Last Friday, we spent the day at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA and had an absolute blast!
The first thing we noticed when we walked in: It was SUPER crowded! Bustling attendance, packed booths, excited groups of friends all abuzz with creative inspiration. It was great!
A few of our favorite folks were there, including Julie Herman from Jaybird Quilts.
Julie Herman (left) with our Marketing Manager, Allie Heath (right)
Needless to say, her booth was PACKED!
We also saw Daniella Stout of Cozy Quilts and the popular Strip Club patterns (She's the mastermind behind the majority of our batik rollup-friendly quilts) as well as Beyond the Reef and Dragon Lady Quilts, both of which are worth checking out.
One of our favorite patterns we saw at the show was Ginger Stalks from Beyond the Reef.
Walking the floor, we noticed that Kona Cotton was very popular and seemed to be the solid of choice for many booths. Hunter's Design Studio in particular showcased Kona brilliantly with these clever quilts by Sam Hunter:
Some other collections were popping up in many booths as well. The Quilt 'n Things booth featured a wonderful quilt made from Darlene Zimmerman's Sweet Daisy Dreams pattern using her Lazy Daisy Baskets collection.
And there were a lot of quilts made with Seuss fabric, including this one from the Sisters' Quilting Trunk booth:
And then there was the quilt exhibit - so many AMAZING show quilts! Our jaws just dropped at the intricate piecework of some, photorealism achieved by others, and the sheer display of masterful artistry by all.
We wish we had more pictures to show, but we didn't want to disobey all of the "No Photography" signs. Just believe us when we say, "It was awesome!"
Overall, we had a great time and were very impressed by everything we saw. It was really cool seeing so many enthusiastic quilters gathering in one place, and now we're really looking forward to the next one!
We're also curious to hear what other people thought - Did you attend Quilt Festival? What were your impressions?