Monday, June 4, 2012

Celebration of Quilts Festival

Yesterday with comfortable sandals, I grabbed my husband and walked through the sunny street of quilts... hundreds of quilts.  The sun was shining and good riddance to that nasty wind.  It's summer quilt season!  Right on Main Street of my local community, Village of Oswego and  Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe set up the first of many - I hope - Celebration of Quilts Festival.  Block off the traffic, offer food, fabrics and a special guest and watch quilters laugh and plan their next quilt projects.

100's of Quilts on Main Street
Modern quilts, traditional quilts and every kind of quilt in between.  Viewers were surrounded by colors and patterns.

Edyta Sitar Captures the Attention of Quilters
Around the corner on a patch of grass, a tent and 200 to 300 quilters gathered to marvel at over 50 quilts by Edyta Sitar, quilting star, author and designer from Marshall, MI.  Edyta owns and designs for Laundry Basket Quilts.  Edyta loves flowers and nature and uses both as inspiration for her quilt patterns, books and Moda fabric lines.

Edyta and Me
 I had just seen Edyta in Kansas City at International Quilt Market where she was promoting her newest book Scrappy Firework Quilts and Moda fabric lines.  I'm pretty certain she found it hard to recognize me in that goofy hat - but the sun was shining!

Triple Stripes, My Favorite Quilt of the Day
My favorite quilt of the day was this Triple Stripes, pieced by Anita Marsh and quilted by Dan Kolbe.  I could feel this quilt humming a rhythm while lime green ginkgo leaves tickled the colorful batik fabrics.

Prairie Stitches Quilt Shoppe
Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler Featured Shop 2011
Let the celebration of summer begin!  Get out and support your local quilt shops.  They work hard at bringing you the best fabrics, the best classes and the very best ideas to color your world with quilts. . . . . 

Support Your Local Shops
and when you start sewing again, between all the quilt festivals and gardening projects, remember to change your needle!

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