2/27/12

Podcaster Meetup Recap and Quilt Show Eye Candy

I had a fantastic time on Saturday at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA. Not only did I see some gorgeous quilts, shop a plethora of vendors, but I got to meet up with some fellow podcasters and listeners!

Podcasters Left to Right: Pam (Hip to Be a Square), Frances (The Off-Kilter Quilt), 
AJ (The Quilting Pot), Sandy (Quilting for the Rest of Us), Tanesha (Crafty Garden Mom)

We had a marvelous time chatting and laughing. I was amazed at how natural it felt to meet everyone. Frances put it best when she said that it felt like we were already friends since we'd been communicating to each other through our podcasts, blogs, and the Big Tent group. And yes, everyone sounds exactly like they do on their podcast, lol. 

The icing on the cake for me was that we had several listeners join us as well! Oh my goodness, it was so crazy to me that there were actual people who listen to me ramble on every few weeks, lol. And that they took time out of their quilt show viewing to meet us, words can't express how great that made me feel. So THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by. 

The show itself was very good. It's been about 6 years since I last went to this one, and the venue has since changed from Colonial Williamsburg to the convention center in Hampton, VA. The negative of this is mainly that I really liked the historical setting of Williamsburg, and having a chance to walk the grounds there. This is a bit outweighed by the positive in that the convention center is a perfect venue to host this large regional quilt show. In any case, those that have been going the last 5-6 years have been lucky to enjoy a show that is very organized, clean, well lit, and the quilts are on display all over, with the "big winners" being right in the center.

Here are some of my favorites:

Earthquake Compression by Marcia DeCamp


On the Way to Grandmother's House by Sheila Riess



Caught in the Act by Barbara McKie



Lemon Grass by Cynthia L. Vogt


Jack by Sandy Curran




Unequal Nine Patch by Barbara O'Malley, 
quilted by Sylvia Thompson


Venetian Glass Variations by Debby McCullough

Light at the End of the tunnel by Becky Ray


Sam's Owl by Barbara Korengold



Special Exhibit: Alzheimer's Illustrated. This was a very moving exhibit
of banner quilts made up of printed names of the victims of the alzheimer's
disease. In between the banner quilts, there were small 8 x 11 quilts that
were artistic representatives of all the good and bad that comes from being
a part of this disease whether you are the victim, family member, or friend.


CGM

8 comments:

  1. So nice to see you all together! I can only imagine how much fun you had :) That cat quilt (caught in the act) is phenomenal! Was the face painted on the fabric or could you tell? wow!!

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    1. The cats face was done using a disperse dyed digital print, then thread painted. It's truly phenomenal quilting up close. All I could think was the number of times she had to change thread because there is a ton of shadowing effect used, lol.

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  2. How exciting for you all to meet up!!! And just as exciting for us out here in podcast listener land to see you all together. I know you all must have had a wonderful time together. I'm also happy that some of your listeners were able to join in the fun. Next time, venture out to California, so I can join in also... :)

    ~gloria m.

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  3. It was wonderful to see and meet all of you. Even though you laugh when we listeners told you we felt like we were in the presence of "celebrities", it was a terrific experience to meet you LIVE and IN PERSON!

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    1. Paula, it was such a pleasure to meet you too! Thanks again for hanging out with us.

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  4. Wonderful to see the podcaster Celebrities. It's so true!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I loved the cat quilt. I got to see it in Houston and thought it was amazing. Thanks for sharing pictures of those beautiful quilts.

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  6. glad you took photos - love them all - I think my fave is the jack one (strangely appealing) but then the red riding hood is also great:)

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