Sunday, September 11, 2011


Last year I was gifted a stay in a wonderful Cedarburg, Wisconsin, bed-and-breakfast by Ye Olde Schoolhouse quilt shop owner Jeanie Rudich. So I thought it would be fun to coincide a trip out that way with the Quilt Expo in Madison. We just returned from our trip and I wanted to share some photos of the show with you. This exquisite masterpiece entitled "Vintage Button Bouquet" by Linda Roy took Best of Show honors.

It was truly a sight to behold with its fine hand quilting and hand ruched flowers.

This quilt called "Blooms for Baltimore" by Ruth Durig also caught my eye. Ruth's quilt designs were inspired by master quilter Diane Gaudynski, and she used Hari Walner's method of trapunto.

This crazy quilt called "Crazy with a Twist" by Mary Chalmers was absolutely spellbinding! The quilt took Mary nine months to make and is made mostly of wool or wool blend scraps. 

It was hand embroidered with No. 8 perle cotton.

I forgot to take notes on this quilted beauty...

In addition to the marvelous display of quilts, there were 150 vendor booths to peruse.

With half yards of fabric selling for just $2.99, you can see why this booth was bustling...

I found these half yard treasures and yardage of another print I've been looking for.

Several vendors were offering fabric at an excellent price. I found this fat quarter bundle of 1800s repro fabrics at 40 percent off and a lovely piece of fabric at just $7 per yard.

Pink and green is a favorite color combo of mine. Speaking of pink, one of the booths was selling pink Rockport socks for making sock monkeys! I didn't even realize they made them in pink. As you might guess, I couldn't resist buying some of those. 

Filled with pincushions and accessories made with pieces of vintage quilts, this booth was a magnet for quilters. The vendor makes all of them herself.

This sweet little pincushion wagon made of an antique quilt remnant came home with me.

The show offered plenty to love for wool lovers. I was especially drawn to the hues of the hand-dyed wool in one particular booth, where I found these treasures for a reasonable price.

In another booth, I met Gail of the Woolylady, who was demonstrating the art of rug hooking. Just look at the gorgeous colors in her rug-in-the-making and the quilt behind her.

For wool felt admirers, a great selection awaited in this booth's colorful cubbies.

Loving all things owl, I was captivated by this charming pincushion. The vendor was selling the pattern for him.

This booth was showcasing the Oliso Pro Smart Iron that automatically lifts when not in use. I liked the yellow color but I'm pretty devoted to my trusty Rowenta.

While I was in the Madison area, I also had a chance to visit some quilt shops and antique malls. Come back later this week for a little tour of them!