Quilters love quilt shows, don't we? Rob and I haven't been to a show since 2018, the year our quilt show buddy Linda passed away. We took her to the Georgetown quilt show in March and by the Austin show in September, she had passed. We didn't want to go to the Georgetown show in the next year and then neither group had a show in 2020. I think we were both excited to go this year. As men who are interested in and know something about quilts, we get lots of attention at shows. Here are a few favorites. It's so hard to pick a few for the blog, I'd love to show them all!
Love the colors in this one.
And, in this one. I'm getting very partial to blue and yellow.
I'm going to be controversial about quilting for a minute. When I started quilting 20 years ago, there were still rumblings from a battle between quilters about whether machine quilted quilts even counted as quilts for shows. I know this because my favorite work was very dense quilting that needed to be done by machine or would have taken forever, and the books I read and teachers I studied talked about this "revolution" in the quilting world when more modern quilters were starting to quilt by machine and traditional quilters thought of that as "cheating". To resolve that, machine quilted categories had to be added to shows. It feels like something similar is happening today between quilts made by one person and quilts being quilted by professional long arm quilters. The work I do on my domestic machine is quite different than what a professional can do on a computerized long arm machine. Don't get me wrong. Professionals are doing beautiful work on these quilts, things that would be very hard to do on a domestic. But, machine quilted categories need to be subdivided so that those of us who are doing this work on our domestic machines can compete separately from quilters using a very different tool to add that beautiful quilting.
(steps down from soapbox).
Other than the quilt show, it was a busy week at work and I spent as much time in the garden as I could. The iris have started to bloom and that means there should be something in bloom in my garden from now until New Year's. I hope the hot weather we're having isn't indicative of what the rest of the year is going to be like. 90* in March is not normal or welcome.