Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival 2013

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While all the cool modern quilters are at QuiltCon in Austin this week, I visited my regional quilt show, the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival yesterday. So so much stuff that wasn’t my taste. It only took an hour for me to see everything I wanted to see, including shopping. The last time I went was three years ago and I found a lot more to be inspired by, but I was also a lot newer to quilting then.

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It’s funny how when you spend time online reading blogs of modern quilters, you can start feeling like there’s nothing left original to do because other people are already making so much cool stuff. Here’s what I realized yesterday: the majority of quilters are still older ladies making traditional quilts, there are wide open opportunities for expanding people’s visions of modern quilts, and we all are thinking about essentially the same things, like fabric, thread, how to make our machines do what we want them to, etc.

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Harue Konishi

There’s a modern quilt guild starting up locally that I haven’t gotten a chance to go to yet, but I’ve been following their blog. Looking at the pictures I was starting to feel like it would be just another group of older lady quilters who didn’t really understand what modern was, but I felt newly excited to go one day after seeing a couple things.

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One was this quilt above, which was by someone in the VA Beach Modern Quilt Guild who was stretching herself to work with all solids, and had found this pattern (by John Adams aka quiltdad) in a Quilter’s Newsletter magazine and gone to the trouble of re-drafting it in EQ to make this size. The other was this quilt based on a Heather Jones pattern, which is so far from the original colors but still neat to see someone obviously stretching in a new direction.

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My phone battery was dying so I don’t have the name of this quilter, but if I had voted for a fan favorite it would have been for this one from Fredericksburg, VA:

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The other photos in this post are the vintage and art quilts that I enjoyed at the show.

Susan Lenz

Susan Lenz

IMAG0139IMAG0131This one’s really kind of amazing – 1930’s, and the gradation of blues is so cool.

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3 thoughts on “Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival 2013

  1. I considered going to the show but, after your review, I think I’ll skip it. If it was a free event, then I’d definitely go. You should really come to one of the guild meetings! March’s meeting will include a pot holder swap and the scrappy tripalong block is our BOM. But you don’t have to participate – you can just hang out 🙂

    • I will eventually come to a meeting! It’s making the time to get down there on a Saturday that’s been tough so far. I was trying not to blow my budget shopping yesterday, but I do like the chance at the quilt show to buy fabric in smaller quantities (fat quarters) than I normally buy online, from a variety of shops instead of buying everything from one to justify shipping. Although I realized yesterday that the cost of my ticket was more than shipping, so it’s a wash. – Meagan

  2. I’ve been debating whether or not to go to the Lancaster AQS show this week. The idea of not going seems strange, yet the last few years have left me wanting. I too seem to go through it in an hour. Makes me miss those old days as a new quilter when almost everything struck me with awe!

    I do like that Susan Lenz quilt… great hand stitching!

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