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IQF/Chicago recap & quilt show hangover

21 Apr 2010

I'm suffering from a quilt show hangover, and no, it has nothing to do with alcohol, but rather everything to do with waking up in your own bed at home after being at a show for a few days. Attending quilt shows is a natural high: you gaze at amazing quilts on display, reconnect with old friends and make new ones, spend your loot on supplies, take classes or hour-long workshops, and the common denominator for everyone: share your passion for this craft.

Some pictures of International Quilt Festival/Chicago 2010

Even though the lobby of the convention center was bursting at the seams with eager quilt attendees, everyone waited patiently before coming through the doors.

Every time I walked by the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibit, people were marveling at the works of art quilters.

Make It University!(TM)

Above: Sally Murray of Quilting Arts and Judy Gould (Quilt Angel) in front of our brand new Trading Post at Make It University!(TM) where people can pretty much trade anything they make. The Trading Post was a total hit. People traded mixed-media pendants and charms, Inchies, ATCs, fabric postcards, small art quilts... pretty much anything handmade. The Trading Post will definitely be at Long Beach and Houston Festivals.

People desparately hoping to have their names called for the Make It University!(TM) Workshops.

A picture of Belinda Spiwak's colorful cloth sample for her Workshop. (She will have an article on how to make this cloth in the second edition of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene.)


Workshop instructor Leilani Pierson had the help of her adorable (!!) son, Gallileo, for her "Small Stitch Flower Book" Workshop.

Open Studios

A number of artists were on hand to show how they make art, and they let attendees freely touch supplies and ask questions.

Kelli Perkins was one of many artists who demonstrated her colorful artwork in Open Studios. (Thanks Kelli!) One of her projects on this table will be featured in Quilting Arts GIFTS.

Surviving the Runway 60's Style

Every Saturday night of the show we kick up our heels in the MIU area, turn up the music, and have a raucous time. We call it "Surviving the Runway" where those who participate have a chance to win a lot of loot by designing "couture" out of cheap dollar store items. It is always a hilarious time, and this year was no exception. While "designers" were creating their 60's couture we listened to a lot of Beach Boys, Wilson Pickett, Crosby Stills, and Nash, The Archies, The Doors, James Brown, and yes, even a little Melanie!

My niece Lindsey Murray (who back in the day was the flower girl in my wedding!) passes me a fake flower garland to wear.

I think these pictures pretty much speak for themselves...

Melly Testa and Judy Coates Perez getting their groove on!

And yes, as the ring leader of these crazy shenanigans, I dressed the part, too.

All in all we had a fabulous time in Chicago! I would like to give a special thanks to Judy Coates Perez's daughter, Nina Perez for taking most of these exceptional photographs.For more photos and stories of the quilt show visit Judy's two blog entries:

IQF/ Chicago Part I

IQF/Chicago Part II

The Spring International Quilt Festival is moving next year, and I'm looking forward to the new Cincinnati location.  Ohio has deep roots in quilting (not to mention a huge number of art quilters who live in the state), so I feel certain this will be a stellar show. To boot, just 200 miles (about a three-hour road trip) from Cincinnati is Cleveland, home to the studios for Quilting Arts TV and the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame where I make a solo pilgrimage once every tv taping. The Hall of Fame is absolutely worth a road trip before or after the quilt show! 

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on 21 Apr 2010 10:43 AM

oh i MISS YOU ALL bunches!!!  it was such an awesome time!!  xoxoxo

natalya2 wrote
on 21 Apr 2010 12:57 PM

looks like a fabulous time was had by all!

MellyT wrote
on 22 Apr 2010 5:13 AM

Pokey! I love reading your news from the show. It is almost like a gossip column of all that is going on in the quilt shows world.