Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival

Helloooooooooo and welcome to my little tour of the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival. Over the next few days I will share some photos of my favorite quilts. As always, I was blown away by the incredible talent. I enjoy all kinds of quilts from traditional to contemporary to mix media. So, let's get on with the tour!

This first quilt caught my eye because of the applique. I looooooooove applique and Baltimore Blocks. This piece was huge! It was entirely hand appliqued and hand quilted! Hello!!!

While I was admiring it, reading the information about it and thinking to myself, oh my gosh is this gorgeous, and then saying, how it totally deserved the blue ribbon, the lady that made it came up behind me!!!! Get out!!!! How cool is that!!!  If I wasn't afraid of scaring her away, I would have done the happy bunny dance! Instead I remained calm and asked her for a photo with her quilt.

I would like to introduce you to Leona Unkle. Isn't she the cutest!   Congratulations on your blue ribbon Leona, you truly deserve it for such an incredible work of art!

This was my favorite block. Ya'll know I'm loving hearts and I love friends. :)

Next, is this fun quilt made by Shannon Shirley. I'm sure you don't need any explanation as to why I liked it. hee,hee,hee.

 This was my favorite block. I think he looks like Harrington. Check out the cute carrot fabric!! Sweet!
 Finally for today is this handsome fella. His name is Jeff Cleveland. He does beading and I mean incredible beading! Zoom in on this picture and check out the piece he is working on! He said, "all you have to do is be able to count and you can do this." Yeah and ya need incredible patience too!! There was an area set up for demo's on beading and spinning wool. It was wonderful to watch these artisans.

Having fun yet? Well be sure and hop back tomorrow. I have lots more!
xx, shell

20 comments:

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Gorgeous applique'! I'm in awe of her talent. I, too, love the bunny quilt. Makes me smile. Especially that yo-yo tail! I've tried my hand at beading. Guys do the most immaculate and exacting work. I saw it when male needleworkers used to come into my shop. Perfectionists, they are!
Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to see more.
xoxo
Donna, Kes and Fez

Jessica said...

Beautiful quilts! I love baltimore style quilts and have done a beginners version, which I should quilt!

Allie said...

That Baltimore Album is just gorgeous - but I must say, I love the bunny quilt best!

Melody said...

Thank you for sharing. The Baltimore is spectacular but I agree with Allie, I love the bunny quilt the most.

Barb said...

Had loads of fun, thanks for sharing ....that is one awesome quilt...

KaHolly said...

Such skill, talent, and yes, patience. If your aim is to be motivational, you've hit the mark!! Viewing these lovely peices makes me want to jump up and get right to work! ~karen

Jade said...

*SQUEE* for the rabbit quilt! I would so want that if I actually had any wall space left in my itty bitty house.

JCnNC said...

I love the Baltimore Album quilt, however, it does intimidate one - while I know I would have had a lot of fun making the bunny quilt. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I miss not going to the show this year and sure I am still paying off last year's purchases. LoL. Judy C

Lisa said...

Such amazing work... but I'm dying for that bunny quilt!!! Look at that bunny butt!!! Who doesn't like tocks?

Hef's Mom said...

I love the rabbit quilt, but my favorite is the guy with his big back feet in the air!

Kris said...

Oh, man!! This Baltimore Album quilt makes me want to learn to applique!! But, as you said about the beading, it takes patience and that is NOT a skill I have perfected yet!! A long way from that "P" word!! And of course, the bunny quilt is absolutely fabulous!! Looking forward to tomorrow's selections!! And Jeff is darling!! Kris

Jessie said...

Hi Shell, what fantastic quilting and beading too! That reminds me, I really must make a start on that patchwork quilt I've been promising myself I'd make. It's so dark here in the afternoons I think secretly I'm putting it off until the summer months are here!Your rabbits are gorgeous.xx

Karen M said...

That Baltimore Album quilt is gorgeous, and looks like it is probably bigger than my living room! The bunny quilt---totally fantastic. I think the Harrington block is adorable, but I have to go for those great big feet being shown off in the embroidery block. Love 'em!

Just Ramblin' said...

The baltimore album quilt is beautiful and how fun you could meet and photograph the very talented lady who made it! I am always amazed at the wonderful talent out there. Love the beading. Thanks for sharing all the fun things you are seeing. Nola

Jo in TAS said...

The baltimore quilt is stunning and I just love to see a man crafting! My hubby just doens't get my addiction to stitching.

Love Bears All Things said...

This looks like such a fun show...I like the bunny blocks best, too.
Mama Bear

Shirley said...

Hi Shell, Thanks for stopping by. Your quilts are so pretty. I like the first one with all of the appliques on it. I learned to hand quilt a long time ago with my mother I don't know if I could do it now or not. Of course we can't leave out the precious rabbit quilt. I will be looking forward to your next post. I love to go to the quilt shows in our area just to see them and the people that make them. I have a queen size quilt top that I have embroidered. I just need to find the right person to quilt it for me. Take care My friend. Your Missouri Friend.

Rabbits' Guy said...

Wow - some quilts! And - finally - a craft I have actually done, although a long time ago. The Beading! Had a hand-made loom that was quite like his there. And, look at the beading pieces hanging up there. Lots of design and work - oh and expense. Those little glass babies aren't real cheap!

How can you get better than hand made bunny quilts?

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a beautiful bunny quilt!

Draffin Bears said...

How wonderful that you got to take a photo of both the Lady that made the beautiful quilt ( love the friendship heart) and the man that does the beading.
Thanks for showing us all this fabulous work.

Hugs
Carolyn