Monday, March 7, 2011

The Grand Finale

Hi my friends! I sure have enjoyed sharing all these quilts with you. Isn't blogging such a fun way to travel without leaving home? Of course, I do recommend visiting this show if you can. You won't be disappointed. My goal is to get to the Houston show one year!

Here are some more lovely quilts.

I love that little pieced block!

This was a bag created for the Hoffman Challenge. I thought it was so cool! A mermaid bag indeed!

I also love the dolls that are created for the Hoffman Challenge. I took these photos especially for my dear friend, Jules of  Adventures in Thread . Jules is an incredible doll maker and I think she should enter this challenge! Hint, hint, hint! :)

Little Bo Peep was my favorite. I love her face and her outfit. Plus I have this thing for sheep, goats and wool right now. If I didn't live in a neighborhood, I would have some sheep and goats and maybe a cute cow, oh and some fuzzy chickens and probably a donkey and ten more bunnies....ok...sorry, I get carried away with critters.

Anyway, there was a section set up with ladies spinning wool. I think it would be so fun to learn to do that. It looks so peaceful. I could spin some angora bunny fur! Yeah!

Well all this wool and creating with wool has taken hold of me this year. Maybe because it's been so darn cold this winter and I've been freezing for months! However, I do love the look and feel of wool and I have several new patterns in the works that will have wool. This brings me to the Grand Finale!

This incredible piece was made by Debora Konchinsky and was my most Favorite quilt of the entire festival!! I love everything about it. A combination of fabric, wool, hand embroidery, needle felting, quilting, beading! Oh my gosh!!!! I want to hang this in my house! I stood here for the longest time studying all the details. This one was really, really, hard not to touch!

I love all the critters! I loooooooooove all the hand embroidery work!

I love all the beautiful texture, warm colors and dimension.

Well hi there little bunny!

Then I found out Debora is an instructor! Hello!!! If she is there next year, I will be signing up for a class with her!!

This is a look at her quilt displayed on instructor's row. This was my second favorite quilt of the festival. Ooooooooo.....ahhhhhh.....fuzzy!

I hope all of "ewe,"  hee,hee,hee, sorry I couldn't resist, had a good time on the tour with me and are inspired to get creating. I have lots of new patterns in the works and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you!

Have a fun, magical and creative week everybun!
xx, shell, sugie and harrington


Jindi's Cottage said...

Thanks for sharing the quilt show's been a lovely many awesome much awesome were very restrained not to touch your favourite quilt...I want to pat it and that just won't work via a computer screen...I can only imagine how much more "pattable" it would be in real life...that sheep is just to cute...

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I have waited til the end to reply as I know you are enjoying your away time. Thank you so much in sharing all these photos of quilts in the show. Just so lovely - yes, so petable! Fantastic fiber art in your grand finale piece. Ewe - should be sew inspired.

Hef's Mom said...

That was quite fun shell! Thank you for sharing!

JCnNC said...

Love your final pick - not sure I could have restrained myself from touching, surely they had a white glover there standing over this quilt. Judy C

Barb said...

I have so enjoyed your pictures, thanks so much!

Karen M said...

I agree, those last two quilts just beg to be touched! Maybe she needs to have a touchable sample nearby! These would be fantastic quilts for introducing quilting to the blind.

And I'm pretty sure that the first quilt way back at the top of the post should be in my house. The colors are perfect!

The French Bear said...

Shell, thank you for the tour of the most amazing and beautiful quilts, oh my they all so the last one...all those felted and hand embroidered pieces!!!!! Wow!!!
I hope to go there some day too!!! All that work, so many quilts.....did you show yours too? Your bunny quilts are right up there with my favourites!!!

Sheila said...

Oh my that was an incredible tour and I really thank you for sharing all of these great works of art with us .I loved the landscape quilt in this group and the last two with all those animals and embellishments , wow , I am saying to myself , how did she do that ?Thanks so much !

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

Watch out little ones! Your mommy is going to shave you and use your beautiful fur in a quilt!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

You absolutely saved the most incredible works for last! I love the wooly ones and the applique' on the others is so fabulous. And the dolls! (Remember, I can't make dolls?) I'm green with envy. Oh, and I don't want to forget the mermaid reticule!!! I want one!
Hope you and the bunns have a fabulous week.
I'll keep in touch...
Donna, Kes and Fez

Crafty Green Poet said...

what an amazing variety of wonderful quilts, so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

The Fab Furs said...

