A Colorful Festival in Long Beach – part 2

Have you ever looked at a quilt exhibit, had a sudden vision of something you wanted to make, and raced back to a vendor to purchase the necessary items? I’m sure that happened for some of us attending the Long Beach International Quilt Festival this past weekend.

This post is the second half of some show highlights (read part 1 here). The exhibits included a wide variety of quilts on display and for sale, as well as for our inspiration. Here are some of the quilts that I was able to capture. (The quilt name and artist are given for each quilt.)

“Beyond City Light” by Sally Atkinson

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“Down Olive Way” by Maureen L Ashlock

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“Early Indigo Coverlet with Trapunto” (quiltmaker unknown)

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“Forest Symphony” by Sandra E Lauterbach

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“Grape Hyacinth” by Margo Fiddes

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“Hibiscus in Dappled Light” by Marianne R Williamson

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“Indigo Ohio Stars” by Vicki Mangum

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“My Quilt Room” by Yasuko Ito and Oharibako

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“My Stash at 50 (aka Log Cabin with an Attitude)” by Karen Eckmeier

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“Orcas of the Pacific” by Kathleen Carter

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“Pineapple Daiquari” by Rellajeanne W Cook

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“Pineapple Leftovers” by Jo Garvin

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“Pineapple Scrap Salad” by Jean Ann Wright

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“Pursonal Passion” by Sandra E Lauterbach

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“Silk Stars” by Mary Mern

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“Spring Field” by Akiko Kawata

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“The White City” by Zvia Strahilevitz-Klein

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“Three Roses” by Charlotte Hickman

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“Trellis of Red Flowers” by Deborah Kemball

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Aren’t those beautiful? And there were so many more, all with incredible detail. I found it to be a calm and peaceful part of the day when looking at the quilts, studying the techniques, trying to figure out “how did they do that?” and marveling at the color and composition. My skills are not nearly that accomplished, but I do feel encouraged to try something new. Trusting that the show also sparked your creativity, what are you planning to try? Please do share with us here or on Facebook!

Dottie found out for us that the Festival will be returning to Long Beach for at least three more years. Until the next event, may you all find time to turn your dreams into tangible creations. Happy quilting!

A Colorful Festival in Long Beach – part 1

What would you consider the highlights of the Long Beach International Quilt Festival? Shopping? Friendship? New products? All of the above?? I had a great time on Saturday, and snapped a few photos to share. Here’s a glimpse into my impression of the event. Along with some quotes (in bold) that were overheard and brought a smile to my face.

I usually dread long lines, but then lines aren’t too long when time is spent chatting with friends.

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In no time at all the ocean waves carried a sea of shoppers to the exhibit floor. (I couldn’t resist!)

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“I saw what a difference it made for my daughter and granddaughter to receive that quilt in the hospital. So it inspired me to make as many charity quilts as I could.”


There are so many beautiful colors in the world, just waiting for us to create. And vendors always have them arranged for our easy access. Look at the wonderful selection:

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“My stash? I’ll have to live to 200 to use it up.”


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A number of different fabric types and styles were available, from Batik,

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and colorful florals.

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“Our husbands think we’re crazy. We just tell them, ok, let’s look at your hobbies!”


More gorgeous, inspiring color was seen in the embellishments:


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“This show is better than last year!”


Some of the patterns available were backpack and purse patterns


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and Cathedral Windows.


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A number of products seemed new to me! Some very ingenious ideas. A design wall that rolls-up for storage.


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Another that is collapsible and portable.


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A magnetic, invisible quilt holder.


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A project storage box to replace the pizza boxes.


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And acrylic clocks, clipboards, wall hangers, and cups that display your quilt blocks.


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Busy booths,



“Oh, now I’ve lost my Mother. I swear I’m going to put a GPS tracker on her.”


and classes,


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and vendor demos kept us busy.


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After a day of shopping, taking pictures, and talking with vendors and fellow quilters, it was time to return home with new purchases and inspiration.


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Tomorrow I’ll post pictures of the quilt exhibits. Antique, art and traditional, colorful. Until then, I’m eager to start my backpack. What’s the first project you’re going to work on?


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Current Exhibits at the Bowers Museum

Thanks to Nadine Kirk for this guest post!

I went to see the Secrets of the Silk Road exhibit at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana on Saturday, and it is well worth a visit. Aside from the two mummies (which are amazing) there are some lovely textiles, including silk brocade and woven wool robes. There are also artifacts such as combs, boxes, statues, even some mummified food (part of a spring roll, a wonton & a couple of flower-shaped pastries).

At the entrance to this exhibit is another one (Masters of Adornment; the Miao People of China), which included absolutely gorgeous garments, some heavily embroidered, some batik, including a pleated skirt that took 50 yards of fabric, and silver adornments (breastplates, necklaces, headdresses, earrings, etc.). We probably spent 20 minutes just looking at these.

The next room has a new quilt exhibit of very old American quilts (Quilts: Two Centuries of American Tradition and Technique); not very many pieces but the ones that are there are beautiful, including a couple of crazy quilts (one partially assembled) and a Bethlehem star made out of fancy fabrics. Also a lovely whole cloth quilt.

The Silk Road exhibit is there through July 25th.

– Nadine

“America Lives On” pattern for Quilts for Wounded Warriors

Thanks to Arlene Zobrist for this guest post!

Windham Fabrics has a free pattern called “America Lives On“, which is the right width for our Quilts for Wounded Warriors. These quilts fit stretchers, which are 48″ x 78″. The pattern is 48″ x 56″, so it just needs to be lengthened approximately 22”. This could easily be done by adding another row and then expanding the top and bottom borders. I haven’t tried the pattern but it looks like a good way to use up stash, and the star blocks could also be substituted with other fabrics, or even embroidered blocks.

– Arlene