Thursday, August 12, 2010

Long Beach Quilt Festival

Well, I hope you all will excuse my long absence from blogging - my father has been in the intensive care unit for days and the hospital for weeks. My brother and sister flew out here from far away, fearing the worst... The doctors actually performed surgery for a broken hip on an 86 year old man with lung cancer, limited breathing and limited kidney function. Now he is in rehab and we have all sighed a collective sigh of relief.

Before all this happened, I attended the Long Beach Quilt Show. It was wonderful! I took lots of pictures and visited many vendors. There were not as many vendors as in the past, but I chalked that up to the current economic conditions... Here are a few pix of the quilts I really liked.

This one is called "Derevnya Russian Fairytale Village 3" by Natalya Aikens of New York. It appeared to be made on blocks of non-woven interfacing, layered and pieced together. It was very unique.

The following 2 detail shots are from a quilt called "Come fly in my Garden" by Phyllis Green of California. My shot of the whole quilt came out too blurry, but this was a lovely piece of work. So many of the quilts now have shiny metallic threads and I don't know how to make sure the photos aren't just full of glare...

This one is "Birch Tree Sunlight" by Pam Berry of California. She let the rays of the sun float freely at their ends.

This quilt is called "Best of Show" by Donna Watter of California. I thought it confusing to call a quilt by this name, since some actual winners are called this, but then I suppose a peacock would be that proud....
I love the 3D effect of the pom-poms and also the shell shapes...

This one is called "Bell aka Fairy Lantern" by Robin West of California. Below is a detail shot.

This one is called Ahuimanu Stream and is by Elizabeth Schowalter of Hawaii. The close-ups show the vast variety of fabrics used in the flowers.

It was a great show and I will put more pix in my next post!