06 Oct

Sewing Expo 2014

Friday, I went to the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Fredericksburg, VA to volunteer at the SAQA table and see whatever there was to see. I went last year and I think this year may actually have been better. It seemed like tree might have been more people, or the layout was better, or maybe it was my imagination. Anyway, I had an enjoyable day, mostly hanging out and chatting with my pal Lorie when there weren’t people coming up to talk to us about SAQA (definitely more people were actually joining the association this year, whereas last year was mostly just talking).

The SAQA exhibit is Metaphors on Aging, which I had seen in Portland at Quilt!Knit!Stitch! There were other more traditional quilt exhibits too. The two that caught my eye were Quilt as Desired and The Double Wedding Ring Challenge.

Kansas vintage quilt top machine quilted by Kelly Cline
Apparently I only took photos of one Quilt as Desired quilt, although there were several I really liked. This one is Kansas by Kelly Cline. The exhibit is curated by Marry Kerr. She gave vintage quilt tops to some of the best long arm machine quilters and asked them to quilt the tops “as desired.” The result is a lovely new life for some old quilts.

Kansas detail. Vintage quilt top machine quoted by Kelly Cline
Kansas, detail

The other exhibit I liked was the International Double Wedding Ring Challenge from NYC MOD and Victoria Findlay Wolf. Can I just say out loud that I bow down to Victoria Findlay Wolf. You are a quilting machine, woman! The sheer number of quilts she makes is amazing, they are not small, and every single one is beautifully made! Quality AND quantity — not easy. Plus, she coordinated a challenge which is the exhibit at Expo, wrote a book, and had a solo show this summer. Victoria’s Big Red was there, as were a varied selection from the Challenge.

Jeff and Nikki's Engagement Quilt by Marsha Squires
Jeff And Nikki’s Engagement Quilt” by Marsha Squires. Polka Dots and an unusual color combo attracted me to this quilt.

Liberty (of London) and Justice For All by Sarah Elizabeth
Detail of “Liberty (of London) and Justice For All” by Sarah Elizabeth. Pretty traditional until you make the connection between the title and the rainbow colors of the Liberty of London fabrics. What impressed me was the commitment to making the intersections of the rings into faceted diamonds. There are about a million teensy pieces in each of those solitaires!

Mango Pickle by Stephanie Serrano
Mango Pickle” by Stephanie Serrano was a juicy burst of fun.

Shine On by Kim Hryniewicz
Not only did the challenge participants play with scale, color, and setting, but “Shine On” by Kim Hryniewicz used distortion. Love it.

Overall, it was a fun day with plenty to see and lots of good conversation with other attendees and arty camaraderie with Lorie. And just like last year, I spent the next two days at the Fall Fiber Festival. I love weekends like this.