"Thistle Pods" by Maureen Woods, quilted by Vicki Ibison
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to spend the entire day (I'm talking 9:45am-5:00pm!) at the Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild show, Fabric Fiesta. The show is open today from 10:00am-4:00pm, so there's still time to check it out!
My day started with the Iron Quilter competition. The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild's "Mod Quilters" team was up against last years' champions from the Fraser Valley QG. Each team had two hours to complete a 36"x36" quilt from start to finish and we needed to incorporate a fat quarter of a feature fabric. It was lots of fun and we worked as fast as we could to complete our quilt.
As the clock ticked down, Terry was sewing like mad to secure our binding by machine, but we were only able to get about 1/3 of the way around the quilt before the bell went. Unfortunately, we were disqualified because we didn't finish in the allotted time, so our competitors won.
Finished quilt by the Yellow Iron Quilters from the Fraser Valley Quilters' Guild
Here's our team with our finished quilt, inspired by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr's Kyoto quilt.While Terry was quilting, Amy supervised the creation of a bonus pillow cover!
Our finished quilt, note the pieced binding!
After the competition, I took my time to walk the show and shop at the vendors' mall. What a treat to have this kid-free time! It was fun to run into some Instagram friends in person (Hi makinglifeprettier and christinaive!). The show was impressive, with a large display of mostly traditional quilts. I was blown away by the craftsmanship of some of the quilts, truly masterworks! Here's just a sampling:
Honey by Fumiko Noguchi
Abstract Hand Dye Wall Hanging by Vera Swaren
Going Around in Circles by Val Smith
On the Wing by Val Smith
Ultimate Insanity by Beckie Stewart, quilted by Lauren Tolhurst
Como Lake Quilt by Robin Kilik, quilted by Lauren Tolhurst
Untitled by Sharon Franzius
I had some fun at the vendors' mall and got myself some Machingers for free motion quilting, some Aurifil, and one of those cute new aqua rotary cutters that Amy used for Iron Quilter. I totally scored in the boutique and picked up twenty magazines for $2.00! Can't wait to read my many new copies of Quilter's Connection and The Canadian Quilter and more!