Don't let the grey hair fool you - there were some hella-rough poker games going on at those tables down there.
I love wandering around the exhibition quilts and seeing all the clever ideas people have come up with.
A little retail therapy never hurts, either:
Following are various works that caught my eye - all have their creators listed below their photograph. If you are one of the artists and wish to have the photo of your work removed, please just email me and poof, it'll be gone.
Flying Colours: Budgies Uncaged by Brenda Gael Smith (with hand dyed cotton fabric)
My kind of nude, I could claim my wobbly bits were just stippling:
Free Beach by Elaine Sturmfels (with hand dyed whole cloth background)
Free: Soaring into Sunlight by Bob James
Liberated by Kathy Beilby
Coreopsis by Bernardine Hine
Brighten the Corner Where You Are by Robin Ginn
A masterpiece. If this was mine, red wine would be banned from my house:
Golden Ivory by Rachelle Denneny
The top of my head blows off when I think of how long this took to make.
Hexagon Trellis Roses by Olive Claydon
I really love the shading on the trellis and how it changes across the quilt:
I loved many of the blocks in this sampler:
My Dear Jane by Elizabeth Rixon
Untitled (that I could see) by Jan Scudamore
William Morris Sampler by Judith Carrow
Morning Mist by Lorraine Carthew
On the Wing by Pam Hill
I love the mustard and the quilted scallops. Mmmm, mustard scallops.
Charity by Shirley Chiu
Some lovely machine embroidery:
Polished Posies by Trish Taylor
Pink Silk Fun by Jane Rundle
It was really hard not to touch this one, the texture was fantastic:
The Best Things in Life are Free: Sunset Over the Ocean by Barbara McLennan
One of the guest exhibitors was an American quilt artist, Judy Coates Perez. She paints her artwork on fabric and quilts them with amazing designs and colour. Each quilt was filled with such incredible detail, I wanted to look at them all day. It was hard to move on to the next display.
But Where are All the Martians? by Judy Coates Perez
But just as well we did move on or we'd have missed Loanie Prior's whimsical tea cosies. Aren't they just the best?
(It was rather dark around Loanie's display - head over to her Ravelry page to see much better pictures of all her great pieces. They'll make you chuckle.)
I hope you've seen something here that inspires you to sew (or make a tea cosy) this week!