Tuesday, April 17, 2012

International Quilt Festival, Cincinnati, Spring 2012

Whew! What a weekend! The International Quilt Show at Cincinnati has come to a close, and it was such a great time. As I told you last week, myself and three other members of the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild installed the show, which was a real treat for us. It was so fun to see the exhibit finally come to life after all of the months of planning, creating, and organizing. And it looked great! I took some video footage of the show too, and I'll share that with you soon as well.

We had signage, labels, and our quilts were even roped off!

The people at Quilts, Inc. were incredibly great to work with, and were always happy to answer any questions that we had along the way. I want to extend a special thank you to both Carmen and Amanda, the special exhibition coordinators who were there every step of the way and were the two who actually invited us to submit an exhibition proposal.

And here we are installing the show. It was a great challenge to decide the layout together, and to put each quilt in it's place. We tried to hang them so that there was a variety throughout the exhibition, and I think we did a great job, if I do say so myself!

Thanks again to Victoria, Sarah, and Lynn for helping!

The was so much to see at the show, but one of my favorite booths was the Bigfork Bay Cotton Company. I was walking through the aisles with my friend Sarah when I saw something that I immediately recognized. Pat Sloan's Girls in the Garden series of patterns!

You might recall that I was part of Pat's blog hop a couple of months ago to introduce the new patterns, so it was great to see all of Pat's versions together in person. Traci and Jane of Bigfork Bay Cotton Company were so fun, and their booth was full of so many gorgeous things.

I was really intrigued by a product called Art Kloth, which is a foundation fabric that can be used in a variety of ways. They had used in in a fused sample of one of Pat's patterns. All of those pieces above are fused without a single stitch.

They also had samples of bags where Art Koth was used as interfacing, which seemed to give the bags a nice shape but kept them lightweight as well. I think it would be perfect for some floor cloths, which I think would be a great project, one of these days.

Traci was also kind enough to give me my first spool of Aurifil thread, which I'll be using in an upcoming project. I think she was a little shocked that I've never used it before! What can I say, I'm a simple girl...

And finally, Saturday night was the CMQG Modern Meet-up. It was so great to have a chance to meet so many people, and spend some time together.

Here's Ashley from SassafrasGirl, Brenda from just a bit frayed and Pink Castle Fabrics, Faith from Fresh Lemons, Jessica from A Little Gray

Anna from woollykat, Rachel from imagine gnats, and Debbie from Esch House Quilts. I was also lucky enough to have dinner with the fun gals from Ann Arbor on Friday night. I had met Brenda last year at Quilt Festival, and Debbie and I have emailed back and forth a few times, plus she has a great blog and I admire her work so much. But I really felt like I've known them all for a long time. I'm bummed that they don't live closer, but it will be great to see them at Quilt Market in Kansas City next month.


heartsease54 said...

Just so you know Heather, it is Big Fork Bay Cotton Company. I know this because they are right up the road from me.

Heather Jones said...

Thank you for catching my typo, heartsease54! I've corrected their name in my post.


rachael {imagine gnats} said...

it was so nice to meet you, Heather!

Tisa Lira said...

I love the quilts you post! That said, I have nominated you for the "7x7 Link Award."

Jean(ie) said...

Love this post! Thanks for letting us be a part of it.

Unknown said...

I'm glad to find your blog. I heard you on Pat Sloan's podcast and love the story behind your company name. Thanks for sharing the ModQ exhibit.

Kara said...

Loved seeing y'alls quilts at the show! :)

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