Tri-Cities is best known for the Hanford site, aka Manhattan Project, bordering Richland, which is where the nuclear bomb were made for Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A little regional history.
Back the the quilts!
|Black abstract log cabin|
|Tiny log cabin detail|
|Abstract wall hanging|
These mini log cabin blocks were very interesting to see up close. I love the white version best.
There were a couple of quilts that I really enjoyed at the Tri-Cities Quilt Show this year. The theme of the show was "Stitching Stars" which some of the quilts are shown below for this challenge.
|Love the colors!|
|Love the trees and colors|
The Tri-Cities Quilt Show generally has the Hoffman Challenge and the 2011 challenge fabric was not that inspiring to me this year. I'm not sure why, could be the more muted palette? So I didn't take any pictures from this year's traveling exhibits.
The National Featured Artist was Sally Schneider. I didn't take pictures of the quilts because they were a little too old fashioned for me. I encourage you to google her name and see some of the patterns and quilts she's made.
|Sue White's Landscape|
|Sue White's wall hanging|
Sue White is the Featured Tri-Cities member and I enjoyed some of her great wall hangings. Some had great quilting detail, such as the goldfish with the ripples. The diamond background was very creative, the 3D effect with the foliage, and the great quilting.
|Sue White's 3D tree|
|Three Sheets to the Wind|
I had to take a picture of the Inuit ladies with this wall hanging titled "Three Sheets to the Wind." I would tell you who made this quilt if I could find it in the quilt program.
|Color Challenge -- Yellow and Black|
|Color Challenge -- Yellow Greens|
I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did in person. It is hard to see the great details of these pieces of art with a varying degree of experiences of the quilters.
The quilting group meet regularly to teach and learn from each other how to do quilting techniques, which is more creative than the business of a quilting guild.
|Color Challenge -- Green/Chartreuse|
Quilting GuildsI've been a member of two different guilds and attended another guild meeting. Guilds are a great way to learn from other quilters, build a social circle, etc. However, the guilds are there to conduct business during the meetings and the workshops they provide for their members help teach new quilting techniques (paid by the dues). Not all guilds host a quilt show either. It depends on what the group wants to do as their yearly project or activities.
|Color Challenge -- Aquas|
So there are some pros and cons to guilds. I am not too jazzed about my local guild, but it's been about 9 years since I attended a meeting here, so maybe I'll give it a whirl again.
|Color Challenge -- Aqua/Blue/Turquoise range|
|Color Challenge -- Pink/Salmon range|
|Color Challenge -- Orange range|
Craft Warehouse has really good quality of fabric than JoAnns and great prices when it's on sale. They have the new Kate Spain "Good Fortune" line, not all the prints and colors, but I snagged the magenta bamboo print. You can still find some of the "Terrain" and "Central Park" fabrics.
|Color Challenge -- Terra Cotta range|
I got 15 different fabrics, about 20 yards of fabric for about $120, that includes sales tax. Yes, I am the type of person to buy random one yard cuts of fabric.
|Color Challenge -- White/Beige range|