I had the privilege of going to the the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Atlanta this past weekend. I can’t compare it to any of the other expos from the past or the ones in other cities but this one was a lot like I expected – a nice quilt exhibit and a lot of shopping. It did not disappoint. I have to qualify that by saying that I was only going for a day (Saturday) and I had purposely decided not to take any classes. This is because the weekend was also a getaway weekend for my husband and me and while I was going to get a nice sewing/quilting fix, I really didn’t want to spend too much time away from him.
Still I have to say it was fun and inspiring. There were a few small galleries in the quilt exhibit area. There was an especially nice gallery featuring a modern take on double wedding ring quilts that made me want to go home and cut up some jeans and make the second-coolest double wedding ring quilt ever (the coolest one was on display). Here’s a close-up of one of the blocks:
This is the entire quilt:
Here’s another modern take on the beloved double wedding ring:
And here is a close-up:
There was another gallery that featured old/antique, unfinished quilt tops that had been quilted by modern (that is current) quilters. Here’s my favorite:
Yes, I was originally attracted to the orange and white but look at the quilting, FANTASTIC!
Here’s another favorite from that group
and again, close up
I could have studied the quilting on just these two for hours but I settled for taking a ton of pictures, trying to get as close as possible to get some ideas for free-motion quilting on my own quilts. I also did some shopping, which I will share in another post. I’ll probably share some more pictures in later posts as well because I got a LOT of ’em.