Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Quilt Fest NJ

If you know me well, or have known me for a long time, you know I am always late.  For everything.  I try so very hard not to be, and I always have an excuse!  Work? Parking! Church? Traffic! Anything I tell my husband I'm going to do? Quilting!   You see, I may have mentioned this before, but I am an OCD procrastinator.  Get it done right, just get it done...later.

I tell you this because, well, because this post is...late, of course!  I hope you enjoy it anyway.

With everyone all abuzz about QuiltCon the past few weeks, I couldn't help but be jealous!  Luckily, we had our very own little quilt festival right here in New Jersey this past weekend nearly a month ago.  I convinced my mom to go with me and we had a really nice time.  We both picked up some goodies and enjoyed seeing all the amazing quilts on display.  Some of them were truly remarkable.  I won't keep yammering on, I'll just share a few pics of my faves!

Comfort in a cup of tea...

Love these brightly colored stars!

Just thought this one was fun...

I want to run away and quilt here forever.

Of course, the American History teacher in me couldn't help snapping a pic or two of some historically themed quilts. My poor kiddies...I may have them analzye the Civil War one after we study it...

War of 1812

 Civil War (How cool is the whole north/south, blue/grey, red line = Gettysburg thing)

US Army Code of Conduct (printed on the white stripes of the flag)

Now, this next quilt deserves an introduction. If I recall correctly, this quilt won first place for hand quilting. I nearly fainted from the extraordinary detail. I wanted to meet this quilter, shake their hand, and ask them how they managed to not jump off a bridge whilst working on this! Alas, all I could do was snap a few pics that will inadequately portray the skill and ridiculousness. Remember: ENTIRELY HAND PIECED AND QUILTED!

Isn't it extraordinary!?!?!?!?

A little bit closer...

Can you even believe it!? 
Look at the detail! Look at that face!!! 
I am seriously still in awe....

Well, I can't wrap up this post with out showing off my treasures!
Guess what's in this bag of quilty goodness?

I totally splurged on:

  • Some Janome feet for my machine (the generics just weren't cutting it, and it was HALF price!
  • A magazine with a ginormous hexi quilt pattern
  • Some paper piecing hexagons (I'm on a kick...)
  • Sashiko thread and embroidery pattern
  • A really awesome quilt ornament
  • And my prize and real splurge...I don't even think its a full quarter yard, but some scrumptious Liberty of London fabric

Yay! Off to use some of it now!  Happy stitching, all!
xo Jess


  1. So much good stuff! I really love the graphic minimalism, and that hand quilting is just staggering.

  2. Inspiring. I need to cut my football fabric!