My favorite part of the show was this room of antique quilts, with miniature reproductions. It was headed up by Wendy (theconstantquilter) and Cyndi, who blogged about the exhibit in detail here. Check out her blog post - the quilts were amazing, and hers was just a masterpiece!
This is a detail from Wendy's "Burning Leaves" quilt, which won multiple ribbons. You can see here that it is in the potholder style. The felt hand (so pretty!) indicates hand quilting... and my oh my, what hand quilting!
I came home inspired to step up my game in the hand quilting realm. In the early 90's when I learned how to hand quilt, I used a hoop. Then I quickly transitioned to simple machine quilting. Now that I am back to doing some hand quilting, I haven't been using a hoop. Fairly big, not-so-even stitches. Time to reboot. I ordered a hoop, and YET ANOTHER style of thimble, and have high hopes! Thimbles, thimbles... I have tried so many.
My friend Carol was in town and
she brought me a large shopping bag PACKED with homespun goodness...
She and her friends go to thrift stores for shirts and share what they find with each other.
I'm thinking... log cabin!