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Friday, April 8, 2016

RBQS* report

 *RBQS = Really Big Quilt Show. In this case, the International Quilt Festival - Chicago, held at the convention center in Rosemont.  Quilts Inc. began the Chicago show in 2003.  They discontinued it for a couple of years (it is quite close to the rival show in Paducah).  I don't make it every year but this time the I had a free day -- and what's more, our guild received 10 free one-day passes. We had a drawing for them and I won one.   My quilt show companion was not able to go this time. I went by myself which was just fine.

Here are photos of some of the quilts that caught my eye. I didn't get names of the quiltmakers.

The Magna Carta project consists of panels documenting events that precipitated the 1215 signing, juxtaposed with present-day human rights victories.  (Website is here .)

"Reading in Afghanistan" (Best in Show)

Runner up to Best in Show

 I have a new partiality toward New York Beauty blocks and quilts.

"Grandmother's Beer Garden" -- beer bottle caps in the hexagon centers

A zillion triangles

See the scale?

Burgoyne Surrounded with mini blocks 

The quiltmaker's son as a Cub Scout learning knot-tying

The scene depicts the quiltmaker's parents' books

Blocks are made from selvedges

These quilts are a series made using a scrap-busting concept/pattern by Gyleen Fitzgerald.  I'd like to try it.

And, yes, I did some shopping.  I went up and down *all* the aisles before I bought anything. Good thing I waited because Quilting Connection's booth was in the last aisle and they had the best prices. ($7 for yards. Select group of half yards $2 and FQs $1.)  I also went to Cotton in the Cabin  and bought two half-yards and four FQs of DaGama indigos (also called shweshwe).  The Klipit will be useful for holding down bindings.   (Total: 12 yards, $112. Plus the Klips.  But I had free admission to the show ($10 value) and I didn't buy lunch!)


  1. Hmmm ... I could use Gyleen's scrapbusting system about now. Looks like a great show.

  2. what fun you had! LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  3. Looks like a fabulous quilt show. I've taken a few classes from Gylene. She's amazing. Love that scrap challenge. You were pretty good on your shopping...lots of nice fabric. I like those oranges.

  4. Wow, you did that huge show all around without lunch? Thanks for the armchair tour; great fun!


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