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It's a Busy Month!

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A little over a week ago I was enjoying the sunny shores of Daytona Beach, Florida. It was a little chilly for my taste but still warmer than most of the U.S. It wasn't really a vacation for me, as I was attending the AQS Quiltweek Show as a vendor. I must say that I do love attending these shows and being able to visit different areas of the country. This was the second year that the AQS show was in Daytona and it was great to see some returning, smiling faces in my booth.

Daytona Booth PhotoIf you have attended any of these shows you know about the amazing quilts on display, such exquisite work! If you were unable to see the show, I'll bring a little of it to you with some of the amazing quilts from the show.

When I'm 64 by Diane J. Evans

Victory by Colette Dumont

Tuscany Village by Claudia Scheja

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts by Cassandra Ireland Beaver

Talking Heads: Giraffec Park by Jan Frazer

Silk Road Sampler by Melissa Sobotka

Poinsettia by Laura Ruiz

Otaru Winter by Cynthia L. Vogt

Manor House Cats by Cheryl Kerestes

Infinite Glow by Renee Burson

Chihuly's Gondola by Melissa Sobotka

March is an unusually busy month for me this year as I have three shows this month. After returning home from the Daytona show it was time to restock my patterns and cut more kits. I'm leaving on Monday for A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN. This is my first year for this show and I'm excited to explore a different area. Besides vending at the show, I'll also be teaching Fearless Machine Appliqué.

When I return home on the 26th I'll have just enough time to repack my bag before heading off the next morning for Lancaster, PA. The AQS Quiltweek in Lancaster is one I've been attending for several years now and is truly a great show in such a picturesque area, beautiful rolling hills of Pennsylvania and Amish countryside.

I hope you are working on something wonderful yourself, and should you be in the area of any of these shows, please stop by to say, "Hello"!

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More from Cincinnati Quilt Festival

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There were so many beautiful quilts at the recent Cincinnati show I just couldn't cram them all into the last post so we're continuing the inspiration here.

Marmalade Sunset by Ludmila Aristova

Marmalade SunsetI love the way Ludmilla used tucks in the fabric to represent the texture of the buildings in this cityscape of New York City.

Rainy Day - San Francisco by Sally Wright

Rainy Day - San FranciscoLove the composition of this!

A World of Many Colors by Georgeta Grama

A World of Many Colors by Georgeta GramaThis quilt was made by a wonderful quilt artist from Romania. As I stood and stared at this quilt I tried to figure out how it was done. The techniques listed were shadow trapunto, fused appliqué and wholecloth. It is absolutely breathtaking and the machine quilting is exquisite!

Berne House Quilt

Berne House QuiltThis quilt was made by members of the Bernese Quilters for an exhibition in Berne, Switzerland in 2010. One hundred fifty-six different blocks were made separately and then put together. One member took it upon herself to replicate the famous clock tower, a well-known landmark of the city of Berne, which can be seen in the lower middle of the quilt.

The Blacksmith: Tribute to Gilbert Hart by Melissa Burdon

The Blacksmith by Melissa BurdonPortrait quilts are some of my favorites. This quilt depicts the great-grandfather of Melissa Burdon who worked as a blacksmith in Okaramio, Marlborough, New Zealand. Melissa stated that a photograph of him at work, dated 1917, inspired her to make the quilt.

Captain Kimo by Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen Sistek

Captain Kimo by Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen SistekThis quilt was inspired by a photograph taken by Captain Kimo (used with the artist's permission). It was hand painted on silk by Nancy and Karen and quilted by Nancy.

Flower Quartet by Yasuko Sugaya

Flower Quartet by Yasuko SugayaJapanese quilters always inspire me. This quilt was hand pieced, hand appliquéd, hand embroidered and hand quilted. It was made by Yasuko Sugaya as a gift for her daughter. Stunning.

Baltimore in Berlin by Karin Grabowski

Baltimore in Berlin by Karin GrabowskiKarin made this small Baltimore album style quilt in honor of her husband's 50th birthday using silk ribbon embroidery and beading.

There were so many beautiful quilts in the show and I just didn't have enough space on my camera to capture them all. If you ever get a chance to attend a large quilt show, don't hesitate as it will provide you with so much inspiration. I usually leave these shows with so many ideas in my head that it is hard to sleep at night!