August 10, 2013

Congratulations go to Kathy Lancaster! She came up the winner of the Flourish on the Vine pattern pack! Kathy, I hope you enjoy this gorgeous project. More giveaway goodness next month, so stay tuned.

The quilt exhibit in Long Beach was fabulous, as always. After I put up the post mentioning that I was leaving for the show, I received this comment from Carli Heinrichs:

Hi Kay,

If you get to see the “O Canada” exhibit, you’ll have to check out my little ditty there, look for ‘Beach House Crazy Quilt.” I’d love to see a photo by someone I know out there in blog-land that may have come across my little part of the vast world of quilting. Send me a photo, I’d drool for that!

All the best,

Of course I sought out Carli’s entry and found it right away in the O Canada exhibit. So darling!

Thanks for dropping me the note, Carli!

The next appliqué quilt that made me stop and get out my camera:

Never Again...Again by Joan Dorsay

Strikingly beautiful against the black background.

A friend stopped by my booth and told me that she had seen a Christmas quilt by a Japanese quiltmaker that had made her brain full for the day. I neglected to ask her the name of it, and it took me a couple days to track it down, but when I found it, it was worth the wait. OMG. I’m not usually one for Daiwabo taupe (I just don’t live in the neutral world) but I’m telling you…

Christmas Song For You by Hiromi Yokota

This was the type of piece that had you standing there studying, taking in all of the precious detail.


When I uploaded my Long Beach photos to my ‘puter, I was dismayed to discover that I hadn’t captured the label for another one of the spectacular appliqué quilts. After some show program and internet research, I found it! The quilt photos are mine, but the label is from a different show, probably the Rosemont Festival.

Bird of Paradise by Connie Watkins

I just love the folk-art quality of this quilt.

It was the last International Quilt Festival in Long Beach. Next year the summer edition of Festival from Quilts, Inc., is moving to Portland, Oregon, and is rebranding itself as Quilt! Knit! Stitch!

I’m sorry to see it leave California. Portland is a loooong drive for me and I wouldn’t look forward to that. The fact that the show is reaching out to a broader base of stitchery-types is good, but it might dilute the number of attendees who are interested in appliqué. The jury is out on whether I’ll be there, as it was for many of my fellow vendors. What do you think?

Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie


7 Responses to “Winner, and spectacular quilts in Long Beach”

  1. Four dogs and one quilter on August 10th, 2013 2:51 pm

    Wow! Fantastic work. I am looking forward to next year, Portland is only an hour or so from me so I can attend the show next year. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  2. Angie in SoCal on August 11th, 2013 10:00 am

    Since the traveling IQF is a pared down version of the Houston show, I’ll go to Houston before I go to Portland as my Mom and I have done for five years. We’ve gone to the Long Beach show for almost all the years it was here and will miss it.

  3. admin on August 11th, 2013 10:07 am

    Angie, thanks for the feedback. K.

  4. Janet in San Diego on August 11th, 2013 12:42 pm

    I will also miss the Long Beach Show. I agree with Angie that I would go to Houston to see great quilts rather than to Portland to see a mixed show.

  5. admin on August 11th, 2013 2:06 pm

    Janet, thanks. Good point. K.

  6. Eileen Keane on August 11th, 2013 7:30 pm

    I think IQA is diluting their brand with so many shows, and now they’re going to include other crafts?
    I’ve been to Houston once; it’s too far and too expensive for me to go every year. California has always been out of the question for me, Portland even more so.

  7. admin on August 11th, 2013 7:45 pm

    Eileen, I appreciate your input. K.