So many lovely quilts! Imagine taking 2 years to create a masterpiece in addition to everything else life throws at you! Thanks for the tour!

Lisa said...

WOW WOW WOW! I do liek to try to choose a favorite, but I can't find a favorite from today, yesterday, or the day before!!! I do especialyl like all of the ones with trees though. And the fuzzies :)

Love Bears All Things said...

I love the last one, the crazy quilt...and the Fall & Winter many beautiful ones.
Mama Bear

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Beautiful Shell!!
Love that bag too!! I use to make all my handbags too!!
I went to Paducah show in 99 and went to Nashville in 02.
Those are the only big shows I went to.
Bambi & I are celebrating being together 13 years, come and help us celebrate p;ease.
xx,Bambi & Fern

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking us with you Shell, I had a friend when I was living overseas that planned her trips home to Texas around the Houston Quilt show. Her family would have to plan Thanksgiving and Christmas around it as she wouldn't be back for the holidays. I used to do quite a bit of small quilting but now I spin and knit.
Bunny snuggles from Gigi and Ginger to Sugie and Harrington

BubzRugz said...

It has been such fun to go to the show with you Shell, thanks for tagging me along... I agree - the crazy sheep is outstanding... love it..

DebbieM said...

Shell, those quilts at the Mid-Atlantic show were awesome!! I will never in my lifetime be able to make such gorgeous projects like that. I bet you loved the bunny! It was so very cute. Well, I'm off to try something new tonight, I'm going to try to sew on a card. Don't know how that will turn out, but I'll give it a try.

CHRIS said...

Thanks Shell, That exh. must have been unbelievably good. I just love 'that' quilt too. I want a spot in the class with you that would be fantastic !! Thanks again for showing me some of the show through your eyes. xxx chrisb.

Donna F said...

That lady with the white gloves would probably have to beat me senseless. I loved the fish quilt and the last quilt with all the sheep. Thanks for the tour. LOVED IT!!!


Oh ok girl friend--first when do we start the yarn spinning classes and our farm--but could we leave the cow out--they are bigger than me!!! I prefer the goats and want to learn to make goat cheese and butter--!!!!
oh boy as for the quilts go--I did like some of them--the last two here were great--but--you know I am afraid --which ones are still my favorite!!!
Hugs, di and miss gracie

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

HOLY SMOKES those are some incredible quilts, wow oh must have come back home just buzzing with inspirations. Thanks for sharing these shots.

Karen said...

The fall scene is a beauty! I so love fall.

Betta sp said...

those quilts are beautiful! how much time and effort to make one?

Fleurette@ Fleur's place said...

Thanks Shell, enjoyed seeing all those incredible quilts. Love Debora's quilts, a lot of work and amazing detail, fabulous!

Christine M said...

Thanks for the great show and tell Michelle. It gets me all inspired (until I remember I have housework to do!).

Jules Woolford said...

I feel like I've been there too! What a wonderful show and I loved the sheep quilt. Thank you so much for including the doll pictures for me - and I will think about

alice said...

I was reliving. I was actually at the show but there is so much to see that you get overwhelmed. Thanks for the gorgeous reminders.

Shirley said...

Hi Shell, Your quilt tour has been wonderful and I really enjoyed every minute of looking at all of the beautiful quilts. So many very talented ladies. I want to thank you for visiting and am looking forward to see what you are working on now. Take care my friend. Your Missouri Friend.

gail said...

Man, soooo much talent. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing so much! I love the dolls and the mermaid bag is gorgeous. I always wanted to spin and weave on one of those big looms, but I have a very strong feeling, weaving looms and cats do not mix will. LOL :)

Have a pretty day. (()) gail

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Shell,

Wow I bet you were inspired seeing all this gorgeous work.
I really love the sheep, they look so lifelike with the texture of the wool.
Little Bo-peep is sweet too.
I can't wait to see what you do next.
Thanks for taking so many wonderful photos for us to enjoy.


Shell said...

I have been enjoying your tour of Quilts. The breathe and artistry of the quilts are amazing.
The mermaid bag is perfectly dreamy.

Jane said...

Thanks for sharing Shell, there were a lot of photos for you to post but I think we can all agree it was so worth it, thoroughly enjoyed looking at these gorgeous creations, they are all extremely talented people (perhaps the bunny and critter one a little more so (lol)!!! xxx

Kris said...

Thanks, Shell for sharing all these wonderful quilts with us!! It was ALMOST as good as being at the show ourselves!! Kris