Cincinnati, Ohio. Last year was actually the first year Cincy hosted the show, previously it was in Chicago. Both cities are handy for me – I live in Chicago but my parents, sister and brother and their families all live in Cincinnati. Last year I went and had a great time.

I’m guessing this year will be even better. The Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild has an exhibit this year at the show and will hosting a get together Saturday evening at 8pm at the Hyatt Regency. I will be there with my mom and sister. Who is with me??

At the show, I will be carrying my “Who You Calling a Fat Quarter Bag”. If you see me, stop me and say hi!

April 11, 2012   18 Comments

Cincinnati Quilt Show – I’m Back! And a Giveaway!!

Marcia Derse Booth

Phew, I’m exhausted! I traveled to Cincinnati over the weekend for the International Quilt Festival. The location change from Chicago worked out great for me because my family lives in Cincinnati (which equals a free place to stay and lots of cousin time for my kids)! Cincinnati has a fun riverfront and my kids enjoyed spending time at Sawyer Point.

Enjoying Cincinnati

We started the weekend by visiting the Fabric Shack. Pretty much, you can’t go to Cincinnati without visiting that store. My sister (hi Rachel!) is just getting started quilting and I gifted her Elizabeth Hartman’s book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. She is going to make a pattern in the book and purchased some great Laura Gunn fabric to get started.

While we were at the Fabric Shack, they were having a tent sale. Jackpot, right? My sister picked up some fabric on clearance and said “these are pretty colors…” and I about fell over. She was holding Tula Pink Neptune honey bun which is pretty hard to come by now! And there were two of them! She was very nice and let me have both (after I practically grabbed them out of her hand. LOL).

Saturday my mom, dad, sister and I went to the quilt show. Yep, my dad is a trooper and even went Thursday on preview night with my mom! There were lots of beautiful quilts on display, although no antique quilts like last year. That was a bit of a disappointment. But these were a few of the new quilts that caught my eye.

Cincinnati Quilt Show

Marcia Derse was personally at the show again, selling her beautiful fabrics! You may remember my post about seeing her last year and loving her designs and colors. She was super sweet this year and gave me a sampler of her fabrics to give away to a lucky reader! More on that below. :) She also had an awesome display of her fabrics in her booth, seen as the first photo on this post. Here are some photos of her booth – I’m on the left, Marcia is on the right. Try not to stare directly at my arms, they haven’t seen the sun in 7 months.

Marcia Derse

++ Update: For those in the Cincinnati area, my mom just visited a quilt shop in Loveland called The Quilter’s Studio and they have a ton of Marcia’s fabric! ++

There were lots and lots of fabric booths. I was scouring for out of print fabrics or fabrics I had only seen online and wanted to see in person. Including these amazing Kaffe Fassett stripes.

Kaffe Stripes

Here are my sister and I at the only booth I saw with a few Japanese imports – including some Heather Ross Far, Far Away I and II. And Echino. That was unexpected and exciting.

Japanese Imports

For those that like my bag, I purchased it on Etsy from Aunty Cookie – GREAT shop!

Overall – it was a successful weekend. Here is my loot! It includes a couple out of print Heather Ross prints (the dots and unicorn), the Neptune honey bun, a new piecing foot with a guide for my Bernina, some Park Slope fat quarters for $1, a couple bundles of Kaffe stripes, and more starbursts – because really, you just can’t have enough starbursts.

Loot for Me

Now for the giveaway – if you made it this far! One lucky reader is going to win everything you see below: a Neptune honey bun, a fat quarter of dots from Heather Ross’s Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries collection, and the beautiful sampler of fabrics donated by designer Marcia Derse.

Loot for You

All you have to do is leave a comment! I will pick a winner Wednesday evening. Good luck everyone!

Comments are now closed. Picking a winner!

Wow – 285 entries. I think that is a new record over here! The winner, chosen by Random.org, is #21 – Julie.

Blog giveaway winner

Julie said “What great loot! I wish I could have been there! I love your bag too I love all things Tula Pink and joined the quilting game way too late to get my hands on Neptune, thanks for the opportunity to win these goodies!
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Congratulations Julie!

April 10, 2011   285 Comments