Went to the PIQF in Santa Clara yesterday...what a wonderful place! So many gorgeous quilts. I took some photos and am posting a few I thought were especially interesting here. Sadly, there were so many people and it was so crowded at some places, I didn't get the names of all the quilters, but I'll post those I did get.
Here was a lovely pink and yellow sampler that I really enjoyed. The quilting was nice, too. Wish I'd gotten the quilter's name on this one. And here's one especially for Tonya. Dance-Life Love Laugh Dream, by D. Wright of Eagle, ID. It is so full of life and color, and as an ex-dancer, it somehow spoke to me.
I couldn't get a really good photo of the entire quilt on this next one, but the detail shot gives you an idea -- called The Purple Red and Orange One, by Carol Stapleton of San Mateo, CA. Interesting colors, lively feel, beautifully pieced and quilted.
This one, Garden Kaleidoscope, by Vicky Crow of Strafford MO, was striking for its vibrant colors, and also for the interesting offset arrangement. I've often seen this done with individual blocks, but not so usual for the entire quilt...I LIKE it...
And I saw this one, On The Road Again, by Linda Schmidt of Dublin CA just as I arrived at the show and was boggled. The detail on this is fantastic -- almost a photorealism piece. The block on the bottom right with the huge anchor in the foreground has the San Francisco skyline in the background. and each Porsche was so finely detailed, with a little metallic thread in the quilting...just stunning. For an applique-phobe like myself, it seems like an impossible feat to create something like this.
And that's all the pics Blogger will let me add for the moment...grrrrr.
One of the vendors was offering the Bernina 440QE (with the new Bernina Stitch Regulator) as a show special at $2500. Haven't priced these before, so I don't know if that's a good price or not. The lady told me their regular retail price was $3600! Calling all Aussie bloggers...how much does the 440QE cost in Australia, any idea? The lady I spoke to told me this machine will work just fine in Australia, as the voltage is adaptable to U.S. and other countries...I'd only need to order a new power cord. Hmmmm....I may have to go back to the show today and order one. It's a lot of money, though. Probably even MORE expensive if I wait and buy one in Oz --decisions, decisions.