Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Gone to Pieces

Last month, I attended the 7th biannual Quiltfest sponsored by the Hot Springs Area Quilt Guild. Two hundred amazing quilts were on display. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Blue Birds for Conway by Reta Lawrence of Hot Springs

Seasons by Nell Osbahr of Hot Springs

Blossom Wreath by Laurel Oliver of Hot Springs Village

Heart and Home by By Nola Abraham of Hot Springs Village

Le Jardin (Anne Sutton) by Lou Ann Buell of Hot Springs Village

Yankees in Atlanta by Shannon Young of Benton

Stars and Shadows by Geannine Ott of Jacksonville

The Blue Collection by Mary Jo Kurten of Hot Springs Village

Blooming Hearts by Doris Oliver of Hot Springs Village

Good Morning Chicks by Wilma Blair of Hot Springs

Welcome to my Migraine by Shannon Young of Benton

Civil War by Nancy Philpot of Mena

Night Bloom by Eddie Landreth of Benton

Favorite Things by Geannine Ott of Jacksonville

Pineapple Smoothie by Connie Partain of Hot Springs

Pineapple Smoothie is my very favorite! I am usually drawn to reproduction fabrics related to Civil War quilts and 1930s reproduction prints, but this quilt is stunning!

Twenty-four vendors set up shop at the quilt show. I enjoyed browsing and shopping. I bought Anne Sutton's Le Jardin pattern set and two wool applique kits. I also entered to win a Bernina model 215 from Hickory Hill Quilts and Sewing Center of Hot Springs Village. I was elated when I later received a call from the shop telling me that I won!

This is me and Norma McKinnon, owner of Hickory Hill Quilts and Sewing Center. When she processed the transaction, she said, "I will ring up the machine at a 100% discount." Can't beat that deal!

I love this machine. I had admired it at the show and even attempted to pick it up by its handle to check its weight. I let go of the handle when I realized I shouldn't be lifting the machine off its display, but a representative of the shop lifted it for me and told me it weighed about 16 pounds -- perfect for classes. Later that evening, I told my husband about the machine. He recalled that my eyes sparkled when I described it to him. I still can't believe I won this wonderful Bernina sewing machine!