Saturday, June 6, 2009

Quilt Expo


I attended the 2009 Omaha Quilt Guild Expo, today. It's the first time I had ever been to a quilt expo. This one just knocked my socks off! I didn't bring my camera with me. I had forgotten it in my hotel room. It was a good thing that I had my camera phone to save the day. LOL! I was able to take a few pictures, even though the quality is not as good as my camera. I walked around, leisurely, and picked up some batik fat quarters. It was a really nice show. I'm only sad that I'm leaving the Omaha area. The guild has more than 400 members. Isn't that awesome? I could've learned so much from these talented ladies had we stayed. Someday, I will be back in this area, and I will join the guild. When we arrive in Florida, I plan to join the guild there so I can learn and get better at piecing and quilting. This first quilt is by Linda Gale. It won a blue ribbon, and deservedly so!

This gorgeous hand appliqued beauty was created by Patty Kennedy.

My husband agreed with me that this Dear Jane quilt by Pat Stava is just AMAZING!!


I would love to be able to create a beautiful quilt like this foundation-pieced beauty by Dorothy Muse.

This is the blue-ribbon winner of the "Wallhanging" category. It is 20 x 20 (approximately), hand appliqued and hand quilted by Merrilee Hensen. It is so much more beautiful, in person.


This is a quilt I call "Cosmic Wizard." It was created by Leslie Halbleib. I thought it was so amazing! She added beads and sequins to further highlight the stars in the background fabric. It was one of the ribbon-winners of the "Oh Wow!" award.


Someday, I hope to be as creative and as good at sewing as these talented quilters! There's hope for me, yet!

13 comments:

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh Ethel. This show was practically heaven on earth! Just look at all of those gorgeous fabrics. I was starting to say I liked "this one" the best but then I kept scrolling and wowza! Amazing talent. YOU, my friend, should get involved in a guild in FL. I'm sure they must have them, right? WOW, what a show.

pescbrico said...

This are simply wow!!!

lakeslady said...

Those are beautiful quilts Ethel.
We shall wait for you to come to England and then you can join my friends who all LOVE quilting.
I am the only card maker amoungst us and I really am frightened by sewing machines.
However I love to join them on their quilting days and sit and hand sew, but looking at their design work is what excites me most.
Happy Quilting dear friend.

Thanh said...

Wow! Ethel - looking at these photos, it's no wonder that you got into quilting! I cant wait to see some of your creations now.

Suzi said...

Freaking AWESOME quilts!! Would you make me the "american Jane" one & drop it off in StL this week. Love it!!!

Monica-FC said...

gosh, those are amzing and I think your camera did great for me since I don't great eyes to begin with.

Sue McGettigan said...

Fabulous quilts Ethel, what a great show! Hope you have fun settling into your new home and join the local quilt guild over there.

Anne said...

Hi, Ethel! I'm so glad you got to snap some pics, even if by phone camera. These quilts are gorgeous! I especially like the one with spiky swirls (marked 277). It is so unusual. And I also especially like the "Cosmic Wizard" one.

By the way, just wanted to letcha know I am now officially "following" your blog and will show up in your list of "followers". If you choose to return the favor, that would be spiffy, but you certainly don't have to! Hope you have a super week! :-)

Renu (midnitecreations) said...

Such gorgeous works of art!! Wow. The first couple remind of some of the tole paintings I do. Love the wizard.

Anne said...

Hi again, Ethel! Thank you for stopping by today and for your sweet comments! I appreciate them!

And thank you, too, for following my blog. I consider it a huge compliment! :-)

Anne said...

Hi, Ethel! I've nominated you for an award over on my blog! Hope you'll stop by to check it out! :-)

Judy Alexander said...

Looks like this was a great show. We used to live in Millard many years ago.

Laura Evangeline said...

Oh! I'm so jealous!