Thursday, April 1, 2010

AQS Review and Loot

Hello Everyone,

Sorry this has taken so long. I got back on Sunday and just uploaded the pictures last night. But as many of you may have read already, AQS will not allow anyone to post pictures of the quilts without express consent from them or the owner of the quilt.

So luckily, I knew someone who owned two of the quilts. I got consent from her to post them. Some of you may already know my friend Karen Eckmeier, she is a national quilt teacher, designer, and author. Not to mention an accomplished quilter. She entered 2 quilts into the AQS show this year.


This first one is just adorable! Isn't the moose just too cute in the center?


Karen is a big fan of lizards. In fact, her business is called The Quilted Lizard. So it stands to reason that she would make a quilt like the one above. But she also added some turtles too. I love it. If you don't know Karen go check out her site by clicking HERE.

So a review of the show. Lots really to cover. But the long and short of it is that I would go again. A couple of problems were that by the time we arrived on Saturday they were out of programs and show pins. So there were really no descriptions of the quilts to read. Also, the main floor or first floor made my back ache something terrible. It was carpet covered concrete so it didn't give.

The second and third floor were much better on the feet. Liberty Place, where they had a satellite show and vendors, was okay. But was enjoyable none the less. On Friday we did go to surrounding shops and the Blossom Festival across from where QHC used to be. For a more detailed review, Anya did a great job. You may want to go over and visit her, but come back here quick for some eye candy.

But the following pics are some fabric that I scored at the show. I was on the lookout for new for authentic African fabrics to add to my collection. I found some.


This is what I found! My favorite vendor from NY, Yara African Fabrics, was there with his goods! I started collecting African fabrics a while ago, when the hubs went to Africa and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. He was very thoughtful and brought me back some wonderful fabrics. So he is to blame for this African fabric addiction... LOL!


Aren't they just fabulous!! Do any of you have a secret fabric collection? Now I really need to get working on that quilt for him. Yes, another project, but I would really like to have this done as a Christmas gift... shhhh.

Other notes: New Fabrics from Art Gallery are in the shop!! Check them out HERE. And lots more fabric on the way... Westminster, Free Spirit, Robert Kaufman, just to mention a few!

Also, if you haven't already, sign up as a fan on my new Facebook Page! Lots of quick updates there.

Have a great day!

Until Next Time...

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20 comments:

Terry said...

Wow! Those quilts are amazing! I love the moose! And the lizards and turtles! :0)

Cathi said...

Those African fabrics are stunning! The moose quilt made me laugh -- I love it!!! And the turtles are adorable!

Stephanie said...

Stunning quilts. So glad your friend allowed you to share. I purchased some African fabrics from a wonderful shop in Cincinnati that was going out of business. Daughter had her eye on them so they're now in my collection...to use for her one day.

Anya said...

Thanks for posting some of the quilt photos -- love them! And your African fabrics are wonderful...there were some really lovely international fabrics at some of the vendors. I'll have to plan a project so that I can be prepared to buy some next year!

Pat said...

How nice that your friend let you share those quilts here. I was told the quilt maker and AQS had to give permission before I could post anything, so I knew right away I was out of luck...although I do know one gal who had a seagull quilt on exhibit and ran into her at the show and she'd have let me post that quilt. Your fabrics are really nice. For awhile, I had collected batiks and have started to use them....and I have a collection of florals for a floral quilt somday AND food fabrics for a "healthy eating" quilt someday. (Notice all the "somedays"...LOL) Maybe next year we can meet up at the show in PA. That would be fun.

patty a. said...

I also love African Wax prints. I just bought over 100 yards at a store in Cincinnati that was going out of business. I will post some pictures tomorrow. I think between you, Wanda over at exuberant color and I could possibly do some serious trading!

Nedra said...

How fun that you had the opportunity to go to AQS. Love the amazing quilts from your friends. Such talent! And your husband climbed Mt. K? Wow! Yes, he should have a quilt made from those beautiful African fabrics.

Kim said...

Hey Jackie,

I was at the show too and saw the signs but have you looked around blog land and seen all the quilts posted? I think most folks aren't bothering with all the warnings given.......I have plenty of pictures but like you don't feel right about breaking the rules.

My DH was in Africa on business and bought me several cuts of fabric too......I love it and don't want to cut it!
I have projects going around in my head but haven't started anything yet. Of course I have way too many projects going already....
just like a quilter huh?
Happy Sewing

Melinda said...

Love your fabrics - I have a small collection and I am thinking of making a braid quilt from them. What are you going to do?

WoolenSails said...

Those are amazing quilts, love the design and the fabrics she used. Those fabrics will make a beautiful quilt, can't wait to see what you make with them.

Debbie

em's scrapbag said...

The African fabric is vibrant. I have some in my stash all the way from Ghana my friend brought it back for me. I love it!

Elizabeth said...

Jackie, so glad you had a nice time. I love that moose quilt by Karen. That is really amazing. And your African fabrics are gorgeous. Can't wait to see what you make of them.

Thimbleanna said...

Oh. So NOW you're coming clean! Another project!!! In light of this new info, I might have to tell you to definitely re-think your previous start. (And please note -- I only said re-think!)_

Poppyprint said...

Gosh, that turtle mandala quilt is stunningly amazing! Thanks for showing it to us. I have a teeny African fabric collection from a wonderful woman Pippa Moore, who sells it in B.C. (she works with aids-affected women in Uganda, teaching them to sew and selling their wares back here to raise $ for their livelihood and educating their children). It's the kind of fabric that needs to be collected...it's harder to use!

Heleen said...

The quilts are beautiful!!!!

sewpam63 said...

Hi, Jackie! ; ) It was FUN to meet you at the AQS Lancaster Quilt Show! Thanks for your post about the Show. I went to Anya's blog too - thanks for the link.

I've been poking around your blog. I love the little hexagons, your Coffee with Kaffe quilt and the spotty, dotty POC project too!!!

Have a lovely weekend and a nice Easter too.

Simone de Klerk said...

Those quilts are real beauties! The design, the colors, everything! Thank you for sharing.
Love the fabrics you were able to get hold of!
Vrolijk Pasen!!!

pratima said...

The designs are so intricate and beautiful in Karen's quilts.
Lovely African collection, Jackie. Gorgeous prints! I got some Ikat prints from India during our recent trip :)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Sounds like you had a nice time. You new African fabrics are just beautiful, so bright and vivid!!

Victoria said...

Good to know that you would go again, and hope to see you in the future! I wasn't as wowed by the layout of the show as I had hoped to be, (the City of Lancaster has hyped the new convention Center for so long I think I expected a palace of some sort, with every luxury available!) I also thought the show could have used better placement of signs and better communication... on the first day, when I went, a lot of folks didn't even realize that there were 2 more floors to see. I went upstairs and it was almost void of people, (except for some very worried vendors.)

You scored a great stash of fabrics, and that's the most important thing!

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