Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Chicago Quilt Show 2010

Big Smiles were certainly abundant at the Chicago Quilt Show.
gerri and beth and Jean
If you are looking for a fantastic project, this would have been just one of the booths to have visited. My friend, Gerri Robinson and her sister, Jean from Planted Seeds Designs were filled to the brim with kits and patterns. They were joined by Beth Hayes, editor of McCall's Quilting. Once again, great people make a great industry.

postcard quilt
This quilt was one of those times when I thought, "Why didn't I think of that?" Brilliant and charming!
I  saw the back of the quilt first. Walked around the corner and was blown away by the front of the postcard quilt.
postcard quilt3
postcard quilt4
postcard quilt5
postcard quilt1
Can you just imagine a mail man walking up to the house to deliver this? Love it!

It was a beautiful day to walk in the sunshine and take in the sites in and around Millennium Park. Cloud Gate is British artist Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The 110-ton elliptical sculpture is forged of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates, which reflect the city's famous skyline and the clouds above. A 12-foot-high arch provides a "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture, inviting visitors to touch its mirror-like surface and see their image reflected back from a variety of perspectives.
 Every time I look back at pictures of quilts from each of the shows, I wonder what attracts me to the quilts I photograph. I realize they are either art quilts or antique applique quilts. These are the 2 styles of quilts I will probably never own. I do not see how the art quilters create the incredible art. It is in my head, but I do not have the talent or skills to transfer the vision to cloth.I know the reason why I take pictures of applique quilts is because I just do not sit still long enough to make one of those.
Here are the pics from this show.






Over and Out! 1 month until Market. Yowser!


  1. WOW, those are all beauties, but that postcard on blew me away! That is serious talent! ☺

  2. I love the quilting on the quilt with the black background. One month already? Let the countdown commence!

  3. Love EVERYTHING...but wow...the postcard quilt has to be my fav...amazing idea!

  4. The postcard quilt is amazing! I love the way that they personalized the quilt with all of the tiny details.

    The hexagon quilt is stunning! It would take me 3 lifetimes to complete that quilt.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. i love the little details on both sides of the post card quilt... like the post office stamps... just makes it feel all the more real! looks like chicago was lots of fun... i hope long beach is this year!!

  6. I love Gerri and Jean, so nice to see them! Looks like you had a great time, see you at quilt market.

  7. Wow ... the postcard quilt ... something else! What a great way to remember all the fun times at their quilt retreat.

  8. That sculpture is amazing! Gorgeous quilts but then I'm a sucker for a Lone Star. Must make one some day...

  9. The first quilt from planted seed done out of the martinique collection, do you know the name of that pattern? Its a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

  10. Lissa, thanks for the snippets from Chicago. Really enjoyed your photos and observations.



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