I had not been to the quilt show that has been in Chattanooga for the last couple of years. So yesterday I drove down there to see it. I had mixed feelings about it. The quilts were beautiful. However, I'm not a fan of "over" quilting things on the machine. Every 1/8" is extreme. It can't be good for the quilt in the long run. These people must think that is what it takes to win. But there were plenty there with over kill that did not win.
It's the designs, as well as color choices. I love to see the quilts with the "double wow" effect....
You know, the ones that you see from across the room and you go, "wow...". Then you get up very very close, and see the details, and go "WOW".
Different is more exciting to me. And bright colors! Like this one. Now I probably will never make one like this. Too exacting, and probably paper pieced. It's wonderful.
Black and white with butterflies. The butterflies and on 3d pieces, making them look like they are in flight!
Now, I'm not always crazy about Halloween ones, but this I would buy! The saying is, "It's all fun and games
This should have been best in show in my mind. The picture doesn't do it any good. Overall design is terrific! Colors are super. Just took my breath away.
This got a top award. It was really interesting how she had made all the parts and layered them. Stunning.
This had to have some painting on it. The shadow effects were super. Can't imagine why it didn't get any awards.
But then that's why I'm not a judge. Too critical when you have to hand out awards and money.
Today, there was more work done on the driveway. Almost done! At least I can get my car out of the garage, and get around!
I had mixed feelings about the show. You saw a few of the quilts that I took pictures of... they are wonderful. Shows used to have 300 to 400 quilts there. This one did not. Many of the top quilts "make the circuit", and seem to end up in all the big shows. So going to several shows gets repetition going. I can tell you why... if I made a fantastic, wonderful quilt that could win money, I would enter it in as many shows as I could to win back something for the cost of making it, and fees. Fees that are still going up to enter, get pictures done and onto CDs, and all the shipping fees. Insurance can't be added unless you get an appraisal done, also adding to the cost.
Quilts get lost, stolen, mishandled, and damaged more than you think. Some are found or repaired, but not all. I used to enter many shows. Once they stopped taking slides, which added to the cost, I just didn't care if I learned how to take the digital pictures and get them on to cd's. The first question on some things to transfer pictures was, "how many jpegs in your camera?" Are those the little fairies in there that are taking the pictures? So you can see, my mind doesn't wrap around new tech things very well.
The vendors were there in full force. More than half the floor space was packed with them. So many sewing machines. Now if you wanted to do comparison shopping, this would be the place. I bought one panel, it was a blue dragon! The panel may have been 1/2 yard wide, and it was $9. Not a great price, but I love dragons. There was plenty for sale there. But I'm overloaded with patterns and fabrics. I don't need any dohickys, or thingamabobs. Got plenty of plastic rulers, Hand creams, sparkly bits don't interest me. I have stencils and inks.. The books are nothing that new that I had to get them at $25 or more a pop.
It was a nice day out for me. I ran in to friends and enjoyed talking with them. The food was basic and no tables to eat at. As much as I enjoy quilt shows... I'm enjoying the smaller ones that are well done by volunteers. Asheville show is up next! I will have 3 in there!
Go on up there on the Friday, September 30th. I'll be around!