Quilt Show Weekend–Part 1

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIV was held this past weekend. The first time I attended this show, it was almost overwhelming.

There are vendor booths decorated with quilts and stuffed with fabrics, fibers, threads and notions, cutting tools, sewing and quilting machines–everything a quilter could ever need. Classes are taught throughout the festival days, sign-up ahead of time is required. And then there are quilts on display of every shape and size that travel with the show. I can’t imagine the work it takes to set up, tear down, pack it up and move to another city, several times a year. 

I’ll share some of my favorites here on the blog over the next few weeks. Here is the calendar of events for 2013, maybe there is a show near you! 

Today I’m featuring, “Euphoria,” created by Marilyn Badger.

Euphoria, 84"x84" by Marilyn Badger

Euphoria, 84″x84″ by Marilyn Badger

Center Detail

Center Detail

As you can see, there are an untold number of tiny fabric pieces sewn together, then quilted with all kinds of decorative stitch patterns. I can not imagine how long it took to create this beautiful quilt.

Marilyn was very kind to share this information with me regarding the creation of this quilt:

“It is an original design I made up as I went. Jacqueline De Jong’s “Circle of Life” quilt was the inspiration for the center. I used SewBatik gradated fabric for the center and outer borders, as well as a piece of hand-dyed cotton sateen. It is paper pieced with appliqued pieced flowers that are my design and original quilting designs that were stitched 3 times to make them show up better. 100wt silk thread was used for all the fine filler quilting. It is trimmed with over 2,000 hand-sewn beads and jewelry findings are sewn to the centers of all the stars. It took 9 months to make and has won Best of Show at AQS Des Moines, Best of Show at MQX East, 2 1st Place awards at APNQ and Road to California, Merit Machine Quilting Award at APNQ, Best Solitaire quilt at HMQS and now 2nd at Mid-Atlantic.”

 

 

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43 thoughts on “Quilt Show Weekend–Part 1

    • We don’t have many barns around here, Ellen, but I have seen pictures of them on others’ blogs. Quilts are part of our heritage, and an art form that continues to change with the times.

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  1. Those are fantastic. My maternal grandmother was a quilter (is that the term?). The one I remember most is one she did that had every state flower in it. Quite a piece.

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  2. This quilt is extraordinary. I honestly don’t know how anyone could put so much work into a quilt like that. What a great fabric artist/seamstress/quilter she is. Amazing!

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  3. This is fantastic, judging by the quilter’s description of stitching and jewelry, I suspect this photo can’t do it justice. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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