I also needed a thesaurus to describe the crowds, hordes, mobs, multitudes, throngs, etc. of attendees at the show on Thursday, the day the show opened. (UPDATE: Overall attendance approached 50,000.) One could barely move in the aisles and the vendors' booths. If "Road," (as quilters affectionately call the show), is any indication, the quilting industry is in fantastic shape.
I took hundreds of pictures, and here are about 30 of my favorites. Disclaimer: These are the quilts at which I happened to fulfill the impulse to snap a picture. Between dodging crowds, the sheer numbers of quilts, and being repeatedly thunderstruck, I couldn't possibly photograph everything I adored!
My apologies if your quilt isn't here and you wish it were; or if your quilt is here and you wish it weren't. In the latter case I will take it down immediately (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org).
I welcome corrections, clarifications, etc. The labeling of these quilts was sometimes confusing - multiple labels were propped on music stands between quilts - sometimes at a considerable distance. So please forgive me, write to me about any mistakes and I will correct this post immediately.
Ready? Let's go. Near my quilt was gorgeous "Painted Magnolia" by Catherine Butterworth of Australia, based on hand-weaving designs.
I loved its colors, and also the colors on the quilt below. It's "Orange Orchard Trails," by Jenny Bacon from Australia. (Her website is www.Jennybacon.com.au.)
Next, "Stitch'n'Grow" by Linda Evans of California. She made a different leaf every day and posted her progress on Instagram at @stitchngrow - you can see closeups of this gorgeous piece there.
Nancy Arseneault of Arizona made this quilt, based on a pattern by Esther Aliu. It includes Seminole piecing, rickrack, and double piped binding. The cheddar and periwinkle color scheme was inspired by a Kleenex box!
Next, "Sunshine" by Katherine Jones of Australia. "Inspired by the sun and my love of applique dots." The dots are perfection. (All the dots in this show were perfection.)
"Mason Jar Bouquet" by Deanna Steel of Idaho, includes applique, beading and fabric painting.
Master quilter Zena Thorpe's "over-the-top "For Love of Ornament," was inspired by the 1856 book, "The Grammar of Ornament."
This is "Taber Welborn Family Tree" by Susan Taber Atlas of California:
Next, "Ring of Posies," by Sandy Voering, from a purchased pattern started by her mother, finished by her, when she was 79. It was purchased at an auction and quilted by Joy Voltenberg. The quilting is insanely great. (But then again, the quilting in all these quilts is insanely great.)
Below, "Lessons in Botany & Entomology" by Ann Horton of California. There's an alphabet in there. "Flowers, fruits, and the incredible array of insects that make up our natural world inspired this colorful array. Old botanical prints fascinate me....improv piecing of curves and setting helped me play with my 40 year stash of of fabrics....."
Below, the staggering "Flower Festival" by Sachiko Chiba of Japan, who modestly says, "I hope to continue making flower quilts."
"In the Beginning" by Jenny Beasley of Arizona, inspired by Genesis.
I loved the next quilt because I've been making skyscraper quilts. The label gave it another level of meaning. It was made by Marilyn Ettinger, and quilted by Linda Natale. It was submitted to Road by Lois Hale, who explained on the label, "This was the last quilt Marilyn Ettinger made. She died suddenly on August 3, 2018. I am entering this quilt on her behalf because that was her plan. She was inspired to make this quilt because she loved New York City and lived there many years. She was a very prolific quilter, gifted teacher, and will be missed by many."
Sue Polansky of Massachusetts made this street scene of Cuba. " I am in love with the beautiful decrepitude of the buildings and the warmth and resourcefulness of the residents. Life is lived out on the streets...."
"Carnival' was made by Beth Nufer, quilted by Clem Buzick. "I wanted to make a modern quilt with a 3-D effect. I used silk fabric with a gradated background fabric in cotton."
"Perceptions of Life" is by Linda Anderson of California, who writes, "My work is created with similar themes that have become a core part in expressing my life's message....people, places, perspective and photography. These elements help me describe the wonder of humans around the world and the life story each one represents."
Just for fun, "Zipit - A Fidget Quilt" by Jeffrey Warner of California, made for a Cotton & Steel fabric challenge. "Five zippers have been built into this three dimensional quilt. The perfect quilt for the fidgity person."
There were several special exhibits. Here are two quilts from the exhibit "Journeys in Stitch," featuring quilts by Gillian Travis. First, a scene from India that incorporates real sari fabric:
And a delightful sardine/anchovy (?) quilt inspired by Portugalhere.