Quilt Expo today

The week after Labor Day here in Madison, Wisconsin is the annual Quilt Expo, an overwhelming amount of quilting talent and beauty on display. I went with a group of friends today for a five hour visit. The curated display of about 300 quilts took us three hours to see it all. Checking out the vendor displays was one temptation after another.My only purchases were special pair of Kai scissors and a fat quarter of Cherrywood fabrics.

I took a lot of photos with my iPad and I’ll just share some of them here. A lot of them are close-ups of the beautiful piecing and quilting, with no identification. Please enjoy them.

This exquisite piece of quilting depicted the state flowers of all 50 states, including my home state of Rhode Island with its bouquet of violets.

I love this vibrant variation on simple strip piecing.

There was a lot of use of metallic thread stitching and crystals.

Here is a beautiful example of appliqué work.

This is a stunning example of 1/2-inch square piecing.

A hand stitched piece of shibori dyeing.

I like this improv piecing with just touches of color added.

A beautiful example of paper piecing.

Just a small example of the intricate piecing and quilting.

A modern version of scrap quilting.

A beautiful example of double wedding ring with star points added and done in batiks.

A really colorful combination of piecing and, again, intricate metallic stitching.

Finally, a whale of a finish.

This will have to last me until next year.

I’m linking up with Angela at http://superscrappy.blogspot.com/and Cynthia at http://quiltingismorefunthanhousework.blogspot.com/

15 thoughts on “Quilt Expo today

  1. You saw a lot of amazing quilting, Paula! I was trying to choose a favorite, but I don’t think I can. I am inspired by that improv one in mostly grays with the pops of color here and there. I would love to try something like that!


    1. The level of accomplishment on some of those quilts was unbelievable. I could never imagine doing such work. However since I really like doing improv quilts they don’t really require a lot of precision. Glad you enjoyed it and I hope you didn’t spend all of your money.


  2. Sharon

    Wow!!! Amazing!!! What an art form- and it has practical use- not just hanging on the wall collecting dust. All the planning and time can never be monetarily compensated. Thank you for sharing- as always Paula- teaching and giving and helping and donating. Love you Paula


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