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Spring Quilt Festival Chicago
We've awoken from our winter slumber in the Northern Hemisphere, which means the quilting show season has commenced! I traveled to the 2010 International Spring Quilt Festival in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. ... Good times.
The Quilt Festival, presented by Quilts, Inc., is open to the public and has great vendors who sell everything from notions to longarm quilting machines. There are a whole host of classes to take, plus a fabulous quilt show with some quilts from last fall's festival and many beautiful new pieces. I find it hard to edit photos to share because I have so many.
|The attendees were plentiful. They were there to see quilts and to shop.|
I ended up with numerous photos of art quilts, with a little bit of tradition thrown in for fun.
|Advertising sales reps Dave O'Neil and Paula Kapacinskas traveled with me.|
Quilt shows aren't complete without a little retail therapy, don't you agree? I met Mary of Mary Flanagan Woolens and added some wool to my stash (with some Kaffe Fasset fabrics thrown in for fun).
|Samples of Mary Flanagan's hand-dyed wool||Fiber treasures for my stash.|
Don't you just love traveling to shows and finding something unexpected ... something you absolutely can't live without? One of the "gems" I found at this show were the jewelry pieces created by artist Meg Hannan.
Meg creates pins, earrings and pendants out of textiles, rolling them millefiore style and "glueing" them using her secret technique. Each piece is unique and truly a work of art. Check out her Etsy shop to view Meg's work and possibly pick up a piece for yourself or a quilting friend.
|Samples of Meg Hannan's fiber jewelry.|
Last but not least -- a friendly shout out to my fans and new friends who traveled by bus from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Chicago on the Quilt Adventure Bus Tour. It was great meeting you!